Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Specialist
 Inclusive Development Hub, USAID
at Dexis Professional Services

Location: Washington DC

Dexis is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world.

 

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At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.

 
About the Position 

Global Solutions Ventures (GSV) — a joint-venture partnership between ZemiTek, LLC and Dexis— is seeking a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Specialist to support the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI), Inclusive Development Hub (ID Hub). The ID Hub’s mandate is to promote the rights and inclusion of marginalized and under-represented populations around the world in the development process, working across various technical areas to “combat stigma and discrimination, promote empowerment and inclusion of marginalized or underrepresented groups, and improve the lives of populations in high-risk situations.”

USAID’s ID Hub serves as the government's leader in promoting integrated development approaches to ensure full social participation in the development process by all involved, specifically by promoting participation from the world’s underrepresented, historically-marginalized groups. The ID Hub’s policies promote the needs and engagement of children in adversity, youth, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ persons. USAID’s Suggested Approaches for Integrating Inclusive Development Across the Program Cycle and in Mission Operations defines Inclusive Development as “the concept that every person, regardless of identity, is instrumental in the transformation of their own societies and their inclusion throughout the development process leads to better outcomes.”   

The CLA Specialist will provide overall coordination of the ID Hub's knowledge management and collaborating, learning, and adapting practices under USAID’s DDI Bureau. The CLA Specialist will support ID Hub staff to integrate and elevate knowledge management CLA practices and products throughout program design and implementation, resulting in processes and programs that prioritize knowledge management and CLA. The CLA Specialist will be a member of the DDI-ID Hub Program Office (PO) team based in Washington, DC. This is a long-term position with an immediate start date.  

Responsibilities 
  • Work with ID Hub offices, other USAID stakeholders, other US agencies, and others to develop and implement robust interagency MEL frameworks and learning agendas for informing the implementation of the respective strategies and policies managed by the ID Hub. 

  • Contribute to ID Hub’s capacity to disseminate succinct, digestible information in various formats regarding the impact of ID Hub efforts to senior Agency decision-makers and other stakeholders.

  • Support USAID/ID Hub in organizing and facilitating learning meetings and other learning and knowledge-sharing events to bring together implementing partners and other stakeholders around applicable themes.

  • Ensure a culture of program learning that leads to enhancing program effectiveness, scope, and scale. Work closely with technical units to integrate learning methodologies and practices to facilitate a learning culture.

  • Provide overall leadership, technical expertise, and guidance on indicator development and performance monitoring, including reporting through the Annual Performance Plan Report and other reporting exercises.

  • Provide, as needed, training or facilitation on specific MEL topics in technical areas such as evaluation methods, developing evaluation scopes of work (SOWs), designing performance or context indicators, collecting baseline data, setting targets, analyzing data, conducting data quality assessments, and applying complexity-aware MEL approaches.

  • Support other priorities requiring MEL and data analytics or related subject matter expertise. 

  • Support cross-cutting program office functions/processes and taskers as needed.

  • Contribute to addressing cross-cutting Inclusive Development Hub and Agency priorities, including the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

 
Qualifications 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • At least three (3) years of experience working in monitoring and evaluating USAID programming or similar USG Agency/multinational donor, including coordination and conduct of capacity building and facilitation and CLA approaches.

  • At least five (5) years of experience implementing monitoring and evaluating activities for complex programs in developing countries.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical support, setting up and managing M&E systems that track performance as per the objectives of the activity (e.g., performance against each result area), and applying statistical methods and database management.

  • Demonstrated ability to portray complex data sets in easy-to-understand formats, including visualizations.

  • Demonstrated experience developing performance indicators, assessing and tracking data quality, data management, and/or training in performance management topics.

  • Demonstrated experience training/facilitating workshops with several types of stakeholders on M&E topics; proven ability to distill complex information down to usable and understandable information for stakeholders.

  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations around M&E and familiarity with USAID’s approach to project management.

  • Excellent technical skills in data management, MEL, survey design, mapping and/or assessment required.

  • Demonstrated ability to advise across multiple offices/divisions and to serve as lead in coordinating a diverse group of teams and projects.

  • Outstanding problem-solving, decision-making, and good judgment skills required.

  • Exceptional skills in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office software and data analysis software, such as SPSS or Stata.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Facility Access Clearance (FAC).

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Highly organized individual who has both attention to detail and the ability to influence and manage large projects.

  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing and improving programs and organization, including working with data analytics.

  • Familiarity with adaptive management/CLA and demonstrated experience using informational sources and research methods to analyze project progress, communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders, and apply learning to work planning.

  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team player who can positively and productively contribute to strategic and tactical initiatives.

  • Ability to produce thorough, high-quality work within a tight timeframe.

  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, facilitation, and presentation skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically and collaboratively, build consensus, and bridge diverse perspectives and interests are strongly desired.

  • Demonstrated experience producing visually appealing, accessible, easy to navigate online resources for a wide range of users.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information to present complex issues clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to communicate in a second language.

  • Demonstrated interest in international development and foreign assistance.

  • Demonstrated interest in inclusive development, social justice, and engagement with historically marginalized groups.

 

Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for an interview. GSV is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.  

All members of DDI are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner. All members of the Bureau are expected to value diversity, equity, and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities. 

At Dexis Professional Services (DPS) we align ourselves with the core values of our parent company, Dexis Consulting Group (Dexis).

Dexis is on a mission to help solve today’s most pressing global political, social, and economic challenges and create a world where all people are safe and prosperous. As a Dexis employee, you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored. Our motto is “find a way or make a way” — that’s how Dexis goes “all in.” How will you? 

If you are passionate about this opportunity, apply now!

Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

Dexis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, military service, veteran status, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, childbirth and related medical conditions, including lactation, or any other protected class under applicable law.

 

If you are hired for a position that is paid from the Dexis home office, you will be required to submit proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine unless you qualify for a legally recognized medical or religious exception to the vaccine requirement. This does not apply to AL, AZ, FL, KS, MT, NH, ND, or TX residents.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to recruitment@broderickhaightconsulting.com with the subject line "Dexis CLA Specialist”