One Position: Washington, D.C.

Position: Librarian, USAID Date Services

Location: USAID

About Us

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.


DevTech is looking for a Librarian to work as an institutional contractor on its Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ADVISE staff comprise much of the USAID Data Services team, led by USAID’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) and situated in USAID’s Bureau for Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO). The Data Services team’s main purpose is to improve the usage of data and information at USAID, so that the Agency continues to ensure its development outcomes are supported by evidence. Data Services’ work spans the “data lifecycle,” including planning, collection, cleaning, analysis, curation, reporting, and governance.

USAID Data Services’ core values are:

  • We are passionate, ambitious and care deeply about our work and the USAID mission.
  • We are serious about meeting the needs of our customers.
  • We are funny. We have fun. And we are human.
  • We communicate and close feedback loops.
  • We are proactive. We do not wait for success to come find us.
  • We are a team who is committed to each other.

In keeping with these core values, we respect and encourage an inclusive and diverse environment in which we see our differences as strengths. We are a team of motivated and responsible self-starters that enjoy working in a team-oriented environment. We are always looking for ways to grow, through feedback, learning, and collaboration.


The Librarian will work as a member of the USAID Library sub-team, which is responsible for staffing and managing the physical Library in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC and for responding to reference requests received electronically from USAID staff worldwide. The Library team manages print and electronic subscriptions and purchases for use by agency staff, maintains a LibGuides site and EBSCO Discovery Service  providing access to vetted resources for research on topics related to international development, catalogs new collection materials, performs specialized research, and provides interlibrary loan services to the USAID workforce.  While the team is cross-trained in all of these areas, we are looking for a Librarian to take the lead in the Library electronic resources management and interlibrary loan portions of the team portfolio. 

This position is full-time, requiring part-time onsite work at the USAID Library (in Washington, DC) and part-time telework. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Respond to reference requests from USAID staff;
  • Staff the USAID Library in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC;
  • Act as the electronic resources librarian lead for the team, working with vendors for the information systems used by the Library (including EBSCO, Springshare and others) to ensure intuitive, easy access to Library resources;
  • Serve as the interlibrary loan lead for the Library team.

Additional (Ad Hoc) Responsibilities

  • Support the response to ad hoc requests, possibly including but not limited to:
    • Consult on best practices in information description and management;
    • Manage database content;
    • Document and improve team processes;
    • Collaborate on collection management, marketing and training.

The additional responsibilities listed above reflect a sampling of the Library team’s responses to ad hoc requests. The Librarian will typically be expected to contribute to some, but not necessarily all, of these activities. Ad hoc requests are typically divided among the team based on availability, interest, and proficiency.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a related field.
  • Knowledge of best practices in librarianship and at least two years’ experience applying them in a library setting.
  • Strong technical skills and experience troubleshooting with system vendors.
  • Experience with interlibrary loan and OCLC Worldshare.
  • Preferred: Experience managing EBSCO Discovery Service and Springshare LibApps.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of and interest in international development or a related field, such as economics, global/public health, gender, trade, or international relations.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for the required U.S. government security clearance for this project. (Dual nationality or additional citizenships will not disqualify applicants.)