Senior Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Advisor

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 24 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 26 May 2018

Job Description

Position Located in Washington, D.C.

CAMRIS International, Inc. is an international development and research firm that provides innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, economical program and research management services.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

Title: Senior Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Advisor


When development actors effectively collect and use timely, accurate, and relevant data, it can transform the way they work. Instead of reporting on “what happened?” they can ask “what is happening and how should we adapt?” This shift can mean the difference between health and sickness, economic vulnerability and resilience, and life and death.

Digital technology offers an unprecedented opportunity to develop information systems that enable a more effective and responsive approach to service delivery. But too often, individual programs create systems that do not integrate with other technologies. This can result in duplicative work that wastes money by not investing in shared platforms, as well as lost opportunities to gain new insights by not sharing data across initiatives and sectors.

The Development Informatics team, part of the Center for Digital Development in USAID’s Global Development Lab, seeks to break down these silos to create a coordinated, platforms approach to data use that enables more effective, inclusive, and responsive development. Grounded in the Principles for Digital Development, the team takes an approach that supports data use to improve development program decisions, guides investment in digital information systems, and recommends interventions and collaborations that create pathways to sustainable, locally owned, and valued data systems.

The team has adopted a strategy focused on:
1 Improved project and activity design and investment around use of data and ICTs
2 Increased use of data for programmatic decision making within USAID
3 Advising on policies and organizational processes both within and outside of USAID that improve use of data and ICTs in development programming

The Senior Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Advisor will apply his/her extensive technical expertise in helping the Development Informatics team to refine its model and drive adoption within USAID and externally. The position will be responsible for leading a portfolio of activities around improving the Agency’s use of data and digital technologies, as well as providing guidance for the team’s strategy and support of other activities. The Development Informatics team is looking for dynamic individuals who can work and learn in a fast-paced, multi-stakeholder, and complex environment to help make data-driven approaches the standard way USAID does business.

Duties and Responsibilities:
* Management of a portfolio of activities advancing Development Informatics goals
* Project development and management, including accountability for planning, design, implementation, MEL, and closure within budget and timeline
* Stakeholder relationship management
* Ensuring compliance with USAID processes and best practices
* Oversight of technical advisory services for Mission requests
* Lead needs assessment and scoping for Mission technical assistance and advisory requests, working with team members to develop and implement identified support and services
* Design and implement specific digital tools, platforms, etc. as requested by Missions (working with corresponding industry, government, and partner organizations), providing remote and onsite support as needed and/or helping develop scopes of work for partner organization implementation
* Strategic development for Development Informatics
* Advise on strategy and priorities for the team to advance priorities and goals, especially demand for technical advisory and assistance by USAID Missions
* Support the team’s engagement with Center, Lab, and other operating units
* Contribute to the Development Informatics team’s external engagement (e.g. with government, telecommunications companies, implementing partners, etc.)
* Identify and convene key stakeholders and partners
* Develop communications collateral and overseen coordination of convenings
* Participate at relevant high-level industry and interagency events
* Support Center-wide objectives to build capacity within the Agency to better use technology and data in USAID programs
* Support prioritized policy development efforts and opportunities internal and external to the Agency
* Participate at relevant high-level Agency meetings
* Contribute technical development and input into special Center initiatives
* Contribute grounded technical skills and advisory to the Development Informatics team and Center for Digital Development
* Communicate complicated technical subjects to USAID and external counterparts
* Public engagement around the use of technology in development

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
* Masters degree in a relevant sector (e.g. computer/ data science, engineering, international development, public administration/policy) with 9 years of experience working in international development, specifically in implementation of digital technology-enabled programs and/or innovative digital design and implementation
* 5+ years experience working in a developing country
* 3-5 years managing programs and/or people
* Experience working with USAID Missions and partners
* Experience in policy reform in development
* Experience in product development, technical training, and communicating technical information to a broad audience

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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