Opportunity in Washington, DC
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: Supervisory Regional Development Outreach and Communications Advisor (Consultant)
United States Agency for International Development/Regional Mission for Southern Africa/Regional Program and Project Development Office
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
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/SA is a combined regional and bilateral mission with staff who manage and support both bilateral programs in South Africa and regional programs that span across the countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. USAID/SA also manages bilateral programs in the non-presence countries (NPCs) of Swaziland and Lesotho and provides oversight to the programs in Botswana and Namibia. Activities in South Africa focus on assisting the country in completing the transformation from its apartheid past into a healthy, economically vibrant, fully inclusive democracy. To assist the South African Government (SAG) in building capacity to address critical issues, USAID/SA works in the areas of health, economic growth, gender equality, education, and trilateral assistance. Programs in the NPCs, Botswana and Namibia focus on addressing the epidemic of HIV/AIDs. Regionally, USAID/SA works in the areas of health, economic growth, agriculture, democracy, environment, and humanitarian assistance. USAID/SA also provides financial, contracting, and management support services to USAID Missions in other countries in the SADC region.
In line with USAID/Forward, a major initiative of the Agency, a major thrust of all five of USAID/SA’s operating units is to build local capacity of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the region and utilize local expertise in the implementation of our programs in order to improve aid effectiveness. USAID/SA also works closely with the interagency teams of the U.S. Embassies in the SADC region.
The Supervisory Regional Development Outreach and Communications Advisor (SRDOCA) reports to the Director of the USAID/SA Regional Program and Projects Development Office (RPPDO) and works closely with USAID/SA and U.S. Embassy leadership and staff to implement development outreach and communications efforts to increase awareness of USAID assistance programs in the following operating units: South Africa, South Africa Regional, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. S/he leads the Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) team based at the USAID/SA Mission in Pretoria, which at full strength comprises a team of three. The SRDOCA will also be expected to mentor and train USAID/SA’s Foreign Service National (FSN) DOC Specialist.
The SRDOCA liaises with the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) to ensure consistency in messaging and strong coordination between USAID and other United States Government (USG) colleagues under the U.S. foreign assistance umbrella. The SRDOCA also serves as a ‘translator’ of complex USAID processes (e.g., budget, procurement, project design, etc.) to the broader interagency audience to ensure the intricacies of those process are conveyed to the final recipient whether it is a journalist, the Ambassador, or a visiting Congressional Delegation. Washington-based offices requiring close contact and coordination include the Africa Bureau and the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA). The position will also coordinate with other interagency and implementing partners.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The SRDOCA will manage the full range of public information and outreach activities in support of USAID programs and objectives in South Africa, SA Regional Programs, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, and Lesotho, targeting information to specific audiences in both the US and the SADC region in accordance with the Mission’s Country and Regional Development Cooperation Strategies, PEPFAR Country and Regional Operating Plans (COPs) and evolving circumstances.
Duties will vary, depending on the demands in a fluid operational environment. The list below is illustrative, providing a broad perspective of the responsibilities the consultant will assume on a day to day basis.
Supervisory and Coordination
Public Information and Publicity Materials
Media and Public Relations
DELIVERABLES AND ACTIVITIES:
Completion of a 1/2 to 1 page written summary of actions/activities accomplished at the end of each week to be provided to supervisor and home office and COR.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER
EXPERTISE REQUIRED. The contractor must have:
Interested candidates should submit their CV and a writing sample (preferably published material)
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.