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Senior Advisor - Consultant (USAID/Center for Education)

About Zemitek

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.

Duties

Exigence

One in three children globally - approximately 800 million children - have elevated blood levels which are associated with decreased intelligence, as well as behavioral and learning difficulties. Lead exposure was estimated to account for 1.5 million deaths annually, and up to 20% of the learning gap between children in high-income countries and their counterparts in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The economic consequences of toxic lead exposure are estimated to cost at least $1 trillion, and LMICs face the greatest consequences. Toxic lead exposure has negative impacts for children individually such as impaired cognitive development, as well as societal consequences such as increased violence and crime later in life. Children under five face the greatest risks for toxic lead exposure, and negative consequences can continue to accumulate through ongoing chronic exposure throughout childhood and adulthood. Ignoring the importance of toxic lead exposure will restrict USAID’s ability to achieve its goals across sectors. Negative consequences of toxic lead exposure on brain development include lower intelligence and increased risk of learning disabilities, both of which negatively affect academic achievement. No amount of exposure to lead is known to be safe, and taking action to prevent exposure is the greatest hope for mitigating the negative consequences of toxic Lead on children, societies, and the environment.

Goal

USAID has committed to championing efforts to address global lead pollution, starting with the phase out of lead from consumer goods, by leveraging USAID’s global presence to convene around, advocate for, and support lead mitigation efforts by partner governments. Furthermore, USAID has been directed by Congress to address toxic chemical pollution in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including “programs to measurably reduce public exposure to lead associated with the unsafe disposal or recycling of batteries, contaminated cookware, or other sources of lead exposure.” USAID also engages in an International Lead Exposure Working Group,

Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field with a minimum of six (6) years of experience, or a master’s degree with a minimum of five (5) years of experience.
  • Expertise in environmental health and its relationship with child development, and preferably experience around toxic lead exposure, measurement, and/or mitigation for children in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Experience conducting landscape analyses and desk reviews of peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed literature.
  • Strong writing skills, experience facilitating stakeholder engagement required.
  • Familiarity with USAID or other donor programming preferred.

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