Secretariat Unit

WE4F Associate - End-user Financing

The WE4F Associate is responsible for conducting market research and analysis of various end-user financing models being implemented in the water-energy-food nexus. This role is a great opportunity for a high performing associate to deepen exposure to global development issues in the water-energy-food nexus and build strong understanding of end-user financing approaches being utilized to serve smallholder farmers and other end-users in global markets.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Collaborate with WE4F USAID Secretariat to gather knowledge about financial structures and mechanisms focused on the financial inclusion of smallholder farmers and other end-users in the agricultural value chain
  2. Conduct extensive desk based research to study the global market landscape for end-user financing approaches and future opportunities in the water-energy-food nexus from the perspective of innovation/SMEs
  3. Conduct secondary research to assess the financial needs of smallholder farmers, with a particular focus on women smallholder farmers/end-users  
  4. Conduct research on end-user financing models outside the WE4F nexus and present a comparative view.
  5. Under the guidance of USAID Secretariat, conduct a SWOT analysis of different type of end-user financing models prevalent in the water-energy-food nexus
  6. Under the guidance from USAID Secretariat, develop a slide deck showcasing the landscape analysis and future trends related to of end-user financing mechanisms for WEF nexus within WE4F focus countries in East Africa, West Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Southern and Central Africa regions.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree in a business-related field or current students in a graduate school business program. MBA with strong finance background preferred
  • Strong interest in research, analytics, and finance
  • Good knowledge of MS excel and powerpoint 
  • Ability to undertake directions from team members to carry out desk based research using open platforms
  • Inquisitive and interested in the thematic area of access to finance for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) communities

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:

 The final deliverables of the above assignments will be due by January 21st, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please e-mail info@we4f.org with your resume and cover letter. 

In the cover letter, do mention your prior work experience/skills and/or understanding of end-user financing and water-energy-food nexus innovations.

M&E External Surveyors

Help Evaluate Innovations for Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development! 

Would you like to be part of solving some of the world’s greatest challenges for development? Now is your chance to contribute. USAID is recruiting External Surveyors for Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) seeks to enhance access to innovations that help agricultural producers grow more food while improving biodiversity, energy efficiency, and water efficiency along the food value chain. Through the scaling of these innovations, WE4F also aims to improve gender integration, environmental sustainability/biodiversity, and poverty reduction

WE4F’s USAID Secretariat Unit is seeking External Surveyors to provide monitoring and evaluation support by conducting in-country field research and data collection with WE4F innovators in Egypt. 

M&E External Surveyors should be current or recent graduate students with a background in agriculture, water, energy, technology innovation, environmental studies, research methods, international business, and/or international development. External Surveyors will be expected to be (at a minimum) in the field 4-6 weeks during the Summer and Fall season of 2022. Exact dates are dependent on innovator availability and in-country COVID-19 conditions. 

This opportunity will allow you to:

  • Conduct in-country field research on topics related to technological innovations in agriculture as well as impact of innovations on the environment, gender equity, and local poverty.
  • Interview 60+ farmers and other food value chain participants who use WE4F innovations.
  • Utilize research methods to establish control groups and assess environmental, gender, and base of pyramid impact.
  • Serve as a “fact-checker” and validate and expand upon information that WE4F has received from innovators as well as non-innovators.
  • Be part of one of the leading new mechanisms in international development for discovering breakthrough solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Complete fieldwork requirement that could serve as a basis for thesis, capstone or dissertation work. 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be comfortable learning about and synthesizing data concerning innovators and innovation ecosystems, and will have experience organizing data for consumption by non-technical audiences.

