Would you like to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education worldwide?
Hello! We’re excited to see you found your way to this job opening. That must mean you share our ambition to ensure learners around the world enjoy their fundamental human right to quality education, without exception.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
But first things first. Allow us to introduce ourselves, drawing on the great mystery behind our name. Since our establishment in 1982, VVOB’ has evolved from a complex (Dutch) acronym to a stand-alone concept meaning education for development :
VVOB stands for commitment’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
VVOB stands for integrity’ and mutual respect’ in working with our partner organisations across 10 countries / 3 continents.
VVOB stands for quality’ and innovation’ of everything we do in our effort to improve education worldwide.
Purpose of the function :
The Research and Learning Advisor is to be based in Quito, with extensive travel to the field operations in mentioned provinces, for protracted periods of time.
Reporting to the Country Programmes Manager, the Research and Learning Advisor works in close collaboration with the VVOB Education Advisors and Coordinators and supports all investigation, M&E and formulation activities / processes.
The Research and Learning advisor is responsible for the research led by VVOB and its partners as well as of the formulation of activities / processes, and is actively involved in the M&E of VVOB's programmes in Ecuador.
S)he reports directly to the Country Programmes Manager.
Your responsibilities :
The Research and Learning advisor acts like an expert, quality caretaker and role model.
you guide the formulation of the new programmes with the VVOB programme team;
you support the M&E advisor and VVOB programme team in the construction of correspondent logframes and indicators and instruments for data collection both qualitatively and quantitatively;
You assist other VVOB Advisors in monitoring and evaluating programme results, through further development and implementation of a VVOB Ecuador M&E system;
you lead the reporting and closure of both running projects in 2021 ensuring that all narrative reporting requirements are supported by timely and accurate programme and activity reports;
you conduct visits to field sites to observe, monitor, and provide guidance and support to ensure that quality data is collected and analyzed regularly and effectively;
you identify relevant research domains related to the VVOB programme & elaborate terms of reference for M&E, research and systematization consultancies & ensure a close follow up on this from start to end;
you create a clear evidence-base to underpin decisions and changes to our programmes & actively promote evidence-based learning within VVOB Ecuador;
you take part in networking and advocacy in education sector working groups and taskforces in which VVOB Ecuador is active and you establish and maintain strong linkages with research partners in the development sector;
You initiate, supervise and improve the process of internal and external knowledge development and change;
You are actively engaged in expanding VVOB’s funding base (liaising with potential donors, writing proposals).
If you’re our Research & Learning advisor, your workweek at the office will include the following highlights :
To maintain a strong linkage with national research partners, you have an exchange meeting with a national investigation center, the National Direction of Investigation of the Ministry of Education or the National Institute for Education Evaluation.
You give a presentation during an online conference on recent research related to evidence based decision making.
You seek synergy and cooperation with other donors such as UN agencies, and the Organisation of Ibero-American States amongst others;
You organise an internal training for VVOB on systematisation and later that week an external training for partners on high quality evidence and data collection;
Lunch! A perfect way to informally check in with some of your colleagues, within or outside our organisation, involved in other aspects of the programme;
You gather and analyse data in the field through surveys, focus group or other methodologies and instruments defined in the monitoring plans to produce high quality data and reporting, in function of the internal learning needs of the programme and donor requirements;
In a team meeting with the programme team, you share some interesting articles on TVET and teacher training, as further inspiration for the team.
Note that the function profile can be revised in the course of the implementation of the programme to ensure achievement of all set targets.
Any other duties can be assigned by the Country Programmes Manager in line with the position holder’s capacities.
Qualifications, experience & competencies you bring to our team :
Language : Fluent in English and Spanish
Relevant Master degree or Doctoral degree;
Minimum 5 years of experience in programme and / or project management preferably in international development cooperation, in particular on M&E;
Experience with networking and communication strategies;
Research experience preferably in the education sector.