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CLA Advisor

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven organizational and institutional performance improvements and establish communities of practice that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and the achievement of shared goals.

We leverage existing knowledge, technology, and new media, and local peer networks to support local reforms. Since our inception, we have provided support to more than 100 government, private-sector, and non-profit organizations in markets worldwide.

Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Advisor

Kaizen is seeking a CLA Advisor to work on a short-term technical assistance (STTA) basis to support the anticipated USAID/Guatemala Metrics Activity.

The Guatemala Metrics Activity will provide support to the USAID/Guatemala Mission in three areas: 1) Evaluation Design, 2) Performance Monitoring, and 3) Learning and Adaptation. Metrics will enhance USAID/Guatemala’s systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and capacity for accountability and adaptation within projects and mechanisms.

The CLA Advisor will provide technical support on an as-needed basis. S/he will support coaching and training of the Metrics activity personnel and USAID/Guatemala staff and implementing partners to integrate CLA into existing practices. This position will report to the Kaizen home office program manager.

This is a four-year assignment anticipated to start in January of 2018. This position is contingent upon award of contract. The position will require travel to Guatemala.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide technical expertise to assist with planning, designing, and or/managing CLA strategies and activities. Assist in developing, capturing, sharing, and testing methods, models, and tools to advance these objectives.
Advise/guide design and implementation of mechanisms for continuous learning, collaboration, and adaptation for project staff, partners, donors, host country government counterparts, and other stakeholders
Incorporate technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes
Participate as needed in senior management meetings to provide feedback/support and inform technical decisions by senior management and relevant staff.

Key Requirements:

  • Demonstrated use of IT Systems (e.g. webinars) for Project Learning
  • Experience with designing training materials, manuals, and toolkits
  • Knowledgeable in Adaptive Management
  • Knowledge of USAID Learning Protocol and CLA methodology
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish

Senior-Level Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years conducting and leading workshops and trainings
  • Minimum 8 years providing Capacity Building/Technical Assistance
  • Minimum 8 years of Project and Strategy Design

Mid-Level Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years conducting and leading workshops and trainings
  • Minimum 5 years providing Capacity Building/Technical Assistance
  • Minimum 5 years of Project and Strategy Design

Entry-Level Experience:

  • Minimum 1 years conducting and leading workshops and trainings
  • Minimum 2 years providing Capacity Building/Technical Assistance
  • Minimum 2 years of Project and Strategy Design
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