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Results And Learning Leader At DEEPEN

Date Posted: 14/Oct/2013
Deadline: Not Specified


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DEEPEN is a five-year UK government-funded programme designed to improve the quality of education in private schools in Nigeria. The programme will support low-cost schools in particular and is initially focused on the private school market in Lagos. The Results and Learning Leader will design and manage the programme’s monitoring and results measurement system (MRM), providing strategic and practical guidance and assistance on all aspects of MRM to the Team Leader, Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader and four Intervention Leaders. The Results and Learning Leader will also be responsible for all research and knowledge generated through and disseminated from the programme. 

Poor performance and overcrowding in Lagos’ public school system have fuelled a vibrant and growing market in private education. Over 1 million children of primary and pre-primary age are now enrolled in 18,000 private schools with equal numbers of girls and boys. However, only a quarter of such schools are formally approved and consequently the quality of education they offer remains unknown and open to doubt. 

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria has initiated an innovative programme to use a market-development approach to improve learning outcomes in Lagos’ private schools. Through a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology, the DEEPEN programme will work through tailored interventions to create an enabling environment and improve the conditions for all private schools, with a particular focus on those that cater for girls and low-income families. Specifically, DEEPEN will aim to build capacity and incentives to stimulate wider initiatives and help parents make more informed choices on their children’s education. This will be achieved through interventions designed to address market constraints in four key and interrelated areas: rules and standards; information; pedagogy; and finance.


Job Description

The Results and Learning (R&L) Leader will have primary responsibility for all monitoring, results measurement, evaluation, research, information-gathering and dissemination within the programme. Working together with the Team Leader, the Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader and other team members, the R&L Leader will: 
• Develop an overarching strategy for MRM throughout the programme; 
• Design and develop an effective and up-to-date MRM system for the programme, using baseline data and quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate; 
•Manage the MRM system (and allocated budget) in accordance with best practices and, as a minimum, the Results Measurement Standard of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development; 
•Work closely with each of the four Intervention Leaders to ensure regular and effective MRM of their particular work stream (with particular reference to the programme logical framework (logframe)); 
•Oversee the use of key surveys and other instruments to evaluate the programme’s impact and adapt such surveys/instruments as appropriate; 
•Liaise with DFID, and its Results Adviser in particular, to measure progress and achievements against the logframe; 
•Coordinate and establish appropriate working protocols and practices for an independent research learning panel of international specialists to guide on the general research strategy; 
•Build a relationship and liaise regularly with the Education Operational Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN) programme to maximise learning through DEEPEN and to ensure the integrity, credibility and reliability of all data produced; 
Reporting and Reviews 
•Produce monthly reports on DEEPEN’s MRM and contribute to all formal and informal reporting to DFID; 
•Interpret the results of MRM findings, programme research, other research and wider experience and advise the Team Leader and Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader accordingly (for example, on which interventions show positive results and which don’t); 
•Participate in regular (at least quarterly) update meetings with DFID to discuss the programme’s progress; 
•Assist EDOREN and/or DFID (as appropriate) on programme statutory and/or annual reviews; 
Knowledge Generation and Dissemination 
•With guidance from the independent research learning panel and support from the Research Officer, work to generate rigorous research, evidence and learning through DEEPEN on how to improve the private education markets in and beyond Lagos and disseminate such information to agencies, governments and research organisations (in accordance with Output 6 of the current logframe); 
•Support the Communications Officer in developing an effective communications strategy for the programme, both to influence stakeholders (for example, policymakers) in Lagos and to advocate for or inform change outside of Lagos; 
•Guide and supervise external communications and the wider sharing of knowledge, including reviewing and checking external communications before issue/dissemination; 
•Oversee general knowledge management and activities to monitor and measure the impact of programme communications and their value for money; 
•Manage the overall R&L team, which is expected to include the line management of the Research and Communications Officers; 
•Assure the quality of all R&L activities and the deliverables produced by the Research and Communications Officers; 
Ensure that all aspects of MRM are disaggregated by gender and poverty (household income level) wherever possible to monitor the programme’s impact on girls and the poorest families specifically (poor families to be defined and agreed with DFID); 
Work to identify opportunities to maximise programme impact on learning by girls and children from the poorest families; 
Develop effective and professional relationships with key stakeholders in addition to DFID and EDOREN, such as the Lagos State Ministry of Education; 

Conduct any further activities as required by the Team Leader.

Candidate Specification

Competencies, Skills, Qualifications and Experience 
• Professional experience working on the monitoring, evaluation, results measurement and/or research of international development projects or programmes. 
• Up-to-date knowledge of best research/MRM practice and proven experience of using quantitative and qualitative methods (and associated software packages) in conducting research. 
• Education to at least Master’s level or equivalent. 
• Proven skills in analysing and interpreting evidence and data to guide and direct strategic programme decision-making. 
• Effective people, team and project management (including budgeting) skills. 
• Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing) with excellent writing skills. 
• Good organisational and communication skills. 
• Experience working in international and cross-cultural contexts. 
• Confidence/proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and email packages. 
• Attention to detail and accuracy. 
• Experience working on education projects or programmes, specifically those concerned with private education and/or low-cost private schools. 
• Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in projects or programmes with components of social development and/or poverty reduction. 
• Experience working with donor agencies (specifically DFID). 
• Experience conducting training and facilitating workshops in a developing and cross-cultural context.


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