USAID is an effective frontline agency for advancing US Government influence and ideals of good governance, democracy and international peace.
Pros: travels on tdy and visiting program sites and beneficiaries.
Cons: absence from family.
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.