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Planning Systems Specialist

Scope and Objectives

Kaizen is seeking a Planning Systems Specialist to support the four-year USAID/Jordan Enhancing School Management and Planning (ESMP) Project. The ESMP Project objective is to develop sustainable system and process improvements related to school planning, design, construction, and maintenance, and enhance the staff capabilities within Jordan’s Ministries of Education (MOE) and Public Works and Housing (MPWH) to improve the school management and planning process, and the quality of school environments in Jordan. The scope of this project is to provide assessment expertise, technical assistance, capacity building, collaboration facilitation, and training to MOE, MPWH, targeted stakeholders, and counterparts engaged in school management and planning to improve performance and sustain these improvements.

Kaizen will hire a Planning Systems Specialist with the following key responsibilities and required qualifications for the full-time position.

This position is located in Amman, Jordan.

Position Summary

The Planning Systems Specialist will lead collaborative improvement of planning processes and systems used by the Jordan Ministries of Education (MOE) and Public Works and Housing (MPWH) for the planning, construction, and utilization of ministry schools in Jordan.

Expected responsibilities include:

·Lead development and implementation of an annualized planning cycle for school construction and maintenance in the MOE, and work with MPWH General Tenders Department (GTD) and MOE to strengthen annual procurement planning, collaboratively developing a planning calendar with milestones and targeted deliverables.  MOE developed deliverables could include, but are not limited to, annual maintenance plans, risk assessment plans, and school construction building goals.  Planning should be based on data from MOE data systems and in alignment with MOE strategic plans and, where applicable, incorporate the MOE MS Project platform.

·Lead development of related planning research and reporting schedules within MOE, along with related capacity building in data analysis and report writing.

·Support implementation and support of an IT-based school planning and feasibility module within the ministry's Construction Management Information System (CMIS).

·Transfer knowledge to ministry counterparts by developing regular trainings, workshops, and peer-to-peer learning.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in business, management, public administration, or a related field; master's degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years of systems experience in activities related to system or project planning
  • Experience with MS Project or related project management tools
  • Knowledge of government planning processes preferred
  • Experience facilitating change management activities
  • Experience writing reports, presentations, and training materials
  • Effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English and Arabic

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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