Dexis Consulting Group

  • Local Education/Evaluation Specialist, Soma Umenye Evaluation

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington DC- Headquarters
    Posted Date 6 days ago(5/13/2019 5:03 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1807
    # of Openings
    1
    Job Area
    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
    Clearance Level
    Not applicable
    Type
    Consultant
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    Are you passionate about driving programs focused on foreign assistance? Do you want to be part of an organization that offers meaningful assignments and opportunities to expand your skills and expertise? At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.

     

    Dexis Consulting Group is seeking a Local Education/Evaluation Specialist for the Soma Umenye Evaluation. This is consultancy. 

     

    Background:

     

    The overarching aim of the Research for Effective Education Programming – Africa (REEP-A) project is to provide the USAID Africa Bureau, overseas Missions, and partner organizations, with concrete research contributions on USAID education initiatives to inform evidence-based investment, decision-making and the prioritization of needs. REEP-A will contribute to USAID’s education aims in Africa by providing technical and advisory services focused on research and capacity building, intended to enhance the quality and effectiveness of USAID activities. REEP-A will provide practical and action-oriented gender-sensitive research that will be applied to both project design and implementation. REEP-A aims to strengthen the relationships and links between project evaluation, design, and implementation. In addition, REEP-A will contribute to the capacity development of education personnel and partners by enhancing the use of research in decision-making, mainstreaming the application of feedback-loops and lessons learned into project design and implementation, and expanding the evidence and knowledge base on education initiatives.

     

    USAID’s Education Strategy, issued in 2011, has promoted the rigorous use of evidence-based programming across the Strategy’s three education goals, in particular for the measurement of access to education and early grade reading improvements. The education goals set targets for 2015, which centered on early grade reading, workforce development, and education in crisis and conflict-affected environments. REEP-A will specifically focus on improvement in early grade reading and the measurement of equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments (Goals 1 and 3):

                Goal 1: Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades by 2015

    Goal 2: Improved ability of tertiary and workforce programs to generate skills relevant to a country’s development goals

    Goal 3: Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners by 2015

     

    Following the release of the Strategy, the Education Team of the USAID Africa Bureau’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD/ED) identified the need for targeted research and training services to complement the efforts of Africa Missions to effectively align their education portfolios with the three goal areas of the Strategy. The Data for Education Research and Programming in Africa project (DERP), implemented between 2011 and 2016, was established to respond to these identified needs, and provided AFR/SD/ED with timely research and tools that Missions could apply to their ongoing and future education projects. REEP-A will expand on the progress and evidence base established by DERP, and will target identified gaps and challenges.

     

    REEP-A seeks to contribute evidence that responds to the question of why, despite some gains, progress toward enhanced early grade reading and access to quality education in conflict and crisis settings in Africa has been modest. Expanding the evidence base and data collection for education interventions in Africa is critical to spurring further progress, increasing the understanding of program effectiveness, identifying barriers, and replicating successes.

     

    SOW Objective:

     

    Serve as local education and evaluation specialist on a mid-term performance evaluation of the Soma Umenye activities in Rwanda, responsible for designing evaluation methodology, and ensuring quality data collection and deliverables.

     

    Scope of Work:

     

    The local education and evaluation specialist will be responsible for ensuring high quality data collection and coordination of all in-country field operations for a mid-term performance evaluation of USAID/Rwanda’s flagship reading activity. The local specialist will support the team in developing a mixed-methods evaluation design approach as well as data collection instruments. S/he will also provide support in conducting data collection, including note taking and translating where needed. S/he will support data analysis and serve as a supporting author in report writing. S/he will also be primarily responsible for working with the Research Assistant to lead scheduling and logistics in-country as well as providing local education context.

     

    The Soma Umenye activity is a five-year (7/2016-7/2021) $72.4 million contract and is USAID/Rwanda's flagship reading activity. It aims to improve the reading skills of one million public school learners, nationwide, in grades 1-3, with the objective that at least 70 percent of these students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension. The first year of the project was recently completed, and a performance evaluation was determined to be an important tool in helping to assess and learn from the initial year of the project, and to guide appropriate adjustments as the program progresses.

     

    There is a growing understanding of the importance of, and interest in, early grade learning outcomes in the education sector, as reflected by a goal in the latest version of the education sector plan (currently being finalized) that aims to ensure all students leave the early grades of primary equipped with literacy and numeracy skills.

     

    Soma Umenye aims to improve student reading by:

    • Improving quality of classroom instruction at the primary level through the application of teacher and student performance standards, and the implementation of an evidence-based in-service training and coaching program
    • Strengthening the pre-service teacher training program
    • Increasing availability and use of evidence-based and gender-sensitive early grade reading materials
    • Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Education and University of Rwanda to conduct and apply research, and lead the reading reform process

     

    In conducting the mid-term performance evaluation, USAID/Rwanda aims to identify areas that could inform mid-course corrections to improve outcomes through the assessment of current and past performance in implementation, including critical factors for success as well as challenges both in terms of outcomes achieved. This includes assessing the performance of the implementing partner and stakeholder perceptions, in order to identify areas for improvement or adjustment.

     

    Responsibilities

    Serve as a local education and evaluation specialist on a mid-term performance evaluation of Soma Umenye, including:

    • Conduct key informant interviews (KIIs), focus groups, and/or surveys.
    • Provide feedback and support on data collection instruments and sampling strategy.
    • Provide logistics support in-country, including contacting participants and scheduling interviews.
    • Write up detailed notes and ensure quality transcription and translation of all focus groups and KIIs.
    • Participate in regular debriefs with team members on evaluation findings.
    • Perform preliminary qualitative analysis.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
    • A minimum of 5 years of evaluation or data collection experience.
    • Experience working with USAID.
    • Sectoral expertise in primary education with a focus in early grade literacy strongly preferred.
    • Strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Fluency in English required.
    • Should speak and understand at least one locally spoken language (French, Kinyarwanda).

     

    Are you looking for a company that offers meaningful program assignments and opportunities to develop professional skills and expertise? At Dexis, staff are empowered to be part of the decision-making process and collaborate with colleagues and management across the company to satisfy our clients.  We create transparency in our operations with our clients and employees; and we offer our people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in meaningful ways. Dexis follows a "find a way or make a way" business directive, and we’re paving the way for innovative management solutions in the global development and security assistance arenas worldwide. As a Dexis employee you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored.  That’s how Dexis goes "all in.” How will you? 

    If you are passionate about this opportunity, submit your application by clicking the apply for this job online button.

    Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

    Dexis is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Are you looking for a company that offers meaningful program assignments and opportunities to develop professional skills and expertise? At Dexis, staff are empowered to be part of the decision-making process and collaborate with colleagues and management across the company to satisfy our clients.  We create transparency in our operations with our clients and employees; and we offer our people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in meaningful ways. Dexis follows a "find a way or make a way" business directive, and we’re paving the way for innovative management solutions in the global development and security assistance arenas worldwide. As a Dexis employee you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored.  That’s how Dexis goes "all in.” How will you? 

    If you are passionate about this opportunity, submit your application by clicking the apply for this job online button.

    Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

    Dexis is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

     

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