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UAA Calendar

 Mark your calendars and watch for emails announcing further details of the following events!

Sunday, May 31Annual UAA Spring Reception – 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the home of Pat and Alex Shakow, 4001 Dresden St., Kensington, Maryland 20895.

Friday, July 24, 11:30-2:00 – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue – “The Arab Spring Four Years On: Has the bloom faded?” Masood Ahmed, Director of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund. There is growing disillusionment, violence and sectarian strife in the region while the most fundamental structural weaknesses in the economic frameworks of these countries are yet to be addressed. Mr. Ahmed will discuss these topics as well as the economic outlook for the region.

Saturday, July 25UAA Annual Picnic – Since the site was so popular last year, we are returning to Fort Hunt picnic grounds in Alexandria. Details closer to the date.

Friday, October 23UAA Annual General Meeting. This year’s theme: “Building a new consensus for development and the role of foreign assistance”.

Death of Warren Weinstein

On April 23, the White House announced that USAID alumnus Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage in Pakistan since 2011, was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike this past January. As has been published on this website over the past year, the UAA has sent several letters to USAID and State Department officials urging greater action in seeking Warren’s release. As friends and colleagues, we greatly mourn the loss of a respected and highly regarded USAID alumnus. The following letter was sent by the UAA to Warren Weinstein’s widow Elaine:

Dear Mrs. Weinstein:

All of us in the USAID Alumni Association were shocked and saddened to learn today about Warren’s death in Pakistan. Please know that our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.

Many of us worked closely with Warren over the years and we saw first-hand his deep commitment to international development and to making the world a safer and better place for all people. We hope that your pride in his global contributions and memories of his good humor and joy of life will bring comfort in the coming weeks, months, and years. Please let us know if there are ways we can help you celebrate Warren’s life of service and excellence. We also want the world to know the huge difference our former colleague and friend, Warren, made to people around the world.

Again, our thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincerely yours,
Alexander Shakow and Carol Peasley, Co-Chairs

The following links provide an offering of media coverage of the death of Warren Weinstein:

Obama Apologizes After Drone Kills American and Italian Held by Al Qaeda (New York Times): Article provides initial coverage of the announcement and has a link to President Obama’s condolence message.

Warren Weinstein’s Devotion to Pakistan Was Part of a Lifetime of Service (New York Times)  – Provides an overview of Weinstein’s long association and affection for Pakistan and its people.

FBI Facilitated Ransom Payment from Hostage Weinstein’s Family (Wall Street Journal) – In 2012, Agency helped U.S. hostage Warren Weinstein’s family assess whether it should pay Pakistani middleman for his release.

 Position Opening – UAA Administrative Assistant

The USAID Alumni Association (UAA), a non-profit membership organization, seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to help support the work of the Association and its Executive Committee.

Position: Administrative Assistant

Location: Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
The candidate must be able to work from home or in his/her own office. The individual must also be available to participate in regular two-hour monthly meetings of the UAA Executive Committee. Attendance at other UAA meetings and events may also be requested, as necessary (e.g., the day-long Annual General Meeting).

Pay: Negotiable hourly rate, depending on experience.

Time: Flexible hours not to exceed 70 hours per month.

Click here for a full position description and application instructions

Search For UAA Board Candidates

The UAA Board of Directors is seeking membership expressions of interest to serve on the UAA Board for the 2015 – 2017 cycle. Please contact Frank Almaguer, Chair of the 2015 Nominating Committee, at to express your interest in running and/or to share your recommendations of other candidates.

UAA Board composition: A seven-member Board of Directors governs the affairs of the UAA. Each position on the Board is filled by election from among the UAA members for a two-year term. Incumbents may serve for up to two consecutive terms.

Eligibility to serve on the Board: UAA members who have paid their annual membership contribution for the current year are eligible to vote and to run for a seat on the Board. The applicable contribution amounts for 2015 are: $75 for those living within a 50-mile radius of DC, $50 for those living in the U.S. beyond the DC Metro area and $25 for those living overseas or are former FSNs.

Voting procedure: Elections are conducted on-line beginning several weeks before the Annual General Meeting (AGM). In addition, paper ballots can be deposited on the morning of the AGM. Results are announced at the conclusion of the AGM, which this year is scheduled for Friday, October 23.

