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Democracy Fellow
Global Climate Change and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Washington, D.C.

Introduction
The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a full-time Democracy Fellow for Global Climate Change and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (GCC/DRG) in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance; Office of Program, Policy, and Management (DCHA/PPM). IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) for USAID. The Fellow will be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits. Initial appointment is for two years.  Any additional year(s) are dependent on continued identified technical needs of DCHA/PPM and contingent on available funding and acceptable performance. 

Background
USAID’s DCHA Bureau manages over $3 billion in programs annually, with several hundred experts working in nine offices to provide the expertise and capabilities necessary for crisis prevention, response, recovery, and transition efforts. DCHA/PPM is responsible for Bureau-wide leadership and coordination on programs and policies involving environmental compliance, climate change, food security, gender, and complex crises. DCHA’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DCHA/DRG) works to advance DRG as an integral part of development and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

DCHA’s climate change program consists of an interwoven portfolio of climate change policy and program responsibilities across DCHA offices and is relevant to the DRG sector in at least two ways: First, the impact of global climate change is likely to place added stressors on democratic governance, for example, by contributing to political instability and straining governments’ abilities to respond to climate-related disasters. Second, many proposed actions for mitigating and adapting to climate change can be integrated into DRG programs.

The Democracy Fellow for GCC/DRG will support the implementation of DCHA’s Global Climate Change Strategy, working directly with the DCHA Climate Change Coordinator and DCHA/DRG’s Cross-Sectoral Programs Team. The Fellow will provide analytical and technical support to identify programmatic and policy approaches at the intersection of DRG and climate change.

Roles and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for the Democracy Fellow for GCC/DRG include:

  • Serving as a core member of the DCHA/PPM Global Climate Change Team and the Global Climate Change Working Group supporting DCHA’s strategy to address GCC through pilot projects and institutional learning.
  • Serving as a core member of the DRG Center’s Cross-Sectoral Programs Team, advising the team on how best DCHA/DRG can engage in USAID climate change initiatives.
  • Advising DCHA senior decision-makers (DCHA Assistant Administrator, DCHA/DRG Director, and PPM Office Director) on DCHA’s role related to GCC and DRG. Making specific recommendations on DRG activities that should be integrated into DCHA’s GCC portfolio.
  • With DCHA’s Climate Change Coordinator, representing the DCHA Bureau and promoting technical collaboration across USAID through the extended GCC Team.
  • Supporting the design and implementation of new initiatives to support DCHA’s approach to addressing global climate change.
  • Assisting to advance an analytical agenda for DCHA’s Climate Change Program on the intersection of GCC and DRG. Reviewing USAID programs (both bureau/office- and mission-based) that address GCC and DRG. Making recommendations on how programming can be modified to better capitalize on GCC and DRG linkages.
  • Enhancing DCHA’s communications with and outreach to USAID Missions worldwide on the links between GCC and DRG.
  • Providing general technical feedback and support to USAID constituencies both in Washington and the field.
  • Providing support on responses to Congressional requests for information, Congressional Budget Justifications, and USAID Operational Planning and Reporting, as appropriate in a Democracy Fellowship role.
  • Traveling to the field to support DCHA programming, USAID Missions, USAID training events, and/or attend international conferences.
  • Fulfilling other related responsibilities, as assigned and appropriate.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Ability to secure a secret-level security clearance is required.
  • Ability to travel internationally is required.
  • A university degree (Master’s level or higher) in international development, international relations, political science, or another relevant social science is required. PhD or JD is strongly desired.
  • At least two years’ experience working on issues related to global climate change and DRG on behalf of an international organization, a non-governmental organization, private sector/contractor, the U.S. government, or another donor agency is required. Relevant field experience is required. Experience working with USAID or other USG agencies is required.
  • Strong analytical skills, preferably as applied to GCC and DRG, are required. Ability to coordinate the learning and expertise of multiple units or organizations is required.
  • Professional and succinct written and oral skills in communicating GCC and DRG content (via presentations or trainings) to development practitioners, host-country counterparts, and diplomats are required. Ability to foster strong relationships is required.
  • Demonstrated project development management skills are required.
  • Experience serving as the lead on intra- or inter-agency and/or multi-disciplinary teams is required.

Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of DCHA/PPM’s Policy and Program Division and of DCHA/DRG’s Cross-Sectoral Programs Team. S/he will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the DCHA/PPM’s Policy and Program Division’s Chief. The Fellow will report for administrative purposes to the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program Director at IIE. The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of USAID, as required. S/he is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority, consistent with USAID’s overall policies.

Location
Upon successful completion of a background investigation for a secret-level security clearance, the Fellow will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC. This position will involve travel worldwide in support of DCHA programs (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East).

Duration of the position
Initial appointment is for two years. The second year and any subsequent years are contingent on continued technical needs of DCHA/PPM, continued funding, and acceptable performance. 

Compensation
The salary for this fellowship will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s salary history and experience. The salary will not exceed $92,000 per year.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on August 5, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered. 

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Democracy Fellow
Women, Peace, and Security

Washington, D.C.

Introduction
The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a full-time Democracy Fellow for Women, Peace, and Security in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance; Office of Program, Policy, and Management (DCHA/PPM). IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) for USAID. The Fellow will be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits. Initial appointment is for two years.  Any additional year(s) are dependent on continued identified technical needs of DCHA/PPM and contingent on available funding and acceptable performance. 

Background
USAID’s DCHA Bureau manages over $3 billion in programs annually, with several hundred experts working in nine offices to provide the expertise and capabilities necessary for crisis prevention, response, recovery, and transition efforts. DCHA/PPM is responsible for Bureau-wide leadership and coordination on programs and policies involving environmental compliance, climate change, food security, gender integration, and complex crises.

