Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Advisor, M & E Support Project, South Sudan

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Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Advisor, M & E Support Project, South Sudan

MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey’s international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and South Sudan. MSI currently employs 800 development experts in the fields of public sector management, monitoring and evaluation, governance, and anticorruption. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project Summary:

The Monitoring and Evaluation Support Project (MESP) provides technical, analytic, advisory, training, monitoring, evaluation, and related support services to assist USAID/South Sudan to effectively monitor, evaluate, and relay information about funded interventions.

Position Summary:

The Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor role is central to the development of a Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation culture. The Advisor will work with the MESP Chief of Party, MSI home office Technical Director, the Mission Program Office, and CLA Working Group in advancing the USAID/South Sudan learning agenda to guide program interventions. S/he will support and strengthen the Mission learning capacities, improving USAID’s staff and organizational practices and aptitudes throughout the Mission, its partners and with other key stakeholders.

This is a short term position and is expected to become full time. The position is based in Juba, but will involve travel throughout South Sudan.

Responsibilities:

· Develop and advance USAID’s learning agenda to guide program interventions.

· Coordinate the set up and work of the CLA working group within the mission and CLA steering committee.

· Lead consultations with implementing partners and other USAID stakeholders to better understand the design, causal pathways, and implementation conditions underlying the Operational Framework and its intended results.

· Coordinate with the USAID/South Sudan Conflict Advisor and the M&E unit to develop contextual monitoring plans, including an approach for monitoring and evaluating conflict dynamics and conflict sensitivity.

· Identify and establish working relationships with national and regional academic and research institutions which would serve as part of a development learning and knowledge management community-of-practice.

· Establish a network of key stakeholders and organize periodic opportunities for USAID to interact with representatives for the purpose of improving implementation, learning and performance.

· Investigate the potential for a portal for learning and knowledge management. Support the Mission’s involvement in a potential multi-donor, shared resource center.

· Design an organizational assessment of the Mission which will result in recommendations to improve USAID/South Sudan’s appreciation of collaborating, learning, and adapting, leadership and management styles, time and meeting management, and other practices.

· Create and administer a formal out-briefing and in-briefing process to maximize knowledge retention during regular staff turnover.

Qualifications:

Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field.
At least 10 years’ experience in international development, or work overseas in different cultural environments. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in countries in transition, complex crisis contexts, or high humanitarian needs situations. Private sector experience will be considered, provided it is obtained in a multi-cultural setting.
At least 5 years’ experience involving organizational learning and knowledge management, including coordination work amongst donors, implementing partners and government.
Be fully conversant with the latest organizational learning approaches and tools covering strategic planning and execution, leadership, management development, organizational design, and engagement strategies.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Fluency in spoken and written English.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com

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