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Excellent Travel Opportunities
Project Coordinator (Former Employee), Washington, DCJune 25, 2014
Pros: travel, international experience, project management experience, generally rewarding work
Cons: low pay, difficult to move up company ranks
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 really 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).
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Short-staff in Payroll
Time and Labor Administrator (Current Employee), Washington, DCMay 26, 2014
Pros: free cake and ice cream on last day of the month
Cons: open cube so everyone can see the payroll information i'm working on
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.
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OK place to work
Deputy Director (Former Employee), Washington, DCNovember 12, 2013
Not much growth, management lacks communication to junior level or mid level professionals.
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Great Coworkers and culture
Senior Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee), Washington, DCJuly 15, 2012
Coworkers are great and the benefits are unbeatable. Many people are former peace corp volunteers and the same loving mentality carries into the ACDI/VOCA culture and every day work life.
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Very nice workplace withe executive chairs and Tables
Consultant-Accountant (Former Employee), Juba-South SudanMarch 23, 2012
Pros: house allowances
Cons: we are offered medications
we mostly work for 8 hrs a day, with term work and we so commited for the work so as to achieved the objectives of the organization