Board seat openings in 2015: This coming October, four UAA Board members will be completing the two-year terms for which they were elected. One additional Board position will be competed for a one-year term due to the resignation of a Board member who had been elected in 2014 to serve until 2016. Hence, five of the seven UAA Board positions will be on the ballot this year.

Slate of Candidates: A proposed slate of candidates recommended by the Board, along with all other candidates who have expressed an interest in serving on the Board, will be submitted to the UAA membership no later than the week of September 7, six weeks before the AGM, for the members’ consideration and vote.

The ballots cast on-line by COB Thursday, October 22, as well as those submitted in person at the beginning of the October 23 AGM, will be counted and the results announced at the end of that General Meeting.

Expressions of interest: Please let us know if you are interested in running for a position on the UAA Board, or if you wish to recommend other UAA members who would be good candidates. Deadline for submission of names is August 7 so that the UAA Board can prepare and send out the ballots by the week of September 7.

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation in the activities of the UAA.

UAA Development Conversations

The UAA currently is operating two series of interactive conversations on a broad range of topics relevant to the interests of international development professionals. These are the UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues and the Friday Morning series.

Below are summaries of the most recent events. Each includes a link either to an audio or video of the event. Being able to listen or watch an event should be of particular interest to Association members who live outside the DC area.

For a full archive of all events that have audio or video availability, please click here..

– UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues:

Shahid Javed Burki

New! On May 15, 2015, Shahid Javed Burki spoke on “Reassessing United States’ Leadership of the Global Economy”. Burki – retired vice president of the World Bank, former finance minister of Pakistan and now a widely published author and columnist – presented a largely optimistic view of the future of the US economy and its positive impact on the rest of the world. Listen here to Mr Burki’s encouraging presentation and the exchange with audience members.

Lilian Pintea

New! On May 11, 2015, Dr. Lilian Pintea, Vice President for Conservation Science at the Jane Goodall Institute, spoke on Adapting to Climate Change at the Community Level”. He provided a vivid description of the striking progress local communities have made – in part through the use of very accessible and effective geospatial technology- in areas around Gombe National Park in western Tanzania. Listen here to UAA member David Shear’s introduction, Dr. Pintea’s presentation and the Q&A with the audience. His highly informative and impressive slides may be seen here.

Rolf Anderson and Andrew Steer

New! In an April 13 presentation on Climate Change and Development,” Rolf Anderson, USAID’s Director of Global Climate Change Office, described the Agency’s three priorities, adaptation, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes, and provided a number of examples. Then, Andrew Steer, President/CEO of the World Resources Institute, offered a thoughtful and realistic analysis of how the national and international institutes are addressing the balance between growth and climate change. Click here to listen to both presentations.

Scott Radloff

New! On March 06, Dr. Scott Radloff, Project Director of PMA2020 at the Gates Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, led a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue discussion on “50 Years of US International Family Planning Assistance – Where Have We Been & Where Are We Going?” He illustrated how the US has led worldwide assistance in this field, arguably the most successful sector in USAID’s history. You can listen to the full discussion here and see his PowerPoint slides here..

– UAA Friday Mornings

As many will have noted, there is a new excitement to Friday mornings. Taking advantage of USAID’s generous offer of its new Crystal City Training Center, UAA been able to offer presentations and dialogues of interest to its member alumni.  In this space, will provide summaries of our speakers have presented so that a broader audience may share in them.

Do you have an idea for a person or topic that you believe would be of interest to your alumni colleagues? If so, please send them to Alex Shakow at

Overview of Recently Completed Events:

On February 19, 2015, Pauline Baker, President Emeritus of The Fund for Peace, led a discussion on assessing the potential for resiliency in fragile states. Fragile states pose difficult development challenges that require particular attention to overcoming the causes of fragility. Dr. Baker shared her approach to analyzing the related concepts of fragility and resilience. Research drawn from more than 90 countries was used to identify the main drivers of fragility and routes of recovery. To see slides of an outline of her presentation, click here. For audio of the entire session, click here.

