This will be my last month as USAID's AfricaLink Advisor.
I will be taking up the “team leader” position for the information
programs unit of USAID/REDSO/ESA in Nairobi. That's USAID's
Regional Economic Development Services Office for East and
An excerpt from the position description: “…oversees the overall
efforts and activities of REDSO/ESA’s Global Information
Infrastructure Support Team… supervise at least four other non-direct
hire core members of the Team… articulate and provide expert advice
in the area of telecommunications and information management…
authorized broad latitude to deal with senior public and non-
governmental officials in the areas of ICT responsibilities…”
I'll move to Nairobi and work from there, starting in early September.
USAID has decided that at least for one year and possibly for two or
more, it would like to continue to have an AfricaLink Advisor. US
citizens interested in the post may contact me to express an interest.
The position requires a security clearance for access to US
Government facilities, hence citizenship is required.
The Advisor will be resident in Washington and will work for SETA
Corporation on USAID contract. We don't yet have an approved
statement of work, but I imagine we'll want someone bilingual
French/English, with solid experience in Africa, experience working on
telecoms policy and technical issues, with an understanding of how
the US Government and USAID work. The position will probably be
roughly GS 12 or 13 level, depending on experience and salary history,
but in the private sector. If you don't know what a "GS level" is, then
I'll probably only refer people who are well known to me already or
who come with references of people I know well. If I don't know you,
then I'd suggest you make you interest known directly to SETA
Corporation. Their Web site is at http://www.seta.com.
The position may and probably should evolve. If you'd like to know
what the AfricaLink Advisor does now, please visit
and then link to the 1999 Action Plan. However, a design team will be
convened in September to step back and rethink AfricaLink activities.
My email address won't change. Just the computer and the
Jeff @ Washington
SETA Corporation Senior Analyst
USAID/M/IRM/CIS: Program Technology Transfer
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1325 G Street NW Suite 400
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