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In general it is a reputable agency
Fellow- Climate Change & Resilience (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 8, 2017
I have learned a lot through working with USAID. The agency is rightfully bureaucratic but provides some limited flexibility for reflection and learning. The agency is also respected amongst peers but needs to consider new ways of aligning itself with current approaches towards management and addressing development across the globe.
Pros
Healthcare and Wellness Programs
Cons
Work life balance is not as good
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Siempre innovando
Técnico de campo (Former Employee) –  El SalvadorOctober 1, 2017
El apoyar a gobiernos locales y empresas en los conceptos de competitividad.
Aprendí la integración publico- privado es factible y se logran grandes metas
Me gusto el implementar un nuevo concepto en el desarrollo de los territorios
Pros
Condiciones faborables para el crecimiento personal
Cons
Contrato por proyecto
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Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Dominican RepublicSeptember 22, 2017
Good environment and experiences. I have learned about international organizations and the development world, complementing my corporate experience; therefore I belong to the two worlds.
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Intern (Former Employee) –  VirtualSeptember 13, 2017
The internship with USAID was fun and with a virtual workplace. Weekly interns were suppose to map for about 5 hours in OpenStreetMap. We had a weekly meeting to check in with everyone and learn a new teaching topic. We planned to help an international chapter form, and mine was Belize.
Pros
Flexible Hours
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Its a lifestyle AND a job
Deputy Director (Current Employee) –  Ronald Reagan BuildingSeptember 10, 2017
USAID is a wonderful place to work if you want to contribute towards international development and experience other cultures and countries. The goal to end extreme poverty and support strong democratic governance and resilient societies that can become self sufficient is a noble goal to have within your work objectives.
Pros
travel, global
Cons
leadership vacuum, only DC location
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Process is more important than Results
Finance Manager (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 8, 2017
USAID, decent place to spend time and make money, get months of training that one may or may not need. Bureacrcy is difficult to avoid or understand.

Much of the overseas program work is actually directed by the Department of State and as such not much is done or not done as an organization without their approval. As such development comes in second to politics and diplomatic requirements which is not helpful to development objectives.

Employees with children get better treatment than single folks when it comes to work assignments and benefits.
Pros
Travel and training
Cons
Bureacrcy and internal work politics
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simple application process, innovative questions
(Tera Tech ARD) - Forestry & Landscape Coordinator (Current Employee) –  USAID & AfricaMay 14, 2017
. .Each day at work is unique with its up and down. The hardest part is balancing conservation and livelihood need of the stakeholders or getting community, governments and civil society to work together. The most enjoyable time is when reviewing successes and challenges, seeing trainees becoming trainers or seeing community taking leadership. Building trust is key.
Pros
like professional association to discuss useful issue related to my professional life e.g, member of local NGOs, ecotourism
Cons
social networking
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English Teacher (Former Employee) –  GazaMay 4, 2017
USAID funded Modern School Network program provides private schools in Gaza the needed help and resources for development. Part of the program was establishing after-school clubs for students to develop hobbies and interests. I was responsible for the English club at various private schools, teaching 5th to 7th graders.
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Great Place to work
Project Manager Intern, GIS (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMarch 13, 2017
Its a great fun to place with work spanning several domain areas such as policy analysis, research and technical roles. You get to interact with several people from diverse backgrounds
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LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERN (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 5, 2017
I would recommend this job to those interested in international development. If you have a passion for service, this is a great place to work.
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productive and fun working place
Training Specialist (Current Employee) –  ELDORETFebruary 21, 2017
its fun working with a competent team of managers and supervisors in aid of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, STI, and other chronic diseases. the culture is a friendly working environment which gives access to new ideas. though there is lots of fun at work place, the most challenging part is the stigmatization and uncooperative trainees.
Pros
free gifts and healthcare
Cons
no meals
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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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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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Environnement multi-culturel
Logistic and Admin Consultant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 31, 2016
Des collaborateurs ayant un style de leader
Management: agréable et organisé
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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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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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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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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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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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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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