On January 23, 2015, John Sanbrailo, Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation, regaled a large UAA group with his “History of US Foreign Assistance:1950 – 2015”. (In January 2014 John had led a UAA discussion on the 1789-1950 period.) John has over 40 years of experience managing international development programs. His talk was based on that extensive experience and additional research he has been doing for nearly two decades on the history of US foreign assistance. To see slides of an outline of his presentation, click here. For audio of the entire session, click here.

UAA/USAID Mentoring Program

(January 2015 Update) In early 2015, the USAID/UAA Mentoring Program completed the training and launch of a fourth cohort of matched mentor/mentee partnerships. This brought the number of matched pairs to 61 since initiation of the program in early 2013. Looking ahead, in anticipation of new requests from our cooperating bureaus in the early fall, we will recruit a fifth cohort of alums over the summer of 2015. To that end, we need to hear from alumni who have an interest in mentoring a current USAID field officer. If you would like to participate in this interesting and important program or to become a mentor, please contact either Jerry Wood ( or Marilynn Schmidt (

Where in the World

Updated Thru 1/15  Remember the good old days when the first thing many of us turned to in a new Front Lines was the “Where in the World?” page where we found out who was promoted, who was transferred and who retired? Well, it is back here now on the UAA website. Hopefully, we will be able to do regular updates in the future. To view the most recent update and our WITW archive, click  here..

Join the Alumni Directory

The Association strives to build a roster of alumni (USDH, FSN, PSC, etc. – see eligibility information under “Join” on the sidebar) and freely share it among us, whether you choose to become a financially contributing, voting member of the UAA or not. Your registration for the Directory will be followed by receipt of log-on information that that will give you access to the Directory. Contributing member or not, add your name and contact information now, You also can update your contact info at this same location, if needed.

For those of you already registered and have the password, please click here to access the Directory. If you have registered, but have lost the password, please send an email to and request that it be sent you

Alumni News

In Memoriam:

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Al SmithGordy Straub, Lucy Leidy, Tim Seims, Hy Nissenbaum, Robert Smail, Thomas Farmer, Doug Stafford, Bill Joslin, and Martha Wedeman.  A full listing of alumni obituaries may be seen in the Tributes section.

If you would like to provide a brief obituary or personal tribute for these former colleagues and friends to be posted on this website or if you know of other people who have passed way and have not been noted here, please send the information to: Attn: Memorials.

Get Involved!

UAA is your organization. Your getting involved in Association activities will make us stronger, more interesting and – definitely – more fun. Below are just some of the ways you can participate:

  • UAA Speakers Roster

The UAA has a roster of some 65 alumni around the country who regularly speak to community groups, universities and others about a range of international development and foreign affairs issues, and who are available for additional engagements.  Further information about the UAA Speakers Bureau can be found in the attached brochure. To become a member of the Speakers’ Roster is simple. Just fill in the information here and press the “send” button. If you are interested in finding USAID alumni in your area to speak at an event or to consult about a future program, contact

  • UAA Committees

UAA has five committees. These include: Membership Services, Public Outreach, Strengthening USAID, Development Issues and Finance and Administration. You can find descriptions of the committees here. Your ideas, involvement and energy would be very welcomed in any one of these.

  • Alumni Groupings

In several regions around the country (and, perhaps, eventually abroad), people have organized local USAID alumni groups. Find out about these and get contact information about them here.

Do you belong to a local alumni group not posted here? Please share it with all of us. Send information to Attn: Alumni Groupings.

  • Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Alumni looking for work? On request, UAA vets and posts USAID-related jobs and volunteer opportunities. For a full listing, see: Job Opportunities.

Also, from time to time, the AFSA Job Board may have employment or volunteer opportunities of relevance to USAID alums.

If you wish to post a job or volunteer opportunity, please email us at, Attn: Jobs/Volunteers.

