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Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness.


Senior Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) Specialist, USAID Ethiopia Resilience Platform for Adaptive Management (R-PAL)

Location: Ethiopia


Senior Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) Specialist, USAID Ethiopia Resilience Platform for Adaptive Management (R-PAL), Ethiopia

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.

Proposal Objective:

SI is pursuing a five-year Highlands Resilience Platform for Adaptive Learning (R-PAL) project to lead learning within USAID’s $740 million Transitioning into Graduation through Enhanced Resilience (TIGER) Project. R-PAL will enable TIGER’s collective impact serving as a coordination focal point and streamlining collaboration across its partners, and providing relevant research to the TIGER Learning Agenda. R-PAL will serve as a catalyst to drive project learning that will make TIGER  more efficient, effective, transparent, and skilled at achieving development outcomes through the use of evidence, adaptive management techniques, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) practices and principles.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Senior CLA Specialist to conduct and lead CLA activities on the project. This is a full-time position, expected to be based in Addis Ababa for the duration of the contract.

Anticipated start date would be summer 2021.

**Please Note: Local Ethiopian or regional candidates are encouraged to apply. **


  • Facilitate strong collaboration, learning and adaptive management practices in USAID/Ethiopia business processes and throughout the program cycle.
  • Foster strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, serves as a convener for dialogue and learning around emerging issues, assists in identifying and responding to key learning issues, and coordinates efforts amongst implementers working in common Development Objectives.
  • Support the development and implementation of a learning plan that outlines key learning questions, stakeholders and their roles, and broad stakeholder engagement at multiple levels.
  • Support strategic communications, including producing publications and organizing public events with partners and other stakeholders.
  • Support business process re-engineering, including assisting in negotiating change management around monitoring, evaluation and learning related issues.
  • Support facilitation, including facilitating processes and workshops; facilitating learning, collaboration and coordination among implementing partners and other collaborators with the greatest impact on results; producing reflections on the implications of new learning; developing product plans for adapting programs accordingly; establishing a network of key stakeholders and organize periodic, appropriate opportunities for USAID to interact with them based on strategy implementation and evidence-based experience.


  • Advanced degree or higher in field related to organizational learning or development assistance such as public, business or development administration; knowledge management; political science; economics or development studies.
  • Minimum of eight years of demonstrated experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, project design, learning, and knowledge management, including experience in applying learning to improve development programs and systems change for adaptive management of development organizations or agencies.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience supporting USAID-funded contracts desired.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

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.

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