*IMPORTANT* If you are interested in this position, please submit your application using the following link:

https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SOCIIMPA2&cws=1&rid=3978

About Social Impact

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm that provides monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. Honduras, together with the partner (IBI), SI is implementing the USAID/ Monitoring and Evaluation for Support and Collaborating and Adapting (MESCLA 2.0) Activity to support USAID staff and partners to implement more efficient, effective, and transparent programs.

Position Background:

The position will be part of the Evaluation Team for the evaluation of the Honduras Reading Activity (HRA). This evaluation is conducted through the USAID/MESCLA 2.0 platform in Honduras. MESCLA 2.0 provides USAID with flexible and adaptive support, as well as reliable information to inform its programming in the face of demanding challenges in the Honduran context. MESCLA 2.0 is organized around three main components: (1) evaluations, studies, and assessments; (2) collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA); and (3) monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) capacity development. All tasks under MESCLA 2.0 are also implemented with a focus on learning on USAID’s key priorities, including migration, youth, anti-corruption, gender-based violence, and gender and social inclusion (GESI).

goal

USAID/Honduras intends to conduct a final evaluation for the Honduras Reading Activity. HRA is a six-year project to support the efforts of the Government of Honduras (GOH), in collaboration with other activities and stakeholders (donors, civil society, and private sector), by providing technical assistance to improve reading instruction and outcomes for Honduran students from first to sixth grade of primary education. In addition, the project will bring attention to the enhancement of reading skills while addressing the critical problems of poverty and violence in Honduras. The project integrates diverse cross-cutting aspects such as gender equality, social inclusion, citizen security, citizenship, transparency, individual responsibility, community cohesion, migration, and positive interpersonal and family relationships.

The evaluation results will inform the USAID/Honduras Education Office to measure and judge the goal achievement and/or impacts from different levels of the Activity and determine whether the activity is sustainable beyond the intervention.

Position Description

The Senior Local Education Expert, in consultation with MESCLA 2.0 and the Evaluation Team leader, will be responsible for conducting the evaluation, ensuring the timeliness and quality of deliverables. The local expert will support the Team Leader and will provide expert guidance on the education system, programs, and context in Honduras. He/she will also participate in qualitative data collection and analysis alongside the Team Leader. The local expert should have experience in the basic and low secondary school, also knowledge on the national Spanish curriculum, and should be able to read and understand English at a professional level. She has extensive experience researching or working in education programs in Honduras. Also, he/she should have experience using qualitative methods, such as in-depth interviews and focus groups,

Responsibilities

The Local Education Expert will:

  • Support desk review, initial stakeholder consultation, and identify additional information/analyses required
  • Collaborate and support the team to prepare and present an inception report that includes research design, methodologies, analysis strategies, work plan, and timelines to USAID and partners, including comments on a contingency plan to adapt the research, considering limitations of context at schools’ level to control restrictions
  • Support the Team Leader in developing data collection tools, ensuring that they reflect the realities and context of the Honduran education system
  • Participate in data collection, including leading select interviews or focus group discussions with students, parents, and/or teachers
  • Contribute to data analysis and iteratively develop findings, conclusions, and recommendations
  • In collaboration with the Evaluation Team Lead, write the assessment report in coordination with team members, taking into consideration feedback from a preliminary-findings session
  • In collaboration with the Evaluation Team Lead, prepare all the material for the presentation of the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations to USAID, key stakeholders, private sector, and research users following SI’s and USAID’s standards

Deliverables

The local expert will collaborate and support the submission of the deliverables of the Evaluation. He/she will submit the appropriate inputs and information as needed.

Inception Report: A detailed, full body report following an initial consultation with USID featuring key definitions, research design, [1] chosen methodologies, and data collection tools.

Kick off meeting/Inbrief: A PowerPoint/Google Slides presentation summarizing the Inception Report for USAID/Honduras MESCLA 2.0 and key partners prior to the launch of data collection.

Findings Conclusions and Recommendations (FCR) Matrix: An analysis tool through which data is triangulated and findings, conclusions, and recommendations specific to each research question are produced. Two FCR matrices are expected, a preliminary document after the first full week of data collection, and a final matrix at the end of the data analysis period.

Outbrief: The team will present the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the wider USAID/Honduras Mission through a PowerPoint/google slides presentation.

Draft Report : A draft report with fully developed findings, conclusions, and recommendations, no longer than 30 pages excluding annexes, will be submitted to the MESCLA/COR activity. The format will include an executive summary, table of contents, methodology, findings, and recommendations. USAID/Honduras MESCLA 2.0 and key local stakeholders will provide comments on the draft report.

Final Report: The team will submit a final report that incorporates responses to USAID’s/partner’s comments and suggestions. The report will be submitted electronically in English. The report will be disseminated within USAID and key stakeholders.

Qualifications and skills:

The Senior Local Education Expert must have/hold:

  • At least 7 years of senior-level experience working on education research or evaluation in Honduras.
  • A postgraduate degree in education, or a suitably related field
  • Extensive experience in qualitative research, design of instruments and preparing high-quality documents
  • Experience in data collection with diverse groups of education stakeholders.
  • Experience facilitating focus groups with students or families and interviewing diverse MOE staff.
  • Excellent oral communication and written skills in Spanish, English proficiency at least at reading level, is required.

Preferably, the applicant will possess:

  • Experience evaluating USAID programs

Level of Effort (LOE):  Up to 60 days. Only actual time spent is billable. Please see below table for a sample breakdown of suggested LOE by project task.

 

Activity 

Senior Local Education 

[1] 

Desk review of documents and secondary data5
Introductory meeting with USAID1
Introductory meeting with Implementing Partner(s)1
Draft evaluation inception report / work plan and data collection instruments; sampling framework7
Presentation to USAID of the Inception Report and Work Plan (virtual or in-person)1
Evaluation Team finalizes (following USAID feedback) and submits to USAID evaluation inception report / work plan, including design, methodology, and data collection tools; logistics2
Data Collection (includes any data collection tool test).18
Data analysis & coding, preliminary findings presentation preparation10
Preliminary Findings Presentation to USAID1
Preliminary Findings Presentation to IPs1
Draft Evaluation Report (includes two rounds of USAID reviews)10
Final Evaluation Report (including not more than a Two-page Briefer) following USAID feedback3
Total LOE 60 

Expected timeline:           February 2023 – August 20223

The closing date for application: February 15, 2022. Selection and interview will be performed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To apply, please merge both your CV and a cover letter into one pdf file and submit it through the online portal (SI online job portal).

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

[1] Evaluation SOW will state the method approved by USAID AND demonstrated in a Research Design Matrix.

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