Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist – Mozambique – Early Grade Reading

  • Maputo, Mozambique
  • Full-time

Company Description

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Job Description

The main goal of the USAID Improved Learning Outcomes in Primary Education (SABER) activity will be to improve the reading and math skills of Mozambican children, using a bilingual model. The project will support the Government of the Republic of Mozambique’s (GRM) efforts to improve the quality of education in Mozambique. USAID SABER responds to the Ministry of Education and Human Development’s (MINEDH) education sector strategic needs and ensures sustained impact and cost-effective implementation, adopting a local-based model which effectively collaborates and ensures capacity development and transfer of responsibilities to local government institutions for sustainability and continuity, while maintaining effective partnership and consultations with MINEDH’s central institutions.

SABER will build on USAID Mozambique’s evidence and results under the current USAID-supported Vamos Ler (VL) program and use lessons learned to further improve early grade reading outcomes in Mozambique, targeting mostly rural communities via bilingual education. USAID SABER will utilize the grade 3 primary bilingual students supported by the USAID VL program to help bilingual students complete the primary education cycle to grade 6, where classroom instruction will become monolingual and only in Portuguese. Following MINEDH’s bilingual education strategy, USAID SABER will benefit children from rural disadvantaged communities, particularly girls, who do not yet speak Portuguese. USAID SABER will provide services ensuring that teachers and school administrators prioritize and improve student learning. Innovative approaches will be particularly encouraged for effective learning results.  

Position Description

The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (SMES) establishes and manages the overall activity system to track progress towards meeting contract results, indicators and targets. The individual will ensure that performance monitoring, action research, and evaluations are consistent with program results and track activity progress towards achieving targets and results. The SMES will manage and coordinate field-based monitoring and evaluation specialists, and any other staff responsible to performance monitoring, oversight, and data collection and reporting. The individual shall ensure that the methodologies proposed by the contractor to measure the program impact on access, retention, reading and learning outcomes, school safety, community engagement, gender, disability-inclusive, and conflict sensitive measures, are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported.

Please Note: This position is not eligible for relocation or posting allowances and the salary will be paid in Mozambican metical.

The candidate for the position of Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:

Qualifications

Education:

Master’s Degree in education, research methods or another relevant social science is required.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 10 years designing, monitoring, and evaluating programs in the education sector;
  • At least 8 years demonstrated success and experience in monitoring results and indicators of education access and quality, learning outcomes, and community engagement;
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis is required;
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations;
  • Experience in leading, managing, and/or coordinating multi-site research/evaluation efforts;
  • Experience organizing, implementing and reporting on early grade reading assessments of oral reading fluency and early grade mathematics assessments (EGRA/EGMA);
  • Writing reports and presentations, including data visualization; and
  • Prior experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

Language:

Fluency in English and professional proficiency in written and spoken Portuguese are required. Working knowledge of a Mozambican language or other Bantu language is preferred, but not required.

Additional Information

EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.