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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
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  • "Current job instability with new administration is reducing the size of the Foreign Service" (in 19 reviews)

  • "There are a wide variety of hiring mechanisms and depending on how you are hired advancement opportunities may be limited" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Professional development, foreign travel, exceptional leaders

    Cons

    Equality among the workforce (Foreign and Civil Service)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to integrate the workforce when possible (GS to FS program), this will only make the organization better!


  2. "Great work place for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Humanitarian work, Sound organizational structure, Room for expression and capacity building, invests in employees, Great benefits package.

    Cons

    I do not have any for now

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience but poor management"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst
    Current Employee - Program Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and explore multiple areas of development work

    Cons

    Poor upward mobility, no hiring mechanism oversight and limited mid-level opportunities for Masters level candidates. Unequal hiring practice across the agencies and mechanisms.


  4. "Progressively challenging"

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    Current Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation
    Current Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional and conducive work environment

    Cons

    Methodical and professional bottlenecks that sometimes leads to failure to meet targets


  5. "You can feel good about the mission of your agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Agency culture supports diversity and there's a lot of travel (depending on your position)

    Cons

    Limited accountability and poor performers are rotated rather than dealt with


  6. "Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation implementation,
    Experience in HIV/TB and PEPFAR indicators Research Experience

    Cons

    Working with mult-cultural team
    Working in African contries with civil conflit
    Undestand the vision and goal organization


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven Agency where you can do work you really believe in with some of the smartest, most passionate people you've ever met. Lots of opportunity to change it up and work on things you'd never even thought of encountering in your career. Lots of opportunity for travel if you're in the right kind of position.

    Cons

    You'll work with *some* of the smartest people you've ever met... and some of the most ego-driven, incompetent, union-protected people you've ever had the misfortune to encounter. Employment flexibility (e.g., conversion between CS and FS) only flows one way. Oh, and if you're an FSO, yes, you'll get the perks (and the drawbacks) that come with living overseas and also will be expected to spend a lot of your career working in stretch assignments, meaning that you are quite literally not getting paid for your job for years on end.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Secure job, but not a meritocracy and tends to be risk-averse"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Having a position in the civil service/foreign service is secure once you have tenure
    - Interesting and motivating mission behind USAID's work and program goals
    - Colleagues usually have interesting, diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    - US govt is cautious about spending taxpayer dollars and its aid programs can lack innovation or thinking beyond previous iterations
    - AID isn't a meritocracy. People are often promoted thanks to years spent at AID versus actual capacity or management potential. A lot of people who should never be managers are in management positions, which can be discouraging for the staff reporting to them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Foreign Service Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people doing important work.

    Cons

    The organization is highly bureaucratic.


  10. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience, work-life balance, great company, great mission.

    Cons

    Few advancements opportunities for local staffs.

    Advice to Management

    Consider salary and advancements for local staff.