Democracy Fellow, Gender Equality & Female Empowerment (Wash, DC)

USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program is now recruiting for a full-time USAID Democracy Fellow.

Introduction
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. The Fellow will be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits.

Purpose
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 five core sub-sectoral divisions (Civil Society and Media, Elections and Political Transitions, Empowerment and Inclusion, Governance and Rule of Law, and Human Rights) and four “open” divisions (Cross-Sectoral Programs, Global and Regional Policy, Learning, and Strategic Planning).

Background
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 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.

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 two years. 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.


Application deadline: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:59pm

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 Mary T. Curtin, Ph.D.
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