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Cadre Care and Development Team

The Cadre Care and Development (CCD) Team promotes, supports, and represents the USAID Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) global cadre across the Agency and all hiring mechanisms. Specifically, the CCD team works in collaboration with other Bureaus/Offices to promote and advance technical excellence, leadership, and career and professional development among the DRG global cadre. This team also seeks to build the training capacity of the global DRG cadre and to promote internal USAID experts to serve as primary trainers, with external trainers and academics to support the delivery of DRG training. The DRG Center focuses training on the learners’ needs as identified by DRG officers in the field, as well as through training needs assessments conducted USAID-wide and by the DRG Center.

Civil Society and Media Team

The Civil Society and Media (CSM) Team provides technical leadership and support on civil society issues, including youth, labor and media. The team generates comparative knowledge on effective approaches for strengthening the sector; pilots state-of-the-art approaches to civil society and media support; builds up the agency’s DRG staff through training and technical assistance; conducts assessments, strategy, and program designs, and evaluations; and manages a targeted portfolio of global programs. The team promotes innovations in civil society, labor and media arenas -- including the use of social media and other new media technologies -- as a means for addressing development challenges. The team also represents USAID in international processes, networks, and working groups.

Counter Trafficking in Persons Team

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry worldwide and affects the most vulnerable in our societies, with more than 25 million people enslaved. USAID has provided over $340 million in assistance in 88 countries and regions to fight human trafficking, and as a specialized practice area within human rights and rule of law, USAID’s Counter Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Team is the technical lead for the Agency on anti-trafficking efforts. USAID’s approach follows the four Ps of prevention of trafficking, protection of victims and survivors, prosecution of traffickers, and partnerships for a strengthened response. The Team supports Missions in designing, implementing, and monitoring programs that follow the four Ps and helps integrate anti-trafficking efforts across Mission sectors, portfolios, and strategies. The C-TIP Team supports the Agency’s research agenda including providing funding and mechanisms for Mission-driven data collection, analysis, and evaluation and also offers training support to educate USAID Mission and Bureau personnel about human trafficking and trauma- and survivor-informed programming. Finally, USAID’s C-TIP coordinates closely with the U.S. Government interagency and multiple external stakeholders on counter-trafficking efforts.

Democratic Elections and Political Processes Team

The Democratic Elections and Political Processes (DEPP) Team provides technical leadership and rapid support to USAID field Missions and Washington bureaus, other USG entities, and the broader DRG community. The DEPP Team provides technical assistance in areas including political party development, electoral administration, electoral security, citizen and international election monitoring, voter education, electoral justice, political and post-conflict transitions, bolstering political parties in legislatures, and the political participation of women and traditionally marginalized groups. The team provides technical leadership on emerging issues, including electoral cybersecurity, election-related disinformation, and the use of technologies in elections. The DEPP Team assists USAID Missions to conduct electoral assessments, to develop electoral strategies, and to design, implement, and evaluate programs. The DEPP Team also provides flexible and timely funding, access to flexible and rapid response implementing mechanisms, and policy support.

Democratic Resilience and Innovation Team

The Democratic Resilience and Innovation (DRI) Team coordinates the DRG Center’s efforts to counter resurgent authoritarian influence (RAI) in our partner countries. The team serves as a “think-tank” for the Center by identifying emerging issues that are impacting USAID’s objective to strengthen democratic governance around the world, and works across the Center to mainstream efforts to effectively respond to those emerging trends. The team also supports USAID Missions and the DRG cadre by developing assessment tools for understanding the incentives that authoritarian influence creates within countries, and how to design programs to counter that influence. The team coordinates across the Agency and the interagency on countering authoritarianism strategy and response, and provides technical assistance to Missions to develop targeted programming to counter authoritarianism. Areas of expertise include countering disinformation and digital authoritarianism, as well as strengthening the resilience of democratic institutions to democratic backsliding and external interference.

