Senior Learning Specialist (Gender integration)

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Position Description

EnCompass LLC is seeking a Senior Learning Specialist (Gender Integration) to work as an integral part of collaborative teams within the Gender Equity and Inclusive Practices and Learning and Leadership Development practice areas.

The Senior Learning Specialist (Gender Integration) will design, develop, and deliver learning activities and events that foster continuous improvement. The Senior Learning Specialist will lead the design of learning experiences with a focus on incorporating a variety of learning methods, creating an effective learning environment for participants, and providing innovative approaches in instructional design for and evaluation of courses featuring all elements of blended learning.

This includes, but is not limited to, experiential, participatory in-person and hybrid courses; virtual instructor-led training; e-learning courses; instructional videos; job aids; action learning, mentoring programs; and other learning elements – all with an emphasis on gender integration; gender norms; gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response; women’s empowerment, leadership, and advocacy; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA); and other related topics.

This is a full-time position located at the EnCompass principal office in Silver Spring, Maryland, and follows the EnCompass flexible hybrid work model with split time between telework and the office. This individual may also be expected to work from client sites in the Washington, DC metro area, as needed.

Must be legally authorized to work in the US for any employer without sponsorship for a work visa or permit.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:


  • Bring expertise, innovative approaches, and leading-edge thinking to training, capacity strengthening, professional development, and other learning programs
  • On the topics of gender integration, gender norms, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, leadership and advocacy, intersectionality
  • Facilitate in-person, virtual, and hybrid training sessions
  • Design and/or lead a team of designers to develop curricula for in-person, virtual, and blended learning using creative, innovative, and evidence-based approaches
  • Develop dynamic, experiential learning session designs including macro designs based on client content, micro designs, and training scripts
  • Contribute to and support the design of learning evaluations, using Kirkpatrick Levels 1, 2, and 3
  • Serve as a point of contact with clients and subject-matter experts to develop learning programs and session designs; speak knowledgeably with clients about the value of blended learning
  • Work with clients to conduct assessments including research, focus groups, document reviews and interviews; design and facilitate group process and strategy sessions
  • Lead or contribute to the development of learning strategies
  • Contribute to, develop, and deepen innovative approaches to gender equality and inclusive development and participate actively in the broader technical community


  • Adhere to EnCompass gender and inclusive development best practices and serve as a model for colleagues regarding gender and inclusive development
  • Manage learning projects and activities from design to implementation, including scope, level of effort (LOE), timeline, staff resourcing/management, and quality assurance for assigned training activities
  • Effectively communicate about training and project deliverables to client, team members, and other stakeholders in a clear and concise manner
  • Manage teams of staff and consultants
  • Recruit and mentor staff, may supervise staff
  • Serve as a resource to Business Development teams by contributing to proposal development, to include developing LOE estimates and writing technical approaches, and potentially serving as Technical Lead


  • Engage fully as a member of the EnCompass staff team, including participating in staff meetings and other EnCompass activities
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with clients and stakeholders in EnCompass’ success
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements


Academic Qualifications

  • Minimum of a high school degree and 12 years of experience, or an Associate’s degree and 10 years, or a Bachelor’s degree and 8 years, or a Master’s degree and 6 years, or a doctoral degree and 4 years.
  • Degree in instructional design, gender studies, international affairs, international development, or a related field if held.

Experience and Skills


  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience designing and delivering interactive learning experiences and curricula using blended learning and innovative technologies
  • Knowledge of learning principles including adult learning, participatory methods, experiential learning, instructional design, universal design learning, and related topics
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and deliver quality, client-focused results on time and within budget
  • Ability to confidently engage with staff at all levels to define needs and expectations, collaborate on projects with senior-level clients and team members, and communicate results
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills with a dynamic, engaging facilitation style
  • Strong planning, organization, and strategic thinking
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relations with clients and colleagues; ability to work effectively across cultures and excel in multi-cultural environments
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for varying lengths of time
  • Ability to work in an environment committed to strengths-based approaches and guide others in using an appreciative approach
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across programs and in collaboration with colleagues and clients
  • Commitment to gender equality and inclusive development in programmatic work


  • Understanding of USAID’s program cycle, processes, gender architecture, GBV prevention and response and gender-related policies, strategies, and ADS guidance
  • Experience in gender integration and/or GBV prevention and response in program design or implementation in international development contexts
  • Gender integration and/or GBV prevention and response experience in one or more of the following sectors: women’s economic empowerment, environment/climate, or education (strongly preferred, other sectors such as health, agriculture, democracy and governance are a plus)
  • Experience in integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility into learning designs and delivery
  • Experience working with USAID, United Nations agencies, and/or other international organizations
  • Fluency in French
  • Experience working or living in more than one country

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.

For US based positions: 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.

If you require accommodations in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act to complete your application, please call 301-287-8700, provide your contact information and a description of your accessibility issue. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case-basis, and we will call you back within approximately 3 business days.

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