Political Competition Expert, USAID DRG-Learning

Social Impact
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Project Background:

USAID Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) programming covers a broad range of sub-sectors, and has evolved in a number of different directions. Program areas include 1) rule of law, 2) good governance, 3) political competition and consensus-building, 4) civil society, 5) independent media and free flow of information, and 6) human rights. Project and activity designs draw on a wide range of different theories of change and technical approaches, and there has not been an attempt to inventory them, nor any systematic reflection or analysis of their effectiveness overall. The programmatic area of focus for this assignment is political competition and consensus-building.

The purpose of this tasking is to determine the universe of technical approaches commonly used by USAID in DRG activities and to create an inventory which will serve as a framework for systematic learning to help guide future programming. 

The inventory will be developed through compilation of theories of change and development hypotheses, as well as specific objectives and activities, looking at both the design and implementation of approaches. SI will work closely with NORC and USAID DRG/Learning, especially in categorizing the technical approaches, and selecting a sample for deeper exploration. As the most robust approaches emerge, the team will hold a set of consultation events with experts and practitioners to validate the approaches and their evolution over time and capture learning associated with that process.The final products will be a database with a user-friendly interface and an accompanying publication.

 

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Political Competition Expert to lead the validation of aggregated technical approaches. The Expert will support the finalization of the draft list of approaches, compiled by the SI team, and lead key informant interviews with DRG program area leaders as part of the validation process. Working closely with the USAID Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Center’s Learning Division, the Expert will also participate in roundtable(s) with USAID specialists and DRG practitioners to discuss and validate the set of technical approaches. These validation events will also be used to confirm existing evidence behind the approaches and their evolution over time. 

The Expert will be responsible for supporting these remote validation activities and ensuring the production and completion of all relevant deliverables. The Expert will contribute to the creation of a database of technical approaches and a list of illustrative indicators for each, as well as the final deliverable (an inventory publication). The Expert will ensure quality assurance and timeliness of all deliverables.

The expected start date for this assignment is June 2020 and the anticipated Level of Effort (LOE) is 3 days. The estimated period of performance for this position is through August 2020. 

This is a part-time position reporting to the U.S.-based SI Program Director and Program Manager. The candidate will be required to provide a sample of a relevant political competition assessment or learning activity in which s/he was the lead, to demonstrate his/her assessment, critical analysis, and writing skills. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Support validation activities with USAID partners and DRG implementers, including key informant interviews and roundtable discussions. 
  • Provide recommendations to the SI team for finalizing the inventory of technical approaches, based on analysis derived from the validation activities and expertise of the political competition sector. 
  • Contribute to the creation of a database of technical approaches and a list of illustrative indicators for each (as well as the final inventory publication), as requested by the SI team.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or higher in political science, international relations, social sciences, economics or any other relevant field of study.
  • Minimum six years’ experience in overseeing and/or evaluating elections, or political competition and consensus building research and programming, and developing reports. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in the political competition and consensus building sector, and knowledge of the range of technical approaches implemented in relevant programs. 
  • Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in the English language.
  • Experience effectively presenting findings and communicating with client, government, and non-government stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to high quality standards.

 

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