Development Professionals, Inc. (DPI), is seeking to hire a Learning Lead (LL) for the recently-awarded five-year Social Contract Activity in Kosovo funded by USAID. This activity aims to introduce sustainable practices for public participation in order to improve Kosovo citizens' quality of life and strengthen their partnership with the municipal government. This will be a full-time position based in Pristina, Kosovo.
The Social Contract Activity will be implemented by a consortium of two partners that will closely collaborate throughout the course of the activity: Democracy International (DI) is the Implementing Partner and DPI is the Learning Partner; note that Democracy Plus is a key local partner. The Learning Partner, in close cooperation with the Implementing Partner, local partner, and local stakeholders, develops the methodology, conducts, and analyzes the results of the public participation assessments and the mid-term learning assessment. The Learning Partner also develops the monitoring system and tools for every objective of the Activity, trains the Implementing Partner(s) and local stakeholders on using the tools to collect the data, and aggregates and verifies the quality of the monitoring data. Finally, the Learning Partner, in lockstep with the Implementing Partner and local stakeholders, regularly analyzes the monitoring and evaluation data and suggests ways to adapt the activity implementation.
The LL will be responsible for day-to-day project management of Learning activities in collaboration with the Implementing Partner and local partner, including monitoring vendor contractual compliance, managing relevant budgets, and overseeing component personnel. The LL serves as a key member of overall management for the Social Contract Activity. The LL supports the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party, as well as other component Leads. The LL is directly response for all applied research activities, including data collection for learning, adapting, and project monitoring. A team of three staff will report to the LL: a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) specialist; a collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) specialist; and a data visualization specialist. The LL will report to the Chief of Party and be overseen by DPI’s VP for Applied Research and Learning.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Manages administration of multiple simultaneous activities and monitors day-to-day implementation of learning activities to ensure successful completion within budget and scheduled time frame during activity lifetime.
- Manages a team of three staff with varied responsibilities.
- Manages Learning component resources to foster collaboration of technical and applied research experts.
- Supports Activity leadership with learning materials and dissemination products for engaging local stakeholders.
- Works closely with Activity leadership on financial management and reporting compliance, including required periodic reports.
- Collaborate with Activity technical experts to develop assessment tools, action plans, and data collection and analysis strategies to support learning, adapting, and technical implementation. Note that a public participation assessment will be conducted at the start of the Activity and toward the end of the third year of the Activity.
- Design quantitative and qualitative data collection designs and analyze collected data, in collaboration with the Implementing Partner, local partner, and local stakeholders.
- Disseminate learning materials and train local stakeholders and beneficiaries as needed.
- Lead the development and implementation of the MEL Plan (including CLA activities) and the Adaptive Management Plan, directing Learning component staff as needed. Particular attention must be paid to collecting data of potential use in an ex post facto evaluation.
- Prepare analysis of data on activity implementation and present recommendations to Activity leadership, USAID, and local stakeholders for technical implementation adapting.
- Advanced university degree in a related field, including Law, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Business, or International Development.
- Solid, demonstrable experience in democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) or conflict prevention areas. Prefer experience with municipalities and/or citizen engagement.
- At least five (5) years’ experience with applied learning activities, including design and collection of quantitative and qualitative data, data analysis, and learning products.
- At least five (5) years’ experience in USAID or other donor projects with relevant responsibilities as either full-time staff or regular consultancies. Prefer experience managing subordinate staff or contractors/consultants.
- Experience in managing international donor projects, and extensive knowledge of donor regulations and policies (including AIDAR and FAR), especially as they relate to contracting and procurement.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and on a team; strong organization and prioritization skills; and knowledge of U.S. foreign policy in the regions where projects are working.
- Knowledge of local language(s) preferred; and
- Professional fluency in English is required.
This position is open to both expatriates and Kosovar citizens.
- This position reports to the Chief of Party, and will be overseen by DPI’s VP for Applied Research and Learning
Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
Qualified applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
About the Social Contract Activity and DPI
The Social Contract Activity will introduce sustainable practices for public participation in order to improve Kosovo citizens’ quality of life and strengthen their partnership with the municipal government. The Activity will use a systems approach to lower behavioral, institutional, and other environmental barriers and amplify existing facilitators for public participation. In order to be sustainable, public participation practices must be of value to the key stakeholders, effective in solving community problems to the satisfaction of all the affected stakeholders, and feasible for both local public officials and members of the community to continue without donor support.
DPI is a woman-owned small business providing technical implementation and analytical services for democracy, human rights, and governance. We are a growing firm with both long-term field projects and short-term applied research activities around the world. Current and past projects including the USAID/Kosovo Justice System Strengthening Program, the USAID/BIH Judiciary Against Corruption Activity, the USAID/Serbia Rule of Law Program, and Analytical Services IV IDIQ Task Orders for DRG Assessments, mainstreaming gender-based violence programming, Latin America and Caribbean applied research, and resurgent authoritarian influences.