Sub-Saharan Africa Water Advisor (USAID)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 January 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 9 March 2019

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: Sub-Saharan Africa Water Advisor (USAID)

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 water advisor will serve as a member of the Environment Team (ENV) of the Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture Division (EGEA) within the Bureau of Africa’s (AFR) Office of Sustainable Development (SD). Among its technical implementation responsibilities, AFR/SD is tasked with providing technical support to USAID/Africa missions and USAID/Washington on water-related issues, as they relate to health, agriculture, and natural resource management activities, and ensuring that the Africa Bureau complies with the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy and environmental regulations. 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 incumbent will report to the Environment Team Leader and will join the Africa Bureau’s current Senior Water Advisor, who will provide leadership to this three-person team.

The water advisor will provide research and analysis as well as technical, program planning, and design support to AFR/SD/EGEA on water-related issues, particularly those pertaining to rural water supply and sanitation services, agricultural water management, groundwater resources, and integrated water resources management.

Roles and responsibilities will include:
* Coordinate Africa Bureau integrated rural water supply and sanitation services efforts within the larger Agency portfolio.
* Provide technical support and advice to USAID field missions in sub-Saharan Africa and to USAID/Washington on the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of water-related activities, particularly those that contribute to the strategic objectives of the USG Global Water Strategy and Agency Plan.
* Increase field mission awareness of water programs and staff resources within USAID and facilitate use of these programs and staff resources by missions.
* Provide direct training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners, particularly in field missions.
* Forge strong, institutional linkages within USAID and between USAID/AFR programs and other relevant U.S. Government institutions and development partners in water-related activities.
* Assist in defining and analyzing Agency practices and priorities and in identifying opportunities for integration and synergies within other sectors such as nutrition, education, and governance.
* Serve as backstop to the Senior Water Advisor and other members of the AFR/SD/EGEA team, helping to support all of the Africa Bureau’s economic growth, agriculture, and environment sector activities and responsibilities as necessary.

* Advanced degree, preferably in a water-related and/or development-related field such as engineering, hydrology, water management, or public administration.
* Technical experience in international development and project implementation related to water.
* Demonstrated expertise and ability to investigate and provide consultative services on a broad range of technical questions and policy issues including natural resource management; sustainable WASH service delivery; and policy reform.
* Demonstrable familiarity with sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the areas of Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) and integrated water resources management.
* Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of the current concepts, priorities, and issues in program monitoring, data collection, and evaluation.
* Highly developed written and oral communications skills as well as strong interpersonal communication and team building skills to ensure effective coordination within USAID and effective advocacy of Agency positions externally with both specialist as well as non-specialist audiences.
* Ability to represent USAID at international fora and provide thought leadership in the field.
* This position is based in Washington D.C but will require travel. Applicants should be able/willing to travel to sub-Saharan destinations.
* US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a secret clearance.

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.

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