The school to work transition study will focus on secondary school across the MENA region and what is needed to prepare youth to transition into the workforce and/or continuing education. The study will examine the existing secondary school systems in MENA and how they are, or are not, preparing young people with the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to successfully transition into work or further education.
The study will include overviews of each MENA country that USAID works in, looking at the current interventions within secondary schools, or those designed for secondary school aged youth, including both those within the formal curriculum of general education, in TVET, and non-formal curriculum programs and activities. Three focal areas will be used to investigate secondary school interventions: academic (formal curriculum), technical/professional (TVET and professional training), and career/livelihood (nonformal curriculum/ personal development). In the academic and technical/professional training areas, the study will focus on youth in secondary schools, but out-of-school youth will also be considered in the career/livelihood area. The working definitions and frameworks that fall within these focal areas will be fully developed as part of the design report of the study. These will include positive youth development (PYD). The study will also feature positive deviance examples that are working well in the region, including examples of what USAID is already doing, as well as other interventions initiated by governments, other donors, or through public, private partnerships that are perceived to be promising “models.”
Social Impact is seeking a Senior Specialist – Academic Interventions to provide technical guidance in support of the School to Work Transition Study. The Senior Specialist will have expertise in secondary school-level curricula pertaining to career development, school-to-work transition, and personal growth including academic advising and guidance. The Senior Specialist will also have knowledge of formal and informal curriculum designed to develop students’ soft skills such as communication, self-confidence, leadership, and critical thinking. This is a part-time, remote consulting position requiring a total of 40 days of work.
- Conduct desk review of relevant literature with support of a Junior Specialist and contribute to analytic frame development.
- Develop country-specific briefs on academic interventions in each of the 11 case study countries as well as a PowerPoint presentation outlining key findings and conclusions.
- Lead qualitative data collection such as key informant interviews (KIIs) and assist with data analysis.
- Produce high-quality PowerPoint presentation for a case study workshop to validate findings, conclusions, and lessons learned as well as a case study report with a general overview and sections related to each case study country.
- Communicate regularly with the Team Leader and other SI HQ staff to provide status updates on data collection and the production of deliverables.
- Master’s degree in education or another relevant field with eight years of relevant work experience.
- Experience conducting qualitative data collection and analysis on donor-funded projects.
- Expertise in developing and/or evaluating formal and non-formal secondary school-level curriculum or services pertaining to career development, school-to-work transition, and personal growth including academic advising and guidance in MENA countries.
- Prior experience conducting assessments, evaluations, or other research studies in the education sector for USAID.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required. Arabic proficiency strongly preferred.
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