Posted on 24/06/2021

POSITION (full- time): Research and Development Manager

The Center for School Leadership” has been established as result of cooperation between Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MoESY) aiming to support the professional development of in-service and aspiring principals/ vice principals of public or private pre-university educational institutions, by administering the compulsory training, certification process and provide on-the-job continuous professional development training.

The end goal of this center is to provide schools with well-equipped leaders, positively affect school environment and directly increase the quality of education.

Main tasks of CSL are to:

  • Develop, lead and monitor the process of initial training for in-service principals/ vice-principals and aspiring principals;
  • Conduct testing process and equip all qualified candidates with a valid certification in order to be eligible for a school leadership position;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other educational institutions in Albania to improve school leadership policy and standards;
  • Periodically assess needs for training and offer continuous professional development courses for school principals;
  • Lead and develop scientific research for school principal professional development and conduct relevant studies on the field;
  • Develop projects that supports the quality of the service delivery in the pre-higher education institutions in Albania;
  • Facilitate collaboration with similar international institutions.


BASIC PURPOSE:                                                                                                                                 

The Research and Development Manager must be professional with great analytical, data management skills, as well as time-management and multitasking skills.


  • Drive the Research agenda and elaborate new development projects that fit within the overall strategic framework of CSL;
  • Responsible for the preparation of high-quality proposals;
  • Review compulsory training and research to help develop ideas that will improve the impact ongoing. Collaborate with partners in Israel;
  • Monitor and evaluate the compulsory training cohorts offered by several training providers, utilising tools such as pre-post tests and other ongoing test as needed;
  • Deliver final evaluation and M&E reports of the compulsory training cohorts offered by several training providers per each semester with collaboration of the project manager and other staff;
  • Develop effective CPD curricula in collaboration with Project Manager, and international and local experts;
  • Create and lead the evaluation team for the final evaluation of the training program;
  • Design and develop needs assessment for the needs of teachers and principals in preschool system;
  • Select and drive the hiring process for consultants or other relevant staff;
  • Drive the certification process and review the work of international experts and local partners;
  • Develop effective CPD curricula in collaboration with international and local experts;
  • Collaborate cross functionally and develop stakeholder meetings to deliver research deep dives when requested;
  • Organize (and participate) in International conferences focused on Education or Educational leadership and represent CSL, sharing program findings;
  • Collaborate cross functionally and develop stakeholder meetings to deliver research deep dives when requested;
  • Work closely with Project Managers to establish clear and measurable impact indicators for new and existing projects;
  • Coordinate communication and collaboration with government offices and other various stakeholders;
  • Perform any other duties as may be required.



  • Master’s Degree in a related field (PhD Degree would be an asset);
  • More than 5 years working experience in Project Evaluation, with at least 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of education;
  • At least 2 years of working experience in Management/ Project development or Programmatic expansion;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, writing experience is a must; inclusive of software fluency to support data collection, data analyses and data visualisation such as: Tablo, Power B, SPSS, STATA, Python, R-studio etc.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, inclusive of software fluency to support presentations;
  • Ability to synthesize ambiguous concepts and/or data that develop meaningful conclusions and insights;
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Integrity, strong professionalism and solid ethics;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the institutional settings in the public sector.


Interested candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and Motivation letter to the following address: and please reference the job title in your message. Electronic applications accepted only. All applicants will receive a confirmation that their electronic submission was received. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The deadline for application is 20 July 2021.

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