Costa Rica | Nicaragua | El Salvador | Guatemala | Mexico
Apply by 22 April 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 6 March 2018

Job Description

ME&A is in search of a Team Leader to manage a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) of the Central American Electricity Program.

The objective of this Central America electric sector PEA is to identify strategic opportunities and challenges for the consolidation of the Mercado Eléctrico Regional (MER) and its possible extension through the regional grid network, SIEPAC-Mexico electrical interconnection and market framework for Mexico-MER electricity trade. The PEA Team will collect information through a literature review and interviews with key informants in national governments, regional bodies, donors, and the private sector. The study will employ a problem-focused methodology, as described in USAID’s Applied Political Economy Analysis Field Guide, guided by one to two knowledge-based questions plus sub-questions, as well as an operational question. The two knowledge-based questions include:1) Why do the MER and SIEPEC continue to operate below their existing capacity level, given the documented benefits of the MER? And 2) What private companies favor MER expansion or enhanced electricity integration? Are there subsets of private sector groups that stand to win or lose?

The PEA will be conducted in the following six countries:

  1. Guatemala
  2. Honduras
  3. El Salvador
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Mexico

The PEA Team Leader must be available all of April through mid-July 2018 (2.5 months). The team will be expected to have 10 days for desk review, 5-7 days for fieldwork per country (total 30-40 days field work), and 15 days for data synthesis and report development, including briefings with USAID. The estimated start date: on or about April 2, 2018; estimated end date: on or about July 13, 2018; Estimated LOE: 70-75 days.


The PEA Team Leader will have broad regional expertise in politics and political economy analysis. Some experience with the politics of energy issues in Mexico and Central America is highly preferred. The Team Leader will lead overall scoping efforts, around both country level questions, and broader questions on regional implications; provide intellectual leadership to research design; and conduct and coordinate field researchers, participating in research throughout the PEA period. The Team Leader will review and approve all data collection, stakeholder analysis, and interview guides, tools, and materials. S/he will also be responsible for analyzing data and drafting the final report.

  • Education: Advanced degree in political science, economics, development or other related field.
  • Language proficiency: Ability to read English/ Ability to read, speak, and write Spanish at educated, native proficiency.
  • Work experience:
    • Experience conducting in-depth political economy assessments with international organizations or local think tanks.
    • Experience as adaptable team player.
    • Experience briefing international audiences and communicating complex information into actionable recommendations that resonate with the target audience.
    • Experience conducting inductive research.
    • Strong listening skills and ability to assist the team in synthesizing findings from an array of interviews.Â
    • Experience giving briefings for senior level officials.
    • Strong drafting and organizational skills.
    • Preferred: Familiarity with USAID or international donor programs.
    • Preferred: Experience in public administration, governance, transparency, accountability.
  • Position description: The Team Leader will be responsible of supervising and coordinating all activities related to development analysis, guaranteeing that products will be of quality and are presented in a professional way in accordance with the terms of reference.

If interested, please submit before March 15 2018, a resume in English with a cover letter outlining qualifications to or at

Only qualified finalists will be contacted.

ME&A is an equal employment opportunity employer.

About the Organization

ME&A is a qualified small business, dedicated to providing creative solutions for economic development and social development throughout the world. Our Core Areas of Concentration include Monitoring & Evaluations, Economic and Community Development, Public Administration and Governance, and Business Development and Technology Transfer.

ME&A implements the five-year Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (M&E&L) initiative for the USAID Mission in El Salvador. ME&A’s team provides USAID/El Salvador and potentially other missions in the region continued performance monitoring, verification, GIS services and evaluation support to measure program impact, results and achievements.

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