The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a full-time Democracy Fellow for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to serve within the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) for USAID. The appointment is for approximately seven months, to be concluded February 28, 2020. Arrangements for qualified applicants to fill this role while on sabbatical can be considered. The Fellow will be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits.
The DRG Center’s mission is to provide technical support to advance democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) abroad, including through USAID missions implementing programs in these areas. The Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance affirmed USAID’s commitment to “generate, analyze, and disseminate rigorous, systematic, and publicly accessible evidence in all aspects of DRG policy, strategy and program development, implementation, and evaluation.” The Learning Division is the DRG Center’s focal point for advancing learning in the DRG sector.
The Learning Division is responsible to promote and ensure rigorous learning and evidence-based programming for USAID’s $2.4 billion global DRG sector. In collaboration with USAID missions, research experts, and practitioners in democratic governance, the Learning Division establishes DRG Learning Agendas and conducts research and evaluations to understand the most effective approaches to DRG assistance. To advance and support these efforts, the Learning Division provides technical assistance and training, and manages four contracts worth over $100 million. The Division also facilitates learning communities of practice inside and outside USAID
Within six weeks of onboarding, the Democracy Fellow will develop a fellowship work plan in coordination with the Division Chief for Learning. Areas of work may include:
DRG Learning Technical Leadership:
- Support the development and selection of appropriate research methodologies for USAID/DRG learning;
- Support after-action reviews and lessons learned activities specifically related to DRG learning issues and activities. Distill and organize lessons and ensure they inform current and future activities.
- Coordinate annual DRG Learning Agenda action planning and implementation, including research question refinement in partnership with points of contact on DRG Theme Teams and coordinating research in response to questions.
- Serve as a Learning Division representative for the review of Agency learning tools (research, survey tools, and monitoring and evaluation plans).
DRG Learning General:
- Create and promote innovative ways to institutionalize DRG Learning within USAID’s development programming and strategies.
- Support the use of DRG Learning tools in USAID DRG programs across the Agency.
- Promote the incorporation of evidence findings into the curricula of DRG trainings across sectors.
- Organize, promote, and verify the use of DRG evidence in the formulation of new Country Development Cooperation Strategies.
- Organize, promote and verify the use of DRG evidence in project and activity design.
- Capture best practices and success stories in DRG learning.
Technical Team Backstopping:
- Backstop one or more DRG Center technical division and sub-sector, as agreed with the Learning Division Chief.
- Serve as the Learning Division backstop for all learning activities related to DRG programming in that technical area.
- Attend the meetings and function as an extended member of that team.
USAID Field Mission Backstopping:
- Establish contact with, learn the portfolio of, and maintain ongoing support for USAID Missions engaged in DRG Learning activities in one or more target region, as agreed with the Learning Division Chief. Activities may include conference calls with field missions and/or evaluators, TDYs to participate in evaluations or other learning activities, support for other strategic learning processes, and participation in evaluation or survey design.
- Conduct training on DRG Learning activities for USAID field officers in the target region.
Training, Outreach, and Reporting:
- In consultation with on-site manager, set individualized training plan to learn USAID’s organizational mandates, roles, and business practices/processes.
- Serve as a Learning Division trainer, as needed.
- Support outreach to the academic community on USAID’s work on DRG Learning.
- Support and maintain outreach and partnerships with the non-governmental and donor community.
- Contribute to internal USAID reporting and external briefing of interested parties, as required.
- US Citizenship.
- Successful background investigation for a secret level security clearance.
- Full-time Democracy Fellows may not have worked inside USAID as a technical professional (Direct Hire, Non-Direct Hire, PSC) for more than five (5) years cumulatively.
- At least seven (7) years of experience working on issues of foreign policy and development, human rights, democracy and governance, monitoring and evaluation, adult learning and in-service training, or other relevant areas.
- Completion of a relevant graduate degree (for example a Master’s or PhD in political science, international development, international relations, public administration, conflict prevention, anthropology, sociology, or political economy).
- Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate complex development issues, including democracy, human rights, and governance. Knowledge of principles, concepts, and methodologies involved in the design, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of technical assistance programs.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex programming elements into clear, concise documents and actions. Strong ability to foster relationships and coordinate the learning and expertise of multiple organizations engaged in the fields of democracy, governance, and human rights.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness while working in a variety of settings with high-level officials in the U.S. government, foreign governments, and international organizations. Experience serving as the lead on collaborative processes involving governmental and non-governmental participants.
- Relevant field experience working with U.S. government, international organizations, donor development agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academic organizations, or other agencies and processes involved in DRG issues.
- Knowledge of computer software, including Word, Excel, and Windows. General familiarity with networked computer systems.
- Ability to travel internationally, at least 3 – 4 weeks per year.
- Prior experience as a trainer or educator desired.
- Prior experience with monitoring and evaluation processes desired.
Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of the DRG Center’s Learning Division and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by the Division Chief. The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of the Agency and in the interagency, as required. S/he is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority, consistent with USAID’s overall policy and procedural framework.
The Fellow will be an employee of IIE and will report for administrative purposes to the DFG Director.
Upon successful completion of a background investigation for an interim secret level security clearance, the Fellow will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC. As indicated above, international travel may be required.
Duration of the Position
The appointment is for seven months, to be concluded on February 28, 2020.
The salary for this fellowship will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s salary history and experience. The salary will not exceed $95,000 per year.
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