Senior Program Manager (USAID/DDI/LFT)




ZemiTek, LLC is a Woman-Owned, SBA-certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) based in the Washington, DC metro area.  We have a strong record delivering innovative and high-quality solutions.  Since 2007, ZemiTek has provided technical assistance, project management, information technology (IT), knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, training and learning development, and institutional support services.


ZemiTek is seeking a Senior Program Manager to assist the Local Works Coordinator in leading the operations of the Local Works program and the Unsolicited Solutions for Locally Led Development program (US4LLD) for the Local, Faith-based, and Transformative Partnerships Hub, within USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI/LFT).


The Locally Led Development Initiative programs in DDI/LFT work toward the day when foreign assistance is no longer needed, and empowered local actors lead and sustain their own development. Through funding and technical leadership, these initiatives provide USAID missions and staff with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to ensure that development assistance is locally led and advances self-reliance. These initiatives include the flagship Local Works program, the Cooperative Development Program (CDP), the Small Project Assistance Program (SPA, in collaboration with Peace Corps), a number of co-created research and development initiatives under the Broad Agency Announcement for Locally Led Development Innovation (BAA-LLDI), and the Locally Led Development Annual Program Statement (APS). Among the Locally Led Development Initiatives in the LFT Hub is US4LLD, a funding opportunity for meritorious, unsolicited applications that advance locally led development. The Hub also uses its resources to provide communications, research, training, piloting, and other technical services for the benefit of the wider Agency. More information on the programs in the Hub can be found here.


The purpose of this position is to assist in leading the operations of the Local Works program and the US4LLD program.  The incumbent will provide advice and guidance to the programs’ staff members and represent the two programs in the design and implementation of the Agency’s Localization Agenda.  Further, they will support the programs’ policy, budgetary, analytical, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL), and communications needs:


Locally Led Development Expert:

  • Providing thought leadership on Locally Led Development principles and practices, staying on top of innovations in the field.
  • Supporting DDI/LFT/LLDI and Agency-wide efforts in support of local ownership and self-reliance.
  • Keeping track of new developments and emerging issues in the field of locally led development.
  • Independently liaising with Mission management about Localization, the Local Works program, and the Unsolicited Solutions for Locally Led Development program.
  • Managing key aspects of the Agency’s Localization agenda, providing content and design expertise and direction.

Locally Led Development Technical Guidance and Support:

  • Providing guidance and coaching to Local Works and US4LLD staff members on effective and efficient communication with Mission offices, based on first-hand experience as a USAID Mission manager.
  • Providing remote and in-person technical support to Local Works and US4LLD staff members, USAID missions, and local partners in program design, implementation, and adaptive management.
  • Travel to USAID Missions to work with field staff and grantees, which may include supporting monitoring efforts, tracking progress, and providing technical support.
  • Training USAID mission staff and local partners in relevant analytical approaches, which may include systems/network analysis, program design, asset-based community development, and constituent feedback, among others.
  • Provide leadership across the Local Works and US4LLD teams on mission support and communication best practices.

Program Planning, Monitoring and Learning:

  • Assisting the Local Works MEL Team as needed, drawing on expertise field experience of local partner engagement.
  • Providing support and advice pertaining to data collection, procurement, financial management, Agency reporting, document preparation, and other needs as identified.


  • Must be a US Citizen able to receive a Federal Government Clearance
  • PhD or equivalent from an accredited college or university in a relevant field with at least eight years (8) of experience relevant to international development and completion of coursework in diplomacy.
  • Recognized leadership excellence managing personnel and operations in a USAID Mission.
  • Leadership of strategic portfolio planning and budget allocation.
  • Successful development and implementation of programs with local development partners, preferably with USAID’s Local Works and US4LLD programs.
  • Familiarity with monitoring, evaluation, and learning best practices.
  • Experience managing a large staff of development professionals working across sectors and geographic regions in a USAID Mission.
  • Experience liaising with various development partners, such as international organizations, private sector companies, NGOs, and local civil society actors.
  • Familiarity with the USAID program cycle and ADS, relevant USG regulations, and USAID Mission culture.
  • Successful experience working directly with complex international development matters, which may include analysis, program design/implementation, technical/advisory support, and/or training.
  • Completion of Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative training. Active certification not required.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural, interpersonal, customer-service, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to perform tasks independently with little to no direction or oversight.
  • Experience living and/or working in developing countries and resource poor settings.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and the Google Suite.


ZemiTek is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.


ZemiTek embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions. 


All members of DDI 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 members of the Bureau are expected to value diversity, equity, and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.

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Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 12/24/2021

, Washington,United States