Senior Advisor, Education in Crisis & Conflict, Washington 89 views

Senior Advisor, Education in Crisis & Conflict

Job ID : 2020-2163

# of Openings : 1

Job Locations : US-DC-Washington DC- Headquarters

Job Area : Implementation and Management Solutions

Clearance Level : Secret

Type : Consultant

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The purpose of the Education Support Initiative is to recruit, hire and maintain technical, professional, operational, and support staff that supply services to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Education Office and education sector. It includes full-time positions as well as short- and medium-term consultants.

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s global mission is to promote and demonstrate democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. In support of America’s foreign policy, USAID leads the U.S. Government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.

E3 Bureau: The Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) provides technical leadership, research, and field support for worldwide activities in the areas of Economic Growth and Trade, Infrastructure and Engineering, Education, Environment and Global Climate Change, Water, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. E3 represents the Agency on relevant technical matters in the Inter-agency and with Congress, outside partners, other donors and multilateral institutions.

The Bureau also supports research and rigorous impact evaluations to advance Agency strategies and programs in E3 sectors and determine the most effective approaches. E3 encourages innovation and is working on two Grand Challenges for Development, in education and energy, as well as other methods to identify new ideas and bring them to scale.

E3/Education: The Education Office (E3/ED) has a mandate spanning policies and programs involved in providing quality educational services at the basic and higher education levels, including in crisis- and conflict-affected settings. E3/ED leverages its expertise, partnerships, and global perspective to guide and influence the Education Sector, advancing the Agency’s development priorities. The Office provides expertise and guidance to USAID bureaus and field missions on the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of USAID policy, planning, and programs in the areas of basic education, youth workforce development and higher education. The Office assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Agency policies, strategies, and resource allocation priorities; and advises Agency leadership on developments that could have an impact on Agency performance in education programming. It also provides relevant technical content and trainers for professional development programs for Agency staff worldwide, especially those in the Education sector. The Office also oversees the recruitment, selection, and pre-deployment training of new Foreign Service Education Officers.

The USAID Office of Education is responsible for advancing the priorities and principles of the USAID Education Policy. The Education in Conflict and Crisis Team aims to advance the strategic priority ensuring children and youth, particularly children living in crisis- and conflict-affected environments, have increased access to quality education that is safe, relevant, and promotes social well-being.

About the Position

Through Dexis Consulting Group, the USAID Office of Education is seeking a short-term Senior Advisor in Education in Crisis and Conflict to provide technical support to USAID missions; to develop timely and relevant technical guidance, tools and resources; to support education sector risk analysis in targeted countries; and to organize and deliver professional development and training for USAID staff and partners on education in crisis. The incumbent serves as an Advisor embedded in USAID’s Office of Education (ED) within the Bureau for Education, Environment, and Economic Growth (E3). The position will sit on the Office’s Education in Crisis and Conflict (EiCC) team. The Advisor conducts work assignments that cross organizational lines.


Technical Leadership to Basic Education Programs and/or Projects Worldwide (60%):

  • Ensure the effective and timely implementation of the USAID Education Policy in the domain of education in crisis and conflict environments.
  • Provide technical support to USAID missions and partners supporting education preparedness, planning and response during public health emergencies, including supporting the development and review of safe school protocols, WASH in schools, safe school closing/opening procedures, and school health & hygiene communication.
  • Advise USAID Missions and programs on curriculum adaptations to account for learning loss due to school closures, including accelerated education approaches, academic certification/promotion, distance education capacities, adapted school calendars/hours, etc.
  • Liaise USAID field Missions and a wide range of USAID/Washington operating units, such as the E3 Bureau, Bureau for Global Health, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, and the COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Formulate and implement policy and programming guidance for strategic planning; program design and implementation; redirection or reprogramming; and monitoring, evaluation and learning for preparedness, mitigation and response to COVID-19 impacts on education.
  • Gather, review, synthesize and analyze tools, resources, guidance and emerging evidence on public health emergencies’ impact on education systems, schools, teachers, learners and families.
  • Lead the design and delivery of professional development and training (virtual and in-person) for the USAID education sector staff and partners, especially related to education programming in crisis and conflict environments.
  • Policy, Portfolio Management, Reporting (20%):

  • Support the Basic Education Division Chief and the EiCC Team Leader with the management and oversight of the USAID EiCC portfolio for activities.
  • Conduct analyses of USAID’s education in crisis and conflict activities in order to develop recommendations on technical priorities for funding, evaluation, or further analysis.
  • Advise on policies and programming relevant to education in crisis and conflict with team and office leadership.
  • Support internal communication and planning processes within the EICC Team, developing and maintaining team work plans and other planning tools.
  • Support the operationalization of Agency-wide policies through USAID’s education programs.
  • Knowledge Management, Communication and External Engagement (20%)

  • Work together with EiCC Team colleagues, the Evidence Team, Office KM Specialist, implementing partners and other partners to develop implementation tools and guidance documents for USAID Mission or Bureau staff or implementing partners related to EiCC programming.
  • Participate in peer review of lessons learned, research, and other academic and activity-based programs.
  • Maintain knowledge of current literature, trends, debates and research to advise USAID in its legislative mandate to facilitate and coordinate USG activities in the basic education area, particularly in the education and crisis and conflict domain.
  • Collaborate with E3/ED’s communications staff and management to conceptualize and produce online and print-based communications materials to inform stakeholders of USAID’s efforts and accomplishments, including on USAID Education social media platforms and blogs.
  • Prepare Office and Bureau leadership for events and speaking engagements by developing talking points, speeches, presentations, briefers, and scene setters.
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate-level degree in International Education, Education Policy, Conflict Studies or other related field required (grounding in Education theories desirable).
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience required, of which three (3) years are relevant work experience in a crisis or conflict-­affected environment.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of USAID’s operations, procedures, and policies in areas such as project management, procurement, reporting, communication, monitoring and evaluation preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of trends, discourse, policy issues and technical experience in areas of education in emergencies, particularly alternative/accelerated education, resilience, emergency preparedness and response planning during public health emergencies.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering professional development and training on topics or issues in education in crisis and conflict.
  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, Google Apps and other products and applications
  • Written and spoken ability in French, Spanish and/or Arabic in addition to English an asset.
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    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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