World Learning seeks a qualified Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist for a five-year USAID-funded Uzbekistan Youth Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Activity. The purpose of the Activity is to equip youth in grades 8 -11 with the necessary skills as they prepare to enter Uzbekistan’s economy as skilled employees or entrepreneurs. In order to achieve the Activity’s purpose, the Uzbekistan Youth Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Activity will focus on the following intermediate results: i) improved quality of school-based economics and entrepreneurship programs; ii) improved quality of afterschool entrepreneurship, soft skills and work readiness programs; and iii) strengthened enabling environment to support and engage youth. The designated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist will work closely with the project’s MEL Lead to coordinate a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) and support other research related to objectives 1 and 2. This position reports jointly to the World Learning Technical Lead and to the project’s MEL Lead, with technical oversight from World Learning staff based in Washington, DC. The preferred start date for the position is May 15, 2022.
• Project-wide field coordination of a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), comparing the skills and workforce outcomes of beneficiaries of new in-school curriculum and afterschool activities, to a control group that is not participating in these programs.
o Support design of the RCT, coordination with project stakeholder committees on RCT design approvals, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) application, under guidance from World Learning HQ-based staff and with participation of the project’s MEL Lead
o Support contextual adaptation, piloting and validation of teacher and mentor observation tools, and a student soft skills assessment, under guidance from World Learning HQ-based staff and the MEL Lead
o Support the World Learning Technical Lead in onboarding schools and afterschool clubs to their role in the RCT, whether treatment or control, and the calendar for implementation.
o Coordinate collection of baseline and endline data on teacher practices, mentor practices, and student skills
o Track implementation of teacher and mentor training and coaching participation, and availability and uptake of teaching and learning materials, for comprehensive documentation of the “treatment” applied
o Coordinate collection of graduate tracer study data
o Support data cleaning, analysis, and written outputs on RCT findings
o Support integration of RCT findings into program adaptations
• Upload RCT related information periodically to DevResults; continue collecting data using teacher and mentor observation tools after the conclusion of the RCT
• Support the MEL Lead in other project baseline and endline studies including labor market assessments, business case studies, and a qualitative contextual baseline study on current practices and perspectives in economics and entrepreneurship in-school and afterschool programming
• Support development of in-school examinations materials for economics and entrepreneurship
• Track web analytics for use of the project’s online supplementary teaching and learning materials for objectives 1 and 2, and recommend new strategies and adaptations based on those trends.
• Identify and promote innovative solutions to promoting data-based decision making among the program staff for objectives 1 and 2
• Contribute towards the development of programmatic reports and other learning materials using evidence generated by the program, including a report on the randomized controlled trial
• In coordination with the Technical Lead and the MEL Lead, provide relevant data to inform the project’s programmatic reviews and other learning activities related to the project’s adaptive management approach
• Other responsibilities that may be assigned
• Uzbek citizenship or residency with work authorization is required
• Bachelor’s degree in an area related to education, statistics, data management, economics, or other related field
• At least 5-7 years of relevant experience supporting the implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for donor-funded projects
• Theoretical understanding of randomized controlled trials (RCT); experience supporting an (RCT) study preferred
• Demonstrated expertise in data collection and management methods; familiarity with M&E databases and database software
• Knowledge of USAID’s system of indicators, results, and reporting preferred
• Ability to work across various teams with excellent interpersonal skills
• Willingness to travel frequently to project sites outside of Tashkent
• Commitment to the principles of inclusive approaches to programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.
• Professional fluency in English in both written and oral communication.
• Fluency in either Russian or Uzbek.