Briefing Specialist -Power Africa

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
Regular Full-Time


Opportunity in Washington, DC

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:   Briefing Specialist – Power Africa

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Power Africa


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.



More than 69 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity -- and that number rises to more than 85 percent in rural areas. And yet, the region has significant potential to develop clean, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar energy.


Power Africa will bridge the gap between Africa’s power shortage and its economic potential by working with other U.S. Government Agencies, African Governments, NGOs, and Private Sector Partners to take the steps needed to building out power generation, transmission, and expanding the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions.




Office Activity Coordination - 50%


  • Implement knowledge of management principles, organizational theory, along with knowledge of standardized administrative practices and procedures to conduct studies of processes in various organizations to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions;
  • Follows and execute the instructions and directives as such from the Coordinator, Deputy Coordinators, and the Program Office Director, keeping them regularly informed of key issues related to all actions, briefers and memorandum;
  • Relates time sensitive messages and instructions to staff and others in a clear and consistent manner and ensure that important information is shared throughout the team for situational awareness and a common operating picture;
  • Communicates - completely, concisely and accurately - in response to numerous written briefing requirements sometimes simultaneously for Power Africa reporting;
  • Successfully organizes and maintain the daily/weekly assignments, scheduling, planning events, maintaining visibility on multiple calendars for deconfliction, juggling competing tasks and responsibilities that include no-notice taskings and short turnaround times, and following-up on open/unresolved items. S/he must be able to prioritize competing tasks and responsibilities and shift priorities when required.



Correspondence & Report Processing - 40%

  • Reads incoming correspondence, publications, regulations, and directives that may affect the organization. Determines the ones that can be acted upon personally and takes necessary action.   Obtains clarification of instructions from originating offices or appropriate focal points on own initiative. Brings significant items in reports, files and correspondence to the supervisor’s attention.
  • Establishes control records on incoming and outgoing memorandums and action documents, following up on work in-progress to ensure timely action.
  • 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 subordinates submit the required answers within the specified time.
  • Personally prepares administrative reports and composes correspondence on own initiative, based on knowledge of the supervisor’s views and desires.
  • Reviews documents requiring coordination by the supervisor for conformance with regulations, grammar, format, and special policies of the organization. Verifies that content has been coordinated, is accurate, and is in compliance with established policies. Returns materials to the originator for correction if they do not comply with known policies or if correspondence rules have not been followed.


Ad hoc responsibilities - 10%

  • Respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements such as: 1) inquiries from USG departments/agencies, Congress and the public; 2) traditional and VIP visits; and 3) ad hoc assignments as dictated by unforeseen requirements at the discretion of the Deputy Coordinators and/or Coordinator or one of their designees.



  • Bachelor’s degree with-5 years of professional office experience or a masters degree with 2 years of experience.
  • Requires proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, Google Applications and Gmail
  • Energy experience and/or knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.  
  • US citizenship with the ability to obtain a secret clearance



Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.






The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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