We are seeking graduate students with a background in water, agriculture, technology innovation, quantitative studies, international business, and/or development economics that possess a large majority of the following skills/characteristics:

Required Qualifications

  • Working or High proficiency in the local language of the countries conducting data collection: Arabic and English. 
  • Candidates residing in Egypt who would not need to travel outside of their current country of residence to conduct required data collection.
  • Quantitative/social science research background with a strong understanding of data validity and experimental design
  • Knowledge and experience using statistical software (SPSS, SAS, STATA, R) to analyze data sets
  • Comfort operating in rural areas with limited access to technology, and/or improved amenities
  • Interest in development and social impact and enthusiasm for engaging with data from water, energy, and agriculture innovators 
  • Commitment to producing excellent work while maintaining a high level of professionalism and attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while managing and meeting deadlines
  • Experience working in a highly diverse environment and a commitment to embrace cultural differences. 
  • A high level of respect and courtesy towards local stakeholders as well as mindfulness and a commitment to do no harm.
  • Prior professional experience in Egypt. 

If interested, read a blog post from the perspective of a previous external surveyor from Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge. For questions about this position, please email info@we4f.org with the subject 2022 M&E External Surveyors.” Applications materials sent to this address will not be considered. Please see the application process below.   

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume and at least one professional reference letter in the form linked here by January 21st. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • Do you currently reside in and/or are highly proficient in the native languages of the following countries: Egypt? 
  • How has your previous experience prepared you to be a WEF M&E External Surveyor?
  • What was your motivation to apply for this position? What are you expecting to gain out of this experience?
  • When can you start and during what time period are you available to serve in this position?
  • Can you meet the minimum time requirements (expected duration: 4-6 weeks) for the in-country research?

Interview Process

The interview process will include three phases: 

  • 20 minute interview on the phone with the M&E manager, and/or program coordinator to discuss your background and qualifications as well as answer questions about the role.
  • Mock field interview to preview a typical field survey experience and to determine a candidate’s fit for the work. 
  • 15 minute final interview on the phone with the WE4F USAID Secretariat Team Lead to address final interviewee questions and assess the candidate’s fit.

SCOPE OF WORK

Preparatory Work

Selected M&E External Surveyors will be taken through the following:

  • Introductory Webinar to explain WE4F M&E guidelines, survey tools and student fieldwork manual. (1.5 hour including Q&A).
  • Facilitated Introductory Meeting with the Regional Innovation Hub associated with the assigned WE4F innovator organization.
  • In the Field: Check in meetings every 2 weeks with your WE4F M&E External Surveyor Coordinator, your primary point of contact during your employment. We expect that all External Surveyors will acquire an inexpensive local phone with enough credit to receive check-in phone calls.

Potential Research Questions

  • To what extent are innovators reaching customers at or below the poverty line?
  • To what extent are innovators reaching female customers?
  • How does use of the innovation impact the lives/work of women?
  • What barriers exist to greater customer adoption among impoverished customers? ..among female customers?
  • What economic and development impacts does use of the innovation have on customers/households? (income, resilience, food security, time-savings, water savings)
  • What alternatives exist to use of the innovation? What are key factors influencing this choice?
  • To what extent are the social, economic, and environmental impacts on end-user different for those not using WE4F-supported innovations?

Deliverables

  • Attendance at all training/meeting sessions including an Introductory Webinar
  • A minimum of 60 completed farmer/end-user interviews (including at least 40 end-users and 20 control group interviewees)
  • Mobile app data collection
  • Regular communication and check-ins with the team lead (no unexplained absences/ circumstances)
  • Data Reporting Support. You will provide data collection to support semi-annual and annual WE4F reporting. 
  • Final Field Report. You will be required to submit draft versions during the field visit and a final version at the conclusion of the employment period.
  • Final Presentation to the associated Regional Innovation Hub and/or assigned Innovator. You will present an overview of the final field report including the qualitative and contextual findings that have come about during quantitative data collection. This will also include a Q&A session. 

FINANCIAL POLICIES & LOGISTICS

Total Compensation and External Surveyor Responsibilities: 

  • The total stipend provided to External Surveyors totals $5000 which will be disbursed following the completion of certain deliverables as described below. 
  • If the External Surveyors submit the Travel Expense Reimbursement Form including sufficient documentation of qualifying expenses*, WE4F will reimburse up to an additional $2,500*, pending approval of those expenditures by the WE4F Team Lead. 
  • External Surveyors will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations and travel insurance in the host country. WE4F will not provide additional funding to cover these arrangements which should be covered by the total stipend amount cited above. However, WE4F will make an effort to liaise with innovators and appropriate RIH staff to help facilitate this process.
  • *The amount of this additional disbursement will reflect the costs of approved travel expenses.

