Technical Adviser – Climate Change (Short-term Consultant)

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Opportunity in Washington, DC

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:


Title:  Technical Advisor – Climate Change (Short-term Consultant)

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa


With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.



The Technical Advisor – Climate Change, under the technical direction of the Climate Change team and in collaboration with Africa Bureau leadership, will be responsible for providing technical assistance to Africa missions and the Africa Bureau climate change team.  S/he will be responsible for ensuring high-quality technical advice on areas such as priority investment areas for mission programs, the development of scopes of work for analysis in key issues related to climate change, direct provision of analysis, and monitoring and evaluation.



  • Conduct research, provide analysis, and develop targeted and timely recommendations on specific climate change issues as they relate to Africa;
  • Provide technical support and advice to USAID field missions in sub-Saharan Africa and to USAID/Washington on the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of climate change activities; and
  • Provide training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners on climate change-related issues, particularly in field missions.


Deliverables and activities:

  • Urban climate change adaptation
  • Two policy pieces: Develop two policy pieces of five to ten pages each that provide guidance to USAID missions developing urban climate change work.  Topics will include:
    • Policy guidance around how cities can work more successfully with national governments on adaptation at the local level;
    • Models of innovative finance that cities can use to raise additional funding for adaptation-related investments.
  • Climate change and human health
  • Strategic planning: Work closely with the Global Health Bureau to integrate climate change and health into relevant analyses and policies. For example, identify how to use lessons learned from the health sector in behavior change for climate adaptation activities, and how to integrateCRM into health activities.
  • Report (up to ten pages): Outline priorities for USAID work on climate services in the health sector.  Identify interested Missions, external partners, and potential linkages with the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization priorities.
  • Behavior change
  • Scope of Work and Report (up to five pages): Develop a scope of work, for the Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessment Project (ATLAS) to better understand the social and cultural barriers and incentives to adoption of climate-smart technologies and strategies to improve decision-making. Work with ATLAS to develop a report on how behavior change can be applied to USAID adaptation activities.
  • Resilience
    • Analysis and policy guidance: Provide analysis and technical assistance on an as-needed basis to help guide AFR’s input to the new resilience work within USAID’s Global Food Security Strategy.
  • Climate change communications
  • Talking points: Develop evidence-based talking points around climate change and the new Administration’s priorities on economic growth and security, as well as USAID’s comparative advantage.
  • Mission Technical Assistance
  • Project design (Sahel): Support USAID/Sahel’s team to design an integrated resilience program that includes climate services components.
  • OtherCRM mission support: In consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor and AFR’s CRM advisor, provide mission support as needed on CRM in the context of CDCS development and PAD/Activity designs.
  • Other activities TBD
  • Climate Change and Health policy development: In consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor and AFR’s CRM advisor, participate in agency policy discussions and with the Bureau of Global Health and AFR’s Health Team around implementation of the CRM mandate in the health sector.
  • Other research, analysis, and mission support tasks: To be assigned in consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor.


Three trips to Africa:

  • Mozambique to support implementation of urban adaptation programming
  • Senegal to support design of the fisheries program and Sahel resilience program
  • Country TBD to support Climate Risk Management (CRM) screening and training

Three trips to Washington, DC:

  • Potential trip to backstop for the AFR Climate Change Team as needed
  • Two trips to work closely with colleagues on activities as they arise based on the deliverables and activities outlined below



  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in climate change or a related environmental field;
  • A minimum of two years’ work experience in a USAID/AFR Mission;
  • Speaking fluency in Portuguese, e.g., enough to do interviews with government officials and USAID partners; writing fluency not necessary;
  • Knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region;
  • Knowledge of USG ’s programming guidelines for climate change funding and the development and administration of USG climate change programs;
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team, including teams composed of members with cross-sectoral backgrounds or from different Bureaus and/or offices within USAID;
  • Ability to influence senior-level decision-makers, particularly senior leadership of USAID Missions;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment;
  • Ability to take initiative working with the direction of management; must be able to take ownership of projects, creatively solve problems, and see projects through to completion;
  • Secret Security clearance or higher 


This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.


ZemiTek and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.


ZemiTek and CAMRIS International are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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