United States of America: Research Analyst

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 25 May 2017

Opportunity in Washington, DC

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

Title: Research Analyst

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Office of Sustainable Development (SD)

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.

Application Deadline: n/a

BACKGROUND:

The Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) team is part of the Bureau for Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development, Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Office (EGAT. The AFS team provides analysis, develops policy and supports USAID’s agriculture and food security programming in the region. The team works closely with the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) which has the mandate for overall implementation of the USG Feed the Future program. The team also coordinates with regional organizations, private sector, civil society, multilateral institutions and other partners. The team’s responsibilities include providing technical support to field missions in agriculture and food security strategy, design and programming.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The research analyst will undertake research, surveys and informational interviews on USAID agriculture and food security programming, staff and resources in the Africa region.
  • The research analyst will develop a work plan, draft survey and informational interview questions, list of key contacts, weekly updates and a final report.
  • Countries to include all Africa bilateral and regional missions, and non-presence countries that are part of the Trade and Investment Hub program.
  • Key contacts include Africa bureau desk officers, regional directors and program office, BFS country backstops, OFDA, FFP, E3, Global Lab POCs.
  • The RA will coordinate meetings with USAID staff

DELIVERABLES:

  • RA to provide draft workplan and key contact list within the first week of meeting with the POC and team
  • RA to provide draft interview questions/survey within the first week of meeting with the POC and team
  • RA to provide brief, weekly progress reports to the POC
  • RA to provide visualizations of key data in an infographic form.
  • Interim draft report due by day 25 of the consultancy
  • Final report due by day 40 of the consultancy to include:

  • Organogram of Africa missions Economic Growth offices, including names of officers, hiring mechanism (FS, FSN, PSC, etc.), length of appointment and areas of expertise and responsibility.

  • Budget of Africa missions in agriculture, trade and investment for FY16 and FY17 based on CBJ and pipeline data.

  • Current and planned activities in economic growth, agriculture and trade for bilateral, regional and Washington bureaus. Key Washington bureaus include Africa, BFS, E3, Global Lab and DCHA (OFDA and FFP).

  • List and contact information for POCs for Africa Agriculture, Economic and Trade activities in missions and Washington, DC key bureaus.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A Master’s with 10 years of professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 12 years of professional experience.

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in conducting research, surveys and informational interviews, and building databases of information to be used by working groups

  • Working knowledge in agriculture and food security in developing countries such as in the fields of agriculture, food security, environment, or trade

  • Preferred knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region;

  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and organizational skills;

  • 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 plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines;

  • Ability to take initiative working with the direction of management; must be able to take ownership of projects, creatively solve problems, and see projects through to completion;

  • U.S. Citizen 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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