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Systems Strengthening, Governance, and Localization Specialist, USAID, Center for Education
at Dexis Professional Services

Location: Washington, D.C.

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.

Dexis embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.


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

Dexis Professional Services is recruiting for a Systems Strengthening, Governance, and Localization Specialist who will be embedded within USAID's Center for Education, Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation. 

To meet localization targets set by the Administration, the Center for Education is expanding its capacity to support Missions to meet an increasing percentage of assistance going to local partners - while still meeting critically important Sustainable Development Goals related to education and youth.  The vast majority of USAID's education funding supports public education systems as the most prevalent and sustainable mechanisms through which to increase access to quality education in many countries around the world.  With this position, the Center for Education strives to match the education expertise we bring to our programming with best practices in systems strengthening, governance, and localization.  The Specialist will advance these priorities around localization in the education sector through the Education Support Initiative 2 (ESI 2) institutional support contract.

USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation integrates technical expertise with values-driven, cross-cutting priorities, and modern approaches to the way USAID performs its work.  It provides client-centered technical services to USAID’s Missions worldwide, supports programming to innovate, learn, and address emerging issues, and provides technical leadership within the Agency and externally to enhance development impact.

The Bureau’s Center for Education (DDI/EDU) leverages its expertise, partnerships, and global perspective to guide and influence the education sector, advancing U.S. Government development priorities.

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.

  • Support the Center for Education in developing and disseminating a cohesive, comprehensive, strategic approach to localization in the education sector.

  • Lead learning efforts to ensure best practices from the field to inform USAID’s approach.

  • Serve as a thought leader on these issues within and beyond the Center for Education.

  • Participate in relevant groups, task forces, and other efforts to advance the Agency’s localization agenda.

  • Provide technical assistance to Missions and the Center to concurrently build public financial and other management systems to sustain local investment in education, employ effective capacity development and organizational culture change measures, and be purposeful about the accountability that communities, unions, and civil society can bring to the education sector. This technical assistance could include:

    • Needs and capacity assessments of public sector entities

    • Scopes of work or other documentation related to activity design of future acquisition and assistance mechanisms, direct financing arrangements, and government to government awards

    • Analysis and recommendations for systems strengthening to build local ownership of existing activities

    • Evaluations related to systems strengthening and governance in the education sector

  • Advance professional development activities, such as training and guidance for education sector staff around systems strengthening, governance, and localization.

  • Apply a diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) lens to all job requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 or more years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree and 5 or more years of relevant professional experience

  • Broad understanding of international education development and USAID’s portfolio in basic and/or higher education

  • Experience in public sector capacity building and/or local implementation in an international setting, education sector preferred

  • Proven ability to advance design, management, implementation, and/or evaluation of education development strategies and programs

  • Proven written and interpersonal skills in areas such as facilitation, teamwork, and communication

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance required.

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 with the subject line "Dexis Systems Strengthening, Governance & Localization Specialist”

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