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Local Education Specialist/Research Assistant

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally-driven, organizational and institutional performance improvements, and shift the development model into one that is bottom-up and ongoing. We leverage existing knowledge along with new technologies and innovative business models to support local reform that is sustained through market forces. Since our inception in 2004, we have supported over 60 education-focused local organizations such as primary schools, government agencies, vocational training entities, universities, and education non-profit organizations worldwide.

Scope and Objectives

The Kaizen Company is seeking a Local Education Specialist/Research Assistant for an upcoming USAID-funded project focused on the Project Appraisal Document (PAD) Evaluation in Morocco. The project seeks to conduct a performance evaluation of USAID/Morocco’s education sector, assessment of several active awards, and how these support the Development Objectives of USAID/Morocco. Anticipated to begin June 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Support the Principal Investigator to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to cleaning and analyzing data
  • Provide support to field-based evaluation work, data analysis and interpretation
  • Assist in the dissemination of reports by supporting the writing of analytical reports and journal articles 
  • Provide technical expertise on the education sector in Morocco to inform the performance evaluation of early grade reading and literacy programs
  • Ensure that data collection methodologies are inclusive of multilingual and disability populations and gender
  • Assist evaluation team to ensure monitoring and evaluating systems appropriately measure progress against education-specific outputs and results
  • Oversee consistent and systematic tracking and reporting of all research
  • Draft and review key technical documents and reports as related to education interventions and practice
  • Propose strategies to increase project/program impact in early childhood education

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in sociology, anthropology, education, or related field with relevant experience in ethnographic research, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience working in development, preferably education or another social sector, preferably conducting qualitative research.
  • Experience conducting site visits, key informant interviews, focus group discussions.
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo or ATLAS.ti.
  • Strong qualitative, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Fluency in French in addition to English, preferred

Desired

  • Experience in the education sector in Morocco
  • Experience in MENA region 
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