Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions)* is accepting curricula vitae from mid- to senior-level project design specialists who are available and interested in a one- to two-year posting to contribute to the strengthening of project design, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This opportunity coincides with Agency efforts to streamline strategic planning and project design processes. 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.
The Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) operates a Fellows program to build capacity across the USAID program cycle. The Fellows program is managed by the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities (MECap) task order for which Social Solutions is the prime contractor.
Project Design (PD) Capacity Building Fellows, called PD fellows, will join a cohort of Fellows (M&E Fellows and Learning Fellows) and the technical assistance team that supports PPL under MECap. MECap bolsters capacity in USAID missions and operating units to plan for, undertake, and use rigorous analytical methods in strategic planning, design, monitoring, and evaluation to achieve better development outcomes. MECap collaborates closely with other PPL and Agency awards and utilizes a facilitating and mentoring approach in all of its work.
Placements for PD fellows will be based in an operating unit in USAID/Washington focused on a particular region or technical area, but will also entail direct support to field missions. Fellows will spend their first 4 to 6 weeks being trained in the USAID Program Cycle and supporting business processes. The Fellows will be recruited and placed utilizing a cohort model.
Project Design Fellow Roles and Responsibilities
The PD Fellow will serve as an advisor for project design, with explicit attention to building capacity of USAID/Washington pillar and regional bureaus to effectively guide USAID missions in the project design process, incorporating promising practices in systems thinking, promoting local ownership, learning, and adaptive management. In addition to building capacity of USAID staff through a learning-by-doing approach, the PD Fellow will also contribute to the identification, development, and “incubation” of promising practices in project and activity design, including closely related monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches. In this role, s/he will actively participate in related USAID communities of practice, including but not limited to one led by PPL/SPP that enables all PD fellows to remain connected to PPL and to ensure consistent approaches to project design. The PD Fellow will work collaboratively with USAID teams to develop high quality products that will serve as solid examples for future staff, actively engaging key staff in the process to take leadership. The PD Fellow will also help put in place management systems, structures, and coordination procedures designed to be self-sustaining after the completion of their assignment.
The specific tasks to be accomplished by the PD Fellow will be determined to some extent by the needs of a specific pillar or regional bureau, but will most likely include:
The PD Fellow will be a mid- or senior-level practitioner with the following qualifications:
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