Democracy Fellow, Legislative Strengthening
The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a part-time Democracy Fellow to help conduct a retrospective analysis of legislative strengthening programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 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 (20 hours per week) for 18 months. The Fellow will work closely with staff at USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center).
According to a recent study commissioned by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), parliamentary development assistance remains an under-evaluated area of donor support. The report authors state that “[t]he evaluation literature consists mostly of either ad hoc single programme evaluations … or broad thematic reviews that draw quite general lessons from a diverse set of programmes. For this reason, there is almost no comparative data on funding levels and activities, and little detailed analysis of what has worked under different conditions and why.” 1 To fill this gap, USAID has decided to conduct a retrospective analysis of legislative strengthening programs, which it sees as a major contribution to the legislative strengthening field.
USAID has an extensive history in legislative strengthening programs. Over the past 35 years, USAID has funded these activities in over 60 countries at a cost of more than $600 million. Legislative strengthening programs have increased in number, scope, and mandate over the past two decades. While anecdotal evidence suggests that this support has helped strengthen democratic governance and improved citizen access to policymaking, systematic research is required to measure the impact of this assistance.
Scope of Work Summary
This legislative strengthening retrospective analysis project will be implemented under the joint leadership and management of the DRG Center’s Governance/Rule of Law Team and Learning Team. The USAID Governance Advisor will be responsible for overall project management. The Democracy Fellow will work closely with the Governance Advisor on the design and implementation of retrospective project, help analyze the results thereof, and assist in using the findings to draft revisions to the USAID Handbook on Legislative Strengthening. A Senior Evaluation Specialist on the DRG Center’s Learning Team will advise both the Governance Advisor and the Democracy Fellow on methodological issues.
The overall goal of the retrospective analysis project is to better understand the results and impact of USAID’s support to deliberative bodies to improve the overall effectiveness of USAID legislative strengthening assistance. The project will seek to identify, measure, and better understand the relationships between USAID legislative strengthening programs and the dynamics of change, reform, and performance of legislatures with which USAID works.
In 2002, with the assistance of a working group of legislative strengthening practitioners and academics, The DRG Center developed a proposed research methodology for this retrospective analysis. The methodology consisted of a comparative case study approach and a modified version of the field network approach to gather data on a broader set of cases. One of the Fellow’s early responsibilities will be to convene an expert review of this methodology and, with the DRG Governance Advisor, chart a course for the remainder of the research project. That course is likely to combine a mix of case study methodologies to achieve the depth and breadth necessary for conclusions. The Fellow will conduct the research, complemented by other independent in-country evaluation support as necessary, according to the research protocol.
Once research is conducted, the Fellow will help to systematically analyze the data collected and draw conclusions. S/he also will help to prepare a draft report with findings and recommendations for future USAID legislative strengthening programs, as well as organize a peer review of the draft. Once the report is finalized, and based upon its findings and conclusions, the Fellow will work on revising USAID’s legislative strengthening handbook and developing other technical leadership tools to ensure the design and implementation of more effective USAID legislative strengthening programs.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Democracy Fellow will be responsible for the following tasks.
- Serving as technical organizer for a one-day evidence summit bringing together legislative strengthening academics and practitioners to review the proposed research methodology for the retrospective analysis, discussing the state of the art in retrospective analyses of legislative strengthening or similar programs.
- Facilitating and participating in a small advisory group tasked with drafting, revising, modifying, editing and/or rewriting the research methodology.
- Serving as liaison with USAID/Missions in making decisions on the selection, conduct, organization, and implementation of country case studies analyses.
- Participating in one or more in-country evaluation teams (to be decided prior to the research phase of the study).
- Analyzing the results of the retrospective studies, assisting in the preparation of the draft report, organizing a peer review of the draft report, and assisting in the preparation of the final synthesis report.
- Assisting in the drafting of revisions to the USAID Handbook on Legislative Strengthening and other USAID tools.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience in legislative strengthening, either as a practitioner working on legislative strengthening programs in the international development context or as an academic conducting research in the field of legislative development and institutions, required. Graduate-level education can be applied toward this experience. Previous experience with USAID programming preferred, but not required.
