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Senior Technical Advisor, Education for Development Division

Creative Associates International

Washington, DC, United States

Position Summary:

The work of Creative’s Education for Development Division aligns closely with Goals #1 and #3 of USAID’s current Education Strategy, namely: Improved Reading Skills for Children in Primary Grades; and Increased Access to Education in Crisis and Conflict Environments. The ED Division at Creative holds Indefinite Quantity Contracts with USAID’s Office of Education to design and implement early reading programs globally, in addition to education in conflict-prone areas. The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) provides expert technical leadership to both Practice Areas and serves as the lead technical advisor to both Practice Area Directors. The STA brings specialized state-of-the art thinking, and contributes to program design and the development of approaches, methodologies, materials and tools. By contributing to targeted market positioning activities, participating in captures, and contributing to proposal design and preparation, the incumbent supports the business objectives of the Education for Development Division.

Reporting & Supervision:

The incumbent provides direct technical oversight and support to Creative’s two Practice Areas in the Education for Development Division: Education in Conflict; and Instructional Systems Strengthening. Although he/she is supervised by the Senior VP for Education, the incumbent reports to the two Practice Area Directors in providing the necessary technical support for existing and prospective education programs. In addition, the incumbent supports the Practice Area Directors’ staff by making recommendations on sharpening the skills of staff through mentoring, recommended training, and other means.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Creative education programming noted for technical excellence, creativity and positive beneficiary-impact through expert-level contributions to the approach, design and implementation of projects;
  • Creative education programming aligned with and advancing the promise of Goals One and Three, and future sanctioned objectives, through active technical leadership divisionally, and development and evolution of Creative’s tools and approaches;
  • Acceptance by and significant role in the community of education-for-development leaders through substantive thought-leadership contributions and the associated development and execution of the Education for Development Division’s strategic and business plan objectives;
  • Technical eminence in education-for-development as established through state-of-the-art thought and representation in various external fora, and through technical mentoring of Creative’s cadre of education technical professionals internally.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a subject-matter expert and technical lead in developing reading offerings and solutions, including project design, operationalization of reading strategies, and implementation of large-scale reading programs;
  • Provides expert technical support to projects, including development of reading program and materials, teacher professional development, and capacity building of government and local partners;
  • Contributes to bid strategy formulation and writes technical sections of proposals;
  • Leads thought leadership in early grade reading practice and represents the firm in specialized reading circles;
  • Supports the Ed division in developing and/or expanding its research agenda and other efforts to generate evidence in early grade reading;
  • Contributes to Creative’s business processes, including the annual business plan, strategies, and project reviews;
  • Contributes to the development of a top-tier STTA bench.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or a closely-related field;
  • 12 years of experience implementing basic education projects in international settings;
  • 5 years of specific experience in early grade reading, including: development of early grade reading materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and tests and assessments, including EGRA;
  • Prior experience implementing USAID-funded projects;
  • Ability to work closely with host country governments and local organizations and stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and superior writing skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability and willingness to travel (destination may include post-conflict countries);
  • Strong team player and ability to mentor young professionals;
  • Creative’s Fitness for Duty Requirements must be met prior to international travel.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Academic specialization in early grade reading is highly desirable;
  • Ph.D. in education or related area;
  • Ability to measure basic foundational skills for literacy in the early grades;
  • Ability to assess reading and comprehension;
  • Knowledge of a balanced literacy framework, early literacy competencies and reading diagnostic measures;
  • Knowledge of mother tongue-to-English transition instruction strategies;
  • Experience conducting research, data management, and statistical analysis.
  • Fluency in a second language (Arabic, French and/or Spanish).

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