DCHA/PPM manages funding and provides coordination to facilitate implementation of the U.S. National Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP) and the corresponding USAID Implementation Plan, with a focus on integrating WPS objectives into USAID’s analyses, strategies, and programs. Objectives of this work include:

  • Promoting women’s participation and leadership in all aspects of peacebuilding, political transition, and recovery from crisis;
  • Improving the protection of women and girls, and men and boys, from violence, exploitation, and abuse, including gender-based violence and trafficking in persons;
  • Advancing women’s and girls’ roles in crisis and conflict prevention and building community resilience; and
  • Ensuring safe, equitable access to relief and recovery assistance that meets the distinct needs of males and females.

Roles and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for the Democracy Fellow for WPS include:

  • Serving as an integral member of the DCHA/PPM Gender Integration Team and the USAID WPS Core Team, supporting implementation of the NAP. Participating actively in other relevant USAID working groups, including the Gender-Based Violence Working Group.
  • Providing technical assistance to Missions and Washington-based units with specific responsibilities for NAP implementation, including both virtual and field-based support for strategic planning, analysis, project design, implementation, and/or monitoring & evaluation of WPS activities.
  • Based on needs assessments, participating in the development and/or delivery of tools and training to equip staff with skills and knowledge necessary to integrate WPS objectives effectively in their work.
  • Supporting the design and implementation of initiatives that advance USAID and DCHA objectives related to the NAP, including the development and execution of an annual plan for DCHA/PPM-managed WPS program funding.
  • Supporting intra-agency and inter-agency coordination of NAP implementation in collaboration with DCHA/PPM’s Senior Program Specialist. Organizing appropriate representation for inter-agency coordination bodies.
  • Facilitating a WPS community of practice that allows for the continuous exchange of ideas and practices within and outside USAID.
  • Supporting USAID’s active engagement and consultation with civil society networks and other donors on NAP implementation.
  • Improving communication with and outreach to USAID Missions on the integration of WPS objectives within USAID strategies and programs, with a particular focus on Missions in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and political transition.
  • Supporting management of WPS programs, as appropriate.
  • Supporting the formulation of responses to regular and ad hoc information requests and reports related to WPS.
  • Traveling to the field to support DCHA and USAID Missions in programming, training, and/or attendance at international conferences.
  • Fulfilling other related responsibilities, as assigned and appropriate.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Ability to secure a secret-level security clearance is required.
  • Ability to travel internationally is required.
  • A university degree (Master’s level or higher) in international development, international relations, political science, or another relevant social science is required.
  • At least three years’ experience working on issues related to women, peace, and security (or gender equality and female empowerment) on behalf of an international organization, a non-governmental organization, a private sector/contractor, the U.S. government, or another donor agency is required. Relevant field experience is required. Experience working with USAID or other USG agencies is required.
  • Strong analytical skills, preferably as applied to WPS, are required. Ability to coordinate the learning and expertise of multiple bureaus/offices/missions is required.
  • Professional and succinct written and oral skills in communicating WPS content (via presentations or trainings) to development practitioners, host-country counterparts, and diplomats are required. Ability to foster strong relationships is required.
  • Demonstrated project management skills are required.
  • Experience serving as the lead on inter- or inter-agency and/or multi-disciplinary teams is required.

Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of DCHA/PPM’s Policy and Program Division. S/he will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the DCHA/PPM’s Policy and Program Division’s Chief. The Fellow will report for administrative purposes to the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program Director at IIE.  The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of USAID, as required. S/he is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority, consistent with USAID’s overall policies.

Location
Upon successful completion of a background investigation for a secret-level security clearance, the Fellow will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC.  This position will involve travel worldwide in support of DCHA programs (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East).

Duration of the position
Initial appointment is for two years. The second year and any subsequent years are contingent on continued technical needs of the DRG Center, continued funding, and acceptable performance. 

Compensation
The salary for this fellowship will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s salary history and experience. The salary will not exceed $92,000/year.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on August 5, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered.


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General applications to be a Democracy Fellow are accepted and processed on a continuing basis. IIE will notify eligible applicants of their acceptance into DFG’s general Fellows’ pool within one month of receiving the application. Accepted applications are considered active for approximately one calendar year. When a Fellowship is posted, IIE will review the applicant pool for candidates whose technical qualifications suit the position description. Individuals interested in Democracy Fellowships also are encouraged to join our mailing list to be notified of new fellowship positions as they are announced.

Criteria for acceptance include:

  • US citizenship or US permanent resident (provided there are no security restrictions). Specific short-term or part-time fellowships that do not require a security clearance will be filled by US citizens or US permanent residents.
  • Ability to receive a US national security clearance, as required.
  • PhD, JD, or Master's degree. A completed graduate degree is required.
  • Appropriate level of experience.
  • Applicants for full-time fellowships must not have worked inside USAID as a technical professional (Direct-Hire, Non-Direct Hire, PSC) for more than five years, cumulatively.
  • Applicants must not have worked as a fellow on any fellowship program within USAID for a combined total of four years, cumulatively.

Most Fellowships will be in Washington, although some short-term assignments may be completed remotely. DFG is not designed to provide Fellows an opportunity to pursue their own research, teaching, or other independent activities. Instead, the focus is on finding the most qualified applicants to meet the specific needs of the sponsoring USAID office. However, part-time Democracy Fellows may continue pursuing their own research and teaching priorities during the time they are not working for USAID.

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