Capacity Building Specialist, USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project, Zambia

Capacity Building Specialist, USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project, Zambia
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits.
Proposal Objective
SI is planning to bid on an evaluation of the USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project. The objective of READ is to assist the Ministry of General Education, particularly the Examinations Council of Zambia, to institutionalize learners performance assessment at the school, zone, district and provincial levels and to conduct research such as baselines, midlines, and end line assessments. The anticipated project will be a multi-level M&E activity that will build capacity for monitoring and evaluation of early grade reading at national, school, and community levels.
Position Description:
SI is seeking a Capacity Building Specialist for the USAID/Zambia READ project. The Capacity Building Specialist will be responsible for developing the capacity of USAID/Zambia in M&E and knowledge management of Zambia’s Ministry of General Education for sustainable learning and adapting. The period of performance will be five years and this position will be based in Lusaka.
  • Engage with education systems to ensure optimal use of available resources with specific attention to school and classroom management practices including quality assurance, supportive supervision, and coaching.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the activities related to training and capacity building in M&E.
  • Oversee creation and implementation of project activities, and the development and implementation of work plans.
  • Advanced degree in policy, education, statistics or related field required.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity development with ministry of education staff and teachers.
  • Minimum of seven years proven work experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation and institutional capacity building.
  • Demonstrated skills in M&E system design, methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) and approaches, especially under USAID-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with host country counterparts and government officials.
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring abilities. Knowledge of the Zambian Education Management Information System highly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience in Zambia or Southern Africa highly preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
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