Save the Children is seeking a Strategic Learning Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Mozambique. The goal is to improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in a sustainable manner. The estimated implementation timeframe for the RFSA is 2021-2026. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the program and USAID approval of the candidate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Strategic Learning Advisor (SLA) will work closely with the Food Security Technical Coordinator/ Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager to ensure collaboration and linkages with external stakeholders across the program’s intervention areas, as well as to integrate active and intentional adaptive management exercises. The Advisor is responsible for: creating linkages between program participants and outcomes with other programs, institutions and stakeholders in the implementation area; supporting program impact and sustainability; establishing and implementing a program learning agenda; and ensuring strong collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) processes and activities within the program.
- Create a stakeholder map and stakeholder analysis to guide collaboration with other programs, initiatives and institutions to link beneficiaries to sustainable outcomes and enable the program’s theory of change.
- Create and manage a linkage plan to ensure collaboration between local actors, USAID-funded activity stakeholders, host country government stakeholders, donor agencies, the private sector, and other implementing agencies managing programs and creating policy in the target geographic areas.
- Contribute significantly to host country government relationship building and collaboration.
- Lead the formulation and implementation of a detailed program learning plan/ learning agenda, and manage associated learning partnerships and processes.
- Manage a program “change log” during the Refine period of the program (initial 12 -24 months), documenting changes to program design required as a result of formative research findings and operational planning discussions.
- Manage learning events and processes. Work with MEAL team members to ensure adaptations to the program theory of change as new information comes to light.
- Lead the creation and management of a detailed program knowledge management platform, ensuring full integration with other relevant knowledge management platforms.
- Create guidelines for CLA in the context of the program. Manage CLA ‘pause and reflect’ events and resulting adaptive management analysis, decision-making, program/ approach adjustments, training and follow-through.
- Contribute to the creation of a culture of openness, trust, and continuous improvement within the program team and with partners. Train team members on CLA in addition to ensuring peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, evidence and data utilization within the team.
Required Background and Experience
- Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant field and at least three years of relevant experience; or, a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of relevant experience. Relevant experience includes food and nutrition security-related learning processes, knowledge management, organizational learning and development, community of practice facilitation, and capacity strengthening.
- Familiarity with USAID/Food for Peace programming is preferred.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
- Strong tool/ curriculum development and training skills.
- Demonstrated, structured approach to coordination, sustainability planning, and linkage formulation.
- Demonstrated understanding and application of CLA is required.
- Demonstrated experience in facilitating learning and knowledge sharing processes, in establishing and managing dynamic feedback systems to capture experiential learning and unintended consequences, and fostering collaboration across teams or organizations is required.
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