Social Solutions

  • Research Assistant (Intern)

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 week ago(6/13/2018 6:01 PM)
    ID
    2018-1263
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Research
  • Overview

    Immediate Opportunity

    Social Solutions International seeks a qualified candidate for a full-time intern position of Research Assistant from June through August 2018, with option for continuing part-time in the Fall.  The Research Assistant (Intern) will participate in research efforts on emerging monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approaches being carried out by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  This position offers the opportunity to be a part of work USAID is doing around the world, particularly in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning.

     

    Background

    How can USAID monitor, evaluate and learn effectively in dynamically changing, multi-dimensional, and unpredictable situations that characterize many development settings?

    Traditionally, USAID has learned from monitoring and evaluation approaches that measure the “predicted” – desired results, planned implementation strategies, and forecasted pathways of change.  Complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation (C-AM&E) approaches are intended to compliment these traditional practices by tracking and evaluating the unpredictable so that USAID investment is relevant and responsive. Some of these recommended approaches include: stakeholder feedback loops, social network analysis, most significant change, outcome harvesting, and developmental evaluation. 

     

    USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL)/Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (LER) supports efforts to ensure that USAID is open to new solutions to MEL challenges and supports innovation.  USAID works with its bureaus and offices in Washington and Missions across the world to co-design, implement and test solutions that innovate on its traditional MEL approaches.

     

    With the direction of LER leadership, the Social Solutions’ Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities (MECap) team has developed a transparent process for assessing which of a given range of emerging C-AM&E approaches have the most value for USAID programming.  This process will result in recommendations to LER for developing Agency capacity to use approaches demonstrating high value.  

     

    In collaboration with LER, the MECap team has developed a tool to structure the assessment of evidence on C-AM&E approaches available at this time. The existing evidence-base includes: 1) survey data from implementers involved in ongoing USAID-financed pilot activities; 2) administrative data associated with pilots (i.e., data from the pilot screening process, pilot plans/scopes of work, and background information and communications); and 3) documentation on pre-existing implementation of C-AM&E approaches identified through a literature search of USAID programs. 

    Responsibilities

    Responsibilities: The Most Significant Change (MSC) is the first emerging C-AM&E approach to be assessed by a panel of stakeholders.  The Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing the evidence (reviewing, capturing/collecting, compiling and synthesizing MSC pilot data and information) and coordinating the assessment of MSC evidence among stakeholders. The Research Assistant will also contribute to research being conducted on the MECap Fellows program.   

     

    Specific Tasks:  

    • Lead in compiling, carefully reviewing, and structuring the existing evidence to be used in the assessment of the MSC approach (and possibly other approaches).
    • Collect additional data, through administration of surveys and interviews and online searches, to fill information gaps.
    • Manage the composition of qualitative data (i.e., data structure, coding, analysis, interpretation, and presentation).
    • Develop and use information management tool/s to organize and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Other potential tasks will be discussed at time of interview.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

    At least one year of MA/MS or doctoral work completed.  One year of experience conducting research.

    • Experience working with a team on dynamic tasks with a lot of moving pieces.
    • Exceptional organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.
    • Ability to deliver high-quality products on time.
    • High proficiency with Google and Microsoft Office suites, Dropbox, and online survey platforms (i.e., Survey Gizmo, Survey Monkey, Google Forms).
    • Experience in qualitative data coding and analysis.
    • Demonstrated experience in the design and transfer/handover of management information tools (i.e., Excel workbooks, databases).
    • Experience working on or a high desire to learn about USAID-financed programming.
    • Willingness to conduct interviews outside of working hours to accommodate other time zones, if needed (flexible time will be provided).
    • Preferred: Experience in or strong working knowledge of the MSC approach (or other aforementioned approaches) for monitoring and/or evaluation.
    • Preferred: Expertise in Dedoose qualitative software package and ability to train others.

     

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

     

    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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