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Program Specialist for Economic Growth and Trade

Washington, Ohio, US
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Nov 4, 2021

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Opportunityin Washington, DCThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek and partnered with CAMRIS International, LLC, to recruit and hire qualified individualsfor the following position:Title: Program Specialist for Economic Growth and TradeUnited States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Office of Sustainability and Development (SD)/ Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture (EGEA) DivisionWith 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, LLC 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 todays most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.GENERAL DESCRIPTIONThe Bureau for Africa (AFR) is the USAID/Washington operating unit charged with managing USAID'sdevelopment assistance programs in Africa. The Office of Sustainable Development has the responsibility of providing technical support for these programs. AFR/SD's technical responsibilities span across all areas of economic development - economic growth, trade, investment, agriculture, the environment, global climate change, biodiversity, water, democracy and governance, education, and health. In providing technical support, AFR/SD has articulated three development objectives - (1) generating new ideas to improve these development programs, (2) influencing USAID missions in Africa, African governments and development partners to improve their policies and programs by using better information, and (3) strengthening the capacity of African institutions to develop and implement evidence-based policies.The Program Specialist will provide support for AFR/SD's Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture (EGEA) Division within the context of the broad spectrum of trade activities implemented by USAID bilateral and regional Missions, and the leadership for the Bureaus trade activities in Washington DC. As a critical member of the AFR/SD/EGEA Trade and Economic Growth Team, the incumbent will work closely with the Trade Team leadership and technical staff. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Trade Team lead, will work with all technical staff, with a particular focus on trade. The Program Specialist provides support to technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative and analytical duties. These duties range from administrative-type tasks such as scheduling briefings and meetings, and maintaining program files, to more complex analytical tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents, reviewing, analyzing, summarizing and disseminating cables and other pertinent information such as articles and reports, and drafting briefers for senior officials. The Program Specialist ranks tasks in order of importance and impending deadlines, and handles several tasks simultaneously. The individual must develop a working knowledge of USAID policies, guidelines, and programs, as well as corporate practices and procedures

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESSupport AFR/SD/EGEAs Trade Team in further developing and implementing the Africa Bureaus trade agenda, including implementation of new African continental trade and investment program.Work with the Trade Team to support field programs and to respond to Washington-based information requests. Assemble requested information from available background data, or follow up to ensure that points of contact submit the required answers within the specified time.Work with the Trade Team on Operational Plan (OP), Performance Plan and Report (PPR) and Portfolio Review preparation and comments.Provide support to Trade Team staff and for program implementation with light touch capacity support on the Teams monitoring, evaluation and learning agenda.Manage schedule, taskers and short-term work products for Trade Team Lead.Schedule meetings for Trade Team staff members, to include conference room and conference line reservations, calendar invitations, preparation of agenda, and distribution of materials.Draft briefers, talking points, and PowerPoint presentations for senior officials for meetings and presentations for review by the Trade technical team and other USAID offices.Facilitate and track clearance of memos, reports, and other action items within AFR and the Agency.Maintain updated list of Mission contacts, including position, phone and email.Update the matrix of USAID centrally-managed mechanisms available for providing technical support to Mission trade programs, as needed.Serve as the backstop for the EGEA Division Program Specialist, filling in as necessary. Perform Division-wide tasks as directed by the EGEA Leadership Team and/or Program Specialist.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience Required: A bachelors degree is required in a field such as international relations, economics, finance, trade, business, international development, or public policy with 3 years of relevant experience. Experience working and collaborating with U.S. government agencies and private sector organizations, including officials with international organizations, foreign and domestic government officials, and development partners.Experience in written and oral communication involving coordinating, negotiating, and motivating individuals to take action.Experience in development work such as project management, monitoring and evaluation, and financial management.Knowledge of relevant disciplines including trade, agriculture, economics, private sector development, and/or infrastructure development required.A strong ability to work with teams, often with high pressure and time constraints.Academic or practical knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation best practices and methodologies essential.Proficient in Microsoft Office software. In addition, familiarity with Google systems is preferred.Knowledge of USG program design and implementation, budgeting and financial management, and performance reporting processes preferred.Skill in working with quantitative results and budget information, research methods, and/or analyzing data.Written and oral communication skills to present information through reports and discussions, effectively manage development programs, and work across teams and with various levels of leadership.Ability to work collaboratively with other offices within USAID/Washington and USAID Missions in Sub-Saharan Africa, other U.S. government officials, other donors, partner government representatives, and implementing partners.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.CAMRIS International, LLC offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online CAMRIS International, LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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 any applicable federal, state, or local law.Full vaccination against COVID-19, defined as two doses of Moderna, two doses of Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson & Johnsons Jannsen, is required for this position.
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