Energy and Environment Analyst – USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean

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International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc.


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International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over 100 countries and implemented over 300 projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies, and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) and institutional support across many areas and sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, agriculture, economic growth, food security, education, environment, and global health.

Job Title: Energy and Environment Analyst

Department/Location: LAC/RSD/ Washington DC

Reports To: ISPI Project Manager

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification: Exempt

Clearance Required: Must be able to obtain Secret Clearance (US citizen or green card holder for 3 years)

Overview: The Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) helps to make the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere more peaceful, secure, and prosperous by strengthening the capacity of the governments and private sector entities. Throughout the region, USAID has 13 field offices, 4 regional programs, and Washington-based programs focusing on Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

The LAC Regional Sustainable Development (LAC/RSD) Office requires 1 person to provide long-term technical support in the Ronald Reagan Building. This person will receive guidance and direction from the Team Lead and work closely with senior LAC/RSD staff on environment and climate-related priorities spanning biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, clean energy, sustainable landscapes and related issues. They may also provide support to other Environment Team staff members on team-wide operations and assignments. The incumbent will undertake the following key functions:

Responsibilities

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

Program Functions:

  • Serve as a team member in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, coordinating, and reporting on activities to ensure they are efficiently and effectively implemented in a manner that achieves the objectives of USAID.
  • Supporting the development, planning, and implementation of USG initiatives and special projects on environment and energy-related topics.
  • Coordinating and drafting responses to various taskers and inquiries on Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) energy topics from USAID leadership, Congress, other USG agencies, the media, diaspora communities, and the general public.
  • Preparing and drafting memoranda, talking points, briefing papers, and official correspondence for senior leadership on LAC environment and energy topics.
  • Supporting liaison and coordination with other donors, NGOs, civil society groups, other USG agencies, Congress, members of the press, and host government officials.
  • Disseminating best practices and sharing of lessons learned on energy developments in the LAC region.
  • Support logistical and key analytic aspects of the LAC Bureau’s Climate Community of Practice and related peer-to-peer learning mechanisms.
  • Drafts budget planning tables and justification documents for internal, inter-agency, and Congressional audiences.
  • Assisting in the development of program documents, such as waivers, authorization documents, action memos, and congressional notifications.
  • Preparation of activity, project, and program strategy reports, especially as related to LAC Bureau environment and energy activities.
  • Developing documents for the design of acquisition and assistance awards.
  • Providing technical advice on the feasibility, appropriateness, and value of proposed activities or changes in activities in the environment and energy realm.
  • Contribute to the RSD/Environment team in all aspects of program management, reporting, and related analysis, including development of Operating Unit Operational Plans; Performance Plans and Reports; Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) documents, budgetary and financial documents, fact sheets or related briefers and portfolio reviews.
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of digital systems for consolidating and managing LAC’s publications, reports, briefers, and data on environment and energy topics.
  • Performing outreach and data collection on environment and energy issues with field missions and other operating units, other offices and bureaus, other U.S. agencies, including climate finance.
  • Overseeing and coordinating technical document reviews for clearances.
  • Assisting with strategic planning at the sectoral, institutional, and national levels.
  • Supporting sectoral analyses and assessments that inform strategic approaches and Country Development and Cooperation Strategies (CDCS).

Communications and Outreach:

  • Drafting and reviewing fact sheets, situation reports, talking points, speeches, public presentations, and briefing materials for external audiences including the public, the media, Congress, foreign governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and international organizations.
  • Assembling information for, and drafting responses to, Congressional and public inquiries.
  • Supporting USAID/LAC/RSD/ENV staff in developing publications such as electronic newsletters, annual reports, project reports, or special publications and briefs.
  • Drafting and assembling reports, briefing books and other materials for all levels of government including USAID/LAC; other USAID offices, Bureaus, and Missions; the Department of State; and other USG agencies.

Administrative Support

  • Maintaining contact lists, visitor lists, and calendars.
  • Preparing LAC leadership for key meetings, events, conferences, travel, etc. by coordinating with office directors and other appropriate parties on briefers and pre-briefs.
  • Reviewing documents and correspondence for format, grammar, content, and messaging prior to obtaining Bureau or Office leadership signature.
  • Maintaining electronic and hard copy files in compliance with Agency policy.
  • Providing assistance for events and high-level visitors.

Technical Advisory Support

  • Providing guidance and assistance to USAID Missions, implementing partners, and stakeholders. This may include assisting Missions or Washington with activity design, monitoring, or sustainability planning.
  • Understanding Agency and USAID/LAC guidance, policies, processes, and procedures, and ensuring adherence to them.
  • Planning and coordinating of project/activity design in LAC and contributing to overall portfolio design.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of programmatic approaches and research on sector issues for knowledge transfer to USAID.
  • Coordinating with relevant USAID staff and programs and participating in selected Agency technical working groups related to the LAC Bureau.
  • Contributing to updates on program budgets and semi-annual portfolio reviews.
  • Developing briefers and other communications materials related to sector issues.
  • Responding to Congressional or public inquiries.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, political international development/relations, energy management or a related field, plus 3 years of experience combining administrative support, technical analysis or program management with writing and electronic information and systems management; or a Master’s degree in any of the above fields or a related field, plus 1 years of experience
    combining administrative support, technical analysis or program management with writing and electronic information and systems management.
  • 1-5 years experience planning, developing, managing and/or evaluating activities, in environment and energy-related fields in developing countries.
  • Experience developing policies, strategies, and plans in relevant technical areas, ideally within a development context.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to manage multiple work streams in a timely manner.
  • Understanding of the U.S. Foreign Policy process, including USAID goals and objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Must work well with others, be able to multitask; and have strong problem solving, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with the Google and Microsoft suites of applications (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, calendars; Excel, Word, PowerPoint calendars ; etc.) and Adobe, including the ability to create and edit PDF documents for electronic signature.
  • Desirable but not required: Language capability in one of our regions major languages (Spanish, Portuguese or French).

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment. Currently the company is allowing for hybrid work in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. This can be updated by the company.

Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel may be required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.

Work Authorization: Candidate must be authorized to work in U.S.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Organization:

IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building. We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education & human capacity development, energy & infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients’ missions.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identification, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected] (Do not send your resume to this account, for consideration please apply in our career page, https://careers.ibtci.com/jobs).

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https://careers.ibtci.com/jobs/3898?lang=en-us

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