The International Development Program (IDP) of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a not-for-profit research organization that provides applied social and behavior research and technical assistance to clients in developing countries, is seeking a Senior Educational Evaluation Specialist, with expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative program evaluations. This position will be based in the AIR Washington, D.C. (Georgetown) office and will require travel to project sites.
The Senior Educational Evaluation Specialist will work in conducting evaluations for a diverse array of clients, such as the US government, the United Nations agencies, and private foundations. There will be two main areas for the evaluation work: 1) internal evaluations of project effectiveness, focusing on educational outcomes such as student learning or teacher behavior; and 2) external evaluations of educational interventions and portfolios. You will work in a variety of settings, sometimes with other AIR evaluation specialists and assistants, and often with local evaluation teams in developing countries; as such, the successful candidate will have demonstrated progressive success, preferably in international settings, in designing and managing evaluations, conducting workshops and trainings, and transferring knowledge through written reports and presentations. The ability to work both independently and in a team setting is critical, as is the ability to present ideas clearly both orally and in writing.
A Ph.D. or equivalent in educational evaluation, measurement, statistics, quantitative and/or qualitative research, or another relevant field and at least 3 to 5 years conducting evaluations is required. Candidates with more experience and a master’s degree may be considered. The candidate should have broad, but appropriate, training and experience in evaluation design, budgeting, planning, management, implementation, and reporting. A strong background in educational research is highly desired. In addition to the above, some combination of the following skills is essential:
•Prior experience working with educational systems in developing countries. Experience in early grade reading is preferred;
•USAID-, UN-, EU-related, or other international development experience. An understanding of USAID’s evaluation approach is required, and experience in South Asia is preferred;
•Successful track record in designing, implementing, and managing program evaluations;
•Fluency in foreign languages (e.g., Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish);
•Familiarity with software such as SPSS;
•In-depth knowledge and application of standards such as the Program Evaluation Standards and/or the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards;
•Excellent training, writing, oral, and interpersonal skills.
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