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DECA I/II Specialist – United States of America



Digital Frontiers is a $90 million membership facility available to USAID offices and missions from 2017-2024. DAI implements the Digital Frontiers project, which works closely with the Center for Innovation, Technology and Research (ITR), USAID Missions, the private sector, and international and local development organizations to identify successful and sustainable digital development approaches and scale their impact globally.

Digital Frontiers played a key role in supporting the development and launch of the USAID Digital Strategy in April 2020 and continues to play a key role in the implementation of the digital strategy. This strategy will reinforce USAID’s goals of (1) improving development and humanitarian assistance results through the responsible use of digital technology; and (2) strengthen the openness, inclusiveness and security of national digital ecosystems.

The flagship initiative of the digital strategy is the National Digital Ecosystem Assessment (THIS SIDE). Digital Frontiers provides support to the USAID ITR team in iterating and scaling up DECAs and to USAID Missions worldwide interested in conducting a DECA

DAI and Digital Frontiers are committed to infusing anti-racism into DAI by attracting and retaining the best employees of all races and backgrounds and growing through broad perspectives. Through these efforts, DAI will become a better development partner, becoming a strong community advocate and building dynamic partnerships to facilitate positive change.


East digital borders Recruit a DECA I/II specialist to help manage DECAs and contribute to DECA technical research. The DECA is a six-month evaluation that informs the development, design, and implementation of USAID mission strategies, projects, and activities. It revolves around three research axes: digital infrastructure and adoption; digital society, rights and governance; and the digital economy. Learn more about USAID DECA Webpage.

DECA I/II specialist must have US work authorization and ability to hold EST hours, DAI is unable to sponsor visas.


The DECA I/II specialist will be dedicated to the management of DECA Digital Frontiers. The specific tasks are detailed below:

Project management (40%)

  • Manage the implementation of multiple and concurrent CAEDs with guidance from the Senior CAED Manager by ensuring adherence to the approved work plan, addressing deviations, and overseeing independent consultants and contractors.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID Missions conducting DECAs through Digital Frontiers. From start to finish, this includes preparing work plans, organizing project files and documents, initiating the project, and monitoring the engagement of consultants and subcontractors with the assignment, demonstrating the appropriate level of flexibility and professionalism throughout. This requires planning and leading meetings with clients and taking notes.
  • Oversee the recruitment, onboarding and management of consultants or, in some cases, subrecipients. This includes developing scopes of work, sourcing candidates/companies, coordinating and conducting candidate interviews, reviewing essay tests, and communicating with the Finance and Digital Operations team. Frontiers to ensure timely integration.
  • Regularly monitor and update the DECA budget(s) to ensure that all consultant or subcontractor work is tracked against budget. Provide updates to DECA Senior Manager and Digital Frontiers Operations team.
  • Manage in-country logistics and in-person interviews with key informants as needed. This may include overseas travel, coordinating travel arrangements, sourcing drivers and translators, planning daily schedules and in-country logistics, among other related tasks, in accordance with travel policies and regulations. sourcing from DAI and Digital Frontiers.
  • Manage the finalization of DECA reports, including reviewing consultant writing, incorporating client feedback, coordinating with USAID missions on clearances, and working with the Digital Frontiers Communications Advisor for the editing and design.
  • Contribute to the DECA process and content iteration by sharing learnings and feedback with the Senior DECA Manager.
  • Report DECA progress and upcoming issues/needs to DECA Senior Manager, Digital Strategy Project Director, Digital Frontiers core staff, and USAID as appropriate.

Technical research (40%)

  • Manage the review of all technical deliverables (desk research, report outlines, draft reports, final reports) with particular attention to ensuring that written materials are of high quality and that research is technically sound and remains within the scope of the THIS SIDE.
  • Provide short-term technical support to DECAs, including conducting research and analysis, writing substantial sections of the report, participating in key informant interviews, taking detailed notes (at the transcript level) during meetings and interviews with key informants, editing and other tasks.
  • Share technical learnings and thought leadership with the DECA team for adaptation and iteration.

Operations and reports (20%)

  • Manage operational issues related to CAEDs, including but not limited to contractual, operational, MEL, reporting and financial issues.
  • Liaise with communication, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) teams and operations and finance support teams within Digital Frontiers.
  • Ensure activities are managed in accordance with USAID regulations and DAI procurement policies.


  • Must be located and eligible to work in the United States; DAI is unable to sponsor visas.
  • Ability to meet US Eastern Time working hours


  • At least 5 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of experience with a master’s degree in international development or comparable work in another industry
  • Knowledge of digital development topics
  • Experience conducting qualitative research studies, including conducting desk research and key informant interviews
  • Experience in effective and simultaneous coordination of multiple activities
  • Experience working in a customer-centric role with excellent customer service and customer relationship management skills
  • Experience in developing, managing and monitoring budgets
  • Proven experience in managing sub-grants, contractors or independent consultants
  • Experience of respectful work in various teams and communities around the world
  • Ability to interpret and communicate quantitative data
  • Strong critical thinking skills with an ability to quickly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies and implement lasting solutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally if necessary


  • At least 6 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree or 4 years of experience with a master’s degree in international development or a related field, or comparable work in another industry
  • Experience implementing government or donor funded programs in developing countries
  • Experience working on USAID projects
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in digital development topics either in the DECA pillars or in-depth expertise in one or more of the DECA pillars
  • Knowledge of US government regulations, policies and procedures
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus


  • October 2022 – August 2023, with a likelihood of extension until July 2024
  • Reporting to Susannah Horton, Senior Digital Strategy Manager DECA

MANUAL Submit a resume and cover letter with your application at the link below.

How to register

Candidates should apply on this link. https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DAINC&cws=1&rid=7208