How We Work

Transnational Resources Development Associates (TRDA) provides professional services, including Hemp and related technical services, to a broad range of global clients who rely on our worldwide experience and distinguished, multidisciplinary staff. We use a dynamic, strategically-oriented, systems and systems-thinking approach to solve problems linked to agriculture, data information and technology, emergency management and disaster mitigation, energy, healthcare, security, and water issues. We do not look at a single factor or industry thus, our solutions are based upon the interdependencies among the aforementioned areas, as well as their interdependencies to many other sectors including economic development, the economy, public health, and many others. Our current focus is on the Indus River System and its importance to China, Pakistan, and India and it’s role in geopolitics and water and international security. Read about TRDA’s Indus River System Analysis – it is a must read for managers, defense industry executives, economists, and others. To complement our technical staff, we engage consultants and strategic partnerships with universities, research institutions, other consulting firms, and NGOs to provide specialized skills for short- and long-term assignments. Clients can contract with TRDA directly or utilize one of the U.S. federal contracting mechanisms listed below.


Doing Business With Us

TRDA reviews prime contracts and requests for proposals to identify subcontracting opportunities for small and large businesses, universities, NGOs, as well as other U.S. and non-U.S. organizations worldwide. If your organization has technical and professional experience in any of TRDA’s sectors, or if your firm can provide support in areas such as logistics, office supplies and services, translation/interpretation services, or courier services, please send your capability statement to TRDA.

 Contracting Mechanisms

Your country requires a drought and water use forecast for the next 7 years or a climate forecast combined with water use to mitigate future hazards. Your agency needs key strategies to initiate business or infrastructure development and or security around the globe. Your small business needs expert advice on a technical problem. Your university research project requires state-of-the-art facilities you do not have or, perhaps your Fortune 500 Corporation needs a new capability or technology to augment your in-house research or products or, your firm needs expert management and strategy advice. Whether your challenge involves agriculture, emergency management, energy, environmental, computational, healthcare or health sciences, manufacturing, security, telecommunications, transportation, or water, TRDA can help you overcome it – from the local or tactical needs to the more encompassing country to global requirement. There are a variety of ways to partner with us to support your goals and your business strategy.

A variety of government agencies and institutional funding sources provides guidelines for private companies, state and local governments, and universities to gain access. The guidelines can be common to many agencies, but not always. However, TRDA, also can partner with companies, governments, and universities directly in its private capacity.

TRDA welcomes the opportunity to partner and assist local, state, and country governments, private industries, and communities, to administer critical resources to build a cleaner, safer, and more prosperous world. TRDA delivers high-quality, cost-effective agriculture, construction, emergency management, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, security, telecommunications, transportation, and water resource services that promote positive economic growth, institutional and social change, and the intelligent use of environmental, financial, human, and physical resources. We also provide climate, drought, earthquake and other hazards mitigation forecasts for years forward. Let us know how we can help you in this area. To understand the various ways to work with TRDA, consult the table below then, contact us. TRDA may be just what you need.

Type of Agreement Description When to use this mechanism
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Cost-shared collaboration with industry for R&D and management activities of mutual benefit. Works best when an organization has a research or management program related to existing government-funded work at TRDA. A CRADA would allow mutually beneficial collaboration to occur.
Direct Contract with TRDA Permits industry, government agencies, and nonprofits to directly fund and negotiate contract R&D and management work through a private contract with TRDA. Ideal for industry partners who want to leverage core science and technology, management, forecasting processes, or security solutions, but looking for application- or solution-specific development. Projects are client-funded; this is the most flexible contract arrangement.
License Agreements Granting of rights to practice TRDA intellectual property to enable client’s business plan. Appropriate for companies interested in using TRDA’s intellectual property for commercial use.
Technology, Security, or Forecasting Assistance Program Forty hours of TRDA staff time annually or, other agreed upon amount. Ideal for small technology-based companies who desire access to unique capabilities at TRDA.
User Facilities Agreement Provides access to certain dedicated facilities. Provides access for non-TRDA personnel to use specialized equipment at TRDA.
Work for Others (WFO) Enables federal and non-federal agencies to access TRDA’s capabilities on cost-recovery basis. Appropriate for situations where an agency wants direct access to TRDA capabilities under a cost-reimbursement arrangement through an operating contract.



Achieving both economic growth and poverty reduction requires crosscutting interventions that address the origins of the problem, examine policy, health, education, and delivery systems, and that also provide assistance to help meet short-term needs. Transnational Resources Development Associates provides technical assistance to governments and organizations to stimulate economic growth through economic and policy reform, proper management/governance, private sector investment, sound environmental management, increased agricultural output, and strengthened institutions. In various situations, this may also require a security-solutions process.

