United States of America: Specialized COR/AOR Training Adviser

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 23 Jul 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: Specialized COR/AOR Training Advisor

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


The Bureau for Africa (AFR) is the USAID/Washington operating unit charged with supporting the design and implementation of development programs in Africa. The Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD) has the responsibility of providing technical support for these programs. AFR/SD’s technical responsibilities span across all areas of development – economic growth, agriculture, the environment, global climate change, biodiversity, water, democracy and governance, education and health.

Budget uncertainty and new USG priorities present challenges to effective and strategic program management. To improve the skills of technical officers in the field and in Washington, AFR/SD seeks to supplement required training for Contracts Officer’s Representatives and Agreement Officer’s Representatives (CORs/AOR) certification by collecting, distilling, and disseminating the best practices and informal skills of some of the Agency’s best COR/AORs, as identified by Mission Directors. Mission Directors have been generally supportive of such supplementary training.

This curriculum development and training will focus on building communication, judgement, interpersonal skills, and team-building approaches to managing contracts and cooperative agreements. It will not focus on the project management knowledge and skills emphasized in COR/AOR certification courses. If possible, certification credits will be offered to those who complete this new course, if possible.


The COR/AOR training advisor will plan, conduct, and edit a series of interviews with selected COR/AORs. From these interviews and background research, s/he will distill the most relevant and useful information to develop an informal learning curriculum and multimedia training materials that are compatible with USAID’s systems. The intent of this activity is to provide the learning materials to staff across the region in accessible and informative formats. S/he is responsible for the following:

  • Build on the AFR MD survey and interview a subset of AFR Mission Directors to learn more about what they believe are the habits of highly successful COR/AORs. These could be drawn from MDs who are currently in Washington, as well as those in the field.

  • Engage the COR/AORs identified by Mission Directors, seeking balance in gender, nationality, specialization, etc., and identify a set of habits, practices, approaches that lead to outstanding program results. Illustrative issues for discussion include:

    • Managing for results in a changing environment;
    • Relationships and communications with Chiefs of Parties and other implementing staff;
    • Managing expectations of USAID managers, government counterparts, and other key partners and stakeholders;
    • Relationships with other USAID programs, other donors, Embassy colleagues, etc.
    • Recognizing and addressing problems;
    • Recognizing and embracing opportunities.
  • Consult with recommended staff in USAID to ensure:

    • Consistent and full dissemination of the training opportunity (AFD/SD Knowledge Management Advisor and AMS Training Officer);
    • Availability of AOR/COR Certification Credits to participants, if possible (OAA contact TBD)
    • Consistency with OAA guidance (OAA contact TBD)


  • By the end of the first week of hire, provide a workplan, including a timeline, criteria for selecting interviewees, an outline of key topics, media to be developed (video, PowerPoint, etc.), and a dissemination plan for the actual training, and for use of the materials beyond the training itself.
  • Develop and provide supporting documentation of the key themes of the webcasts, in PowerPoint or a similarly visual and accessible format.
  • Administer and analyze a simple participant survey to gauge effectiveness.
  • Prepare and present written and video training materials. At a minimum this should include two interactive training sessions focusing on different aspects of program management, of approximately 1.5 hours each, to be presented via webcast. Other events and venues may be proposed, e.g., a live webinar, internal brownbag seminars, etc.
  • Prepare a final report due August 11th, including all final training materials and results, and recommendations for follow-on if appropriate.


  • Master’s degree with 20 years professional experience in communications, international development, program/project management or related fields.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ progressively responsible experience in the communications field, planning, writing, editing, and producing communications through a variety of print and visual media.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ progressively responsible experience in international development, including program and project management.
  • Documented experience preparing curriculums and training materials for diverse staffs.
  • Familiarity with technical requirements and standard practices of USAID grants and contracts management.
  • Demonstrated experience in knowledge management and learning.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to convey messages through clear and concise writing.

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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