Institutional Support

Providing the Expertise Our Clients Need When They Need It

Institutional support involves hiring highly qualified external employees, such as contract or temporary staff to complete tasks and activities that will ultimately improve the quality and efficiency of the progressing work. This strategy consists of evaluating existing staff and procedures to determine which skills and approaches are required to accelerate a project. By leveraging resources and utilizing outsourced services, new perspectives and innovative ideas can be used to build competitive strengths within an industry.

Companies face fewer risks and are able to grow internal capabilities by upholding strong institutional support. Maintaining qualified professional, technical and administrative staff is a challenge every company faces, and CAMRIS provides clients with the long-term commitment of direct hires that are needed to maintain institutional knowledge and continue program continuity. CAMRIS provides valuable support services by assisting organizations to meet their needs for more staff resources. We hold a dynamic database of top-notch talent in a variety of technical and business disciplines. CAMRIS is also strategically aligned with a host of team members that can augment internal sources.

CAMRIS’ Institutional support capabilities include:

  • Technical support

  • Administrative support

  • Subject matter expertise

  • Internal and external communications

  • Medical research and development

  • Training

  • Meetings and conference logistics and support

  • Organizational development

Challenge

CAMRIS works with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Development Lab (GDL) on the GDL-II contract. The purpose of GDL is to foster innovation by working with external partners to help end poverty. This is done by using technology, innovation, science, and partnership to accelerate achievement of foreign policy and development goals. GDL operates through a two-part mission: produce breakthrough development innovations, and accelerate the transformation of the US development enterprise.

CAMRIS Approach

CAMRIS supports the GDL mission through highly qualified technical experts. These experts are trained in areas such as development, science, technology, communications and policy. These experts assist USAID in fostering independence through technological advancements. Among these advancements are mobile technology for banking and other services, as well as online education in regions which are difficult to access.

Result

CAMRIS brings together diverse teams of experienced and qualified staff to support GDL’s mission of leveraging technology to help end poverty. Staff are placed within two units attached to the Office of the Director, and five key centers:

Global Development Lab Office of the Director

  • Engagement and Communications Unit
  • Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit

Global Development Lab Key Centers

  • Center for Data, Analytics and Research (Lab/DAR)
  • Center for Development Innovation (Lab/DI)
  • Center for Global Solutions (Lab/GS)
  • Center for Transformational Partnerships (Lab/TP)
  • Center for Mission Engagement and Operations (Lab/MEO)

Challenge

Provide research, technical, management, and administrative support to the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL) in Pensacola, Florida and Dayton, Ohio.

CAMRIS Approach

CAMRIS provided highly trained scientific, research and development, management, and administrative staff to conduct and support research and development, testing, and evaluations in aerospace medicine and related medical, psychological, and operational performance issues.

Result

CAMRIS provided NAMRL with highly skilled teams of scientists, engineers, program managers, information specialists, software engineers, and research, technical, and administrative assistants. The CAMRIS team met NAMRL’s need for experienced, qualified staff to support its research agenda, which covered a wide range of disciplines in human cognition, performance, and physiology, and included development and testing of new approaches to personnel training, physiological enhancement, pharmaceutical evaluations, and countermeasures.

Challenge

Study environmental and ecological aspects of infectious diseases.

CAMRIS Approach

For the U.S. Navy Medical Research Unit-6 (NAMRU-6) based in Lima, Peru, CAMRIS staffed the Field Research in Infectious and Emerging Diseases (FRIED) program. FRIED conducted research on the epidemiology, ecology, and social and economic impacts of a wide range of infectious diseases present in the region, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, viral encephalitis, leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease, and enteric diseases such as shigellosis and typhoid fever.

Result

CAMRIS supported operations of the NAMRU-6 field research laboratory in Iquitos, located in the Amazon basin in eastern Peru, with approximately 100 full-time personnel. Subsequent activities included support for tropical medicine research and surveillance in Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cuzco, and Tumbes.

Challenge

Under the USAID Global Health Support Initiative-II (GHSI-II) contract, CAMRIS provides expert technical assistance, including master- and doctorate-level mid-career or senior health professionals, to the USAID Bureau for Global Health (GH), regional USAID bureaus and overseas USAID missions.

CAMRIS Approach

As prime contractor for GHSI-II, CAMRIS provides content experts to USAID for technical assistance across a range of activities in the Global Health technical areas of HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including malaria and tuberculosis), neglected tropical diseases, maternal/neonatal/child health (MNCH), nutrition, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene. Under the contract, CAMRIS also provides policy advisors for the Global Health Security Agenda to help prevent avoidable epidemics, detect threats early, and respond rapidly and effectively to biological threats of global concern.

CAMRIS developed a tailored set of processes and systems and integrated these into the GHSI-II Platform to support project activities. CAMRIS consistently recruits, hires, and manages highly qualified candidates to help Global Health meet its objectives. CAMRIS works in close collaboration with USAID requesting offices to articulate their recruitment needs and position requirements. Program management and human resources staff assist with the logistics of interviews and candidate selection. CAMRIS quickly scans and distills hundreds of applicants’ resumes and selects exceptional subject matter experts to meet the dynamic requirements of the USAID Bureau for Global Health. 

Result

Under GHSI-II, CAMRIS has provided the USAID Bureau for Global Health with approximately 250 non-direct hires including technical, professional, operational, and support staff over the life of the project to supplement the bureau’s health and management professionals and to support USAID’s health programs at USAID/Washington and regional bureaus and missions abroad.

Within the technical areas listed above, GHSI-II personnel’s responsibilities include a broad range of specialized tasks and functions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Project/program leadership.
  • Project/program planning, design, scheduling, implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Performance monitoring and measurement.
  • Reporting and documentation of project/program results.
  • Communications service and briefings with USAID and foreign country stakeholders.
  • Program integration services.
  • Policy and budget formulation.
  • Mentoring.
  • Program management assistance with intra- and interagency coordination.

Challenge

Provide operations support to the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL).

CAMRIS Approach

CAMRIS subject matter experts (SMEs) assist PPL with analyses and assessments of USAID operational systems, including human resources, budgets, acquisitions, organizational re-engineering, bureaus and offices, donor relations, as well as sector-specific trends, lessons learned, and best practices. The CAMRIS SMEs’ roles include:

  • Interviewing and gathering information from USAID officials, field missions, bureaus, independent offices, and external partners
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative information
  • Assisting with strategy and plan development
  • Helping PPL engage with its internal and external stakeholders

Result

The CAMRIS SMEs’ many activities have included:

  • Technical assistance to USAID’s Vision and the Department of State’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review
  • Content and logistics assistance to two high-visibility USAID conferences on the future of international development, a science and technology conference, and the first PPL staff retreat
  • Designing and conducting 14 Country Development Cooperation Strategy workshops for USAID missions, regional offices, and Washington bureaus
  • Designing and conducting project design workshops