The Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) program is a multi-country research program generating evidence on how systems of education in developing countries can deliver learning for all. As RISE begins its fourth-year it is entering its “impact” phase”: turning its attention to applying the findings of RISE research to policy debates in global education. Success in this new phase of the project will rely on maintaining the highest levels of rigor in RISE research while at the same time expanding the community of researchers and development practitioners who are engaging with RISE. The new Partnerships Coordinator will have a critical role to play in achieving both objectives.
RISE is seeking a development professional with experience and interests at the intersection of development research and policy to join our team as the Partnerships Coordinator. The Coordinator’s role will be to facilitate collaboration across researchers in RISE’s expansive network, build relationships with external researchers and development practitioners to RISE to expand the reach of RISE’s work, identify and act on opportunities for RISE work to influence policy debates, and work closely with the RISE team to identify and fill gaps in RISE research agenda.
- Design and implement a new RISE fellowship program (a non-resident affiliation). Including designing operational process for the program and recruiting potential fellows.
- Design and implement other programs that expand the RISE network and engagement with scholars from US, European, middle income, and developing country institutions.
- Work closely with other members of the Research Directorate to lead RISE’s engagement with the policy and development practitioner communities in global education.
- Develop and execute innovative programs to share the findings of RISE research with practitioners, and create opportunities for RISE researchers to learn from activities of practitioners.
- Lead RISE’s efforts to solicit proposals and commission research papers to
- supplement existing research activities.
- Independently manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders on behalf of
- Engage in related policy outreach activities and representation of RISE in public
- events including: speaking engagements, blogging, and interacting at a high level with key individuals and groups in the practitioner, policy, and academic communities. Represent RISE at a range of external events and meetings in both policy and academic settings.
- Engage with RISE Country Research Teams and Political Economy Teams, understand their research agendas, and facilitate collaborative relationships and constructive feedback on their work by others in the RISE network. Serve as a point of connection between the research directorate and researchers in the RISE network.
- Oversee the review of RISE publications, ensuring that all publications benefit from collegiate feedback and input from experts across the RISE network.
- Master’s degree in relevant field (economics, public policy, international development, education, or another related field) plus significant professional experience; or PhD plus substantial professional experience.
- Significant work experience international development and global education, with an emphasis on academic research. Familiarity with issues in global education policy. Familiarity with RISE research and members of the RISE community a plus.
- Demonstrated disciplinary research skills in economics, political science, public policy, sociology, anthropology, or a related field.
- Demonstrated ability to take independent initiative, multi-task, and work as a
- member of multiple teams.
- Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to work well in a fast-paced
- A demonstrable ability to communicate professionally, confidentially, tactfully and effectively to a high standard in writing as well as orally.
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