Political Science Expert/Team Leader
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In support of the CAMRIS-implemented, USAID/Nepal Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Activity, we seek a Team Leader to conduct the upcoming Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Assessment in Nepal for the Mission.
The purpose of this DRG Assessment is assess the current context and inform the preparation of USAID/Nepal's next Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
The assessment will include four interlinked areas:
* Analysis of the country’s political and governance context, regime type, and potential future government direction in order to identify the key DRG problem(s) in the country. Focused analysis on elements of the political system and governance: consensus, rule of law and human rights, competition and political accountability, transparency in Government of Nepal (GON) decisions, citizen’s engagement in budget planning and decisions, media freedom, inclusion, transitional justice and administrative effectiveness and accountability (step 1 DRG assessment).
* Through a political economy analysis identify the role of key actors and the institutions in which they operate. The actors, together with the institutions that structure their incentives, determine the pace, nature and extent of political change. Identifying the proponents and opponents of specific reforms, along with the resources they can mobilize, is necessary to craft an optimal DRG assistance strategy. This political economy analysis of the stakeholders is intended to help understand the feasibility of promoting certain aspects of democratic governance in terms of political will (step 2 of the DRG assessment).
* Introduce U.S. and USAID’s interests, assistance programs, resources, and comparative strengths and weaknesses. This information serves as a filter that removes strategic or programmatic options that fall outside the focus or capabilities of the mission, and highlights those that are a good fit for the mission. In this step, the team will consider U.S. foreign policy priorities and assistance frameworks, and broader development concerns; the existing USAID portfolio; other USAID and USG assistance programs; the host country development priorities; resource availability (staff and money); USAID’s comparative strengths and weaknesses; donor coordination; and practical constraints on the recipient side (step 3 of the DRG assessment)
* Develop recommendations for an optimal strategy and programming options to address the major DRG challenges most effectively, including any gender inequalities that contribute to the challenges. The strategy should reiterate the primary problems for democracy, human rights and governance, and based on the positions of key actors and institutions, including donors, formulate one or more higher-level DRG objective(s). Next, the team will describe the development hypothesis which explains how the proposed interventions will effectively address the DRG problems identified. The team also will identify priority DRG subsectors and suggest how the DRG objectives might be achieved by providing illustrative activities (step 4 of the DRG assessments).
* Serve as the primary investigator and provide technical guidance and strategic support to the assessment team.
* Lead the process of drafting and finalizing the assessment study design, work plan, and data collection tools; the interpretation of the findings; and the oral and written presentations of the findings.
* Work with USAID to plan the assessment and logistics.
* Work with the assessment team to allocate assessment responsibilities based on their skills and capacity.
* Support the assessment team members to ensure that all team members fulfill obligations, communications, and deliverables in a timely manner.
* Manage the assessment team’s activities and organize and facilitate team interaction.
* Serve as liaison between USAID and the assessment team.
* PhD in political science or related field with a minimum of ten years of work experience.
* Extensive analytical experience, which equips him/her to conduct high-quality and in-depth analysis of the political, and to a lesser degree economic and social, barriers to democratic development and consolidation in Nepal.
* In-depth experience of assessing political change, identifying barriers to democratization, and developing DRG strategies and programming options.
* Knowledge of DRG transition literature would be useful.
* Regional experience and/or specific Nepal knowledge is strongly preferred.