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Research, Knowledge, and Learning Intern for the FEWS NET Strategic Planning and Activity Design (SPADe) Support Project

United States

  • Organization: Tetra Tech - Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests
  • Location: United States
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Nutrition
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS NET) Strategic Planning and Activity Design (SPADe) Support Project, a global activity implemented by Tetra Tech International Development (International Development Jobs - Tetra Tech), is currently accepting expressions of interest for a Research, Knowledge, and Learning Intern. The position can be fully remote from a continental US-based location or hybrid within a commutable distance to either one of our office locations in Burlington, VT or Arlington, VA.

Position Description: Running from October 2023 to April 2026, SPADe provides USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) with research and analytical products to strengthen evidence-based development and humanitarian response planning and activity design, improve food systems, and better respond to food security crises. SPADe provides this support by conducting market analyses, secondary research and data analyses, country/context desk reviews, stakeholder mapping and analyses, and scenario planning. The Research, Knowledge, and Learning Intern (Intern) will provide technical operational, administrative, and other support as identified by the project team and in line with the learning priorities of the intern to ensure a meaningful experience that will benefit both the project and the Intern. While the Intern will support project activities across many functions, at the start of the internship, the Intern and supervisor will identify a specific project and deliverable for the Intern to lead and deliver by the end of the internship period. The Intern reports to the SPADe Scenario Planning Advisor/Deputy Technical Manager (SPA/DTM).

This internship is paid, and hours are flexible, between 24-40 per week. Duration is anticipated to be six months beginning around September 1, 2024, and ending around early March 2025.


* Support SPADe technical and operational staff to source key information and resources as identified;

* Support the identification of key platforms, events, and other relevant dissemination channels for the promotion and circulation of SPADe resources;

* Conduct research and analysis for topics related to SPADe work assignments and priorities;

* Support the project’s file management system(s), intranet, and other systems at the request of, and in coordination with, the KM Advisor;

* Initiate, develop, and deliver internship project;

* Support knowledge capture and generation, as requested, to produce resource summaries or other KM products;

* Support research priorities including in relation to cross-cutting themes (e.g. Gender Equality, Youth and Social Inclusion, Localization, Climate, and Conflict);

* Support the development of learning, training, and workshop materials and resources;

* Support the preparations for key presentations, including the development of power points, report synopses, and other related materials; and

* Support other SPADe activities, as necessary.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

* Minimum bachelor’s degree (master’s degree in progress or completed preferred) in international development, political science, economics, sociology, geography, anthropology, agriculture, gender and women studies, or a related subject matter area;

* Strong writing skills;

* Demonstrated experience supporting multiple ongoing activities and managing deadlines;

* Strong communication skills in English; and

* Current U.S. work authorization is required at the time of application.

* This position is open to current graduate students or recent graduates; graduates from minority serving institutions are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience conducting research, preparing literature reviews, and conducting quantitative and/or qualitative data analyses highly preferred;

* Experience using Microsoft SharePoint and Teams, citation management programs, and other related programs;

* Experience working with vulnerable communities in the United States and/or low- and middle-income countries;

* Experience conducting qualitative analyses;

* Skills and experience in information and knowledge management;

* Demonstrated proficiency in methodologies and processes related to conducting desk reviews, secondary data analyses, market analyses, stakeholder mapping and analyses, political economy analyses, and other food security analyses (e.g. household economy analyses) is considered optimal; experience with any of the above is preferred; and

* Proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic.

To be considered, please submit the following:

* Cover Letter

* CV

* Writing sample (academic paper or comparable product with applicant’s contributions clearly indicated)

* All three documents are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please indicate where you saw Tetra Tech’s IDS ad posted.

Apply on-line at: Research, Knowledge, and Learning Intern for the FEWS NET Strategic Planning and Activity Design (SPADe) Support Project - Tetra Tech Careers (

Please ensure that only the requested documents noted above are submitted. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Application deadline is Friday, July 12, 2024.

At Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state, and federal authorities.

Tetra Tech International Development is committed to safeguarding and technical excellence in equality and social inclusion. Our team of dedicated Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion (GYSI) advisers work closely with our staff and partners to share international norms and best practices to improve the livelihoods of the world’s most marginalized groups. Tetra Tech International Development is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives that aim to expand inclusion and an authentic sense of belonging to all our staff regardless of background.

Pay Transparency and Benefits Statement:

Tetra Tech offers comprehensive benefit options that allow employees to design a plan based on individual needs and assists in planning for long-term financial security. Available benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, term life, disability, accidental death & dismemberment coverage, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Spending Account (HSA), time off with pay, 401k retirement plan, and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Please visit Life at Tetra Tech - Tetra Tech to learn more about our benefits.

We are committed to taking a thoughtful, compliant and equitable approach to employment compensation and rate setting. We commit to providing a holistic comprehensive salary analysis, including reviews of individual skill sets and compensable factors related to qualifications, business needs, internal compensation data, and industry and labor market surveys. The pay rate for this position is $17.50 per hour.

Reasonable Accommodations:

We are dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please visit Tetra Tech’s Disability Assistance Page or contact our Global Talent Operations team. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 550 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees — 28,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans employer.

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