Stipend Disbursement Schedule and Required Deliverables:

  • Following acceptance of the offer, finalization of the offer AND confirmed attendance at the Intro Orientation Session, External Surveyors will receive an initial $1,000 of the total stipend amount. 
  • The student’s airfare and all relevant travel expenses must be booked by the External Surveyor and approved by the WE4F Team Lead prior to purchase. Once all cited travel expenses are approved by WE4F, an additional $1,000 of the total stipend amount will be disbursed. 
  • After submission and approval of all final deliverables listed below, WE4F will issue a remaining payment of $3000 to the External Surveyors. These required final deliverables include:
    • Raw data and supporting documentation from a minimum of 50 interviews with individuals {not groups} in separate households including: voice recordings, the primary interview data in excel format, and final site visit report
    • Documented and consistent communication with the WE4F M&E External Surveyor Coordinator through check-in calls every two weeks while in the field. 
    • Final Field Report which reflects all final revisions requested by WE4F
    • Final Presentation to Regional Innovation Hubs including follow-up on any remaining questions from the Q&A sessions. 
  • As cited above, if the External Surveyors submit the Travel Expense Reimbursement Form for qualifying expenses and all expenditures are approved by WE4F, up to an additional $2500 will be disbursed following the completion and approval of all final deliverables. The amount of this additional disbursement will reflect the costs of approved travel expenses. 

WE4F OVERVIEW

Who We Are

WE4F is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Announced at World Water Week 2018 and launched at Social Capital Markets 2019 signature event in San Francisco, California, WE4F aims to: 

  • Increase food production along the value chain through a more sustainable and efficient usage of water and/or energy. 
  • Increase income for those in the base of the pyramid, women, men in both rural and urban areas.  
  • Sustainably scale innovators’ solutions to meet the challenges in the WE4F nexus. 
  • Promote climate and environmental resilience and biodiversity through the sustainable, holistic management of natural resources and ecosystems. 

How WE4F Works

The WE4F initiative will work with promising innovations that were identified and nurtured during the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) and Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Grand Challenge to support their next level of scaling. At the same time, the program will open up new calls for innovations within the water-energy-food nexus. WE4F will incorporate the Regional Innovation Hub (RIH) model used in PAEGC and the Technical Assistance Facility developed under SWFF.  By combining these two successful key programmatic elements together, WE4F’s decentralized approach will put a stronger focus on improving local framework conditions for innovations and facilitating end-user financing. 

QUESTIONS?

Please e-mail info@we4f.org with questions. No application materials will be accepted through email. 

East Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.

South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub

Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor/Consultancy

Location: Open to multiple locations in South/SE Asia, but must be able to travel periodically throughout the region
Start Date: Contingent upon approval
Job Description: DevWorks is recruiting for a Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor to support the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Regional Innovation Hub in South and Southeast Asia (S/SEA RIH). The goal of WE4F is to support enterprises to scale their innovations that impact the sectors of food, water, and energy in order to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improve energy and water efficiency, and improve climate resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets. For more information, please visit: https://we4f.org/south-and-southeast-asia.

The Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor will serve as the senior technical expert in water for agriculture for the WE4F S/SE Asia Regional Innovation Hub. They will ensure technical excellence in program implementation related to water across the region – including business development services to enterprises in the water sector, support innovators to complete technical feasibility activities related to water-ag nexus, support innovators in meeting milestones related to water systems, and enabling environment interventions. They will support program learning at the national and regional level and contribute to knowledge development.

The Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor will also represent the project and share lessons learned at international fora with a broad set of stakeholders. The LOE for this position is expected to be 15 – 20% throughout the life of the project (contingent upon award, through July 2024).

Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of experience implementing donor-funded projects focused on water in South and Southeast Asia at a regional level.
  • Demonstrated expertise investigating and providing consultative services on technical questions and policy issues related to water for agricultural use and enterprise development.
  • Strong understanding of water policy issues and the business enabling environment in South and Southeast Asia
  • Ability to provide thought leadership and represent the project at international fora with a broad set of stakeholders, including donors, governments, private sector actors, and local communities.
  • Experience building the capacity of small and medium enterprises and providing training/mentoring to project staff.
  • Experience providing multidisciplinary support to SMEs/innovators (business development, policy, sustainability, and legal compliance and guidance)
  • Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of current methods and priorities in program monitoring, data collection, and evaluation.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a water and/or development-related field, such as engineering, hydrology, water resources management, public administration, or business.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to dcresume@devworks.org with the subject line “Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor (Re-advertise)”.

Intern - S/SE Asia

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

Summary:

Tetra Tech ES, Inc., a subsidiary of Tetra Tech (Nasdaq: TTEK) is dedicated to improving the energy sector of developing economies.  We are recruiting for an intern to support the implementation of the USAID-administered Water Energy for Food South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub (WE4F Asia RIH) from September 2021 to February 2022, with the possibility of an extension. See https://we4f.org for more information.

We seek undergraduate students in the advanced stages of academic training with a strong work ethic and attitude, fluency in English and strong written and verbal communication skills. The intern is expected to use their own computer, and be based in Bangkok, Thailand or Delhi, India.

The ideal intern is driven by a passion for the WE4F Asia RIH mission, and has an interest in entrepreneurship. S/he can thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. S/he is proactive and can work both independently and as a team player to take initiative and support multiple activities at a time. The WE4F Asia RIH intern has strong interpersonal skills and can connect and engage with stakeholders at varying levels, including all WE4F Asia RIH team members located in multiple countries in South/Southeast Asia.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications in the position.

Responsibilities:

Regional Innovation Hub Support

  • Provide administrative and logistic support on arrangements for the Hub’s activities including flight and venue reservation, webinar and event organization, meeting coordination, note-taking, and ad-hoc research, etc.
  • Conduct desk research and support outreach to ensure that the program’s partnership and donor databases are updated regularly.
  • Review programmatic documents to ensure compliance with WE4F guidelines (e.g. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Operational Plan and branding guidelines).
  • Support documentation collection activities during regional call for innovations and call for service providers
  • Monitor shared email inbox to ensure timely communication between the WE4F Asia Hub and innovators

Communications & Knowledge Management Support

  • Conduct research to support communication activities including events, social media, newsletters, and website updates
  • Support the development of several communications and knowledge management products including social media, program newsletters, blogposts, conference proposals, and other program materials as needed.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support

  • Support innovator monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data collection and management on offline and online digital platforms.
  • Support the maintenance of the RIH Knowledge Library as a digital platform to compile, share and engage knowledge management products with stakeholders.
  • Provide administrative support during various WE4F Asia RIH data collection activities (e.g.  innovator surveys, M&E data collection, etc.).
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned

Essential KSA’s required (experience, skills, education, certification, etc.):

  • Interest in the water-energy-food nexus, international development and small/medium enterprise development
  • Ability to work independently and with team members in different locations and time zones
  • Ability to edit and format documents in English
  • Experience with social media and content development
  • Experience in supporting event organization
  • Passion for excellence, quality, and accuracy
  • Attentiveness to detail
  • An ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Values humility, integrity, and personal responsibility
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Data management and analytics skills are strongly desired, but not mandatory

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting http://www.tetratech.com/en/benefits.

For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratech.com. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at www.tetratech.com/careers.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability – No calls or agencies

Environmental Sustainability Advisor

Tetra Tech is recruiting an experienced Environmental Sustainability Advisor to support the implementation of the USAID-administered Water and Energy for Food South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub through July 2024.

This is an independent consulting engagement estimated to be about 70 to 100 days per year. Finalization of the consultant agreement is subject to USAID approval. The consultant has to be a legal resident of one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, or Vietnam.

Learn more: Environmental Sustainability Advisor | Devex

West Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.