Climate Scientist - African and Latin American Resistance to Climate Change (ARCC)
Tetra Tech - Arlington, VA

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ARCC CLIMATE SCIENTIST – ARLINGTON, VA
Tetra Tech ARD (www.tetratechard.com) has an immediate
opening for a Climate Scientist at our Arlington,
Virginia office. This individual will support the
implementation of the Washington D.C.-based PLACE IQC
Task Order, and further - the African and Latin American
Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Program. The ARCC
Program supports the Economic Growth objective within
the USAID Foreign Assistance Framework by promoting
adaptation to climate change, and integration of
adaptation into other economic investments, in order to
safeguard and motivate sustainable, climate-resilient
growth. More specifically, ARCC is a three-year program
designed to provide technical, analytical, and project
assistance, as well as capacity building, to promote
adaptation to climate change to improve the ability of
vulnerable populations to respond to climate challenges
and safeguard economic growth in Africa and Latin
America/Caribbean. The Climate Scientist will be a
member of the ARCC team and work under the general
supervision of the Chief of Party.
Responsibilities
  • Leads ARCC research efforts related to historical
climate analysis, spatial distribution of annual and
seasonal averages for primary variables (i.e. rainfall
and temperature) and characterization of intra-seasonal
features (e.g., onset and length of rainy season,
statistics of rainy events and dry spells, inter-annual
variability, annual and seasonal averages, etc.), as
well as derived variables such solar radiation and
evapotranspiration.
  • Conducts research on current climate conditions,
providing future climate projections under different
emission scenarios and develops uncertainty ranges
around future climate projections.
  • Develops statistically downscaled projections for
multiple variables (e.g. minimum and maximum
temperature, rainfall, derived solar radiation and
derived evapotranspiration).
  • Manages statistical downscaling, regional modeling
using context appropriate methods (PRECIS, CORDEX, etc.)
at the national and/or regional level in countries
located in Africa and/or Latin America and the
Caribbean.
  • Conducts data rescue, verification, data gap filling
and dataset merging for national and global datasets.
  • Analyzes current climate vulnerability and climate
impacts on livelihoods (e.g. Agriculturalists, Fishers,
Pastoralists) and sectors (e.g., agriculture, forests,
water, fisheries, etc.)
  • Contributes to vulnerability assessments and other
ARCC research activities as assigned, (e.g. crop
modeling, crop suitability mapping, value chain
analysis, etc.) ensuring close coordination with other
technical specialists;
  • Liaises with national government offices including
meteorological services, NGOs, universities and other
institutions focused on climate data collection and
modeling.
  • Coordinates with ARCC project staff to develop
research instruments to analyze public perceptions of
climate change variability in comparison to historical
climate trends.
  • Provides planning, data and managerial support for
additional crop modeling, and value chain analyses
activities.
  • Lead or contribute to additional long- and short-term
activities according to USAID requests.
Other duties as assigned by the DCOP/COP.
Qualifications * Ph.D. in climate science or a related
field, with substantial understanding of predictive
modeling, including global circulation modeling and
downscaling techniques to national, regional, municipal
and community levels;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in
applying predictive models to decision making, including
development of projections for climate scenarios;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working on
interdisciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated experience in sub-Saharan Africa and/or
Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in
advancing best practices in climate change adaptation
and evidence-based decision making;
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating across
sectors and working on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese
desired;
  • Previous experience working with USAID required;
  • Willingness to travel internationally for work; and
  • U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is
mandatory for this position.
In addition to a collaborative and family-friendly work
environment, Tetra Tech ARD values diverse, energetic,
and enthusiastic team players who are committed to high
levels of performance and who are dedicated to providing
superior services at all levels of the firm.

Apply online at:
https://careers.ardinc.com/ARDCareers/App/USPostingDetail.aspx?PostingId=453
No phone calls will be accepted.
To be considered applicants must submit the following as

part of this on-line application process:
  • A letter of application explaining individual
qualifications for this opportunity
  • A current CV in reverse chronological format
  • A list of at least 3 professional references including
name, contact information, and statement of relationship
to the reference
Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements
listed above will not be considered.
Tetra Tech ARD is committed to diversity and gender
equality in all of its operations- in the U.S and
overseas. We strive to reflect these goals in our global
mission and in our workplace. We encourage applications
from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and
cultural groups. Tetra Tech ARD is proud to be an
Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apply online at:
https://careers.ardinc.com/ARDCareers/App/USPostingDetail.aspx?PostingId=453
No phone calls will be accepted. To be considered
applicants must submit the following as part of this
on-line application process: * A letter of application
explaining individual qualifications for this
opportunity * A current CV in reverse chronological
format * A list of at least 3 professional references
including name, contact information, and statement of
relationship to the reference Applications that do not
meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be
considered.
Division/Department : ARD
Req. Code : ARD-ARCCCS-JADP

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