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US Agency for International Development Overview

Washington, DC
5001 to 10000 employees
1950
Government
Federal Agencies
Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.<br/><br/>USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a ... Read more

Mission: USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.<br/><br/>USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a ... Read more

US Agency for International Development – Why Work With Us?


USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to:

  • Promote broadly shared economic prosperity;
  • Strengthen democracy and good governance;
  • Protect human rights;
  • Improve global health, 
  • Advance food security and agriculture; 
  • Improve environmental sustainability;
  • Further education;
  • Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and
  • Provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

USAID programs save and improve millions of lives around the world, advance American values, increase global stability, and drive economic growth in emerging markets.

Our long and proud history of helping developing countries and improving quality of life is underpinned by our caring, talented workforce. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the Agency and shows the world our true character as a nation. Today, we are the world's premier modern development enterprise, and our 21st Century workforce  find themselves doing the best work in the most amazing places, whether it is helping sick people get HIV/AIDS drugs in the most remote parts of Africa, helping farmers learn how to grow crops better in Asia, or teaching people how to govern themselves democratically.

USAID employs individuals with a wide variety of technical, managerial and operational skills to achieve our international development objectives. Our workforce is made up of direct-hire and contract employees based in the United States and at field missions around the world. We are always looking for talented people. If you are interested in working on the front lines on some of the most pressing global challenges of our times -- poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change and violent extremism - then USAID jobs are a great place to put your skills, education, and expertise to use.

Our objective is to support partners to become self-reliant and capable of leading their own development journeys. We make progress toward this by reducing the reach of conflict, preventing the spread of pandemic disease, and counteracting the drivers of violence, instability, transnational crime and other security threats. We promote American prosperity through investments that expand markets for U.S. exports; create a level playing field for U.S. businesses; and support more stable, resilient, and democratic societies. We stand with people when disaster strikes or crisis emerges as the world leader in humanitarian assistance.

Our Core Values

PASSION FOR MISSION

We come to work to foster sustainable development and advance human dignity globally.

  • We each contribute uniquely in advancing our mission, whether by working in different sectors or by supporting global operations and management.

EXCELLENCE

We strive for efficiency, effectiveness, and meaningful results across our work.

  • We aspire to lead international and US Government efforts to advance the economic, political, social, and environmental well-being of the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • We continually seek to improve our operations and increase our impact.
  • We take pride in our work and our accomplishments.

INTEGRITY

We are honest and transparent, accountable for our efforts, and maintain a consistently high moral standard.

  • We are ethical in all that we do.
  • We are fair with colleagues, partners, and those we serve, building relationships of trust.

RESPECT

We demonstrate respect for one another, our partners, and the people we serve in communities around the world.

  • We recognize and acknowledge the strength that comes from diversity.
  • We value all people equally and treat others as we would like to be treated.
  • We consistently demonstrate professionalism and respect in our communications and in our behavior.

EMPOWERMENT

We elevate all voices striving for global economic, environmental, and social progress.

  • We seek to ensure that all voices are heard.
  • We strive to strengthen the voices of the marginalized and vulnerable.
  • We value every team member and seek to ensure everyone can fulfill their potential.

INCLUSION

We value our differences and draw strength from diversity.

  • We support programs that engage people across societies and benefit whole communities and countries.
  • We value every member of our team, learn from their experience, and foster their active engagement.
  • We advance equality, foster equal opportunity and address inequality within our Agency and in our work.

COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

We seek to improve ourselves and our work continually through reflection and evaluation.

  • We design and assess programs with an eye towards constant improvement.
  • We recognize that professional development is fundamental to team satisfaction and success.

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US Agency for International Development Awards & Accolades

  • 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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