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Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Specialist

Company profile: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Background: To support USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region and to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC implements a two-year mission support program (optional third year) to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR). The Mission Support for the Journey to Self-Reliance Pivot (MSP) supports USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.

Scope of Work:

As a member of the MSP Organizational Development team, the MSP Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Specialist will:

  • Coordinate and facilitate CLA discussions with DO/project teams and other stakeholders for the development of the Mission’s CLA Plan (as part of the Mission’s broader performance management plan), pulling together inputs in order to prepare a draft for the Mission’s review
  • Track progress on the CLA Plan and support its implementation
  • Review Implementing Partner (IP) Activity CLA Plans at the request of USAID
  • Lead CLA capacity building and training activities for Mission staff, IPs and other Mission stakeholders (e.g., local development organizations)
  • Facilitate Pause & Reflect activities and After-Action Reviews (AARs)
  • Work with USAID to coordinate the Mission’s CLA Champions group meetings and share new and timely CLA resources with them
  • Lead on CLA Case Study development
  • Work with MSP’s Performance Quality Improvement team to advise on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Adaptive Management (MEL4AM) approaches
  • Support exit interviews of departing Mission staff
  • Support development of learning agendas, implementation of the learning activities included in the learning agendas (including learning events) and track progress
  • Support data analysis on the CLA index and other OD-related activity MEL plan indicators
  • Coordinate status updates on Mission Office goal progress

Deliverables for each multi-day

  • Design and facilitation of CLA training
  • Development of CLA agendas/strategies for USAID and implementing partners
  • Facilitation support for the CLA Champions Group
  • CLA Plan for the Mission PMP
  • CLA Case Studies
  • Support for high performing teams

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, communications, social sciences, or a related field. Master’s is preferred.
  • At least five years of experience with CLA, organizational learning, change management, monitoring and evaluation, communications and/or knowledge management in the international development sector.
  • Familiarity with USAID’s objectives, approaches and operations, particularly as they relate to the Program Cycle and CLA’s role in it.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with local professionals, international donor organizations, civil society and private sector, host country government counterparts, and other implementing partners in developing countries.
  • Experience designing and delivering learning events.
  • Experience with designing and facilitating meetings and trainings.
  • Must be a legal resident of Kenya.
  • Excellent communication skills and strong proficiency in written and spoken English.

LOE or Contract Length:

The CLA Specialist is a full-time position and is expected to start working in January 2021 for a period of approximately 10 months through Mid October 2021. There is also potential for a 1-year extension if USAID exercises the third option year on the MSP contract.