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Very diverse workforce in the most positive way
Human Resources Specialist II (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCJanuary 14, 2017
The work environment is very family orientated. Good place to work for people with children or plan to have children and even the sandwich generation who may be taking care of elderly parents. Family friendly and lots of telework opportunities.

May have two many reorganizations so consistency is not there. Some but not all managers are not good with providing in house training and relaying expectations. As with any position, your out come is as good as your performance and the leadership of your management team.
Pros
Telework opportunities
Cons
Most jobs involve a lot of travel
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Overall positive
Project Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 7, 2017
Pros:

Great Environment
Interesting work
Passionate People

Cons:
Pay is mediocre
Advancement is almost impossible
Day-to-day can be slow and bureaucracy is a grind
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Professional
Regional Director (Former Employee) –  Deputy Chief of PartyMay 18, 2016
I worked with USAID for about 6 years in the fields of management and coordination. Working with USAID was interesting for me as in addition of getting new knowledge, I could provide services to the host communities.
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Interesting, mission centered, excellent facility, wholesome work environment, professional and vast potential
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington DCJuly 7, 2013
The mission of USAID is to provide assistance to developing countries throughout the world and to this end give people in impoverished conditions the opportunity to fulfill their God given potential.
Pros
benefits, consistency, quality people, good management, global mission
Cons
There are not any offices in states in US besides the Washington, VA area.
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Great Agency to work for.
a (Former Employee) –  aJanuary 29, 2015
Great opportunity to serve in a developing country, very rewarding professionally and otherwise.

Broad variety of projects financed all over the world, from HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Malaria, water and sanitation, Gender equality etc.

Great work culture, benefits.
Pros
Great work culture
Cons
Sometimes funds projects through other Organizations which may be bureaucratic
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Making all administrative work for the project that I am assigned to
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLOctober 26, 2015
Organize meeting, workshop, meeting, correspondence contact all participants for several projects that are financed by USAID/US Embassy. Travel for seminars to Washington to improve my knowledge in communication, management or other subject that are important for several programs in the office.
Pros
Attending seminars in Washington
Cons
having to go on field trip
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One of the best projects I have ever worked on which includes a wide variety of cultures and ethnic origins
Volunteer Consulting Services (Former Employee) –  Raid City, SDFebruary 3, 2015
Overall the project included a diverse group of people and businesses all of who possess the knowledge and ability to increase their productivity and worth. Everyone demonstrated the desire to learn and change themselves and their businesses for the good of their communities. Coworkers possessed a keen awareness of cultural differences and worked in harmony with everyone. The hardest part about doing the job was leaving and not been able to follow through with their futures. The most enjoyable part was working with so many talented and knowledgeable friends.
Pros
Meeting people from different cultures, gaining new friends, and understanding of each culture.
Cons
The only Cons is the short amount of time spend with each new friend and business worked
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The overall focus of the project was building the capacity of beneficiaries.
Regional Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Bahir Dar, Amhara region, EthiopiaJune 25, 2015
Management is a tool used to get works done through people. For this purpose, the first day at work demands to introduce with staff, the work environment and facilities to be deployed for work.
Co-workers should be enthusiastic and gear their energy towards organizational goals.
The hardest part of the job is if it the organization has no plans.
The most enjoyable part of a job is to get customer satisfaction.
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Productive and engaging
Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 24, 2013
It was fun to work with different professional people with the same goal/objective - to make a change. I learnt that the there is strength in diversity and in working together. Though you may have different ways of achieving an outcome, just participating in those JAD sessions helped ease those concerns and by building on each others strength.

The hardest part of my job was the frequent long overseas missions. Sometimes away from family for a long time. The most enjoyable part of the job was making things work for every key stakeholder. Listening to people from different cultures and designing a product that meets their needs was just gratifying.
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Busy work place , enjoyed to be at service of people and learn from them
Compliance Officer ( & Property Book Officer) (Former Employee) –  Kabul , Taimani Watt * USAID- ChecchiOctober 2, 2014
I would purchase food every morning for 70 national and international staff , i felt responsible at those time and enjoyed the trust of my international and national colleagues . They were confident of my ability and professionalism.

I learned the American culture and life style and many more stuff from them . I learned how to work smart rather than working hard.
Pros
good environment, throphys given to staff
Cons
health care
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Very helpful workplace
it specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 20, 2015
A great place to work if you have a desire to help others in need. They provide resources to countries in need and assist in their development so they can be self sustaining.
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USAID is an effective frontline agency for advancing US Government influence and ideals of good governance, democracy and international peace.
SURGE FOOD FOR PEACE OFFICER (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 13, 2012
On a typical day, one reviews incoming communication on the status of programs/projects one is responsible for in the respective countries and provides responses and/or guidance for further action. Issues beyond one's authority are reported to one's supervisor for directives. Further data is requested from the field when required.

