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Scope of Work: Part-Time Democracy Fellow/Impact Evaluation Principal Investigator (Ghana)

Introduction:

The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a part-time Democracy Fellow to serve as co-Principal Investigator (PI) for an impact evaluation of Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms program (G-SAM) and provide short-term advisory services to USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center).  IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program for USAID and the Fellow will be contracted as an IIE consultant on a part-time basis for one year. The Fellow will work closely with staff at the DRG Center and with other Principal Investigators working under a separate USAID task order. The Fellow’s daily rate will be commensurate with compensation history.

Background:

USAID commits over $2 billion per year in grants and contracts to over 80 countries to improve democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG). The DRG Center’s Learning Team is the locus of evaluation, learning, and research in the DRG sector across USAID. It applies rigorous research methods, including individual program evaluations, qualitative case studies, cross-national quantitative research, systematized expert interviews, democracy surveys, and systematic reviews in DRG areas such as the rule of law, governance, civil society, and political processes to promote evidence-based programming in the sector.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Fellow will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Developing research design and data collection instruments to acquire baseline household and local governance data in Ghana.  Data collection will be completed by a data collection firm selected under a separate contract.
  2. Drafting a baseline report within six weeks of completion of baseline household and local governance surveys. The report will provide rich descriptive data on districts in the study area, and – when combined with data on the treatment assignment – will flag any potential imbalances across treatment groups. The report also will include a data analysis plan for the impact evaluation (to be created after examining the distribution of variables in the baseline survey).
  3. As needed, providing guidance on the roll-out of G-SAM project activities to align them with the impact evaluation design. This guidance may take the form of formal written products, email messages, or oral communications via teleconference.
  4. As needed, the Fellow may also be asked to provide the following deliverables:

  5. Providing written comments on the feasibility of impact evaluation for other potential USAID projects identified by the DRG Center and participating USAID Missions.  Written comments may consist of summary and annotated commentary on draft project documents including concept papers, project approval documents, results frameworks, scopes of work, and/or other solicitation documents.  The consultant will sign a non-disclosure agreement and agree to protect the procurement integrity of any solicitation information seen in the course of reviewing USAID documents.
  6. Conducting analyses of completed impact evaluations or other donor impact evaluation agendas. Preparing DRG-specific impact evaluation agendas or other papers describing the DRG Center’s impact evaluation work.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • US citizenship is required.
  • A Ph.D. in political science or a graduate degree in social sciences is required.
  • Demonstrated competence in experimental and non-experimental research designs and survey research, including statistical skills (use of STATA or R) to analyze the results of field experiments and public opinion surveys is required.
  • Knowledge of sampling and questionnaire and survey design is required.
  • Substantive knowledge in at least one DRG assistance field such as voter and civic education, civil society strengthening, electoral behavior, human rights, democratic accountability, or governance in developing and/or transitional countries is required.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English are required.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team are required.
  • Knowledge of donor-assisted efforts to promote improvements in DRG in developing and transitional countries is preferred.
  • Experience in developing or transitional countries, i.e., living and working in a developing country, either for field research, short-term assignments, or long-term residential postings is preferred.
  • Foreign language skills are preferred.
  • Work experience in Ghana is preferred.

Supervision and Guidance:

The Fellow will work with members of the DRG Center’s Learning Team. The Learning Team Leader (or his acting designate) will serve as the Fellow’s on-site manager.  The Fellow will be contracted as an IIE consultant and the IIE DFG Director will be responsible for deliverables review, payment, and administrative management. The Fellow is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority under this fellowship.

Location:

The Fellow may be based in the U.S., Europe, or West Africa; some travel to Ghana will be required. The Fellow may also be asked to travel to Washington, DC, to meet with the other Principal Investigators.

Duration of Fellowship:

Initial appointment is for one year, with approximately 15 to 40 days’ level of effort (LOE). The initial fellowship may be renewed for up to three years, contingent upon continuation of the study and available funds.  The final specifications and a detailed list of deliverables will be elaborated in the final consulting agreement with IIE.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on Monday, April 28, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered.

