• Strategic Learning Lead, Philippines Youth Activity

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    Since 1963 and in 147 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion. 


    Strategic Learning Lead, Philippines Youth Activity  


    ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Strategic Learning Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Youth Activity in the Philippines. The envisioned activity will work with the Government of the Philippines to improve education, employment or livelihood outcomes for vulnerable out-of-school youth. The activity outcomes include: strengthened national and local systems to deliver second-chance education programs for out-of-school youth, strengthened national and local systems to deliver workforce readiness and technical and vocational training for out-of-school youth, and an improved enabling environment for positive youth development at both national and local levels. The Strategic Learning Lead will work closely with both technical units and M&E staff to ensure coordination, collaboration and learning across all interventions and sectors.  


    • Ensure the activity team includes active, intentional, and adaptive learning exercises within and across its activities. 
    • Ensure robust stakeholder coordination by activity staff with entities including local partners, US government entities, host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations and private sector investments. 
    • Improve peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, evidence and data utilization, and collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA). 
    • Collaborate closely with the M&E Lead to ensure quality control, provide input into the development of the PMP, and alignment between performance monitoring efforts and the strategic information needs of the project and the donor. 
    • Oversee, and as needed develop and implement the knowledge management and communications functions of the project, ensuring overall quality control and responsiveness of these efforts to the technical teams’ needs, and facilitating integration of these efforts throughout the project.  
    • Work closely with project leaders and partners to plan, design, and or/manage specific CLA strategies and activities, such as supporting incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes. 
    • Leverage a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary research - to (i) analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives, (ii) communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to project staff), and (iii) develop a learning agenda for all the project and apply that learning into improved work planning and project activities.

    Participate in regular senior management planning meetings and recommend how activities should be adapted to incorporate learnings across associate awards.  


    • Advanced Degree required in respective technical field and at least 5 years of relevant experience in knowledge management, communications, M&E, organizational learning and/or strategic learning in an international development context. 
    • Familiarity with the concept of adaptive management/CLA, and demonstrated experience using a mix of informational sources and research methods to analyze progress, communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders, and apply learning to work planning. 
    • Experience providing leadership, supervising staff, managing multiple complex project components, and convening people across technical teams to build consensus and achieve an outcome. 
    • Experience contributing to the design and implementation of a development activity’s strategic communications strategy required. 
    • Superior, demonstrated writing, reporting, and oral presentation skills (ability to provide an original writing sample required). 
    • Excellent facilitation skills. Experience in the Philippines preferred.  
    • Local nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    Please apply directly online at will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. 


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