Regional Director (Former Employee) – Deputy Chief of Party – May 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.
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, DC – October 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.
travels on tdy and visiting program sites and beneficiaries.
Grants Manager (Former Employee) – KOSOVO – February 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 court Refurbishmentmore... Design and Project Managementless