Senior Air Quality/Climate Advisor

  • Full-Time
  • Washington, DC
  • Application deadline: 2021-11-05

U.S. Agency for International Development

DDI was established in 2020 with the intention of reorienting Washington-based technical expertise to support field colleagues, and provide responsive, integrated, world-class technical support to Missions. DDI leads in carrying out key Agency priorities, including climate change, democracy and human rights, cyber security, as well as diversity and inclusion. The
EEI Center within DDI provides technical leadership for USAID’s environment, infrastructure and energy sector programs.

The Green Cities Division within EEI supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Agency’s sustainable urban development programs, spanning multiple sectors including energy, waste management, air quality, water, and governance. These programs promote clean, green, resilient, and equitable urban development that respects planetary boundaries. The Division’s annual budget averages around $12 million and is used to support program funded staff, global flagship programs in emerging areas, such as ocean plastic pollution and air pollution, and technical leadership efforts. This position will directly support the Administration’s climate, environment, and energy sector objectives. The organizational functions of the Bureau are described in ADS 101

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: All DDI employees are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner. All employees are expected to adhere to equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies and value diversity and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of this position, FSL-03 (GS-13 equivalent).
  • Deep knowledge in subject areas of air quality management and/or climate change.
  • Experience with air quality and climate change programs/issues in a developing country context.
  • Experience with integrated, cross-sectoral programs and issues such as air quality management, air pollution/GHG emissions analysis, and mitigation planning and policy at national, regional and local scales in developing countries; policies and approaches for reducing emissions from polluting sectors and improving resilience to environmental and climate change impacts; and associated public health and environmental benefits.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of development principles, concepts, methods and approaches and be able to effectively communicate, influence and advocate for these topics verbally and in writing through the development and delivery of presentations, reports, trainings, and briefings to a range of internal and external audiences including senior level officials.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the latest research, technical resources and tools around air quality (including public health issues) and climate change.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and team-building skills.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Interested candidates should submit

  • Cover letter expressing interest and clearly addressing the stated requirements for the position;
  • Resume/CV (as necessary for positions with a positive education requirement);
  • Three references;
  • Stated security clearance level, if applicable;
  • Stated U.S. citizenship (if citizenship is not stated, application will not be considered); and
  • DD214 and other veteran status, if applicable.

Please submit your application package to
This notice may be used to fill additional vacancies, as the workforce needs of the Bureau may change.

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