Power Africa Briefing Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 February 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 22 April 2019
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Job Description

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: Power Africa Briefing Specialist

United States Agency for International Development/AFR/ 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.

BACKGROUND
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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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, 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.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE:
* 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

LANGUAGE SKILLS
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.

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

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
None.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
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.

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.

About the Organization

CAMRIS is known throughout the U.S. for its leading edge services to support our national programs and particularly for serving our Veterans. CAMRIS is also known worldwide for excellence serving client programs to improve economic, social, political, and health conditions of people in all parts of the world. For 45 years, since our first contact with USAID in 1963 and with work in every year since, our most important partner in the international sphere has been the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”). In fact, CAMRIS has worked with USAID in each year since its founding. Before USAID we assisted its predecessor organizations dating back to the Kennedy Administration in 1961, to address humanitarian needs and to counter instability posed by underdevelopment. To date CAMRIS has carried out assignments for USAID in 50 countries in all regions and in many technical areas. Today CAMRIS continues this proud tradition as it works on significant USAID assignments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our current work includes technical assistance to support major USAID-funded initiatives in the areas of Global Health, Democracy and Governance, Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation, and active assignments including several global initiatives and our present work in 24 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). ABOUT CAMRIS INTERNATIONAL CAMRIS is an International Development Consulting Firm working within the public and private sectors to advance the human and institutional capacities of organizations and communities worldwide. WHAT WE DO We apply a combination of proven interdisciplinary, scientific and management approaches to identify, develop and implement the most effective solutions in support of our clients' program goals. We do this most often in the areas of international development and global health, and selectively in additional areas where our cross-cutting capabilities are well suited to meet the needs of our clients. We operate in all regions of the world, often in very challenging or austere conditions. At all times our focus is on evidence-based effectiveness, quality, reliability, and sustainability. We successfully completed initiatives in nearly 80 countries to date. KEY CAPABILITIES * Short-Term and Long-Term Technical Assistance * Program Management Services * Institutional Support * Research and Analytic Support CORE PRACTICE AREAS * Monitoring and Evaluation * Capacity Building * Project Design * Knowledge Management * Adaptive Technologies * eLearning * Democracy and Governance * Infectious Diseases STAFF CAMRIS has grown rapidly over the last 5 years to a peak of 200 staff, complemented by highly experienced consultants and collaborating partners and universities. CAMRIS is headquartered in Bethesda, MD in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with remote offices, operations and worksites in various locations in the U.S. and overseas.

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