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Scope and Objectives
The Kaizen Company is seeking a Strategic Learning Advisor for the four remaining years of a five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity in Niger. The goal is to improve food and nutrition security and resilience among extremely poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in a sustainable manner.
The program is a highly integrated, multi-sectoral food security intervention. The Strategic Learning Advisor will work closely with the Chief of Party and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Accountability Manager to ensure collaboration and linkages with external stakeholders across the program’s intervention areas, as well as to integrate active and intentional adaptive learning 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 collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) processes and activities within the program.
The Strategic Learning Advisor will be based in Zinder, with regular travel to and work in Niamey. Applicants should share their immediate availability, as well as a cover letter that clearly explains how their qualifications align with the responsibilities enumerated below. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applicants should also consider tailoring their CVs to the role to assist the evaluation team in understanding their qualifications and alignment with the post.
Contribute significantly to host country government relationship building and collaboration.
Lead the implementation and updating of the activity’s Learning Agenda.
Manage learning events and processes. Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (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 Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE/ RISE II) and 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, and evidence and data utilization within the team.
Lead the production and dissemination of documentation pertaining to the above.
- Excellent written communication and presentation skills in French and English (French being the activity’s primary working language and English the primary reporting language)
- Strategic communication experience
- Strong tool/curriculum development and training skills.
- Demonstrated understanding and application of USAID’s CLA approach preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to lead in efforts to collaborate and coordinate with external partners and donors, including government, NGOs, UN agencies and others
- Ability to closely coordinate communications and learnings internally within and across teams within the organization
- Experience in adaptive management, including training, coaching, and mentoring members of the team
- Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant field.
- At least five years of demonstrated experience in food security, knowledge management, organizational learning, and/or capacity strengthening.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly.
- Strong writing skills in English and French; French language proficiency is required as this is the working language of the activity
- This position is open to both locals and expatriates.