Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions)* is accepting curricula vitae (CVs) from mid- to senior-level organizational learning and knowledge management specialists who are available and interested in a six-month to two-year posting to contribute to the strengthening of collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is an exciting opportunity with a competitive package, to be directly involved in building the capacity of USAID to strengthen the discipline of development and improve development outcomes.
Learning Fellows will be members of a technical assistance (TA) team that manages the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities task order (MECap) for the Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. MECap bolsters capacity in USAID missions and operating units to plan for, undertake, and use high quality M&E to achieve better development outcomes. It does this by providing technical expertise and support that strengthens the capacity of USAID staff in M&E skills, extends LER’s ability to communicate and collaborate with external M&E practitioners and USAID staff, and provides the Agency with improved access and capabilities to apply state-of-the-art practices. MECAP coordinates closely with other PPL/LER and Agency awards and utilizes a facilitating and mentoring approach in all of its work.
Placements may be in an operating unit in USAID/Washington and/or one or more of the USAID overseas missions. Fellows will complete a DC-rotation regardless of their final placement. The Fellows will be placed utilizing a cohort model.
BACKGROUND ON CLA
Strategic learning and collaboration are fundamental to an adaptive approach to development. By embedding collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) throughout the Program Cycle, USAID aims to strengthen our programming and maximize development outcomes. A learning-focused and adaptive approach helps ensure that our programs are coordinated with others, grounded in evidence, and adjusted as necessary to remain relevant and effective throughout implementation.
A systematic and deliberate approach to CLA includes:
Learning Fellows will serve as an Advisor for Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) within operating units. They are meant to supplement rather than substitute for existing Agency capacity, particularly in cases where surge capacity is needed to meet unanticipated demand, or where an operating unit has been unable to fill a position with the requisite expertise. Fellows will fill a critical gap by working with USAID teams to develop high quality products and processes that will serve as solid examples, models and guidance for future staff, as well as build the capacity of the staff involved in the process so that they are prepared to take the lead.
The specific tasks to be accomplished by a Fellow will be determined to some extent by the needs of a specific operating unit but will most likely include:
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a research and evaluation consulting firm dedicated to improving the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. As the prime contractor for MECAP, Social Solutions manages a team of core staff and subcontractors, including CAMRIS International, IMPAQ International, and Iris Group, Inc. It also has partnerships with the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University.
*Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Aff