I learned teamwork, data assessment and evaluation, the necessity for good judgment and the reward of hard work and constant learning of new approaches to obtain program/project objectives.

Management provides continual training commensurate with delegated authority/responsibility.

Co-workers are a valuable asset on account of the variety of skills,
perspectives and backgrounds that they bring to teamwork.

The hardest part of the work is that one is always "on call" when in the field on account of time zone differences. One has to keep Washington apprised of urgent situations in Washington time.

The most enjoyable part of the work is meeting program beneficiaries in the field and feeling that one is making a difference in the lives of others.
Pros
travels on tdy and visiting program sites and beneficiaries.
Cons
absence from family.
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One year health education curriculum implementation
Health Education Specialist (Former Employee) –  PhilippinesJuly 19, 2015
The opportunity to be able to utilize the health education materials I helped teachers in the Philippines to develop in different areas of the Philippines was exciting. Hundreds of thousands of children were able to receive instruction in practicing basic health procedures. Teachers were able to continue using these materials for subsequent years with their students (30 years now!).
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SPPM (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 8, 2014
Great place to work

 Provide cross-functional support to SPPM team
 Work closely with Directors of Budget and Communications to provide daily operational support
 Work closely with Communications & Engagement (COMs) team with creating, editing and submitting print requests for fact sheets, handouts, info graphics and other print materials used by USAID
 Assist COMs with editing of newsletter articles and updating fact sheets
 Work with COMs to create Administrator’s taskers
 Process travel requests
 Obtain country clearances via email/cable (eCCs) for travelers on SPPM team
 Process travel vouchers and document travel in Agency’s electronic system (e2 Solutions)
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Excellent working with USAID Projects where ever they are!
Senior Health Adviser (Former Employee) –  South SudanApril 15, 2015
I had very good time with all the project staff, Local authorities and communities in three different project areas in Sudan.
Helping the needy and working with the community is my passion and I contributed a lot on the implementation USAID HEAR (Health, Education and Reconciliation)Project in Abiye, North Kordufan and North Blue Nile regions in Sudan.
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My job of a life time. Excellent environment, excellent opportunity to professionally grow.
Senior Acquisition and Assistance Specialist (Former Employee) –  multiple locationsJuly 22, 2015
I enjoyed working at USAID. In fact, I only worked one year outside of USAID, therefore my only experience is working with USAID.
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Project coordinator and finance analyst
Project COORDINATOR (Former Employee) –  DOMINICAN REPUBLICFebruary 6, 2014
Work in proposal design of project, identification of necessity of the population focus.
Direction of the technician teem specialize in agro-industrial process and cocoa beans commercialization with usaid support
Negotiate with local agency financing for rehabilitation of cocoa farmer impacted for hurricane in dominican republic
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Productive environment
Grants Manager (Former Employee) –  KOSOVOFebruary 3, 2014
Responsible for overall management of the grant program - monitoring, evaluation and coordination of grant-making components of USAID EROL Strategic Activities Fund worth $975,000.00 and the capacity building components of EROL grants program under USAID FORWARD.
Designed the Grants manual
Compiled an assessment report of the Kosovo Local NGOs and educational institutions capacities working in Rule of Law sector
Developed Request for Application package of documents under USAID Forward
Designed implementation plan of the USAID EROL Strategic Actives fund grant making and administration process
Responsible for court monitoring data collection, reporting, advising USAID Forward 13 su-grantees on their advocacy initiatives, coaching, mentoring and on job training
Member of a Technical Evaluation Committee for reviewing proposals under USAID Forward RFA Designed the policies for ensuring transparent open and fair grant making process
 Provided on job training and advice to two main USAID Forward Grantees and 13 sub-grantees on project data gathering systems and reporting
capacities as well as their overall advocacy initiatives.
 Conducted organizational technical needs assessment of two main USAID Forward grantees, Advocacy Training and Resource Center/ATRC and
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network/BIRN; provided regular advise to both NGOs to successfully implement respective projects under USAID Forward
 Reviewed and recommended proposals for court monitoring for USAID approval
 Review Panel Member of several solicitation of IQC, Architecture & Engineering/Kosovo
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standard operating procedure to improve the lab working management
senior laboratories advisor (Former Employee) –  egypt April 27, 2013
working day starting from 8.0 AM till 5.0 PM
I learned how to be profession person
vice president is a good manager
co-workers very helpful
the hardest part is the limited time
the enjoyable part of the job is the good cooperation and coordination between me and the team


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It's about like you imagine
Adviser (Current Employee) –  DCJune 18, 2015
Easy work
Poor leaders
Massive bureaucracy
Sometimes make a difference
You only get one shot at life. Decide if this is where you want to be.
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