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Scope of Work: Part-Time Democracy Fellow/Impact Evaluation Principal Investigator (Zambia)

Introduction:

The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a part-time Democracy Fellow to serve as co-Principal Investigator (PI) for an impact evaluation of a new Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) program in Zambia and provide short-term advisory services to USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center).  The new program in Zambia falls within the broad area of service delivery and accountability. 

IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program for USAID and the Fellow will be contracted as an IIE consultant on a part-time basis for one year. The Fellow will be required to collaborate both with a co-PI based in the DRG Center and with an individual providing PI consulting services through a USAID-funded contract. The Fellow’s daily rate will be commensurate with compensation history.

Background:

USAID commits over $2 billion per year in grants and contracts to over 80 countries to improve DRG. The DRG Center’s Learning Team is the locus of evaluation, learning, and research in the DRG sector across USAID. It applies rigorous research methods, including individual program evaluations, qualitative case studies, cross-national quantitative research, systematized expert interviews, democracy surveys, and systematic reviews in DRG areas such as the rule of law, governance, civil society, and political processes to promote evidence-based programming in the sector.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Democracy Fellow will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Developing research design and data collection instruments to acquire baseline household and health facilities data in Zambia.  Data collection will be completed by a data collection firm selected under a separate contract.
  2. Drafting a baseline report within six weeks of completion of baseline household and health facilities surveys. The report will provide rich descriptive data on districts in the study area, and –when combined with data on the treatment assignment – will flag any potential imbalances across treatment groups. The report also will include a data analysis plan for the impact evaluation (to be created after examining the distribution of variables in the baseline survey).
  3. As needed, providing guidance on the roll-out of USAID program activities to align them with the impact evaluation design. This guidance may take the form of formal written products, email messages, or oral communications via teleconference.
  4. As needed, the Fellow may also be asked to provide the following deliverables. 

  5. Providing written comments on the feasibility of impact evaluation for other potential USAID projects identified by the DRG Center and participating USAID Missions.  Written comments may consist of summary and annotated commentary on draft project documents including concept papers, project approval documents, results frameworks, scopes of work, and/or other solicitation documents.  The consultant will sign a non-disclosure agreement and agree to protect the procurement integrity of any solicitation information seen in the course of reviewing USAID documents.
  6. Conducting analyses of completed impact evaluations or other donor impact evaluation agendas. Preparing DRG-specific impact evaluation agendas or other papers describing the DRG Center’s impact evaluation work.
  7. Contribute to the delivery of impact evaluation training activities organized by the DRG Center in Washington, DC, and in the field.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • US citizenship is required.
  • A Ph.D. in political science or a graduate degree in social sciences is required.
  • Demonstrated competence in experimental and non-experimental research designs and survey research, including statistical skills (use of STATA or R) to analyze the results of field experiments and public opinion surveys is required.
  • Knowledge of sampling and questionnaire and survey design is required.
  • Substantive knowledge in at least one DRG assistance field such as voter and civic education, civil society strengthening, electoral behavior, human rights, democratic accountability, or governance in developing and/or transitional countries is required.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English are required.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team are required.
  • Knowledge of donor-assisted efforts to promote improvements in DRG in developing and transitional countries is preferred.
  • Experience in developing or transitional countries, i.e., living and working in a developing country, either for field research, short-term assignments, or long-term residential postings is preferred.
  • Foreign language skills are preferred.
  • Experience working in Zambia is preferred.

Supervision and Guidance:

The Fellow will work with members of the DRG Center’s Learning Team. The Learning Team Leader (or his acting designate) will serve as the Fellow’s on-site manager.  The Fellow will be contracted as an IIE consultant and the IIE DFG Director will be responsible for deliverables review, payment, and administrative management. The Fellow is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority under this fellowship.

Location:

The Fellow may be based anywhere; some travel to Zambia or other USAID field missions will be required. The Fellow may also be asked to travel to Washington, DC, to meet with the other co-PIs.

Duration of Fellowship:

Initial appointment is for one year, with approximately 25 to 45 days’ level of effort (LOE). The initial fellowship may be renewed for up to three years, contingent upon continuation of the study and available funds.  The final specifications and a detailed list of deliverables will be elaborated in the final consulting agreement with IIE.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on Monday, April 28, 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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