Below are the most recent postings:

New! The USAID/Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) has opened a new position for an General Development Officer – Health (multiple positions) located overseas. This is an intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-15 equivalent level. The position is open to U.S. citizens only due to security clearance requirements. Applications for this position are due no later than June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, visit

New! IT Shows, Inc is seeking Chief of Party/Project Director to support an upcoming DC-based USAID project. The COP/Project Director will be the lead technical person, provide overall guidance and management of the project, and be the point of contact and interaction with USAID for the overall project. This person will provide leadership to a team of interdisciplinary experts and design development strategies. The COP also will be responsible for the quality of the products and overall performance. As the lead technical person, she/he will oversee: analytical efforts; trend analyses; research relationships and research grants and sub­contracting as to selection of awardees, directions, and the quality and timeliness of the products. For a detailed position description, see:

New! Dexis Consulting Group seeks an experienced professional to serve as Director for the Mission and Institutional Support (MIS) Practice Area.  The Director will lead a team responsible for managing a portfolio of projects that serve clients at USAID , the Department of State and other governmental organizations. The Director of the MIS Practice will be responsible for ensuring high quality performance, delivering technical expertise, managing practice financial targets, and winning new contracts to help Dexis expand this growing business area.  The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in program management, including three years at a for-profit firm managing targets for growth and billability. The position will report to the Vice President of Programs. Interested candidates should apply at . (5/31)

New! The International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD), which is based in the Washington, DC metro area and supports social and economic development of low-income people, is recruiting for its next Executive Director. This is an exceptional opportunity for a person with experience in Africa as well as strong fundraising and management skills to lead an organization with a budget of $22 million and a staff of 300+, mostly in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) and Guinea-Bisssau. In addition to fluency in English, the person should have a good working knowledge of French. Please click here to see complete job announcement, including application instructions. (6/30)

New! USAID/Madagascar is seeking applications for a USPSC – GS15 Natural Resources Advisor as described in solicitation for services at: The Natural Resources Advisor is to be the Mission Environment and Natural Resources Management Team Leader. Responsibilities are to provide leadership, vision and professional guidance to USAID and the U.S. Mission as a whole in the broad area of environmental conservation and natural resource management. The political environment requires a high degree of sensitivity. The position is the equivalent of a GS-15 (ranging from $101,630 to $132,122 per annum.

New! The USAID/Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) has opened a new position for a Program Officer (multiple positions) located overseas. This is an intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level. The position is open to U.S. citizens only due to security clearance requirements. Applications for this position are due no later than May 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, visit

 New! Panagora Group, a woman-owned small business, seeks senior to entry-level specialists to propose as short-term experts on a USAID AFR/SD Institutional Support contract. Seek specialists in economics, poverty analysis, political economy, growth diagnostics, international trade, trade financing, health systems strengthening, health finance, education, governance, knowledge management, communications, outreach, writing, editing, information systems, website management, event/task management, conference/workshop organization, performance monitoring, assessment, gender equality and female empowerment (across sectors, e.g. , agriculture, trade, energy, and value chains), youth, LGBT rights and nondiscriminatory access, value chain development, private sector engagement, agricultural trade, technology adaptations, energy, utility management, program management, monitoring, policy development, enterprise development, and trade investment/promotion. Also seek administrative assistants. Past or current security clearance desired. Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to with area of expertise in the subject line. (5/31)

New! The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is hiring individuals to serve as Personal Services Contractors (PSCs). USAID/OFDA is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crisis and disasters, and leads the USG’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 70 disasters in over 50 countries a year. OFDA is looking for qualified humanitarian professionals to serve in Washington, DC and Internationally as Regional Advisors, Policy Advisors, Program Officers, Training Specialists, Administrative Specialists, Communication Specialists, and Team Leaders. Full announcements of open positions can be found at PSC positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.

The DCHA Bureau has newly launched the Crisis Surge Staff. The Crisis Surge Staff is somewhat similar to OTI’s Bullpen or the OFDA DART except that they provide the skills needed by the rest of a USAID mission. The “Firehouse,” as it is called, is comprised of intermittent PSCs that would be deployed to Missions for 2-10 months on an as needed basis. DCHA is looking for people with the full range of skills including: Senior Development Advisors, General Development Officers, Democracy and Governance Officers, Elections Specialists, Program Officers, Strategic Communication Officers, Contracting Officers, and Executive Officers. Here is the link for the full program description:

