Policy Analyst - 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 Policy Analyst position is equivalent to a GS-13 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 position is based in Washington DC, but there may be possibilities for travel.


Job Responsibilities

The AFR/AA/PATA Policy Analyst will assist in the planning, analysis, implementation oversight, monitoring and evaluation of USAID programs designed to support Power Africa and Trade Africa.

The PATA Policy Analyst will also provide technical support and critical surge support capacity to the Office.

Through this position, she/he will serve as a technical resource to support completion of analytical work, strategy development and drafting program documents for existing and new programs that encompass PATA.

In addition, the Policy Analyst will provide country-wide economic analysis, economic policy research, policy analysis and reform, host-government budget analysis, sector-specific economic analysis, etc. relevant to the PATA priority countries.

The Policy Analyst must also be experienced with the Energy sector in developing economies. The incumbent will work directly for the Deputy Coordinator, Don Niss, at Washington and will also provide similar analysis for the Coordinator, Andy Herscowitz, located at Power Africa Headquarters.


How to apply

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