TRDA offers a host of services for business continuity planning (BCP), which begins with an impact assessment, as well as risk assessment and vulnerability analysis. Our typical approach to BCP is to work closely with the client organization’s staff to develop a comprehensive plan based on a five-phase project plan as follows:

  1. Business Impact Assessment (BIA)
  2. Business Continuity Plan development
  3. Staff Training
  4. Business Continuity Plan Validation
  5. Program Effectiveness Evaluation & Monitoring

Business Impact Assessment

A joint client and TRDA team will identify, review, evaluate and prioritize issues that pose potential crises and/or negative impact for the client’s business operations, whether financial, physical, or other.  This will often include a risk assessment and vulnerability analysis. The joint team will also analyze the client’s current overall business-continuity management planning efforts. The business-impact assessment is a diagnostic survey that consists of issue analyses, risk identification, and assessment of potential business impacts and situations that may cause disruption of production, services, and or other operations. The diagnostic survey assists us in determining the client’s current capabilities, level of training, and categorization of potential business disruption situations. The review of current initiatives will include:

  1. Current Business Continuity Plan/Program Review
  2. Corporate Office Capabilities (Assignment of Responsibility)
  3. Identification of Resources (Internal, External)
  4. Categorization of Potential Issues, Threats, Risks, Business Impacts and Crisis Situations
  5. Crisis Communications Systems (including media & security)
  6. Current Level of Training
  7. Interface Mechanisms
  8. Other Issues

Our approach for the business impact assessment as well as BCP development, staff training, BCP validation, and program-effectiveness evaluation and monitoring can be discussed with TRDA personnel at your convenience.

Upon completion of the initial four phases of the Business Continuity Plan program, TRDA assists the client through periodic, third-party assessment and monitoring of the effectiveness of the Business Continuity Plan, Level of Training and Plan-Validation process. The evaluation program is designed to assess the ability of management and response personnel to complete the sequence of critical tasks, under a business disruption condition, using available resources as outlined in the plan and associated materials.

The business-impact assessment and BCP are subject to revision based on client needs, goals, and preferences. The entire project plan is modular and can be modified as mutually agreed upon with the client. TRDA has a network of qualified and experienced business-continuity and emergency-management professionals who stand ready to meet all business-continuity needs, including assessments, planning, training, and emergency response and recovery.

Transnational Resources Development Associates helps organizations and government agencies increase their efficiency and future planning by providing training and technical assistance in management, financial systems, policy reform, governance, program design, implementation, management, control, and assessment in a variety of sectors..

As technology use increases in every country, the flood gates of information are open.  Knowledge management systematically addresses the transfer, exchange, and synthesis of expertise, experience, and hypotheses about what works and why. Transnational Resources Development Associates is using cutting-edge technological tools and know-how to bring together users into broader and often virtual communities to share and evaluate information. Learning from both successes and failures enriches the resources available to practitioners in such areas as natural-resource management and small-enterprise development. Knowledge management is a key to future success.

Policy is the framework that supports effective governance and strong growth and interaction of a society’s many facets.  To be effective there must be proper assessment, a vision of the whole picture, regulatory compliance, adequate enforcement, and incentives for behavioral change.  Transnational Resources Development Associates provides assistance to countries seeking to transform their regulatory, enforcement, and investment climates in the agriculture, environment, energy, and disaster preparedness sectors, as well as others.

Project design requires gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing data and other information so that managers and those involved with a project can make an unbiased, objective decision. Hopefully, that decision will make optimum use of resources to achieve desired results. Transnational Resources Development Associates assists countries and organizations ensure that interventions are ethically and technologically sound, relevant to the program and geographic setting, and acceptable to or endorsed by the beneficiary population.  TRDA experts help organizations clearly articulate objectives, strategies and activities that will be required to achieve policy and other goals.

Project evaluation helps determine if planned goals and objectives were achieved and if not, why and to what degree. Transnational Resources Development Associates provides the expertise to comprehensively document the accomplishments of a program and identify the constraints and facilitating factors that have influenced the implementation and effectiveness of program activities.  Managers can then use these results to strengthen future design and gain the ability to replicate effective programs and strategies. Everything we do for you is transparent in your specific ‘clients’ section – from deliverables to timelines, and where the current project is to suggested solutions to the client’s problem.

Three primary components of a good project are implementation, management, and control. Transnational Resources Development Associates helps organizations succeed with projects from design to implementation and control and monitoring progress through assessment to final outcome.  TRDA incorporates performance monitoring into the implementation of all projects to provide clients with the best possible results.  Performance is continually monitored to enable refinement of the operating process and redirect efforts and resources as needed.  Gained experience can be applied immediately, as well as across sectors to ensure repeatable and sustainable results.


TRDA is a leading global consulting firm with a special emphasis on systems-thinking processes and interdependencies among resources to solve critical global problems. From urban and rural development, poverty reduction, administration, competitiveness, marketing, security, counter-terrorism, intelligence, transport, development, infrastructure construction, reconstruction and rebuilding, policy, competitiveness, and market activities to human capacity building and more. We strive to be on the bleeding edge of the envelope of technology, developing unique solutions and innovative products for our global clients. We have a culture of innovation where our professionals make a difference in rural and urban development processes. We seek like-minded, dynamic individuals to join our team.

TRDA is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome the chance to interview all qualified candidates for positions with our company. Individuals working for TRDA within the United States are frequently required to travel abroad thus, all are required to possess and maintain a current United States passport (a valid U.S. passport is required at time of application). There is absolutely no exception to our passport policy except for foreign nationals employed by TRDA. Foreign nationals are described as indigenous personnel assisting our efforts and, who reside within client countries TRDA serves outside the United States, but who are not citizens of the United States.

Specific positions that we seek applicants for will be posted on this site and with selected recruiters. However, if you wish to submit your application you may do so at any time. To apply or discuss your knowledge and expertise please send your vitae via contact us.

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