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Democracy Fellow, Countering Violent Extremism Posted Sep 28
Institute of International Education - USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program , Washington, DC
 
Introduction:
The Institute of International Education (IIE) seeks applications from qualified individuals for a full time Democracy Fellow for countering violent extremism (CVE) to serve within the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). IIE manages the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) for USAID. Initial appointment is for one year. The Fellow will be hired as a full-time, salaried IIE employee, with benefits. The Fellow’s salary will be commensurate with salary history and experience.

Purpose:
The Democracy Fellow for CVE will provide technical expertise and recommendations for the effective linkage of countering violent extremism to other development program areas, including democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG); economic growth; media strengthening; youth empowerment; security sector reform; and the rule of law.

Background:
USAID’s CMM Office (DCHA/CMM) provides technical advice on programs and policies to respond to the causes and consequences of conflict, fragility, and violence to all parts of the Agency, other U.S. Government (USG) departments and agencies, and international partners including other donors and civil society organizations, with the objective of maximizing the effectiveness of programs in this critical area. DCHA/CMM provides leadership on designing and implementing fragility-aware and conflict-related programming through technical assistance to USAID field missions and other operating units, applied research and analysis, training and information dissemination, and donor engagement and coordination. DCHA/CMM links rigorous analysis to its assistance in strategy, program and activity design, and monitoring and evaluation, combining country and regional conflict assessments with practical guidance for program implementation, including development responses to violent extremism and insurgency.

DCHA/CMM also spearheads the articulation of policy regarding the role of development vis-à-vis conflict, fragility, and violent extremism as well as the application of those policies within not only USAID, but also other agencies and the broader international community. In addition to providing direct field-based technical assistance, DCHA/CMM manages specialized grants, cooperative agreements, inter-agency agreements, and contracts in support of country and regional programs.

Scope of Work Summary:
The Democracy Fellow for CVE will work with DCHA/CMM’s Policy and Technical Leadership Team to support the planning and implementation of analyses and research that evaluate and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs or activities to provide a development response to violent extremism. The objective of this work is to help identify cutting edge development approaches to assessing and responding to the causes and consequences of violent extremism, and to make them available to USAID and USG personnel, other donors, implementing partners, Congress, the private sector, think tanks, academia, and the public at large.

The incumbent may occasionally also serve as a technical resource to USAID’s Senior Coordinator for CVE, regional bureaus, and the Violent Extremism and Insurgency Steering Committee (SC), as well as with the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and other USG and multilateral organizations involved in providing counter extremism assistance.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Key responsibilities for the Democracy Fellow for CVE include:
• Furthering a research agenda on CVE for DCHA/CMM and in support of the Agency’s Violent Extremism and Insurgency Steering Committee with a focus on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of USAID CVE programs.
•Supporting DCHA/CMM in the dissemination of the research agenda, including providing technical advice that would assist DCHA/CMM’s development of scopes of work (SOWs) and budgets.
•Providing expert technical input and recommendations on high priority and emergent CVE and related policy issues.
•Providing technical expertise and analyses to support USAID’s broader engagement in CVE and, if appropriate, related policy issues.
•Carrying out other tasks or responsibilities related to CVE, conflict mitigation, stabilization, peacebuilding, based on need or the Fellow’s own related interests.


Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:
•U.S. Citizenship and ability to obtain a Secret level security clearance are required.
•Full-time Democracy Fellows must not have worked inside USAID as a technical professional (Direct-Hire, Non-Direct Hire, PSC) for more than five years cumulatively.
•Advanced degree (MA/MS level) in political science, international relations, international development, law, conflict mitigation, peacebuilding, terrorism studies, or a related field is required.
•Knowledge of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, specifically as related to foreign assistance to developing countries, is required.
•At least three years of hands-on experience in designing, implementing, or evaluating international development programs involving CVE, conflict mitigation, stabilization, security sector reform, building governance institutions, and/or supporting independent civil society are required.
•Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate complex development issues is required. Knowledge of principles, concepts, and methodologies involved in the design, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of technical assistance programs/projects is required. Highly developed analytical skills are required.
•Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and work independently in handling routine, complex, and/or controversial issues that arise in completing assignments are required.
•Demonstrated interpersonal and communications 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 are required. Ability to foster relationships and coordinate the learning and expertise of multiple organizations engaged in the CVE field is required.
•Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex programming elements into clear, concise documents and actions for senior leaders and the public, are required.
•Knowledge of computer software, including Word, Excel, and Windows, as well as general familiarity with networked computer systems, is required.
•Ability to travel internationally at least 3-4 weeks over the course of the one-year fellowship is required.
•Previous experience with USAID programming is desirable.
•Work experience in developing countries affected by violent extremism is desirable.
•Working proficiency in a foreign language is desirable.

Supervision and Guidance:
The CVE Fellow will serve as a member of the CMM Office’s Policy and Technical Leadership Team. The Fellow will be supervised by the DFG Director at IIE, but the CMM Supervisory Program Specialist (or his/her acting designee) will provide the Fellow with technical guidance. The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of USAID, as required. The Fellow is expected to exercise professional initiative, resourcefulness, and discretion consistent with USAID’s overall policy and procedural framework.

Location:
Upon successful completion of a background investigation for an interim Secret level security clearance, the Fellow will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC. Ability to travel internationally at least 3-4 weeks over the course of the one-year fellowship is required.

Duration of the position:
Initial appointment is for one year. Any additional year(s) are contingent on technical needs, continued funding, and acceptable performance.


TO APPLY
The application for Democracy Fellow positions contains two parts. Part I (CV) can be completed online using this link (https://iie.hua.hrsmart.com/...s/Posting/view/2495). A request for Part II will be emailed to you following the completion of Part I; it includes the DFG Application (note that your signature is required on this document) and the DFG Personal Statement. Both documents must be completed and emailed to dem.fellows@iie.org by the application’s due date.

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