Research Analyst (Consultant)

CAMRIS International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description

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:  Research Analyst (Consultant)

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/ Economic Growth, Environment, Agriculture (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.

The Economic Growth, Environment, and Agriculture EGEA) team is part of the Bureau for Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD). The EGEA team provides analysis, develops policy and supports USAID’s agriculture and food security programming in the Africa region. The team works closely with the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) which has the mandate for overall implementation of the United States Government’s Feed the Future/Global Food Security programs. The team also coordinates with USAID field missions, regional organizations, private sector, civil society, multilateral institutions and other partners. The team’s responsibilities include providing technical support to field missions in agriculture and food security strategy, design and programming.

In order to provide evidence-based recommendations on EGEA missions programs, a synthesis of strategic, budget, programmatic and country information is needed. This will take the form of a “baseball card deck” that allows comparisons across countries based on a set of uniform, credible and relevant data, in addition to mission specific information.

This task will be accomplished in three phases.

Phase 1: During the first phase the following key deliverables were accomplished:

  • Produced a rapid problem assessment to better understand the data gap and suggestions for how to address it.
  • Did a huge data call to 28 missions requesting different categories of information and tracked, collated, organized, and analyzed all their responses.
  • Began drafting a template for the baseball card deck.

Phase 2: During the second phase the following deliverables were accomplished:

  • 18 bilateral country summaries of program staff, budget, strategy, USAID impact and context were completed in PowerPoint for the Graphic Designer to layout in an updateable and printable format.

Phase 3: During the third phase the following deliverables will be accomplished:

  • Work with graphic designer to finalize PowerPoint versions of the first 18 OUs.
  • Work with graphic designer to finalize printed versions of the first 18 OUs in readily available and updateable software.
  • Draft and work with graphic designer to produce PowerPoint and printable versions of 5 more bilateral OUs (Burkina Faso, DRC, Djibouti, Malawi, South Sudan).
  • Summary document capturing process and method for creating and revising both PowerPoint and printable versions.



  • The research analyst will undertake research and data collection/synthesis on USAID Africa’s economic growth, environment, and agriculture programs, staffing, budget[1], and impacts. 
  • Countries to include all Africa bilateral missions.
  • Key contacts include Africa bureau desk officers, regional directors and program office, BFS country backstops, OFDA, FFP, E3, and Global Development Lab POCs.
  • The RA will coordinate meetings with USAID staff. 
  • The RA will conduct other research activities on related to EGEA programs at the request of the POC.


The contractor will research, synthesize and prepare a set of summary economic growth and related data and USAID project information (aka baseball cards) for Africa bilateral missions to include the following tasks/deliverables: 

  • Deliver two sets of final operating unit content for the original 18 countries in both printable and PowerPoint form. Print in mini three ring binders through USAID printer.
  • Produce PowerPoint content drafts of five remaining bilateral units using the template created in Phase Two. 
  • Collaborate with graphic designer to produce final set of five bilateral operating units in printed cards and high end PowerPoint files.
  • Write summary document capturing process and method for creating and revising both PowerPoint and printable versions.
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • The period of performance shall be 50 days to begin as soon as possible.

[1] AFR/SD will provide budget, PPR and other information to the consultant, as needed.


  • A Master’s with 10 years of professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 12 years of professional experience. 
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in conducting research, surveys and informational interviews, and building databases of information to be used by working groups
  • Working knowledge in agriculture and food security in developing countries
  • Preferred knowledge of international development issues in Africa; knowledge of U.S. foreign policy issues in the Africa region;
  • 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 plan, organize, and use time effectively; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines;
  • 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.

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