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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

FHI 360 is the prime implementer of USAID’s Tuberculosis Private Sector Activity which aims to contribute to national goals to reduce tuberculosis (TB) incidence and mortality by increasing the number of private provider clients who are correctly diagnosed, notified and receive quality TB services. The project is seeking a Learning and Adaptation Specialist to work in close collaboration on this project with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Communication (MERLC) Team and Technical Team in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Learning and Adaptation Specialist will be responsible for managing the USAID TBPS learning, research, and adaptation functions. This position assists MERLC Advisor to ensure that USAID TBPS utilizes learning, knowledge, and research results for ongoing adaptive management. This includes supporting the development and implementation of a series of research studies as part of the implementation of the Activity MEL plan, research agenda and collective action processes amongst USAID TBPS partners and key stakeholders with a particular focus on ensuring adequate dissemination and demonstrable use of the research findings, including presentations in scientific conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. The Learning and Adaptation Specialist will work in close collaboration with the USAID TBPS Technical Team and Field Operation Team to implement these tasks, consistent with the USAID collaborative partnership, learning and adaptation (CLA) framework, and being flexible, innovative and iterative.

Job Description

  • Support to the collective action agendas

Provide support to the development of research agendas by USAID TBPS partners and key stakeholders. This includes providing facilitation and technical support as needed, and the ongoing review, adaptation and updating of the agendas to align with contextual changes and CLA framework by adopting Developmental Evaluation principles.

  • Implementation of the research agenda

Work with the USAID TBPS team to implement the research activities outlined in the MEL plan, including:

  • Develop research designs for research topics in the Activity MEL plan and coordinate development of the broader program research agenda
  • Identify and scope research and evaluation activities that are required from the collective action agendas by partners or relate to USAID TBPS strategies and assumptions;
  • Provide direction including commissioning relevant analytics, research, and learning and providing input to methods proposed and quality assurance and oversight to the implementation and findings, including of final products;
  • Support the use of remote research methods as necessary;
  • Ensure that research products delivered are consistent with both USAID and FHI 360 guidelines such as collaborative partnership, diversity, equality and inclusion; and
  • Ensure that any relevant findings feed into the USAID TBPS strategies and that communications are accessible to a broad audience and contribute to the achievement of TBPS’ objectives.
  • Learning, knowledge and adaptive management

Implementation of the learning and reflection activities in the program MEL plan, including:

  • Support the synthesis and analysis of information from the MEL system and research activities in preparation for learning activities;
  • Contribute to facilitation and organization of regular reflection workshops to support program learning and adaptation;
  • Contribute to the facilitation of events that support the transfer of ideas and experiences beyond to USAID TBPS partners and key stakeholders;
  • Provide strategic inputs to the Senior Leadership Team as to the implications for USAID TBPS’ strategic direction of research and learning findings;
  • Contribute to preparation and on-time delivery of research reports, quarterly and annual reports, and other TBPS deliverables;
  • Present to internal and external stakeholders about program learnings; and
  • Knowledge Management including management and coordination of knowledge management systems and activities.
  • Write and edit technical documents and or research reports.
  • Assist with publications in peer-reviewed journals, web pages, and presentations to key stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or its International Equivalent in Public Health, Research, International Development, Medical Sciences, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences or other related discipline.
  • 5+ years’ experience working on large donor funded programs, and working in a diverse team;
  • Typically requires at least 2 years of experience on operational research or evaluation activities, and knowledge of a range of research methods, including community-based randomized trials, quasi-experimental studies and mixed-method research;
  • Prior working experiences on research protocol development, data management, report writing, and publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Previous experience working with USAID and a sound knowledge of USAID’s reporting and performance management processes preferred;

Specific Skills and Knowledge

  • Understanding of adaptive management principles and experience of applying these within programs;
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of GESI and Health Policy issues in Indonesia;
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with GOI, USAID and Private Sector;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, quantitative (STATA, SPSS, R), and qualitative analytical (NVivo, Dedoose) software and other technology required for digital or remote data collection.
  • Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices with research utilization, methodology, implementation, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent quantitative and/or qualitative and analytical skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated research and evaluation project management skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to resolve issues with new concepts and approaches to ensure research objectives are met.

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