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Technical Adviser – Climate Change, West Africa (Short-term Consultant)

Technical Adviser – Climate Change, West Africa (Short-term Consultant)

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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, West Africa (Short-term Consultant)

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/ Sustainable Development/Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture Division


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 climate resilient development for mission programs, input on the work of missions and the Bureau of Africa for climate information services, and direct provision of analysis and input on strategic thinking.



  • 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 communications and strategic thinking materials to support the Bureau of Africa’s climate change portfolio.

Deliverables and activities:

  • Climate Information Services
  • Session concept: Develop and refine the concept and provide background materials (including discussion topics and intended outcomes) for a USAID session on private sector engagement in climate services at the Adaptation Futures meeting, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2018.
  • Technical comments: Provide comments on the 2018 work plans for implementing research into the effectiveness of provision of climate services in the agricultural sector and on communication materials. Provide comments on and input into the evaluation of Ignitia’s weather forecasts in West Africa.
  • Mission Technical Support
  • Technical comments: Provide input and guidance on the inclusion of climate information services into the redesign of the RISE program.
  • Additional illustrative activities and deliverables:
    • Work with USAID/Sahel’s Resilience team lead on analytic needs to support the development of a new resilience program;
    • Provide research, analysis, and programming recommendations on addressing climate change risks to food security;
    • Provide language and technical input on scopes of work for resilience programming and work-planning sessions for implementation.
    • In collaboration with AFR missions, develop analytic recommendations to identify key climate change vulnerabilities and provide recommendations of entry points for USAID programs.
    • Advise on integrated program design, combining climate change, food security/resilience, and biodiversity programming.
  • Communications/Strategic Thinking Support:
  • Technical fact sheet on how dealing with climate–related disasters limits development options: Fact sheet should be two pages in length and summarize research around the specified issue.
  • Outreach fact sheet on resilience and climate change: Fact sheet should be two pages in length and summarize technical guidance around the specified issue.  Contractor should work closely with AFR’s communication staff to format and clear fact sheet for external distribution.
  • Scope up to five pages long: Develop a scope for additional analysis that USAID contractors can implement on the topic of how climate change, particularly large-scale droughts and floods, impact economic growth potential and the need for continued development assistance in Africa.
  • Additional illustrative activities and deliverables:
    • Provide talking points around climate change and development results that are evidence-based and/or based on mission experience and best practices.
    • Provide 1-2 page concepts around potential focus areas for AFR’s climate change team to guide discussions on strategic planning.
    • Provide additional research and/or analysis to be determined in consultation with the senior climate change advisor.



  • One trip to Africa:
    • Location TBD: Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Niger are all possibilities: Support the design of the new resilience program



  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in climate change or a related environmental field;
  • 5 years of experience living in and/or working on West Africa issues
  • 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;
  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a secret clearance.

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.