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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 a qualified individual for the following position:


Title:  Research Analyst

United States Agency for International Development/Africa Bureau/Sustainability and Development/Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture (EGEA)


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 Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture EGEA) team is part of the Bureau for Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD). The EGEA team provides analysis, develops policy and supports USAID’s agriculture and food security programming in the Africa region. The team works closely with the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) which has the mandate for overall implementation of the United States Government’s Feed the Future/Global Food Security programs. The team also coordinates with USAID field missions, regional organizations, private sector, civil society, multilateral institutions and other partners. The team’s responsibilities include providing technical support to field missions in agriculture and food security strategy, design and programming.


In order to provide evidence-based recommendations on EGEA missions programs, a synthesis of strategic, budget, programmatic and country information is needed. This will take the form of a “baseball deck” that allows comparisons across countries based on a set of uniform, credible and relevant data, in addition to mission specific information.


This task will be accomplished in two phases.


During the first phase the following key deliverables were accomplished:

  • Produced a rapid problem assessment to better understand the data gap and suggestions for how to address it
  • Did a huge data call to 28 missions requesting different categories of information and tracked, collated, organized, and analyzed all their responses
  • Began drafting a template for the baseball deck


In the next phase (as described in more detail below), the contractor will:

  • Merge the mission sent data with other data sources and analyze the data
  • Finalize the template
  • Produce powerpoints for the 28 countries 
  • Work with a graphic designer to produce a printed baseball deck for all or a subset of those 28 countries



  • The research analyst will undertake research and data collection/synthesis on USAID Africa’s economic growth, environment, and agriculture programs, staffing, budget[1], and impacts.
  • Countries to include all Africa bilateral and regional missions, and non-presence countries that are part of the Trade and Investment Hub program.
  • Key contacts include Africa bureau desk officers, regional directors and program office, BFS country backstops, OFDA, FFP, E3, Global Lab POCs.
  • The RA will coordinate meetings with USAID staff.
  • The RA will conduct other research activities on related to EGEA programs at the request of the POC.


The contractor will research, synthesize and prepare a set of summary economic growth and related data and USAID project information (aka baseball cards) for Africa missions to include the following tasks/deliverables:

  • Finalize the baseball deck template
  • Produce powerpoint drafts of the baseball cards for 28 African operating units, to be used by the graphic designer to finalize the printed baseball cards
  • Collaborate with graphic designer to produce printed baseball cards for the 28 operating units, which will be used by managers for the purpose of cross-country comparison of economic growth programs
  • Visualized summary and analysis of findings, including staff data, organizational charts, pictures, EGEA budgets, and high-level impact data
  • Merge the data sent from missions (of staff, organizational charts, strategy, and outcome/impact data) with other data sources (CBJ, CDCS, PPR, EADS) and analyze the data in order to create a data set that can be used for cross-country comparisons of EGEA programs and impact.
  • An interim draft report is due by day 25 of the consultancy
  • The final report is due by day 40 of the consultancy to include:
  • Organogram of Africa missions Economic Growth offices, including names of officers, hiring mechanism (FS, FSN, PSC, etc.), length of appointment and areas of expertise and responsibility.
  • Budget of Africa missions in agriculture, trade and investment for FY16 and FY17 based on CBJ and pipeline data.
  • Current and planned activities in economic growth, agriculture and trade for bilateral, regional and Washington bureaus. Key Washington bureaus include Africa, BFS, E3, Global Lab and DCHA (OFDA and FFP).
  • List and contact information for POCs for Africa Agriculture, Economic and Trade activities in missions and Washington, DC key bureaus.


  • The period of performance shall be 100 days to begin as soon as possible.


[1] AFR/SD will provide budget, PPR and other information to the consultant, as needed.



  • A Master’s with 10 years of professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 12 years of professional experience.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in conducting research, surveys and informational interviews, and building databases of information to be used by working groups
  • Working knowledge in agriculture and food security in developing countries
  • Preferred knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region;
  • 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 plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines;
  • 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.