• Communication Advisor

    Job Locations US-DC
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    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:  Communication Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/ Economic Growth, Environment, Agriculture (EGEA/Trade 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 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 (SD) 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 Bureau for Africa’s SD/EGEA team seeks an energetic communications advisor for a full-time assignment.  The Communications Advisor will support the SD/EGEA teams.  As a critical member of the AFR/SD/EGEA Washington, DC office, the incumbent will work under the supervision of the Division Chief for Environment, Agriculture, Economic Growth and Trade (EGEA) and in close coordination with the AFR Office of Development Planning (AFR/DP) Communications Team.  The Communications Advisor will be the key point of contact for EGEA and its different technical teams on assigned communications matters and coordinate between field, USAID and other stakeholders as necessary and will provide general outreach and communication support to EGEA. While the primary focus of this position is to support EGEA’s Economic Growth and Trade teams, the incumbent will also support the Agriculture, Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change, and Water and Sanitation teams.  


    Currently USAID is achieving substantial success in Africa in promoting economic growth, promoting trade and investment, protecting the environment and biodiversity, and enhancing access to improved water. USAID investments in these sectors seek to promote mutual benefits to U.S. and the African nations while achieving sustainable development goals. 


    The trade program is promoting opportunities for U.S investment and trade under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  The agriculture and food security activities implemented through the Feed the Future Initiative (FTF), is promoting sustainable reduction in hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The Water and Sanitation program is increasing access to improved water and sanitation services while promoting private sector participation and governance in this sub-sector.  Environment and Climate change team promotes adaptation to climate change, protection of biodiversity and environmental compliance.  But public awareness in Washington and the United States of these programs is low. USAID would like to increase awareness of Congress and other stakeholders of the work USAID does in Africa in support of the above activities broadly, particularly trade.  EGEA would also like to increase awareness among U.S. businesses of opportunities for trading, investment and partnerships in the above activities with African partners.  The incumbent will support the AFR/SD/EGEA Trade team in realizing these goals.


    The incumbent will be working independently, with limited direct supervision.  Some of this work (particularly with respect to websites) requires a high level of technical skills.  All of the work requires a high degree of collaboration both within and without the Agency.  The incumbent may represent USAID in discussion with AFR/SD’s international partners, particularly African institutions.



    • Help to lead the development of a communications strategy to support Trade and Investment in Africa, as well as implement the strategy
    • Work with AFR/SD/EGEA teams to fine-tune messaging and “elevator speeches” around the Division’s work and the mission, objectives, outputs and outcomes in line with USAID Public Outreach Initiative and messaging.
    • Collaborate with the AFR/DP Communications Team and Washington-Based and USAID/Africa Mission Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) staff to develop and disseminate sustainable economic development and poverty reduction information and materials.
    • Write and edit public documents, speeches, talking points, and other products (including social media in close coordination with AFR/DP) about AFR/SD/EGEA programs in Africa aimed at targeted audiences such as the Congress, think tanks, private sector, media, etc.
    • Work with the AFR/DP Communications Team on AFR/SD/EGEA submissions to Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau for inclusion in USAID publications (e.g. Frontlines, Stories, and Impact Blog), social media (including Medium), and press coverage of the division’s programs.
    • Help lead the design and production of AFR/SD/EGEA focused publications from EGEA teams, which could include one-pagers, electronic newsletters, annual reports, or special publications.
    • Support logistics for think-tank events or USAID-led events to highlight USAID e accomplishments.
    • Work with AFR/DP Communications Team to keep current the AFR/SD/EGEA page of the USAID public website. Provide new content and review for out-of-date content, requesting changes as needed. Other tasks as necessary.  Possible travel to the region up to four times per year.  
    • Work with the AFR/SD Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor team to keep current the AFR/SD/EGEA page of the USAID intranet. Provide new content and review for out-of-date content, requesting changes as needed.
    • Other tasks as necessary.



    • Bachelors with 8 years of experience, Masters with 5 years of experience or a PhD with 3 years of experience in a relevant field including journalism, communications, or a related degree with at least two (2) years of experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
    • Must be able to write well and persuasively under pressure/deadline; strong editorial expertise.
    • Experience with web content management, content production, and social media.
    • Experience working with press and Congress desired.
    • Knowledge of theories and principles of development assistance, particularly in Africa, and particularly of USAID work in Africa.
    • Outstanding organizational and planning abilities.
    • Experience developing communications products in design software.
    • US Citizen with the ability to obtain a secret security 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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