Given these two new policies, USAID’s Middle East Bureau requested a situational analysis of nonstate schooling in the Middle East and North Africa to explore how nonstate schools (NSS) can help children and youth access quality learning opportunities. Nonstate schools include private, for-profit, non-profit, community, faith-based, and other non-governmental organizations that provide education opportunities for students, including refugees and IDPs.
As a follow-up to the initial situational analysis, a case study on nonstate schooling in Jordan will be developed with the participation of USAID/Jordan. The Jordan case study on nonstate schooling will attempt to fill in gaps identified by the initial situational analysis of nonstate schooling in the region, and collect local knowledge about the current role, trends, opportunities, and challenges that nonstate school actors and private sector education partners play in Jordan.
Social Impact has been asked by USAID to conduct a case study on nonstate schooling in Jordan. The study will be carried out in two phases, with the following objectives:
Phase I: Fill in knowledge gaps about the landscape of nonstate schools and nonstate school actors, policy conditions, and outcomes in Jordan identified by the regional desk review and situational analysis.
Phase II: Investigate nonstate schooling issues specific to Jordan as determined by consultations with the USAID Mission, the Jordan Ministry of Education, and other stakeholders.
Phase I activities will include remote data collection from nonstate education actors in the field, targeting schools, school networks (such as leagues or competitions around athletics or science, school franchises, or alignments with movements like Montessori or Gulen), relevant private sector partners, and their financial and management support systems, MOE and other ministry officials, and university professors, researchers, and trainers of teachers in Jordan. National and international assessment data, as well as other data that disaggregates by state and nonstate schools, will be collected and analyzed to shed light on comparative pupil outcomes such as performance on assessments, promotion and graduation rates, and post-secondary education and training where such data is available and reliable.
The activities for Phase II of this case study is contingent on agreement by the ME Bureau and Jordan Mission to pursue. Phase II will focus on nonstate schooling issues specific to Jordan that were not covered in the regional study or in Phase I of this study. These issues will be influenced by the findings and conclusions produced by Phase I, and determined through consultations with USAID Jordan, their government partners, and other stakeholders.
Further investigation into nonstate schooling in Jordan may include:
- School overcrowding and non-camp/urban refugee schooling
- Underserved communities in the South
- Out-of-school youth
- Children with disabilities
- Teacher rationalization and retention
The estimated period of performance for Phase I is from June 2020 through September 2020. Phase II will be contingent on USAID approval and would include data collection in September.
SI is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of Local Researcher on this Jordan nonstate schooling case study. The Local Researcher will be part of the research team (RT) and work on all client deliverables. In addition, the Local Researcher is responsible for contributing to research activities and the production and completion of the final report. The Local Researcher will participate in the development of the study design, research methods, instruments, and protocols; facilitate remote data collection and compilation; conduct data analysis and contribute to the drafting and finalizing of a final report and associated dissemination materials.
The expected start date is June and we anticipate this position will require roughly 30 days of LOE.
This is a temporary, part-time position reporting to the U.S.- based SI Project Director and working closely with the SI management team, as well as other RT members with evaluation, technical, and logistical support expertise.
- Assist the study team with navigating and communicating with the Jordan Ministry of Education and nonstate schools throughout Jordan.
- Participate in the development of the case study design report.
- Assist in organizing remote semi-structured interviews.
- Lead remote interviews conducted with relevant key personnel.
- Collect, clean, store, and manage both qualitative and quantitative data
- Contribute to data analysis and drafting of findings, conclusions, and recommendations matrix
- Contribute to the development and finalization of all project deliverables, including the design report, draft report(s), final report, and presentations.
- Provide translation of key documents from Arabic to English.
- Communicate research results to key stakeholders.
- Work closely with the evaluation research and SI HQ team; communicate in a timely and effective manner with all project personnel.
- At least five years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research on education, and nonstate schooling, including implementing analysis methods and developing research reports.
- Master’s degree in education, political science, international relations, social sciences, economics or any other relevant field.
- At least three years of experience conducting education research in Jordan and demonstrated knowledge of Jordanian education system and the Ministry of Education.
- Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in English required;
- Fluency in Jordanian Arabic required.
- Jordanian citizen or resident is preferred
- Experience effectively presenting findings and communicating with client, government, and non-government stakeholders.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to high quality standards.
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