Climate Change Analyst – Unifersity of Maryland Eastern Shore

The Office of International Programs is accepting resumes for a full-time position with benefits. USAID’s Bureau for Africa requires a qualified and experienced Climate Change Analyst to support assistance programs in sub-Saharan Africa.  The position reports to the Executive Director of International Programs. Salary Range is $89,924– $116,901.  (Note: Salary is equivalent of a GS-13). Employment is contingent upon being able to obtain security clearance.

The climate change analyst will work closely with the Regional Climate Change Advisor and 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.  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 global climate change, 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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The climate change analyst will provide research and analysis as well as technical, program planning, and design support to AFR/SD/EGEA on climate change.  Specific duties include: 

  • Conduct research and provide analysis on specific climate change issues as they relate to Africa in: carbon sequestration in forests and other landscapes; energy and energy efficiency; and adaptation to climate change;
  • 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 addressing the causes of and adapting to the effects of global climate change;
  • Identify, promote, and conduct training programs to increase technical competence of host country and USAID personnel concerning climate change issues and associated natural resource management activities;
  • Increase Mission awareness of climate change programs and staff resources in the Africa and Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) Bureaus, and facilitate use of these programs and staff resources by Missions;
  • Provide direct training and other capacity-building assistance to USAID staff and partners, particularly in field missions;
  • Forge strong, institutional linkages between USAID/AFR programs and other relevant U.S. Government institutions and development partners in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities;
  • Serve as backstop to the Regional Climate Change Advisor and other members of the AFR/SD environment team, helping to support all of the Africa Bureau’s environment sector activities and responsibilities as necessary;
  • Contribute to and facilitate the work of a virtual team of Regional and Mission Environment Officers and Advisors and other USAID staff across sub-Saharan Africa who implement the requirements of USAID environmental regulations;
  • Collaborate extensively with USAID’s Food Security Task Force on integrating climate change into country programs and policies.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

  •  Advanced degree (MS required; PhD or equivalent preferred) in agricultural/environmental science or related field. 
  • Applicants should have demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills suitable to a position which will require extensive interaction with a wide variety of collaborators.
  • 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, water supply and sanitation, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, and environmental impact assessment.
  • Applicants should demonstrate advanced proficiency in the use of information systems to analyze and share information related to the responsibilities outlined above.
  • Effective writing and organizational skills to prepare guidance for specialists and non-specialists and to complete program status reports, analyses and presentations.  Ability to write succinctly and to produce documents quickly.
  • Demonstrable familiarity with sub Saharan African countries, particularly in the area of environmental issues.
  • This position is based in Washington D.C but may require travel.  Applicants should be able/willing to travel to sub-Saharan destinations.

Resume deadline is June 16, 2014. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and have three letters of professional reference sent directly to the Department of Human Resources, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853-1299. E-mail: mvames@umes.edu

*Note*:   You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.   The successful applicant must be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance.

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