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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at US Agency for International Development as a contractor (less than an year)Pros
Great people (except HR)
Ability to network the entire development community
Some areas of success when it comes to 'doing development'
Recognition that it must adapt to the changing timesCons
Pulled in every direction possible, many times at the whim of politicsAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Empower junior/mid-level officers to actually make decisions
Hold unqualified political appointees accountable to succeed or leaveRecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at US Agency for International Development.Interview Details
Hired through the Global Health Fellows Program. Contacted for initial phone interview by GHFP [recruiter]. Followed by in-person meeting with project team [4-5 persons]. This was an intensive interview with staff asking a number of questions from personal interests in the field to specific technical knowledge. Included a number of scene setters/scenarios and "what would you do in....". Strong focus on ability to negotiate and/or mediate. Staff in the room ranged from Senior Management to Program Assistants.
Received offer dependent on security clearance [this took 2-3 months to acquire].Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsNegotiations limited and based on GHFP Technical Advisor level. i.e. a I, II, III or IV.Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
- This was your typical interview - background, experience, fit, goals and future objectives, expected contributions, knowledge of the field. Answer Question
As a matter of policy, the foreign policy of the US government and the financial support of developing countries are inseparable in the job description of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Under the general foreign-policy guidance of the US Secretary of State, the independent agency has the mission of expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of individuals in undeveloped and crisis-ridden areas of the world. USAID provides expertise and funding for projects in agriculture, democracy, economic growth, the environment, education...