Data and Metrics Specialist
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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Data a n d Metrics Specialist

"Building Evidence and Supporting Innovation to Improve Primary Grade Reading Assistance”

“ I m p roved rea d ing skills for 100 m illion children in p r i m ary grades by 2015.”

The focus of t h is program will be to streng t hen h ig h i m pact packages of interventi o ns, expandi n g the approaches to me a sur e ment, strengthening strategies fo r scale and en suring that all children learn to read. The Data and Metrics Specialist:
· Supports development of metrics and measures around components of reading programs.
· Develops, as s ess e s and ev a luates standa rd ized and custo m i z ed deci s ion trees for program d e sign and trouble-shoo t ing, costi n g m odels, intervention prot o c ols and formative/s u mmative evaluation m etrics for primary grade reading progr a m s.
· A ssi s ts with the use of data to ensure quali t y of program design and i m ple m entat i on at all levels to i m prove student learning o u tco m es.
· Consolidates evidence and supports development of reports, studies, operational manuals, and policy briefs in related areas and approaches for scale/sustainability.
· Supports the identification of research priorities that address knowledge-practice gap.
· P rovides technical assistance to the program and the Primary Grade Children Reading Community of Practice on issues related to i mproving metrics, measurement, scale and sustainability of programs
· Coordinates with external groups and agencies undertaking efforts on reading-r e lated protoco l s and metrics, sharing inf or mation widely to m axi m ize uptake and efficiency and m ini m i ze redundan c y.
· Takes into account adaptations required to address local conditions and barriers to education, including gender issues and issues related to geographic location, post-conflict conditions, and disability in design of models, protocols, and metrics.
· Provides ov e rsight for related events, training a n d c o mmunications.

Experience & Education:

· Mini m u m of 5 y ears exper i ence in education resea rch , involving a range of research acti v ities and products.
· 2 years experience conducting q u alitative and quantitative, in reading, or a closely related technical area of education in developing countries required.
· Candidat es with a wide range of public a tions and conference presentations preferred.
· Maste r ' s de g ree in a related field required; Ph . D. preferred.
· Candidates speaking F r ench, Spanish or Arabic in addition t o Eng l ish preferred.

For over 45 years, URC has sought to combine the idealism of academic research with the pragmatism necessary in the real world. URC took its name from the founding partners, university professors who brought together talented people from the academic and scientific communities to address challenges of the 1960s and 1970s such as Head Start, hospital modernization, alcohol and drug abuse, and model cities.

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