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USAID/DDI/ITR/T Emerging Technology Advisor

Department: USAID Professional Management Support Services (USAID PMSS)
Location: Washington, DC
Background:

This position is located in USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, in the Innovation,
Technology and Research (ITR) Hub, which leads USAID in experimentation and innovation to transform development. The ITR Hub takes smart risks to test new ideas and partner with others to scale impact, bringing together diverse partners to transform how we save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance. Working collaboratively with the Agency and external partners, mission is two-fold: To produce breakthrough development innovations by sourcing, testing, and scaling proven solutions that impact millions of people; To transform development by opening it to people everywhere with good ideas, promoting new and deepening existing partnerships, bringing data and evidence to bear, and harnessing scientific and technological advances.
ITR’s collaborative approach supports USAID’s mandate to be on the forefront of science and technology,
incorporates breakthrough innovations into our programs and policies, and applies the latest tools, like artificial intelligence and evidence-based approaches to development priorities, countering malign influences and engaging new private sector partners.
The Emerging Technology Advisor position is located in the DDI/ITR Technology Division, which aims to
increase the use of digital tools to improve development outcomes. The incumbent develops insights,
manages projects, cultivates and manages inter- and intra-Agency relationships, and provides guidance to
USG stakeholders on the implications that a range of emergent and innovative digital technologies pose for
international development. Illustrative technologies or technical trends that the incumbent would be familiar
with include big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital IDs, data trusts or cooperatives, Internet- of-things, distributed ledger technology, and/or others. The incumbent employs a range of tasks for this work, from conducting outreach with key stakeholder groups to developing partnerships to shed light on implications posed by specific technologies for development, to developing and managing programs on key issues in this area, to developing tools and resources for Agency stakeholders (especially USAID Missions and operating units) that facilitate effective programming in this area.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Manage, and/or support teammates in managing, development programs related to responsible use of
emerging technologies in development.
2. Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with key research and policy stakeholders (for example, think tanks and academic communities working on relevant problems, relevant stakeholders working across the USG).
3. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with Agency colleagues (both DC- and field-based), providing dedicated technical support as needed.
4. Lead original research around emerging trends in digital technology in international development, including developing and implementing a collaborative research agenda as part of the USAID Digital Strategy implementation.
5. Contribute to and/or lead internal and external communications efforts around research outputs and
advocacy for policy recommendations as relevant.

Required Qualification, Education and/or Experience:
1. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required, with a Master’s or Ph. D. preferred.
2. At least 4 – 6 years’ professional experience including positions working for or supporting government
agencies, social enterprises or businesses, management consulting, and/or grant-making.
3. Experience implementing, supporting or measuring programs in developing country context is preferred.
4. Track record of solving problems by identifying areas for improvement, iterating, and delivering results.
5. Track record of building trusted relationships with partners.
6. Experience working with a variety of key stakeholders from different countries and cultural backgrounds.
7. Experience with training design and implementation/facilitation.
8. Experience producing, managing, and organizing content via web, video, visual, written and other channels.
9. Ability to work well in teams as well as independently or with little direction.
10. Experience with mission-oriented, strategic communications.
Strong Skill-sets Needed:
1. Listening
2. Writing
3. Editing
4. Verbal Communication
5. Teamwork
6. Multitasking
7. Organizing and Planning
8. Data Analysis or Information Synthesis
9. Project Management

Assumptions:
1. Vendor’s proposed price for this effort is based on the assumptions below. Should any of our assumptions be invalid, a change could be considered under the Project Change Control Process.
2. If support is required outside of core business hours, Vendor will coordinate with USAID to provide support, with the understanding that overtime will be managed by compensating the resource(s) with time off during the following week.
3. Vendor will provide staffing to provide the services described within this document.
4. Vendor and USAID will mutually agree upon the specific activities and schedule to be accomplished by the resources assigned to the scope described within this document to be consistent with the capacity of the resources.
Estimated Schedule:
Full-time
Place of Performance:
Washington, DC – Ronald Reagan Building (RRB). On-site support with limited telework.
Travel – Limited International and Domestic Travel

Please email info@esghire.com for more information.