Dexis Consulting Group

Research Analyst - Soft Skills, USAID

Posted Date 2 months ago(10/7/2020 8:35 AM)
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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
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About Us

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.


The overarching aim of the Research for Effective Education Programming (REEP) – Africa 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 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 is undertaking a literature review to examine evidence related to soft skills and their application to workforce development. There is growing recognition among youth workforce development experts that promoting an entrepreneurial mindset among older youth between the ages of 19-25 requires a greater emphasis on soft skills training from an early age. Employers are increasingly looking for youth who effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, and communicate effectively. The ability to be flexible, adaptable, proactive, creative and collaborative is seen as an important aspect of livelihood development along with other portable “hard” skills such as reading and mathematics.

About the Position

Dexis is seeking a Research Analyst, Soft Skills (Consultant) who will assist the Team Leader in the review of the literature base on soft skills. S/he will contribute to the development of the critical summary of published research literature relevant to soft skills in the context of workforce development. The literature review will focus both on global examples and those specific to the sub-Saharan African context to identify key themes and lessons on the application of soft skills training in workforce development. The questions addressed by this research will include, but not be limited to: How is soft skills defined? What are the resources and programs available that intentionally build soft skills for youth entering the workforce? What are the key soft skills that can be considered most important for workplace transition and success? To what extent is soft skills emphasized in workforce and entrepreneurship training in sub-Saharan Africa? To what extent has the importance and effectiveness of soft skills in workforce development in sub-Saharan Africa been documented and assessed? How are soft skills reflected in the policy and institutional contexts?



Specifically, the Research Analyst will be responsible for the following: 

  • Contribute to the identification, systematic review, synthesis and analysis of literature and reports. 
  • Support team with drafting, editing and proof-reading deliverables. 
  • Compile, abstract, and synthesize written and electronic material into summarized form. 
  • Provide data and reference management as well as fact checking, editing and proofreading of deliverables, as needed. 
  • Work in conjunction with the team to produce the deliverables. 


The Research Analyst must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 2 years of relevant research experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience; Master’s degree preferred.  
  • Experience conducting qualitative research activities related to international education and global development. 
  • Experience in qualitative data collection methods and analysis techniques. 
  • Ability to identify, compile, assess and analyze key research.  
  • Ability to receive and incorporate feedback into deliverables. 
  • Experience contributing to drafting high-quality reports. 
  • Preferred: Familiarity with USAID. 
  • Preferred: Knowledge of issues related to soft skills and workforce development in development and humanitarian settings. 



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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