The State Department Office of Inspector General is seeking recently retired senior USAID management officers, project managers, security officers and IT officers to serve on OIG inspection teams as WAE employees (when actually employed). Applicants should be familiar with operations at embassies and domestic bureaus, including grants management, social media and supporting interagency initiatives. Positions are available on domestic inspection teams (Washington-based, normally 10 weeks duration) and overseas inspection teams (normally, four weeks in Washington and eight weeks overseas).  Applicants should have a valid top secret security clearance.  Superior interviewing and writing skills are a plus. WAE inspectors can normally expect to work between three and six months a year. Interested applicants should contact Patricia Murphy at

Peace Corp Response Program: The Peace Corps Response Program complements the traditional 2-year Peace Corps tour by providing volunteers to do short term (3-12 months), high impact projects to address critical needs in host countries. Many of these volunteer slots have been opened recently to professionals with at least 10 years of experience. Although many USAID alumni are returned Peace Corps Volunteers, even those who are not possess exactly the kind of skills needed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. These positions come with the same benefits as the 2-year program, including travel to and from the country of service, full medical benefits, and a living stipend. To learn more about the program and view open positions, visit: New positions are posted on this website as they are requested by the host country, so please check back regularly. For additional information and response to any questions, please contact Allison McReynolds at

Articles, Videos & Links for Development Professionals

(NOTE: Inclusion of any given article or web link does not constitute endorsement by UAA.)

  • Articles and Videos

Below are recent articles on development happenings, issues, etc. If you have comments on them, please share them with us in the Forum. If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit them here or feel free to post or link them in the Forum.

Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.


  • Web Links

These are links of general interest to folks involved in the development “arts. If you have links you would like to submit, please send them here. Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.


  • New! Development Talk – A World Bank Blog – Interesting reading hosted by the Bank’s Chief Economist.
  • March/April 2015  Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
  • The Good Country Index offers a measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity. For a TED Talk that discuss the Index, click here.
  • Fragile States Index (Foreign Policy) – This index uses 12 social, economic, political, and military indicators and ranks 60 states in order of their vulnerability to violent internal conflict.
  • World Bank Group Strategy The new strategy says there will be shift from a focus on stand-alone projects to a “development solutions culture embedded in widely disseminated knowledge of what works and how to deliver it.”
  • The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world.
  • The Global Peace Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace and the Economist Intelligence Unit. It ranks countries on their level of peace by measuring the level of safety and security, the extent of domestic or foreign conflicts and the degree of militarization. This snapshot focuses on the 91 low- and middle-income countries that received at least $2 million USAID funding in fiscal year 2011.
  • Current USAID Mission Directors  – This is a list maintained by the Agency.
  • USAID 101 – USAID has put together an on-line “course” that will explain what the Agency does and how and why it does it. This course is principally directed at university students. New material will be added each month.
  • The World Bank Atlas of Global Development The Atlas of Global Development is a comprehensive guide to the most critical issues facing our changing world today.
  • IFC Doing Business Table – Economies are ranked by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation on their ease of doing business. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm, a vital factor in economic growth and development.
  • Development Aid and Governance Indicators   The Brookings Global Economy and Development Program has launched a new interactive featuring data on development, aid and governance. Information include trends in foreign assistance, governance, and global poverty and middle class populations.
  • The Foreign Assistance Dashboard – The goal of the Dashboard is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. As it evolves, the Dashboard will incorporate budget, financial, program, and performance data from all U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance, humanitarian, and development funds.

If you have articles and/or links you would like to share with the rest of us, please send your suggestions to:, Attn: Development Issues.

New: Alumni Profile Archive

A membership favorite of the UAA newsletter has long been the Alumni Profile section. This section shares the widely varied stories of what we have been doing in our post-USAID afterlives. Now, you can see the full collection of these profiles under the “Alumni” tab of the navigation bar at the top of this page. Another option is to click here.

Suggestion Box – Your Ideas for UAA

Some of you may have noticed the many changes that have been made to this, the UAA website. The objective is to provide a site that members will find useful and interesting – a place you will want to return to on a regular basis.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas about We also would like to have any news, articles or anything else you would like to share with your fellow alumni. Please send them to us at: Attn: Website.

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