Bethesda - REACH - Protocols and Metrics Specialist

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POST DATE 8/27/2016
END DATE 4/12/2017

University Research Co., LLC Bethesda, MD

Bethesda, MD
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Masters Degree


Job Description:

Protocols and Metrics Specialist

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and practitioners to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Please join us in carrying out our mission (

Reading Within Reach Project

The aim of this 5-year initiative is to build a Community of Practice, a professional network focused on improving reading outcomes in the primary grades. This network will bring together governments, program implementers, civil society organizations, academics, funders, UN agencies, and other stakeholders invested to work collaboratively to improve quality and expand the reach of reading interventions around the world. One of the key missions of the Global Reading Network is the facilitation of capacity building around knowledge, skills, and tools among professionals who are involved from multiple perspectives in reading programs.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Protocols and Metrics Specialist will lead all aspects of reading program protocols, metrics, and assessment work related to early grade reading program development, promotion, and review. He/she will develop and evaluate

* Standardized and customized decision trees for program design and troubleshooting,

* Costing models,

* Intervention protocols, and

* Formative/summative evaluation metrics for primary grade reading programs.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Development, and evaluation of early grades reading assessment policy, protocols, tools and processes;

* Support the consolidation of evidence on learning metrics and identification of related research priorities that address the knowledge-practice gap.

* Work with the Global Reading Network and USAID to develop best practice frameworks and instruments for assessing a) teacher practice; b) effects of parental involvement; c) early grades reading performance;

* Work with the Global Reading Network and USAID to develop, test, and disseminate instruments and tools, toolkits and videos and training packages to allow for large scale, global uptake to support the sector.

* Assistance with the use of data to ensure quality of program design and implementation at all levels to improve student learning outcomes;

* Coordination with any external efforts on reading-related protocols and metrics, sharing information widely to maximize uptake and efficiency and minimize redundancy;

* Oversight of related events, training, and communication

* Provide technical input in reports, studies, and policy briefs related to metrics and measures and the scalability and sustainability of reading programs.

* Advise network members about taking into account adaptations that may be required to address local conditions and barriers to education. This may include gender issues and issues related to geographic location, post-conflict conditions, and disability that must be kept in mind while designing models, protocols, and metrics.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess:

* A minimum of 10 years of experience in education research, involving a range of research activities and products

* Quantitative and qualitative experience, in reading or closely related technical area

* Quantitative and qualitative experience in early grades assessment, both formative and summative

* A minimum of five years of experience conducting research on education in developing countries

* Wide range of conference presentations and publications

* A Master s Degree or PhD in related field

* Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary team

* Ability and willingness to travel internationally

* Proficiency in French, Spanish or Arabic desirable

Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in the United States for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.