• Technical Advisor – Climate Change (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:  Technical Advisor - Climate Change (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.



    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 a scope of work for analysis in key issues related to climate change (such as climate change and health), direct provision of analysis, and technical assistance with 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:

    • Climate change and human health: Support to focus countries
    • Technical assistance to USAID Missions: Work with Botswana, Malawi, and Madagascar on implementation of analytical scope with ATLAS:
    • Consult SOW and make appropriate edits to ensure analysis meets Mission needs.
    • Assist consultants with issues dealing with data availability and information from USAID Missions, provide feedback on methodological challenges.
    • Liaise with Global Health and AFR Health Team POCs for those countries.
    • Provide input and guidance on related Global Health research scope being conducted by GH’s M&E team.
    • Provide TDY report for any TDYs to focus countries.
    • Strategic planning on Climate Change/Health: Work closely with the AFR Health Team, Global Health Bureau, and other Bureaus as needed to integrate climate change and health into relevant analyses and policies, especially focused on the Presidential Malaria Initiative.
    • Behavior change
    • Roll out report on behavior change:
    • Finalize edits and clearance of behavior change report under ATLAS
    • Organize and implement a panel discussion to be hosted by the Adaptation Learning Community on cross-sectoral learning around behavior change.
    • Climate change co-benefits evidence base
    • Summary document (5-10 pages): Work with USAID AFR Missions and AFR GCC team to consolidate the evidence base on co-benefits of climate change investments and climate risk management from USAID programming monitoring and evaluation efforts; integrate published research relevant to USAID programs.
    • Strategic thinking
    • Next steps on climate risk management:
    • Develop recommendations document (~5 pages) outlining ideas on how to ensure that climate risk management contributes to increased sustainability of AFR investments.
    • Conflict and migration issues:
    • In collaboration with others on the climate change team, develop a recommendations document (~2-3 pages) outlining whether, and if so, how, AFR’s climate change team should engage across the Agency and with missions on conflict and migration issues related to climate change.
    • EGEA LEARN extended team
    • Engage in weekly meetings outlining LEARN CLA activities, development of an EGEA cohort, and planning for an Economic Growth Officer Directors conference.
    • Lead development of an ENV annual meeting:
    • Complete Agency approval process.
    • Identify location/hosting Mission, support contract, and facilitator.
    • Scope agenda in collaboration with other ENV staff.
    • Ensure complementarity with Agency BS-40 conference and AFR Economic Growth Office Directors conference.
    • Mission technical assistance
    • Climate/health mission support (see above)
    • Mozambique:
    • Support closeout events and learning for the flagship climate program CCAP.
    • Advise on focus areas for E3’s collaboration on Cities Alliance.
    • Meet with Health team to determine follow-up on analysis completed by ATLAS.
      • Other deliverable:
    • Write trip report detailing how lessons learned from CCAP will be shared more widely and next steps with the mission on climate/health issues.
    • Climate Risk Management (CRM) 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.
    • Project design: In consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor, support Missions project design related to climate change adaptation as needed.
    • Other activities TBD
    • Global Food Security Strategy technical support: 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.
    • Other research, analysis, and mission support tasks: To be assigned in consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor



    • 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;
    • 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.


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