Political Economy Analysis (PEA) Experts - USAID/Indonesia Local Governance Enabling Environment (ERAT) Activity

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 21 April 2021

Job Description

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking Political Economy Analysis (PEA) experts to effectively support the PEA implementation in 6 Indonesian regions (North Sumatra, Banten, East Java, West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara) for the recently-awarded USAID Indonesia ERAT (Tata Kelola PemERintahan yang Efektif, Efisien, dan KuAT) Activity. Candidates preferably will be located in one of the 6 regions listed above.

Program Goal:

The purpose of the USAID ERAT Activity is to improve Indonesian service delivery at the subnational level by establishing governance systems to enhance oversight mechanisms and effectively manage key service processes. Through a partnership between the Asia Foundation (TAF) and ICMA, the USAID ERAT activity will achieve the project goal: for the citizens of Indonesia to benefit from effective local government by increasing the quality of policy implementation and service delivery at the subnational level. USAID ERAT will advance meaningful decentralization in Indonesia by promoting technically sound and politically feasible solutions to improve local governance and service delivery, particularly for the poor, women, and marginalized groups. USAID ERAT will leverage TAF’s governance, adaptive management, and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) expertise, and its long-term partnerships with key Indonesian stakeholders at the national, provincial, and local government levels, as well ICMA’s extensive experience strengthening the capacity of local governments across the world. ICMA’s current work on the project consists of assisting TAF with the implementation of a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) activity under Task Order 1, which includes mobilizing Short Term Technical Assistance personnel (STTAs) to support the implementation of provincial-level PEAs and co-design processes and provide technical input on local governance relevant to each respective province under analysis (North Sumatra, Banten, East Java, West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara).


  • Providing input and advice to the development of the draft and final versions of the PEA report;

· Providing technical assistance to CSO partners in conducting the provincial PEA;

  • Facilitating a network between CSO partners with related local government and other stakeholders;
  • Conducting assessment activities that may include working on co-design processes and provide technical advice on local governance.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in political science, economic development, or related field;
  • At least ten years of relevant work experience carrying out political economy analyses;
  • Familiarity with USAID objectives, approaches, and programming;
  • Familiarity with the process of conducting a PEA, including completing a literature review, preparing data collection, conducting field work;
  • Experience in incorporating analysis of available secondary data to supplement qualitative data;
  • Demonstrated record of successfully completing and producing PEA reports with conclusions and recommendations for development projects;
  • Experience working with a range of government officials, donors, local NGOs, and academia;
  • Strong prior ability to successfully collaborate with an assessment team, which may include national experts, local research assistants, and academic partners;
  • Current residency in Indonesia, with Indonesian citizenship preferred.
  • Fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia (spoken, written and reading).

About the Organization

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the professional home for more than 13,000 local government leaders, managers, staff, and stakeholders committed to developing and promoting the best practices in governance at the subnational level. Since its inception in 1914, ICMA has provided research and knowledge resources, training, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer programming for the chief appointed officials and their staff that run thousands of local governments in the United States and around the world. Since the late 1980s, ICMA has implemented over 500 programs in more than 70 countries, delivering hands-on assistance by tapping into the knowledge and skillset of its members, who provide long-term learning, mentorship, and partnership opportunities for their counterparts in local government. ICMA performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and internationally, thanks to the support of federal government agencies, international foundations, and corporations.

For more information regarding ICMA’s programs and services, please visit www.icma.org.

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