- Relevant graduate degree preferred, but not required.
- Demonstrated research skills and strong written and oral communications skills required.
- Basic familiarity with legislative development programs and practices, including demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation; impact evaluation design, methodology, and implementation; and basic qualitative and quantitative research approaches required.
- Willingness to travel required.
- US citizenship or permanent residency status required.
Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of the DRG Center and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by the DRG Center’s Governance Advisor. The Fellow will be an IIE consultant and will report for administrative purposes to the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program Director at IIE.
Washington, DC, area preferred but not necessarily required.
Duration of the Position
This fellowship is for 18 months, at 50 percent level of effort (20 hours per week).
The daily rate for this fellowship will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s salary history and experience.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on December 13, 2013. Only complete applications will be considered.
1 Report Brief, Mind the Gap: Lessons Learnt and Remaining Challenges in Parliamentary Development Assistance – A SIDA Pre-Study, UTV Working Paper 2012:1, found at http://www.sida.se/publications.
Democracy Fellow, Gender Equality and Female Empowerment
The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a full-time Democracy Fellow for gender equality and female empowerment in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center). IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) for USAID. Initial appointment is for one year. Any additional year(s) are dependent on continued identified technical needs of the DRG Center and would be contingent on available funding and acceptable performance. Arrangements for qualified applicants to fill this role while on a sabbatical can be considered. If a Fellow holds permanent outside employment, s/he may be contracted as an IIE consultant. If not, s/he would be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits.
The Democracy Fellow for gender quality and female empowerment will serve as a resource for DRG Center staff and USAID DRG field officers on the integration of gender equality and female empowerment across all DRG sub-sectors. The Fellow will sit at the DRG Center, which consists of four core sub-sectoral teams (Civil Society and Media, Elections and Political Transitions, Governance and Rule of Law, and Human Rights) and four “open” teams (Cross-Sectoral Programs, Global and Regional Policy, Learning, and Strategic Planning).
Over the past two years, USAID has taken dramatic steps to more effectively advance gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout its work. This effort is built upon a number of policies and strategies, including the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy (hereafter the Gender Policy); the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally; and the USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy. Now that these foundational documents are completed, the next phase will be to implement them and ensure that advancing gender equality and female empowerment becomes an integral part of USAID’s work.
The DRG Center recognizes that supporting the development of more democratic, better governed societies is critical to achieving critical development goals. An important part of democratic development is ensuring that women and men have equal opportunities to benefit from and participate in both development programs and the political life of their societies. The DRG Center sees this work as critical to its recently elevated mission to advance and protect the equal rights of all people. This work also supports the key USAID policies and strategies described above.
Conducting thorough gender analyses prior to designing new USAID programs will allow for the identification of specific areas of opportunity to better advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries. Designing DRG sub-sectoral programs based on thorough gender analyses will increase the likelihood that these programs: (1) have an equally meaningful impact on men, women, boys, and girls; and (2) achieve better results in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Scope of Work Summary
One objective of USAID’s Gender Policy is that gender considerations become the responsibility of all USAID staff and an integral part of how the agency operates as an organization. The Fellow will be an integral resource for DRG Center staff and USAID DRG field officers on the integration of gender equality and female empowerment across all DRG sub-sectors. The Fellow also will work closely with colleagues in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA Bureau), in other USAID bureaus/offices, at the U.S. State Department, and at the National Security Council (NSC) to advance gender equality and female empowerment objectives in the DRG sector. S/he will play an important role in identifying and advising on the intersections between gender and DRG subsectors in agency and inter-agency processes. Overall, s/he will serve as a point person for all gender-related issues in the DRG Center and a key member of agency and interagency gender working groups.
This position will be directly supervised on a day-to-day basis by the head of the DRG Center’s Strategic Planning Team or his designee.
Roles and Responsibilities
Key responsibilities for the Democracy Fellow for gender equality and female empowerment include:
- Attending and representing the DRG Center at agency and interagency meetings and working groups; keeping DRG Center staff abreast of relevant initiatives, policies, strategies, and other guidance.
