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Assistant Research Coordinator, Retrospective Study of USAID-Supported Youth Development Activities, Jordan

Location: Jordan

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Assistant Research Coordinator, Retrospective Study of USAID-Supported Youth Development Activities, Jordan

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

 Project Background: 

According to USAID, positive youth development (PYD) engages youth along with their families, communities and/or governments so that youth are empowered to reach their full potential. PYD approaches build skills, assets and competencies; foster healthy relationships; strengthen the environment; and transform systems. Multiple scientific studies have found that high levels of developmental strengths result later in life in (a) lessened risk behaviors; (b) increased academic achievement; (c) increased contributions to school and community; and (d) higher levels of other thriving indicators. By examining a set of defined competencies by youth engaged in USAID/Jordan programs, and retrospectively collecting stories of education and training, leadership and civic engagement, and employment outcomes, USAID/Jordan can better support Jordanian youth realize their potential, grow as healthy adults and be able to contribute effectively to the social, political, and economic development of their country.

USAID/Jordan has supported many programs/interventions for youth ages 10-29 years through the Education and Youth Office, Democracy and Governance, Economic Development and Health Offices. The strategic focus of the USAID/Jordan education and youth development portfolio is to improve the quality of Jordanian education and services offered to youth through interventions targeting youth learning and skills development practices. These interventions aim at minimizing rote learning, promoting learner-centered approaches, developing skills central to a vibrant private sector and well-governed public institutions, and nurture an educational environment that is conducive to practicing critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and respect for others. Supporting youth civic engagement empowers youth to take an active role in their communities, take part in decision making as well as help promote good citizenship.

Project Objective: 

The Retrospective Youth Study will aim to deepen USAID/Jordan’s understanding of youth participant outcomes in the last 10 years and focus on participants aged 10-29 years at the time of the intervention. The study will “look back” and engage previous participants and alumni of youth who have engaged in USAID interventions, and collect stories of “developmental transformations” or positive change. This would entail locating a cohort of youth graduates from previous USAID activities, and inviting them to participate in this study. This study will also examine the acquisition and utilization developmental competencies that youth graduates have acquired that they cite as transformative, and/or key to positive outcomes in their personal, professional, or civic life, such as self-efficacy, self-esteem, leadership, community engagement, and civic participation.

The  findings will improve USAID’s understanding of effective youth development practices with regard to specific sub-populations, such as lower-income young women living in urban areas or young men with lower education attainment living in camps, dropouts, etc. The positive youth development (PYD) model will be used as a framework for defining effective youth development activities, and a framework for identifying the developmental competencies examined in this study will be developed during the scoping mission phase in coordination the Jordan Mission staff.  Existing models such as the 21st Century Skills Competencies and other PYD models will be used as starting points.

Most importantly, the retrospective youth study will shed light on the sources of resilience and positive choices made by vulnerable and at-risk youth, sources of motivation toward productive engagement in their communities, and also effective ways of harnessing support of their families and communities over time. An improved understanding of what works in ensuring sustained positive engagement of vulnerable and at-risk young people in Jordan will result in more effective programming and sustained intervention results.

The proposed objectives of this study are as follows:

  1. Collect data and stories of “developmental transformations” (positive change) from participants of USAID-supported youth activities over the last 10 years in multiple sectors. The stories will focus on education and employment outcomes, developmental competency acquisition and utilization, leadership, community and civic engagement, and other outcomes related to USAID development objectives. The cohort from whom the stories and data will be collected will be made up of former and current youth participants of USAID-supported activities with a minimum rate of participation to be established during the scoping phase.
  2. With direct participation by youth and other stakeholders, analyze the data and stories collected to determine the most significant developmental transformations that produced positive outcomes in education and training, employment, leadership, or civic and community engagement, and catalogue the perceived barriers to youth achieving their personal, educational, and professional goals.
  3. Produce conclusions and recommendations that guide USAID in designing and supporting future youth development activities in Jordan.

**Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Jordanian citizenship will be considered.**

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a team of four youth research coordinators and provide regular updates to lead research coordinator.
  • Assist the lead research coordinator in preparing youth research coordinators for fieldwork.
  • Oversee quantitative and qualitative data collection, provide quality assurance, and conduct random back checks of data collected.
  • Participate in qualitative data collection activities.
  • Assist in obtaining secondary data, sampling frames, and other information required by the evaluation.
  • Make, coordinate and confirm appointments for meetings, interviews, focus groups, etc. and serve as a liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  • Secure appropriate local permissions necessary to conduct the evaluation.
  • Maintain regular communication with the SI HQ management team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a social science required.
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience coordinating qualitative and/or quantitative field research.
  • Strong supervisory and people management skills, and experience working with youth.
  • Prior experience interfacing with respondents and partners – including youth, developing country governments, ministries, universities, and/or local NGOs on behalf of implementation or evaluation teams.
  • Experience handling logistics of data collection (setting up interviews, tracking completions, locating participants, identifying and setting up locations for interviews and focus groups, etc.).
  • Prior experience with qualitative data collection desirable.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, within the context of a larger team.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English required.

Come join our energetic and innovative team!  We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com.

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