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Agroclimatology Advisor

Job ID: 2303114
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Mar 8, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Research Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, is seeking an Agroclimatology Advisor (AA) to be part of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)  Management Team (FNMT) at the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).  The position is under the USAID-NASA Inter-Agency Agreement that we support on the HBS contract at NASA/GSFC.  The successful candidate must quickly develop an understanding of the full range of activities carried out by FEWS NET contractors and the other US Government partners that implement FEWS NET: the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The AA works to assure the integration of agroclimatological and water availability information from NASA, NOAA, USGS, and university partners into analyses of emergency food insecurity and livelihoods that underpin FEWS NET food security scenario development. Additionally, the AA provides technical support and coordination for issues concerning the FEWS NET Data Warehouse, FEWS NET website content, and ad hoc topical matters that may arise.  Consistent with responsibilities in the above-mentioned technical areas, the AA coordinates as appropriate with USAID operating units beyond BHA, such as the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and USAID overseas Missions.

Working closely with FNMT Senior Agroclimatology Advisor, the AA provides technical consultation and expert guidance on agroclimatology and water availability for the conception, planning, scheduling, and implementation of FEWS NET activities over the entire globe. The AA helps integrate FEWS NET information into the USAID decision-making processes for programming of emergency food assistance, resilience, and development responses.

The AA also will be responsible for routine coordination and communication with the USAID FNMT through participation in weekly team meetings, biweekly one-on-one meetings with the Team Leader, and monthly agroclimatology meetings dedicated to ensuring the FNMT is kept up to date on the status of that portfolio of activities. This includes ensuring that FEWS NET agroclimatology research is routinely shared with the FEWS NET Communications team, to be translated for public consumption, as well as other communications and engagement activities that require interpersonal communication, engagement, and cooperation with FEWS NET Management Team and other USAID/BHA colleagues, as well as other FEWS NET mechanisms.



  • Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience

Job Requirements:

  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in agroclimatology and water resources in support of early warning systems, humanitarian response, or international development
  • Computer skills that include knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail, scientific data portals, and interactive web mapping services

  • Knowledge of the physical processes underlying satellite acquisition of Earth Observation data and characteristics of atmospheric and land surface models

  • The ability to clearly communicate complex technical concepts and information in writing and orally to technical audiences, as demonstrated through authorship of publications and performance of public presentations

  • The ability to clearly and comfortably translate and communicate to general audiences complex technical concepts and information in writing and orally, for example through the practice of Sci-comm (science communication) and other forms of outreach and interpersonal engagement with colleagues and decision makers in BHA, particularly those whose primary expertise resides outside of the domain of agroclimatology

  • The ability to understand and navigate the complex interrelationships among multiple scientific and technical organizations, and put forward helpful guidance to enhance the coherence and coordination of joint activities

  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in, but not limited to: geography, hydrology, atmospheric science, agriculture, civil engineering, international development, disaster management, or other related field;

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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