Learning Specialist I


Do you have a passion for helping people be successful in their work? Do you want to use your experience in training design and evaluation to have an impact globally?

EnCompass’ Learning & Leadership Development team is currently seeking a Learning Specialist I to work as an integral part of an appreciative, collaborative team to design, develop, and evaluate training courses and organizational development activities for USAID’s 8,000 employees at USAID/Washington and USAID Missions worldwide.

Our work focuses on developing the technical and interpersonal skills to support an employees’ growth from within so they are better equipped to address complex development issues in the field. The Learning Specialist I will develop and evaluate instructional and blended learning opportunities that emphasize behavior change, soft skills development, and foster professional and leadership development for diverse audiences. This position will largely focus on collecting data and writing reports in service of conducting evaluations of our learning programs. The design and development of learning programs will be an additional focus as needed.

The candidate may work onsite in our Rockville, MD office or work remotely.

Due to COVID-19, and subject to situational changes, the position is expected to be fully remote through November 30, 2021. Must be legally authorized to work in the US for any employer without sponsorship. As a covered Federal contractor, EnCompass must comply with the President’s Executive Order 14042 and the follow-on guidance issued by Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Therefore, all US-based EnCompass employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022, to include staff working from home.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions include:

Contribute expertise and innovative methodologies and approaches to learning evaluations

Contribute to the management of learning projects; prepare graphic-rich reports, coordinate learning evaluation systems and processes and share information with clients

Contribute to needs assessments and training evaluation, using mixed methods approaches

Contribute to development of course content for virtual learning programs

Contribute to curriculum design using creative, innovative and evidence-based approaches

Contribute to development of dynamic, experiential learning session designs including macro designs based on client content, micro designs, and training scripts

Contribute to the design and development of videos, animations and e-games

Contribute to the creation of storyboards for e-tools, e-learning courses, and videos

Facilitate face-to-face workshops, virtual instructor training (vILT) and other learning sessions

Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with all project stakeholders

Serve as a resource to Business Development teams by contributing to proposal development processes to include developing LOE estimates and writing technical approaches

Engage fully as a member of the EnCompass staff team, including participating in staff meetings and other EnCompass activities

Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements


Minimum of a High School Diploma and 10 year’ experience, or an Associate’s Degree and 8 year’ experience, or a Bachelor’s Degree & 6 years’ relevant experience; or a Master’s Degree & 4 years’ relevant experience. Degree in Training, Evaluation, Adult Education, Instructional Design, International Communication, International Development, Organizational Development, or a related field. Experience and Skills

Knowledge of the principles of learning including adult learning, learning styles, participatory methods, instructional design

Experience in data collection, survey administration, report writing in service of evaluation

Exceptional presentation, communication (verbal and written), and facilitation skills

Experience in designing and facilitating interactive learning experiences and designing curricula based on experiential, adult-centered learning, and using blended learning and innovative technologies

Adept at identifying and framing problems, setting priorities, and making critical assessments

Ability to confidently engage with staff and clients at all levels to define needs and expectations, collaborate on projects, and communicate results

Experience in the field of international development, working in cross-cultural environments

Fluent in the Microsoft Office suite (particularly generating graphics in Excel and Word) and Survey Monkey or other survey development tool as well; experience using Adobe Connect, WebEx, and/or Zoom a plus

Ability and desire to work in an appreciative and strengths-based environment

Fluency in language(s) other than English an advantage

Kirkpatrick certification desired

How to apply Please submit CV, cover letter, and a relevant evaluation report writing sample to https://app.ismartrecruit.com/jobDescription?x=E7pZW5jb21wYXNzd29ybGQuY29tXzM5MF9QUk9NT1RFVVJMX2VuQ9e

EnCompass LLC is a progressive Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote, celebrate, and support a diverse and inclusive organizational culture and workforce. We are committed to providing all of our employees with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where all are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate, and explicitly prohibit, discrimination or harassment of any kind, at any time, in all aspects of employment. This includes recruitment, hiring, promotions, disciplinary measures, terminations, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and training. EnCompass also does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment. Our continuing commitment to the principle of Equal Opportunity Employment for all means all employment decisions are based only on the job requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the needs of EnCompass as a business—not on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status, family/marital/parental status, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where we work.

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.


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