Database Specialist

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Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support education programs in Nigeria.


Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils. The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform. The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts*.*


Support development and implementation of data collection and reporting system, including instruments, forms, procedures, guidelines, database, data quality assurance, etc.


The Database Specialist will report to Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research Learning and Adapting Advisor.

  • Ensure professional MERLA data management in-line with standards and related best practices.
  • Liaise with MERLA, programs, communications, finance, procurement, and grants as needed to ensure data integrity and complete information in all grants management systems. Compile information in IDMS grants management systems.
  • Conduct database analysis, identifying strengths and weakness of data quality and implementing/supervising implementation of procedures to improve data quality and reporting.
  • Assist the MERLA Advisor to organize data collection schedules and verify data gathered.
  • Compile reporting and perform associated analysis of data collected; ensure reports are submitted on time.
  • Support the production of scheduled and ad hoc reports in coordination with other relevant departments and sectors as needed.
  • Support responses to USAID information requests. Assist the MERLA Advisor to establish and maintain a filing system for both hard and soft copy MERLA reports and data.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in data systems, statistics, or related field preferred, Master’s degree is required.
  • At least four years’ experience relevant to this position required, at least two years developing and implementing database systems.
  • At least one year of supervisory experience required if supervising staff.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs.
  • Expertise in collecting and analyzing data for project monitoring.
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English required.

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Previous experience in similar role.
  • Proven experience directly and indirectly supervising and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (gender/race/disability/veteran) and provides equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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