- Leading the DRG Center’s role in implementing the Gender Policy and related strategies with regard to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). In doing so, the Fellow will liaise with USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (E3/GenDev); regional and pillar bureau gender advisors; mission and regional gender advisors and points of contact (POCs); the Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL); and the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, among others.
- Monitoring progress towards commitments under gender-related Agency or USG policies, including the Gender Policy; the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally; and the USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy.
- Advising senior USAID and DRG management on ways to strengthen the integration of gender considerations into USAID policies, programs, and procedures, including innovative and new strategic programming.
- Actively participating in the activities of the DRG Gender Working Group (GWG), which has representatives of all eight DRG technical teams. The Fellow will participate in drafting and implementing the GWG’s annual work plan. The Fellow may also be required to support a DRG staff member in leading and coordinating activities of the GWG.
- Providing monitoring and technical support on gender integration to USAID/Washington DRG staff and DRG officers in USAID field Missions. The Gender Fellow will work closely with colleagues from each DRG sub-sectoral team in this role.
- Coordinating with the Global and Regional Policy Team’s Regional Coordinators on gender equality related to specific countries and providing technical support, as necessary. Providing guidance to DRG staff on integrating gender into the Center’s learning agenda (e.g., providing guidance for, reviewing, and conducting gender analyses).
- Operationalizing the integration of gender into the DRG Center’s policies and procedures by ensuring that gender is integrated into DRG training, assessment frameworks and tools, and project design and reporting processes. Assisting the DRG Center’s Strategic Planning team in responding to gender-related sections of the Operational Plan and Project Performance Reports.
- Serving as point person in the DRG Center for gender-related requests and reporting requirements (e.g., talking points, briefings, reviewing documents, etc.). Coordinating and keeping an up-to-date inventory on all DRG Center gender-related activities and programs.
- Designing and delivering gender training. Developing or acquiring resource materials, as necessary or required.
- Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on need or the Fellow’s own related interests.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Advanced degree (MA/MS level) in social science, development studies, or political science, with experience in gender, democracy, human rights, and governance issues preferred.
- Knowledge of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, specifically as related to foreign assistance to developing countries.
- At least 15 years of relevant work experience.
- At least five years of practical experience in integrating gender into international development programming (preferably DRG programming).
- Experience in developing and delivering training courses on gender integration and program monitoring.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate complex development issues. Knowledge of principles, concepts, and methodologies involved in the design, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of technical assistance programs/projects. Highly developed analytical skills required.
- Ability to work independently in handling routine, complex, and/or controversial issues that arise in completing assignments. Ability to manage multiple tasks at once.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness while working in a variety of settings and with high-level officials in the U.S. government, foreign governments, and international organizations, as well as with other foreign and domestic development partners, colleagues, and office associates.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of computer software, including Word, Excel, and Windows. General familiarity with networked computer systems.
- Previous experience with USAID programming preferred.
- Working proficiency in a foreign language preferred.
- Willingness to travel is required.
- US citizenship or permanent residency status is required.
- Successful background investigation for a secret level security clearance is required. The Fellow will need to secure the clearance before beginning employment.
Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of the DRG Center and will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the DRG Center’s Strategic Planning Team lead. The Fellow will report for administrative purposes to the Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program Director at IIE. Arrangements for qualified applicants to fill this role while on a sabbatical can be considered. If a Fellow holds permanent outside employment, s/he may be contracted as an IIE consultant. Otherwise, s/he will be employed as a full-time, IIE employee, with benefits.
The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of USAID, as required. Fellow is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority, consistent with USAID’s overall policies.
Upon successful completion of a background investigation for a secret level security clearance, the Fellow will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC. International travel may be required.
Duration of the position
Initial appointment is for one year. Any additional year(s) are contingent on continued technical needs of the DRG Center, continued funding, and acceptable performance.
The salary for this fellowship will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s salary history and experience. The salary will not exceed $130,000/year.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on January 10, 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.