Climate Change Advisor

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Camris International
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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: Climate Change Advisor (USAID)

United States Agency for International Development/ Bureau of Africa, Africa Bureau Leadership Office and the Office of Sustainable Development/EGEA

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.

USAID's Bureau for Africa requires a qualified and experienced Climate Change Advisor to support assistance programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

The climate change advisor will serve as a member of the Environment Team of the Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture Division within the Bureau of Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD/EGA). Among its technical implementation responsibilities, AFR/SD is tasked with providing technical support to USAID/Africa Missions and USAID/Washington on natural resource management issues, including climate change and climate risk management, and ensuring that the Africa Bureau complies with the Agency’s 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 Climate Change Advisor will serve as a member of the six-person climate change team and will work under the guidance of the Senior Climate Change Advisor.

The climate change advisor will provide research and analysis as well as technical, program planning, and design support to AFR/SD/EGEA on climate change.

Specific duties include:

  • Lead implementation in the Africa region of the climate risk management requirements of USAID’s ADS, providing technical support and advice, coordinating AFR efforts within the larger Agency portfolio, and leading a virtual team of Regional and Mission Climate Integration Leads.
  • 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 natural resource management activities, particularly those that contribute to climate change.
  • Conduct research and provide analysis on specific climate change issues as they relate to Africa on topics such as climate impacts on public health, forest management and implications for household energy, and the role of behavior change in encouraging activities that reduce climate risk.
  • Help Missions transition to support new Administration priorities in their environment programming, including helping countries transition to greater self-reliance and building partnerships to address development challenges, including with the private sector.
  • Provide direct training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners, particularly in field Missions.
  • Forge strong, institutional linkages between AFR and other relevant USAID Bureaus, U.S. Government institutions, and development partners.
  • Serve as backstop to the Senior Climate Change Advisor and other members of the EGEA team, helping to support all of the Africa Bureau’s environment, economic growth, and agriculture activities and responsibilities as necessary.
  • Advanced degree (MS required; PhD or equivalent preferred) in climate change or a related environmental field.
  • Knowledge and work experience in technical, scientific, and policy issues related to environmental issues of interest to USAID activities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly climate change but also land and water resource management, food security, water supply and sanitation, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, and environmental impact assessment.
  • Technical expertise in international development, project implementation, and climate change, including knowledge of the USG’s programming guidelines for climate risk management.
  • Ability to take initiative while also working within the direction of management; must be able to take ownership of projects, creatively solve problems, and see projects through to completion.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and organizational skills. Ability to write succinctly and to produce documents quickly.
  • Ability to influence senior-level decision-makers, particularly senior leadership of USAID Missions.
  • Demonstrable ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment.
  • Demonstrable familiarity with sub Saharan African countries, particularly in the area of environmental issues.
  • Applicants must be able/willing to travel to sub-Saharan destinations.
  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a secret clearance.


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