PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Life Skills Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor expands WV’s global understanding of and contribution to life skills learning outcomes assessment and improves evaluation, documentation, credibility, and dissemination of our life skills program results and policy initiatives. Life skills learning outcomes include spiritual and values development, and the skills and competencies required for children to participate as citizens and agents of change in their families and communities. S/he ensures consistency and rigor in our evaluations across sites with a focus on life skills education programming.
- Lead WV’s learning outcomes research, building capacity in the organization for evidence-driven adolescent life skills education programming and improving our measurement of subjective well-being, including spiritual development. Lead World Vision efforts to generate and utilise life skills assessment evidence to improve programs. Thoroughly test and build our program strategies in order to enable scale up of programs.
- Collaborate with relevant sector and thematic teams to adapt the current adolescent life skills, subjective well-being, spiritual development and children and adolescent empowerment tools and guidance to support any recommended changes in the compendium for use by the field staff who further adapt and test these tools for use in their own contexts. Evaluate the adolescent assessment tools currently in WV’s compendium of indicators and make recommendations, paying particular attention to sampling methods, for subsequent editions of the compendium. Assist with the review of the thresholds WV has set for mandating education improvement programming in WV program impact areas with a view for setting minimum standards for adolescent life skills learning programs.
- Provide oversight, vision and leadership to the incorporation of other sector/theme-led life skills improvement practices into integrated life skills learning programs for children and youth 12-18 years of age. Build and oversee, in conjunction with counterparts in other WV technical sectors and cross-cutting-themes, the Education & Life Skills portfolio of partnership-led adolescent life skills improvement research and action learning projects.
- Engage with the Search Institute and other reputable agencies involved in gathering evidence on improved life skills/internal assets for adolescent to establish recognised and measurable systems for monitoring life skills learning across multiple WV technical sectors and cross-cutting themes (CCTs).
- Provide technical oversight to life skills assessment publications for internal and external audiences.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Master's Degree in Education at a minimum (doctorate preferred)
- Thorough understanding of research design, sampling and both qualitative and quantitative
- Advanced quantitative data analysis skills
- 10 years experience in education development-related work in international settings.
- 10 years experience with applied education/life skills or development related research
- Prior experience supporting/mentoring junior researchers
- Strong qualitative education research skills
- Experience using SBSS
- Network of practicing life skills professionals
- Experience using the Development Assets Approach to youth development
- Strong community engagement skills and experience
- International experience supporting positive youth development