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Expressions of Interest: Research Specialists

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Background

The Governments of Australia and Indonesia are partnering through INOVASI, an education program which aims to find out how to improve literacy and numeracy for Indonesias students. Funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), INOVASI is a subnational education program with a budget of AUD 49 million, which started in January 2016 and will run until 2019. It focuses on understanding and tackling learning challenges, particularly those related to literacy and numeracy skills, at the heart of the education system-- in the classroom and the school (including madrasah). Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) is INOVASI's first partner province that began implementation in early 2017. Three more partner provinces (NTT - Sumba Island, East Java and North Kalimantan) have begun implementation in mid-2017.

INOVASI will use a new approach to focus on what works in classrooms and schools. It will work with teachers, principals and local officials to identify what problems need to be solved to help students learn better and find out the best way to solve these problems by jointly piloting either (i) local solutions or (ii) practices successfully trialled elsewhere which are adapted to the local context. INOVASI will evaluate these pilots to see which are successful in improving student literacy and numeracy. The pilot activities will focus on student learning and classroom teaching. The three areas of focus are: 1) Strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom; 2) Improving the support provided to teachers so they can teach better; and 3) Enabling all children in the classroom, particularly girls and children with disabilities, to reach their potential in learning

INOVASI is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Short Term Advisor Panel
INOVASI maintains a pool of pre-qualified individual international and national consultants across various technical disciplines who may be called upon to provide services as required by the program on a regular or ad-hoc basis.
Available positions
INOVASI is currently requesting Expressions of Interest from national and international consultants with one or more of the following specialisations:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Political Economy Analysis
  • Assessment of Student Learning Research
  • Numeracy and Literacy Test Item Writing
  • Survey Design
  • Survey Data Programming
  • Knowledge Management
  • Learning

Responsibilities

Likely duties
Under the overall direction of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Manager, Research, Specialists will undertake various pieces of work which will be defined by specific scope of work developed for each consultancy. The scope of work may include some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Implement specific research activities with the aim of producing knowledge relevant to the goals and priorities of INOVASI.
  • Complete or support all stages of research, from conceptualization, methods determination, data collection (if needed), and writing.
  • Work collaboratively, openly and responsively with INOVASI staff providing support and inputs.
  • Seek further input from INOVASI staff providing support and input where required to ensure a high quality and useful product.
  • Visit INOVASIs districts to document and analyse the results of the pilot implementation.
  • Extract findings and lessons relevant for INOVASI and similar bottom-up problem-driven approaches from schools that participate in pilot implementation.
  • Conduct rigorous and rapid analyses on positive deviance schools and promising education innovations around Indonesia to inform INOVASIs future pilot design.
  • Present research results at internal and external events and meetings as required.
  • Provide advice and leadership on the development of assessment tools, domain and item content analysis, psychometric analysis and scale linking, consistent with consultant's qualifications and experience.
  • Conduct literature reviews, basic data analysis, and run econometric models, consistent with consultants qualifications and experience.
  • Finalize and format the survey instruments, manuals and protocols. If necessary the position will conduct a pre-test for new questionnaires.
  • Other duties as may reasonably be required by the MERL Manager consistent with the consultant's qualifications and experience.

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience
Research Specialists will possess the following essential qualifications and experience:
  • At least a master's degree by research in education or a discipline relevant to the researcher's specialisation; or significant research experience relevant to the specialisation.
  • At least four years of work experience in a research setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize research, determine methods and approaches.
  • Ability to accept tasks on relatively short notice and demonstrated ability to deliver results to specified deadlines.
  • Experience working in an international environment..
  • Experience in education sector research.
  • Experience in data collection and field work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Sound problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • The following qualities are desirable: An academic publication record in international development or education field, Experience engaging policymakers or researchers in government agencies.
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia
Applications
Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter stating the position they are applying for and addressing the selection criteria as listed above. The CV must contain names and contact details of two individuals who could provide references including at least one immediate supervisor.
Due to the anticipated level of response, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Palladium embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, and we welcome applications from all, including from female applicants and people with disability. We aim to provide a work environment which is inclusive, supportive and safe for all of our employees. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. A copy of Palladium's Child Protection Guidelines is available on our website: thepalladiumgroup.com/policies

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted. All applications should be submitted through the Palladium website. Should you experience any issues lodging an application online please contact inovasi.recruitment@thepalladiumgroup.com stating the position in the subject line