Technical Advisor (East Africa Climate Change)

Camris International

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

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 – Climate Change, 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 priority investment areas for mission programs, the development of a scope of work for analysis in key issues related to climate change (such as climate change and health), direct provision of analysis, and technical assistance with monitoring and evaluation.





  • 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 training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners on climate change-related issues, particularly in field missions.


Deliverables and activities:

  • Climate change and human health
  • Strategic planning on Climate Change/Health: Work closely with the AFR Health Team, Global Health Bureau, and other Bureaus as needed to integrate climate change and health into relevant analyses and policies, especially focused on the Presidential Malaria Initiative.
  • Technical assistance to USAID Missions: Identify and support 1-2 AFR Missions on integrating into health planning and projects and how best to support those needs.
    • Draft scope of work (up to five pages): Draft a scope of work and help oversee implementation of analysis on climate and health risks in partnership with one mission to support effective integration of climate information into health programming.
  • Training: Update and deliver two-day training on climate risks in the health sector and how to address those risks in USAID’s health programming.
  • Session development: Organize and present in a USAID-hosted session on integrating climate risk management into health and agriculture programming at the Adaptation Futures meeting, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2018.
  • Report (up to 10 pages): Outline priorities for USAID work on climate services in the health sector.  Identify interested Missions, external partners, and potential linkages with the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization priorities.
  • Behavior change
  • Finalize background paper: Coordinate the review and publication of a background paper developed by the Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessment Project (ATLAS) to better understand the social and cultural barriers and incentives to adoption of climate-smart technologies and strategies to improve decision-making.
  • Draft Scope of Work (up to five pages): Based on this report, potentially draft a scope of work for ATLAS to implement findings from the report for USAID programming and oversee implementation of scope.
  • Water security
    • Draft Scope of Work (up to five pages): Draft a Scope of Work and oversee implementation of scope for the Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessment (ATLAS) Project to support USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) work in the Mara River Basin. ATLAS will provide useful climate analysis and assessment to improve water security in the Mara River Basin, in support of SWP’s ongoing work.
  • Climate change communications
  • Talking points: Develop evidence-based talking points around climate change and the new Administration’s priorities on U.S. security and business, as well as USAID’s comparative advantage.
  • 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 climate change adaptation as needed.
  • Urban adaptation: Finalize urban adaptation analysis and report for USAID/Southern Africa and provide technical assistance to Mission on programming alterations based on report’s findings.
  • Other activities TBD
  • 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.
  • Other research, analysis, and mission support tasks: To be assigned in consultation with the Senior Climate Change Advisor.



  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in climate change or a related environmental field;
  • A minimum of two years’ work experience in a USAID/AFR Mission;
  • Speaking fluency in Portuguese, e.g., enough to do interviews with government officials and USAID partners; writing fluency not necessary;
  • 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.

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.