FHI 360

Technical Advisor (Research and Evaluation, Global Education Employment and Engagement)

FHI 360

Job Description

FHI 360 is seeking to fill the position of Technical Advisor within the Research and Evaluation Department of G3E Business Unit.

FHI 360’s Global Education, Employment and Engagement (G3E) Business Unit encompasses a vast portfolio of programs working globally in the following technical areas: education, early childhood development, youth engagement and positive youth development, workforce, economic inclusion and strengthening, civil society Capacity Building, media, and international exchanges. G3E activities, funded by a range of government and non-government donors, are implemented around the world, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The Research & Evaluation (R&E) Department is one of five departments in the G3E Business Unit. R&E serves two functions: 1) Provide monitoring, evaluation, and research support for activities implemented by the four sectoral G3E departments, in the technical areas (noted above in bold), and 2) Carry out standalone research studies and research projects that advance FHI 360 thought leadership in the G3E technical areas. R&E works with G3E technical teams to develop and implement a robust research agenda that advances FHI 360’s intellectual leadership and technical excellence. R&E fosters a continuous process of learning and evidence building across G3E with the goal of strengthening the technical quality of project implementation and improving project outcomes. It develops and maintains standards of quality for all aspects of research, monitoring, and evaluation.

Job Description: Research Technical Leadership, Oversight and Capacity Building The successful candidate leads research and evaluation activities within the R&E Department across the G3E project portfolio, in particular in the areas of education (including early childhood), youth development, and civil society strengthening. In this role, the incumbent works with the education, youth and civil society technical teams in G3E and other parts of FHI 360 to ensure the integration of robust monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) strategies in G3E projects, as well as the development of a comprehensive portfolio of research studies in these technical areas. For research studies and evaluations under his/her purview, the incumbent serves as a Technical Monitor or Principal Investigator (or Co-Investigator). As Technical Monitor/Principal Investigator, he/she provides technical leadership and oversight to ensure high quality research and evaluation design, implementation and Analysis. To do this, he/she engages other technical and analytical staff in design and analysis, and identifies needs for external expertise. Specific tasks include the development of research and evaluation protocols, instruments and data analysis plans.

In addition to direct leadership and oversight of research and evaluation studies and activities, the incumbent also provides Technical Support across R&E research services more broadly. In this role, he/she provides direction and capacity building within technical, project and research teams, as appropriate.

For all research and evaluations across the portfolio, the incumbent investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of research principles, methods, and concepts to studies, problems, and projects. He/she ensures the consistency and completeness of all technical documentation and of research ethics compliance. He/she possesses a strong grounding in research methods, including mixed methods studies and qualitative research. In particular, the incumbent serves as a quality assurance node for qualitative research implemented by R&E staff. He/she provides oversight over the development of technical sections of reports and is ultimately responsible for the quality and rigor of research and technical outputs.

Business Development The incumbent leads business development efforts seeking to build FHI 360’s research and analytical portfolio in the G3E technical areas, namely education, youth, civil society, or economic development. He/she also supports business development efforts of other technical teams in G3E, through technical leadership on research and MERL, development of MERL plans, leading discussions of the theory of change, as well as proposal goals and performance indicators and targets.

Thought Leadership and Research Utilization The incumbent makes major contributions to scientific literature and conferences. He/she acts as spokesperson on FHI 360 research studies and MERL activities within projects. He/she promotes and disseminates R&E research to other departments within G3E and FHI 360, advises G3E and executive management, and serves as an internal consultant on the topics of monitoring, evaluation and research.

For all research and evaluations, the incumbent employs a utilization-focused lens, working with diverse teams, including other R&E team members (such as M&E backstops and analysts) and technical teams (both at HQ and in-country), to design and implement relevant studies. He/she has experience with research-to-practice processes and promotes the utilization of research and evaluation findings for programmatic improvements. He/she intentionally promotes a culture of learning both within R&E as well as across all G3E departments.

Accountabilities: Develops technically appropriate approaches to answering a variety of research questions and works with staff in other divisions and in the field to identify and prepare research sites.

Provides technical leadership with implementing, conducting, and managing research studies and proposals.

Leads business development efforts for FHI 360 in G3E technical areas, writes proposals for research and technical assistance awards in these areas; Designs the analytical strategy for research and evaluation activities in his/her purview.

Drafts, edits, reviews and presents protocols, papers and analysis of research findings and reports for publication and training materials.

Provides in-house review of protocols, papers, research strategies and proposals for funding projects for methodological and technological soundness.

Collaborates with R&E staff, G3E project teams, technical teams, other researchers across the organization on various research materials, statistical results, and medical/clinical agendas.

Applied Knowledge & Skills: Strong and proven knowledge of the development context, including deep familiarity with country contexts outside of the highly industrialized nations; Proven ability to write winning proposals in Global Development, including research in the G3E core technical areas; Understanding of the major actors and key issues globally pertaining to education, early childhood development, youth, and civil society strengthening; Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, methods and practices used with the objective of integrating evidence building in global development projects; Thorough understanding of the realities of conducting research in development contexts and the challenges of timelines, budgets, human resources, and donor requirements; Proven research methods skills, particularly in qualitative methods, including a proven ability to lead research projects to completion and dissemination; Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with external clients and staff, as well as clearly communicate technical and research strategies, results, and implications to non-technical audiences Excellent oral and written communication skills; Languages: English required, French, Arabic and/or Spanish are highly desirable; Creativity, Problem Solving, demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with others and independent thought are a must.

Experience:** 8-11 years of experience with scientific disciplines developing strategies in research studies and integrating research into technical projects; Experience working with diverse teams and integrating research-to-practice and collaborating, learning, adapting approaches (CLA) to program implementation; Experience conceptualizing and managing field research in challenging contexts from start to finish; Proven experience in business development for international NGOs, including leading and writing winning proposals; Experience working with non-academic audiences, effectively communicating and utilizing research and scientific content for practical application; Evidence of publications or strong writing record in non-academic outlets; Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO) or in work-related academic, governmental, or industry setting, experience working internationally highly desirable.

Education** Doctorate degree or its international equivalent in global development, education, peacebuilding, economics or related social science; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and demonstrated experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job.

Technology to be Used: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Sharepoint, Salesforce. Experience with data analysis software such as Dedoose and/or NVivo is highly desirable, as well as experience and comfort level with Stata.

Travel Requirements: 10%-25% (when travel is permitted) Typical Physical Demands: Typical office environment. Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with the ADA.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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