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 Specialist for Economic Growth & Trade
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 Bureau for Africa (AFR) is the USAID/Washington operating unit charged with managing USAID’s development assistance 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 Program Specialist will provide support for AFR/SD’s Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture (EGEA) Division within the context of the broad spectrum of trade activities implemented by USAID bilateral and regional Missions, and the leadership for the Bureau’s trade activities in Washington DC. As a critical member of the AFR/SD/EGEA Trade Team, the incumbent will work closely with both the EGEA leadership and the Trade Team technical staff. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Trade Team lead, will work with all technical staff, with a particular focus on trade. The Program Specialist 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 Specialist 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Provide support for the annual cycle of trade events including the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum and others.
* Support AFR/SD in further developing and implementing the Africa Bureau’s trade agenda.
* Work with EGEA teams to support field programs and to respond to Washington-based information requests. Assemble requested information from available background data, or follow up to ensure that points of contact submit the required answers within the specified time.
* Work with EGEA technical teams on Operational Plan (OP), Performance Plan and Report (PPR) and Portfolio Review preparation and comments.
* Schedule meetings for Trade Team staff members, to include conference room and conference line reservations, calendar invitations, preparation of agenda, and distribution of materials.
* Draft briefers, talking points, and PowerPoint presentations for senior officials for meetings and presentations for review by the Trade technical team and other USAID offices.
* Facilitate and track clearance of memos, reports, and other action items within AFR and the Agency.
* Maintain updated list of Mission contacts, including position, phone and email.
* Update the matrix of USAID centrally-managed mechanisms available for providing technical support to Mission trade programs, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
* A bachelor’s degree is required in a field such as international relations, economics, finance, trade, business, international development, or public policy with 2 years of relevant experience. A master’s degree with no years of relevant experience is an acceptable substitute.
* Experience working and collaborating with U.S. government agencies and private sector organizations, including officials with international organizations, foreign and domestic government officials, and development partners.
* Experience in written and oral communication involving coordinating, negotiating, and motivating individuals to take action.
* Experience in development work such as project management, monitoring and evaluation, and financial management.
* Knowledge of relevant disciplines including trade, agriculture, economics, private sector development, and/or infrastructure development required.
* A strong ability to work with teams, often with high pressure and time constraints.
* Academic or practical knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation best practices and methodologies essential.
* Proficient in Microsoft Office software. In addition, familiarity with Google systems is preferred.
* Knowledge of USAID program design and implementation, budgeting and financial management, and performance reporting processes preferred.
* Skill in working with quantitative results and budget information, research methods, and/or analyzing data.
* Written and oral communication skills to present information through reports and discussions, effectively manage development programs, and work across teams and with various levels of leadership.
* Ability to work collaboratively with other offices within USAID/Washington and USAID Missions in Sub-Saharan Africa, other U.S. government officials, other donors, partner government representatives, and implementing partners.
* Ability to obtain a secret clearance.