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    This position is in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC,  in the Bureau for Latin America's (LAC) Office of Regional Sustainable Development (RSD), at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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    This position is based in the Bureau for Latin America's (LAC) Office of Regional Sustainable Development (RSD), Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Team. The Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Team (DRG) provides technical guidance to the LAC Bureau and its missions, analyzes policies, trends and conditions affecting democracy in the region, and represents LAC democracy development concerns in intra-agency, inter-agency and other forums, including with multilateral and bilateral donors. DRG provides guidance in the development of bilateral democracy programs, reviewing and assisting the development of strategies and activities in LAC missions.

    As a Democracy Specialist your duties will include the following:

    • Providing technical leadership, expert advice and assistance to the LAC Bureau, Missions, and host-country personnel in identifying key democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) issues, conducting analyses of programs, formulating policy and strategy, making project recommendations, conceptualizing new programs or redesigning ongoing ones to ensure that they address Agency/Bureau priorities.
    • Providing the LAC Bureau with analyses of democratic governance, citizen security, civic engagement/civil society development, closing/closed spaces and freedom of the press, as well as political and operational challenges complicating USAID programming in the field.
    • Identifying and disseminating best practices, lessons learned and other experiences to advance the state-of-the-art DRG programming and improve project management.
    • Designing and participating in democracy sector assessments to define strategic plans and designing specific programs and projects, and participating in impact evaluations of programs, projects, and work performed by grantees, contractors, other USG agencies, and USAID Missions.
    • Designing centralized/regional and Mission-specific democracy projects under established and/or proposed objectives, including identifying and implementing necessary actions related to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
    • Overseeing and managing research to monitor the democratic progress in the region and to assess the level of political will for democratic reform.
    • Providing expert advice on LAC policy issues and consulting with all levels of management, other federal agencies, and with foreign and commercial organizations.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    14 - The full performance level of this position is GS-14

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517676000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.