Scope of Work: Part-Time Democracy Fellow/Impact Evaluation Principal Investigator (Georgia)
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 Georgia and provide short-term advisory services to USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center). The new DRG program in Georgia will be a three-year program to support civic education courses and extracurricular activities for over 400 high schools.
IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program for USAID and the Fellow will be contracted as an IIE consultant for three years on a part-time basis. The Fellow will be required to collaborate with a co-PI based in the DRG Center. The Fellow’s daily rate will be commensurate with compensation history.
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:
As co-PI, the Democracy Fellow will be responsible for the following activities:
- Collaborating with USAID to design interventions and a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) impact evaluation for the new civic education program in Georgia.
- Collaborating with USAID to develop research design and data collection instruments to acquire baseline data in Georgia; data collection will be completed by a firm selected under a separate contract.
- Contributing to a baseline report, to be drafted within six weeks of completion of baseline surveys of households and facilities. 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, which will be created after examining the distribution of variables in the baseline survey.
- As needed, providing guidance on the roll-out of USAID program activities to align them with the impact evaluation design. This guidance may be delivered via formal written products, email messages, or teleconference.
As needed, the Fellow may also be asked to provide the following deliverables:
- Providing written comments on the feasibility of RCT 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.
- Contributing to developing and implementing a multi-year civic education learning and research agenda for USAID.
- Contributing 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 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 of questionnaire and survey design is required.
- Substantive knowledge in at least one DRG assistance field is required. Fields include: civic education, political participation, civil society strengthening, electoral behavior, human rights, democratic accountability, or governance in developing and/or transitional countries.
- 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 countries—i.e., living and working in a developing country, either for field research, short-term assignments, or long-term residential postings—is preferred.
Supervision and Guidance:
The Democracy 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 and payment and for administrative management. The Fellow is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority under this fellowship.
The Fellow may be based anywhere; approximately 1 to 2 trips to Georgia per year (for one to two weeks per trip) will be required. The Fellow may also be asked to travel to Washington, DC, to meet with the other co-PIs.
Duration of Fellowship:
Appointment is for three years, with approximately 25 to 45 days’ level of effort (LOE) per year. The final specifications and a detailed list of deliverables will be elaborated in the final consulting agreement with IIE.
The deadline for applications is 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 29, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered.
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.