Advanced Notice

 U.S. Air Quality Capacity Building Fellowship

November 9, 2018


Project Title:                     U.S. Air Quality Capacity Building Fellowship

Funded by:                         U.S. Department of State

Implementer:                    RTI International (RTI)

RTI Project Director:         Ms. Karen S. Schaffner;; (919) 316-3740

Program Length:               36 months (October 2018 through September 2021)


Project Goals:  Enhance developing country capacity in air quality management through placement of U.S. air quality experts with national and subnational governments, to provide technical assistance in taking tangible steps to improve air quality and reduce associated economic, environmental, and health impacts.


Primary Objectives and Expected Results:  Place Air Quality Fellows in host countries to support their institutional capacity in the following areas:  air quality monitoring networks; development and improvement of emissions inventories; health-based air quality regulations; and enforceable air quality regulations. Depending on the specific host country needs, results may also include development, adoption, and/or implementation of air quality management plans; proposed new air quality laws, policies, regulations, models, or standards; and the deployment or improvement of air pollution control systems and emissions monitoring systems. Priority pollutants to be addressed and reduced include fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone precursors (NOx, VOCs, CO).


Developing Countries That May Benefit from This Grant:  Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.


Program Description:  Eleven Air Quality Fellows will be placed with target national and subnational governments in 12 to 18-month engagements where they will work together to achieve specific air quality goals articulated in approved work plans. RTI and the Department of State will develop and implement a dual recruiting program for Fellows and host countries, leveraging air quality expert networks and government agency contacts in target countries.  Fellows will develop a work plan to implement activities that help host country to meet its air quality goals and commitments. RTI will provide logistics and technical support for the Fellows in reviewing and implementing their work plans and completion of final reports. Success of the program will be measured based on approved performance indicators that are specific, measurable, reasonable, and achievable in the prescribed timeframe. A final report will document all work performed, assess outcomes relative to goals, and include a summary of lessons learned.


Fellows’ Commitment:  The program will arrange and pay for all travel, however, Fellows will not be compensated for their time. Each Fellow is expected to spend around 4 weeks in the host country (i.e., 2 separate 2-week trips over 18 months).  Fellows are also expected to provide ongoing support/advice remotely at an estimated level of 12-20 hours per month.


Timing for Recruiting:  Selection of host countries will begin in November 2018 and Fellows recruitment will start in December 2018. Fellows applicants will be directed to a website where they can apply online.  More details forthcoming.