Job DescriptionInternship Description
RTI International is seeking an intern for the International Development Group (IDG) unit to assist with the Senegal GOLD project during summer 2018. Responsibilities include:
- Collect project success stories, interview field team to document and share project work and successes. Collaborate with local staff and home office team to incorporate success stories into various reports and future documents.
- Document learning agenda, work with the monitoring and evaluation field expert and home office team to collect data, analyze, and begin reporting on the project•s learning questions. This will include documenting the process for planning, coordination, stakeholder buy in, and adaptation among other things. This may involve interviews, review of existing documents, facilitated meetings and other activities with both project staff and other stakeholders. Assist with the development of toolkits and implementation guides for GOLD•s toolkit.• This scope can also grow and expand with the intern•s interest in the project and field work as well as the project•s needs at the time
RTI International is a leading non-profit research institute headquartered in North Carolina•s Research Triangle Park. RTI was founded in 1958 by the area•s major research universities: Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. Today, RTI has more than 5,000 staff members located in 18 offices around the world. Our work spans the social sciences, laboratory and life sciences, engineering, and international development, and is defined by our scientifically-rigorous approach that delivers measurable results. We work on everything from international development to lab sciences, in more than 75 countries and across more than 250 disciplines. In international development, we are known for our work in the fields of education, health, governance, and economic development, and we work on projects designed to make a difference everywhere from small villages to entire countries and regions.
Description of the GOLD Program: USAID/Governance for Local Development
The USAID/Governance for Local Development activity is a five-year project designed to strengthen Collectivit•s Locales ability to improve basic services in health, education, water and sanitation, and food security, working in 50 communes and 13 d•partements throughout Kedougou, Kolda, Sediou and Tambacounda regions in Senegal.• The project supports Development Objective 3 of USAID/Senegal’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS): More effective citizen participation in the management of public affairs at the national and local levels.• Activities are mutually reinforcing interventions that strengthen different building blocks of good governance and service delivery by building a culture of collaboration and openness among all stakeholders.
Result 1: Capacity of local government to respond to citizen demand increased.• Under R1 we will focus on capacity development that brings CLs together with civil society and the private sector to build common understanding and foster collaborative approaches to address sectoral service delivery issues.
Result 2: Mobilization and management of local public resources improved.• Activities under this result seek to strengthen trust between CLs and local stakeholders through concrete activities, such as Y-Tax, that promote greater transparency and provide a space for citizen engagement to increase revenue to fund health; education; food security; and water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
Result 3: Community participation in service delivery management (Health, Education, WASH,
Agriculture) increased.• Through this result, we will strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to promote citizen engagement in identifying local priorities as well as in engaging with service delivery oversight mechanisms for the targeted service areas.
Strategy for Cross-Sector Integration and Coordination:
The USAID/Governance for Local Development activity embraces the cross-sector integration approach pioneered by USAID/Senegal and will spearhead integration efforts through identification of mutually beneficial joint activities with USAID implementing partners (IPs) in the target sectors and regions. Our integration strategy consists of four prongs:
1. Facilitate integration process for USAID cross-sectoral programming.• We will organize regular joint COP meetings and regular meetings among USAID•s IPs to share information, identify opportunities for co-locating and pooling resources, and find ways of working together to develop integrated cross-sectoral programming activities.
2. Support CLs to become coordination hubs for local development. CLs should take donor programs into account during local planning processes. Working with ARDs, we will provide communes with tools such as the Syst•me d•Information Territorial, supporting CLs• roles as local development facilitators. GOLD•s regional coordinators will coordinate with USAID Regional Focal Points. We will work with sectoral experts from USAID projects linking them to CL government planning and budgeting processes, such as setting sectoral priorities in Plans Locaux de D•veloppement and developing sectoral budgets.
3. Cross-sector social accountability mechanisms. GOLD will support the development of social accountability mechanisms using cross-sectoral, low-cost tools including the Integrated Good Governance Barometer and Citizen, Voice and Action methodology that can easily be sustained by ARDs and other local government bodies. These tools will be available for all USAID programs to adapt for their use. For example, using the U-Bridge platform citizens will use free SMS messaging to engage with local officials on service delivery issues such as absentee teachers, drug stock-outs, or delayed seed distribution.
4. Local cross-sector policy working groups. GOLD will support working groups of local councilors, ARD representatives, and citizens to identify systemic issues that negatively or positively impact the ability of sector commissions within CLs, including Health, Education, and WASH, to fulfill their mandates.
- 9 week minimum commitment
- Ability to sustain a 40-hour+ work week for the full length of the program
- Entering 3rd year or higher in undergraduate program and/or a proven ability to work under challenging conditions in a creative and independent manner
- Past university coursework and research in the areas related to the project
- Past work, volunteer or field experience, which demonstrates initiative and leadership
- Basic understanding of what grassroots development entails
- Experience with cultural and economic diversity
- Acceptance that the impact of work may be more humble than originally envisioned
- Social ability to actively engage their local organizations, community leaders, and project stakeholders to collaborate on project work
- Ability to cope with the strain of being separated from friends and family and work independently under challenging conditions
- Deep desire to live and work in a completely foreign climate, culture and paradigm
- Openness and curiosity toward undergoing a potentially life-changing shift of perspective and the emotional sophistication to handle the process
- Fluent in English and French with excellent written and oral communication skills • the majority of the field work including interviews and review of existing reports will be completely in French
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