Technical Advisor (West Africa Climate Change)

Camris International

Washington, DC, US

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 Technical Advisor – West Africa Climate Change (Consultant), under the technical direction of the Climate Change team and in collaboration with Africa Bureau leadership, will be responsible for providing technical assistance to Africa missions and the Africa Bureau climate change team.  S/he will be responsible for ensuring high-quality technical advice on areas such as climate resilient development for mission programs, input on the work of missions and the Bureau of Africa for climate information services, and direct provision of analysis and input on strategic thinking.



  • Conduct research, provide analysis, and develop targeted and timely recommendations on specific climate change issues as they relate to Africa;
  • 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 climate change activities; and
  • Provide communications and strategic thinking materials to support the Bureau of Africa’s climate change portfolio.

Deliverables and activities:

  • Climate Information Services
  • Session development: Organize and present in a USAID session on private sector engagement in climate services at the Adaptation Futures meeting, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2018.
  • Oversight and technical comments on the Climate Services Learning Agenda: Provide oversight on implementation of the 2018 work plan and provide comments on the 2019 work plan for research into the effectiveness of provision of climate services in the agricultural sector and on communication materials.
  • Help plan and implement a one to two day technical meeting: Focused on the learnings of the Climate Information Services Learning Agenda, this meeting will include partners from the World Bank, World Meteorological Organization, DFID, and others to develop recommendations for how partners should support development of climate services more effectively.
  • Develop a scope or short thought piece (TBD) around climate services/private sector investment: Based on the output of the Climate Services Learning Agenda, develop recommendations for how USAID can encourage the growth of private sector investment in climate and weather services in the Africa region in collaboration with National Meteorological Services and regional climate institutions.
  • Develop a scope or short thought piece (TBD) around climate services/ethics: There are growing issues about how well climate information can actually be used at a predictive level, and the level of confidence in results.  Is it ethical to suggest a greater reliance on climate services when the level of confidence is low?  Where should we focus on climate services, and where should we back off?  How should we make those decisions?
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Strategy development: Work with E3 to develop a new Agency approach to and priorities for programming Sustainable Landscapes funding.
    • Concept paper: Develop a short paper (up to five pages) laying out a vision for how Sustainable Landscapes priorities can be integrated into Administration priorities in Africa on developing self-sufficiency and increasing partnerships, including with the private sector.
  • Reporting on USG support to partner countries’ Low Emissions Development Strategies: Work with AFR missions doing LEDS programming to identify how USG assistance has helped countries accelerate their transition to low emission, sustainable economic development.  Participate in Interagency Working Group to consolidate approach to and reporting on LEDS.
  • Technical assistance to at least one mission (TBD): Provide analysis and technical assistance to at least one mission developing new Sustainable Landscape programs.
  • Resilience
  • Technical assistance on the Sahel RISE redesign:
    • Work with USAID/Sahel’s Resilience team lead on analytic needs to support the procurement of a new resilience program;
    • Provide research, analysis, and programming recommendations on addressing climate risk management related to food security;
    • Provide input and guidance on the inclusion of climate information services into the redesign of the RISE program.
    • Advise on integrated program design, combining climate change, food security/resilience, and biodiversity programming.
  • Global Food Security Strategy technical support: Provide analysis and technical assistance on an as-needed basis to help guide AFR’s input to the new resilience work within USAID’s Global Food Security Strategy.
  • Mission Technical Assistance
  • Climate Risk Management (CRM) mission support: In consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor and AFR’s CRM advisor, provide mission support as needed on CRM in the context of CDCS development and PAD/Activity designs.
  • Project design: In consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor, support Missions project design related to food security, sustainable landscapes, and other issues as needed.
  • Communications/Strategic Thinking Support:
  • Additional illustrative activities and deliverables:
    • Provide talking points around climate change and development results that are evidence-based and/or based on mission experience and best practices.
    • Provide 1-2 page concepts around potential focus areas for AFR’s climate change team to guide discussions on strategic planning.
    • Provide additional research and/or analysis to be determined in consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor.



  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in climate change or a related environmental field;
  • Significant experience living and/or working in West Africa;
  • Knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region;
  • Knowledge of USG ’s programming guidelines for climate change funding and the development and administration of USG climate change programs;
  • 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 influence senior-level decision-makers, particularly senior leadership of USAID Missions
  • Ability to plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment;
  • 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.