About the position
Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) seeks to enhance access to innovations that help agricultural producers grow more food while improving biodiversity, energy efficiency, and water efficiency along the food value chain. Through the scaling of these innovations, WE4F also aims to improve gender integration, environmental sustainability/biodiversity, and poverty reduction.
WE4F’s USAID Secretariat Unit is seeking External Surveyors to provide monitoring and evaluation support by conducting in-country field research and data collection with WE4F innovators in Egypt, Lebanon, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
M&E External Surveyors should be current or recent graduate students with a background in agriculture, water, energy, technology innovation, environmental studies, research methods, international business, and/or international development. External Surveyors will be expected to be (at a minimum) in the field 4-6 weeks during the Summer and Fall season of 2021. Exact dates are dependent on innovator availability and in-country COVID-19 conditions.
The total stipend provided to External Surveyors totals $5000 which will be disbursed following the completion of certain deliverables as described below. If the External Surveyors submit the Travel Expense Reimbursement Form including sufficient documentation of qualifying expenses*.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable learning about and synthesizing data concerning innovators and innovation ecosystems, and will have experience organizing data for consumption by non-technical audiences.
WE4F are seeking graduate students with a background in water, agriculture, technology innovation, quantitative studies, international business, and/or development economics that possess a large majority of the following skills/characteristics:
- Working or High proficiency in the local language of the countries conducting data collection: Arabic, Khmer, Indonesian, Javanese, and/or French.
- Candidates residing in Egypt, Lebanon, Cambodia, or Indonesia who would not need to travel outside of their current country of residence to conduct required data collection.
- Quantitative/social science research background with a strong understanding of data validity and experimental design
- Knowledge and experience using statistical software (SPSS, SAS, STATA, R) to analyze data sets
- Comfort operating in rural areas with limited access to technology, and/or improved amenities
- Interest in development and social impact and enthusiasm for engaging with data from water, energy, and agriculture innovators
- Commitment to producing excellent work while maintaining a high level of professionalism and attentiveness to detail
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while managing and meeting deadlines
- Experience working in a highly diverse environment and a commitment to embrace cultural differences.
- A high level of respect and courtesy towards local stakeholders as well as mindfulness and a commitment to do no harm.
- Prior professional experience in Egypt, Lebanon, Cambodia, or Indonesia.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and at least one professional reference letter in the form linked here by September 17. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
- Do you currently reside in and/or are highly proficient in the native languages of the following countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Cambodia, Indonesia?
- How has your previous experience prepared you to be a WEF M&E External Surveyor?
- What was your motivation to apply for this position? What are you expecting to gain out of this experience?
- When can you start and during what time period are you available to serve in this position?
- Can you meet the minimum time requirements (expected duration: 4-6 weeks) for the in-country research?
The interview process will include three phases:
- 20 minute interview on the phone with the M&E manager, and/or program coordinator to discuss your background and qualifications as well as answer questions about the role.
- Mock field interview to preview a typical field survey experience and to determine a candidate’s fit for the work.
- 15 minute final interview on the phone with the WE4F USAID Secretariat Team Lead to address final interviewee questions and assess the candidate’s fit.
For the complete job description, visit the WE4F website.
If interested, read a blog post from the perspective of a previous external surveyor from Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge. For questions about this position, please email email@example.com with the subject “2021 M&E External Surveyors.” Applications materials sent to this address will not be considered. Please see the application process above.