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: Regional Environmental Compliance Advisor
United States Agency for International Development/ Bureau of Africa, Africa Bureau Leadership Office and the Office of Sustainable Development/EGEA
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.
USAID’s Bureau for Africa requires a qualified and experienced Regional Environmental Compliance Advisor to support assistance programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Regional Environmental Compliance Advisor will serve as a member of the Environment Team of the Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture Division within the Bureau of Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD/EGEA). Among its technical implementation responsibilities, AFR/SD is tasked with providing technical support to USAID/Africa Missions and USAID/Washington on natural resource management issues. AFR/SD also has the responsibility to ensure that environmental considerations are incorporated into results planning, implementation, and monitoring, in compliance with USAID’s environmental regulations and in the interest of more effective program implementation. EGEA works to achieve these objectives in collaboration with a wide range of partners across Washington and in the field, in other USAID bureaus, and in other U.S. Government agencies. The Regional Environmental Compliance Advisor will serve as a member of a three-person environmental compliance team and will work under the guidance of the Bureau Environment Officer.
The RECA will be involved in the implementation of all aspects of EGEA’s environment program. Specific duties include:
* Provide technical support and advice to USAID field Missions in sub-Saharan Africa and to USAID/Washington on the effective and efficient implementation of USAID’s Environmental Procedures.
* Conduct research, provide analysis, and develop targeted and timely recommendations on specific environmental compliance issues as they relate to Africa Missions in sub-Saharan Africa. Example issues include sustainable agriculture, including integrated pest management; agroforestry (sustainable tree crops); and soil conservation and fertility.
* Provide training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners on issues related to environmental compliance and environmentally sound program design, particularly in field Missions.
* Guide and facilitate the work of a virtual team of Regional and Mission Environmental Officers and other USAID staff across sub-Saharan Africa who together implement the requirements of USAID environmental regulations.
* Serve as the Mission Environmental Officer for AFR/SD programs, with responsibility for facilitating the unit’s compliance with USAID environmental procedures in ways which are consistent with the flexibility, purposes, and guidelines of the Agency.
* Evaluate the effectiveness of environmental compliance operations across the region and promote the gathering of lessons learned and the transfer of such lessons.
* Contribute to and facilitate the Bureau’s environmental oversight of multilateral development bank activities in sub-Saharan Africa, per Title XIII of the International Financial Institutions Act.
* Conceptualize and direct environmental review and policy analyses regarding costs, benefits, impact and trade-offs of alternative approaches, investments, and actions in the natural resource and environment areas.
* Master’s degree or Ph.D. in natural resource management or related environmental field;
* A minimum of two years’ work experience in a USAID/AFR Mission.
* Speaking fluency in French, e.g. enough to do interviews with government officials and USAID partners; writing fluency not necessary;
* Knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region.
* Technical knowledge of pesticide management and Integrated Pest Management.
* Excellent research, analytical, writing and organizational skills. Ability to write succinctly and to produce documents quickly.
* Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team, including teams composed of members with cross-sectoral backgrounds or from different Bureaus and/or offices within USAID.
* Ability to influence senior-level decision-makers, particularly senior leadership of USAID Missions.
* Ability to plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines.
* Demonstrated ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment.
* Applicants must be able/willing to travel to sub-Saharan destinations.
* U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a secret clearance.