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EGEA Program Assistant (Consultant)

EGEA Program Assistant (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 a qualified individual for the following position:


Title:  EGEA Program Assistant (Consultant)

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


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.


Please note this position is a short term consultancy.  


The Bureau for Africa (AFR) is the USAID/Washington operating unit charged with managing USAID economic development and trade programs in Africa.  The Office of Sustainable Development has the responsibility of providing technical support for these programs.  AFR/SD’s technical responsibilities span across all areas of economic development – economic growth, trade, investment, agriculture, the environment, global climate change, biodiversity, water, democracy and governance, education and health.  In providing technical support AFR/SD has articulated three development objectives – (1) generating new ideas to improve these development programs, (2) influencing USAID missions in Africa, African governments and development partners to improve their policies and programs by using better information, and (3) strengthening the capacity of African institutions to develop and implement evidence-based policies.


The EGEA Program Assistant (Consultant) will provide support for SD/EGEA (Trade Specific).  As a critical member of the AFR/SD/EGEA (Trade Specific) Washington DC office, the consultant will work closely with both the Leadership Team and the full technical staff. The consultant will be under the guidance of the Bureau Economist.  The Program Assistant provides support to technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative and analytical duties. These duties range from administrative-type tasks such as scheduling briefings and meetings, and maintaining program files, to more complex analytical tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents, reviewing, analyzing, summarizing and disseminating cables and other pertinent information such as articles and reports, and drafting briefers for senior officials. The Program Assistant ranks tasks in order of importance and impending deadlines, and handles several tasks simultaneously.  The individual must develop a working knowledge of USAID policies, guidelines, and programs, as well as corporate practices and procedures. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.



  • Reviews unclassified electronic cables related to AGOA eligibility, summarizes their content, and prepares the annual AGOA eligibility report for AFR/SD.
  • Assist with planning the next Trade Workshop, which will most likely take place in the Fall 2018; including polling the field for topics; gathering relevant best practice and lessons learned; identifying a venue, participants, and logistics; and developing the agenda, including who is responsible for which session, session outcomes and confirming sessions are prepared.
  • Schedules meetings and appointments for the AFR/SD/EGEA team, particularly in trade-related areas. 
  • Attends meetings, takes notes and shares them with team members, notes commitments made, informs staff of commitments, and arranges for staff to follow through on implementation.
  • Receives requests from other offices within the agency for information concerning programs under the supervisor’s control. Assembles requested information from available background data, or follows up to see that points of contact submit the required answers within the specified time. 


  • Draft the 2018 AGOA Eligibility Report which will be reviewed and cleared by EGEA, E3, BFS, and the Africa Bureau Front Office;
  • Collate materials for the trade workshop and help draft agendas;
    • These materials could include post-workshop activities, session readouts, and reporting of the Hub Workshop results,
  • Help develop further research agenda items for follow on workshops;
  • Help plan, confirm participation, compile notes, and circulate notes at Trade and EGEA-related meetings;
  • Help draft briefers, talking points and PowerPoints for USAID staff meetings and presentations for review and clearance by the Trade and Investment Team and other USAID offices.



  • Bachelor's +2 year of experience or Masters Degree in a relevant discipline with no years of experience
  • Requires proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, Internet, Google Drive, e-mail applications.
  • Knowledge of international trade and trade and private investment related literature, desired
  • Experience in the use of database applications is recommended. 

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.