Beginning in 2019, Air Quality Fellows will be selected and matched with national and subnational host governments in 12 to 18-month engagements where they will work together to achieve specific air quality goals articulated in approved project work plans. Based on current funding levels, it is expected that multiple Air Quality Fellows will be placed with host governments from 2019 through 2021, on a staggered schedule. The Air Quality Fellows will provide technical support to host countries through a combination of short-term in-country visits, and additional remote technical support throughout the fellowship period. Air Quality Fellows will work with the host governments to develop a work plan to implement activities that help their host government 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/feasible, 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.
Monthly and quarterly status calls will take place between the Fellow and project staff from RTI and Department of State, and regular technical discussions between the Fellow and Host country technical staff will take place. Fellows and host countries will be encouraged to highlight and publish their work and the impacts on air quality achieved.
Host countries that may propose a project and request support from an Air Quality Fellows include: 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.