Senior Political Economist
USAID/India has contracted Panagora Group to provide monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services to generate learning inputs for the implementation of the new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and specifically a new Project Appraisal Document (PAD) to guide future programming to support Tibetan refugees. To this end, Panagora will conduct an assessment to review USAID programming to date in support of Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal, identify development needs of the communities, including a gender analysis of those communities, and formulate recommendations for future programming. The assessment will also consider the political economy of refugee populations in India and Nepal. It will put forward recommendations that will enable USAID to support the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in meeting the strategy, planning management responsibilities and promoting cultural and institutional resilience.
The assessment will require extensive desk review of previous USAID support channeled through the Tibet Fund (TF), and new initiatives with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), key informant interviews (KIIs) with USAID/ India, representatives of TF and CTA, government agencies in India and Nepal, NGOs and members of the Tibetan refugee diaspora in the USA and Europe. It will also require data collection with Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal, including a gender analysis that will examine gender-related inequalities between males and females in access to/control over economic, political, and social resources; the prevalence of gender-based violence; and constraints that prevent women and girls from leading, participating fully in, and influencing decisions in their societies. The PAD assessment team will be composed of US, Indian/ Nepalese specialists. The work planning and design, desk review and the data collection will all will be done remotely.
- Support the Tibet PAD Assessment team in activity planning, team coordination meetings, and review of work products from team.
- Work with the Tibet PAD Assessment Team Leader to design a work plan with methodology, data collection instruments, preliminary document list for desk review, stakeholder list for interviews, and schedule of activities for the assessment
- As directed by the Team Leader, perform desk review and develop summary/ synthesis of USAID/India program documents, and the various assessments, reports, and roadmaps produced over the past seven years by various stakeholders, including TF and CTA, working to support Tibetan refugees.
- In coordination with the Team Leader, finalize the list of key informants to interview including department members from the TF, CTA and staff from key NGOs working in the sector.
- Work with the Team Leader and the Gender Specialist to design an approach and data collection instruments for the gender analysis
- Conduct key informant interviews with stakeholders and experts in India, Nepal, North America and Europe
- Conduct field data collection through KIIs and FGDs with leaders and members of Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal
- Support the Team Leader to develop and conduct a detailed presentation of preliminary findings and conclusions with USAID, CTA and other stakeholders
- Incorporating feedback from stakeholders, as directed by the Team Leader draft inputs for the final report with the findings and conclusions, along with a set of recommended strategies and activities for the Tibet PAD
- Master’s degree and 10+ years of experience or bachelor’s degree and 15+ years of experience in political science, sociology, anthropology, economics,
- Demonstrated, current knowledge of the political and development situation of Tibetan refugee communities in India, Nepal and/or other countries of South Asia
- Experience conducting research, desk reviews, analyses, and assessments
- Strong conceptual and writing skills in English
- Tibetan language skills a plus
- Researchers from the Tibetan community encouraged to apply
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills