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Senior Learning Advisor, Learning Solutions

Project Management
International Development Group
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RTI seeks an experienced and dynamic Senior Learning Advisor for the Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) practice, to provide a range of learning and advisory services, and technical assistance to USAID-funded clients.  RTI International has been USAID’s training program development partner for over a decade. Our team is committed to this partnership effort to transform USAID into a learning organization.


Job Summary

The Senior Learning Advisor will provide senior level management and technical assistance to USAID-funded programs and assigned USG clients as a part of the Integrated Learning Solutions team. S/he will be responsible for overall project performance to client requirements and satisfaction, and in conformance with RTI policies, procedures and guidelines. May perform the role of a Project Manager as needed.


The position will report to the Director for Integrated Learning Solutions and be based, full-time, in Washington D.C.


Specific Responsibilities
Technical Leadership for Current and Future Portfolio Needs 

  • Conduct periodic external, agency-wide needs assessments, as requested.
  • Perform external outreach and communication activities for programs and recommend learning-related solutions, tools and systems (e.g. developing agency wide learning agenda).
  • Provide thought leadership, strategic guidance and facilitation support to senior level working groups.
  • Lead the development of learning strategies and identification of learning and performance improvement best practices for external clients.
  • Assist with research, planning, design and implementation of learning activities.
  • Coordinate and work with the ILS Director to identify and discuss agency wide learning solutions strategy.
  • Draft and/or contribute to blogs, technical articles, papers, reports on key learning topics.
  • Draft and/or contribute to presentations, seminars and workshops on international development topics.
  • Identify and/or lead opportunities that will contribute to the growth of ILS practice.
  • Perform business development tasks: maintaining relationships with the client, coordinating meetings, developing technical and cost approaches, making bid/no bid recommendations, identifying and securing teaming partners. 
  • Contribute or lead the development of technical proposals, white papers, or concept notes in response to client needs.
  • Engage in additional business development activities as needed.
Senior Project Management
  • Responsible for project management schedules, budget, and contractual deliverables.
  • Maintain relationships with key sector partners (large and small business), consultants, and stakeholders.
  • Ensure project documentation, deliverables and data are maintained consistently in accordance with policies and standards for RTI/ILS.
  • Draft report sections for external clients and Professional Development initiatives within the ILS portfolio.
  • May directly supervise Chief of Party and/or Project Management Team staff (Project Coordinators, Project Associates, etc.).
  • Mentor, and develop staff within the technical portfolio.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 16 years of related work experience; or Master’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 12 years of related work experience

  • Experience in project management, administration and operational support in international development.
  • Management and supervisory experience required.  Must have experience work with USAID or on USAID-funded programming. Experience working with offices such as PPL, HCTM, or OAA would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated and measurable experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating tailored learning activities, across a variety of themes, forums and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with project management teams and matrix environment. 
  • Proven technical experience with applicable technical area (e.g. adult leaning, learning best practices, CLA, knowledge management).
  • Demonstrated experience in leading business and/or proposal development activities.
  • Experience supporting and working with small businesses to implement projects preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced understanding of Professional Development strategies within an international development context. 
  • Proven ability to work across technical and operational areas within practice area and division.
  • Expert knowledge in learning and project management practices in international development.
  • Strong client relationship management skills and abilities. 
  • Proven ability to manage and support complex portfolios.
  • PMP course work or certification preferred. 
  • Advanced proficiency in project operational management and support skills and abilities.
  • Strong report writing skills and abilities.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Excellent ability in communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability.


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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