As part of the documentation for the 2021-2025 Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS), USAID/RDMA is required to prepare the FAA 118/119 Analysis in the Asia region and each of its constituent countries. The purpose of this project is to conduct an analysis of tropical forest and biodiversity in alignment with FAA 118/119 and in compliance with ADS 201 guidelines.
The Analysis will examine the region-level forest and biodiversity conservation needs and the extent to which USAID/RDMA Activities addressed the identified needs for forest and biodiversity conservation. The Analysis will inform the simultaneous development of the upcoming USAID/RDMA RDCS and implementation by providing recommendations on ways to strengthen regional commitment and capacity to biodiversity conservation. In addition, the Analysis will help define opportunities to integrate tropical forest and biodiversity conservation into priority development sectors to support the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) and the Journey to Self-reliance (J2SR) that will be considered in mission strategic approaches to improve development outcomes. The Analysis will also consider the unique, coordinating/convening role played by USAID/RDMA, as well as the role of regional institutions and partners in environmental protection and natural resource management.
Under Task Order 46 of the Asia Learning Monitoring and Evaluation (ALME) program, the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), has requested Social Impact to complete a high-level analysis on relevant transboundary and regional biodiversity and forestry issues and adequately responds to the questions for FAA 118 and FAA 119, also known as “actions necessary” and “extent to which.”.
Social Impact Inc. is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of Desk Researcher in support of this project. The Desk Researcher will be responsible for conducting initial desk review research on available documents, collecting publicly available documents and supplemental data as needed, and supporting the Team Lead and other project staff in the production of the desk review deliverable by no later than April 30th. The Desk Researcher will participate in the collection and analysis of data, stakeholder interviews, preparation of client briefings as well as report writing.
The Desk Researcher will report to the Team Lead and will work on the project beginning in March through May 2020.
- Collect, organize and analyze information from USAID as well as other stakeholders, policymakers and institutions to assess tropical forest and biodiversity status in Southeast Asia.
- In support of the Team Lead and other team members, conduct extensive research for FAA 118/119 analysis.
- Coordinate face-to-face or virtual consultations with USAID and other US government stakeholders, as well as NGO and private sector actors.
- Support the preparation of a presentation to RDMA leadership on key findings from desk research and initial consultations.
- Assist the Team Lead in drafting the final desk review report.
- Master’s degree or higher in biology, ecology, zoology, forestry, ecosystem conservation, political economy, political ecology, environmental policy, environmental planning, or a closely related field.
- Minimum of six years of experience with a master’s conducting research on similar projects, or 4 years of experience with a PhD.
- Knowledge of FAA 118/119 and/or USAID’s policies related to tropical forests and biodiversity.
- Expertise in assessing environmental threats.
- Work experience in Southeast Asia, especially with USAID/RDMA or other country missions.
- Experience conducting extensive research and analysis and synthesizing information in written reports in a clear, concise format.
- Ability to create rapport and interface effectively with a wide range of government and non-government stakeholders.
- Exceptional organizational, analytical, and presentation skills.
- Fluency in English required. Knowledge of a regional language spoken in SE Asia will be considered an asset.
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