Briefing Specialist - USAID

U.S. Agency for International Development

Organization Description

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.


Job Description

The Briefing Specialist is GS-12 Equivalent and the mechanism is PASA.

The Power Africa and Trade Africa (USAID/AFR/AA/PATA) initiative is an office within the Africa Bureau that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power. President Obama announced the initiative in remarks at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30th, 2013.

More than 69 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity – and that number rises to more than 85 percent in rural areas. And yet, the region has significant potential to develop clean, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar energy.

AFR/AA/PATA will bridge the gap between Africa’s power shortage and its economic potential by working with other U.S. Government Agencies, African Governments, NGOs, and Private Sector Partners to take the steps needed to building out power generation, transmission, and expanding the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions.

All the partners in the AFR/AA/PATA initiative recognize that business and government must make long-term commitments to solve Africa’s energy deficit. Tough reforms are required on the part of government. Business needs to provide long-term, sustainable solutions. U.S. Government partners need to provide support for deserving projects in a clear and effective way. AFR/AA/PATA exists to enable these steps to be taken.

The Power Africa and Trade Africa (PATA) Briefing Specialist works closely with USAID Africa Bureau senior management, the PATA Initiatives Coordinator in Nairobi, the Deputy Coordinator in Washington, and PATA teams on both sides of the Atlantic to oversee task management and provide administrative support across a wide frontage of issues for the initiatives.

The position is based in Washington DC, but there may be possibilities for travel.


Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities straddle the technical, financial, programming, and communications pillars of Washington and Nairobi and include:

  • Keeping the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator informed of key PATA taskings and deliverables;
  • Coordinating, drafting, and clearing the Weekly PATA Update Briefer to the Administrator;
  • Coordinating, drafting, and clearing numerous scheduled and pop-up briefing requirements for PATA engagement activities, meetings, and strategic outreach events involving senior leader participation; and,
  • Engaging with energy, trade and transaction subject matter experts, country desk officers and PATA Mission Personnel.


How to apply

In order to apply please send a Cover Letter, your Resume, and three references to powerafricacareers@usaid.gov. Please include “Briefing Specialist Position” in the subject.