Empowered farmers and many gained improved livelihoods
Agriculture Production Coordinator (Former Employee) – TORIT, SOUTH SUDAN – February 14, 2015
The project was implemented by a consortium, ACDI VOCA supplied the professionals it he field of agribusiness, working was fun and productive especially with colleagues. Dealing with some of the stakeholders was difficult but working with farmers was enriching.
skills and professionalism available
finding restrictions and delayed disbursement beat schedule, cost and scope of on going projects
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 25, 2014
Working for ACDI/VOCA has a lot of benefits, primarily the ability to travel and interact with people all over the world, all while attempting to improve conditions in impoverished areas around the globe....assuming you buy into the belief that typical international development organizations are successful in doing this.
The job itself was pretty good although during my time, I had a lot of different managers and was bounced around different divisions due to restructuring, which was a little rough. As for daily responsibilities, I was responsible for overseeing certain projects, making sure they ran smoothly and complied with the donor agreements (usually USAID). There was daily communication with field offices and usually traveled 2-3 times per year to visit the offices or to prepare proposals for new funding.
The one thing I learned in this position is that the international development world is small and, in order to move up, you have to be willing to bounce around different development companies. ACDI/VOCA is horrible at promoting project coordinators to the next level of management and even worse at providing training opportunities for coordinators to learn more technical skills. That isn't to say that some coordinators don't get those opportunities but the company as a while makes almost no effort to develop new managers and technical staff out of the coordinator pool. As a result, there's a bit of a gap between coordinators and the next level of management. Thus, this is a great job to cut your teeth on to learn project and proposal management but, beyond that, to reallymore... gain technical skills or move up, a coordinator has to be ready to move to other organizations to further their career (which is very common within the industry).less
travel, international experience, project management experience, generally rewarding work
Time and Labor Administrator (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – May 26, 2014
A typical day would start with checking and responding to emails. Since we have overseas employees, I get emails late at night or very early in the morning. I make sure to respond to each and every email before noon.
free cake and ice cream on last day of the month
open cube so everyone can see the payroll information i'm working on