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.