Evidence and Learning Team

The DRG Strategy reaffirmed USAID’s commitment to “generate, analyze, and disseminate rigorous, systematic, and publicly accessible evidence in all aspects of DRG policy, strategy and program development, implementation, and evaluation.” With this emphasis on Learning, the DRG Evidence and Learning (E&L) Team is the focal point for USAID’s implementation of the DRG Learning Agenda -- a dynamic collection of research questions that serve to guide the DRG Center’s and  USAID Field Missions’ analytical efforts. USAID seeks to inform DRG strategic planning and project design with the best theory, evidence, and practical guidance. In addition, the E&L Team manages the DRG Learning, Evaluation, and Research mechanisms, which comprise two contracts with a combined ceiling of $55.4 million and with awards to the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Cloudburst Group.

Governance Team

The Governance (GOV) Team leads USAID efforts to help countries build public institutions that are resilient, transparent, and accountable to citizens. This includes enhancing the capacity and commitment of executive and legislative institutions at all levels of government to provide effective, inclusive and citizen-responsive services to efficiently and transparently mobilize and spend public resources to promote self-reliance and economic growth. GOV also serves as the Urban focal point at USAID, coordinating programming and strategic thinking among pillar and regional bureaus to leverage urbanization in support of economic development and improved service delivery.

Justice, Rights, and Security Team

The Justice, Rights, and Security (JSR) Team strengthens the Agency’s expertise and technical knowledge in rule of law and the protection and promotion of universally recognized human rights, through field support in justice, rights, and security. The team asserts that access to justice, human rights, and security services is universally guaranteed right for all. It requires country-specific approaches calibrated to the local governance context, which include authoritarian regimes, hybrid regimes, developing democracy, or liberal/consolidated democracy.Additionally, it includes an understanding of conflict, transition, and backsliding challenges being faced in the country, or more broadly, in a region. The team supports Missions in designing and implementing programs that promote and protect the rule of law, human rights, and security. This includes programs that empower all individuals and justice seekers to claim and exercise their rights and solve their legal problems and related justice needs. Programming is also inclusive of government institutions, civil society organizations, the private sector, local leaders and other partners, in order to strengthen the administration of justice, provide equal access to justice for all, improve safety and security, facilitate cultures of lawfulness and public trust, and strengthen accountability in all its forms.

Policy, Coordination, and Integration (PCI) Team

The Policy, Coordination, and Integration (PCI) Team leads the DRG Center’s engagement on DRG integration and sector-wide DRG policies, strategies, and budgets. The team engages within USAID and in the interagency on U.S. diplomacy, policy, programs, and resources regarding the promotion of DRG, and manages relations with external stakeholders to advance the DRG Center’s core interests, including, but not limited to Congress, partners, think tanks, private sector, and other donors. The team leads the Center’s efforts at supporting country-specific DRG assessments, political economy analyses, and strategies, and promotes understanding of how power and politics shape sectors by employing a Thinking and Working Politically lens to ensure interventions are grounded in local country contexts. The PCI Team provides leadership, advocacy, research, training and targeted technical assistance to promote the integration of the DRG principles of participation, inclusion, transparency, and accountability, across all sectors of Agency programming in order to improve governance and strengthen sustainability of USAID activities. The team also works to improve understanding of local systems, empower local actors, and strengthen in-country capacity in order to improve the quality and sustainability of development outcomes. The team represents USAID’s DRG sector in the annual global budget formulation and execution process, ensuring that budget levels are consistent with strategies and policy priorities, and leads the DRG Center’s reviews of Country Development Cooperation Strategies, and other strategic, policy and program planning documents.  Finally, the team manages the cross- DRG Center Field Support Unit, coordinating technical assistance and regional support.

Program Team

The Program Team serves as the Center’s Program and Budget Office. The Program Team supports the Center’s strategic development, ensures the alignment of activities with the DRG Strategy and Center objectives, and strengthens activity design through the incorporation of best practices and cross sectoral integration. The Program Team also interfaces with the Development, Democracy, and Innovation Bureau’s Program Office; the Office of Budget and Resource Management; and the Bureau of Foreign Assistance to plan for, manage and execute the Center’s budget, and organize data collection and reporting. Further, the Program Team serves as the Center’s primary procurement and legislative policy interlocutor with the Office of Acquisition and Assistance and the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and leads on strategic communications products.

Last updated: April 07, 2022

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