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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah
30 Ratings

    Committed people working on a noble mission; but agency undergoing big, needed reform - ride the wave or get seasick!

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    Former Employee - Senior Political Appointee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Political Appointee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time for more than 3 years


    Great mission; important, valuable work. Lots of opportunities, and a particularly interesting time to be there because the Agency is moving to '2.0 development' - an real evolution in development away from a few, exclusive power centers and towards lots of partnerships, ideas, innovation, leadership and funding from all corners of the globe. Very bright people work here.


    CEO - Administrator Shah's - reforms, energy, style create a self-admitted "wake" - so tough to work without occasionally hitting the breakers. Bureaucracy is strong, and there's also an added challenge here that foreign service and civil service don't always get along and respect each other. For top staff anyway, hours and work demands are a challenge. You're a long way from the work in the field - and too-tight security restrictions isolate us even further.

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US Agency for International Development Interviews

Updated Aug 15, 2014
Updated Aug 15, 2014

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    Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in June 2014.

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    You had to submit a resume and written response to Quality Ranking Factors online. The resume had, of course, to be in the US Government format. About a month later they reached out and invited you to an interview (you had a choice of in person or on the phone group interviews). After that, it was another three weeks while they reached out and checked your references. It was not a simple reference check, each person you specified was sent a questionnaire format to which they had to give extensive answers. They also checked with each of my previous supervisors (although that was more of a truncated check).

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Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Small), Partnership for Public Service, 2009
Best Employers for Latinos to Work for, Latinos for Hire, 2008

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1950
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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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... More

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