Saturday, February 20 Save the date for the UAA Winterfest, our casual late afternoon gathering to get us through the remainder of the cold winter weeks. UAA members and spouses are invited. Details are in the item below.
Monday March 7, 2016 – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue – 10:00 a.m. to noon – Our own Jim Michel will speak on “Beyond Aid: The Integration of Sustainable Development in a Coherent International Agenda”, the title of his highly praised book just published by CSIS.
Please join us for the UAA Winterfest — the second year of our casual late afternoon gathering to get us through the remainder of the cold winter weeks. UAA members and spouses are invited. This is a free event for UAA members and those eligible to become members.
Date: Saturday, February 20th
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m
Location: Residence of Dave Eckerson and Connie Hansen
2700 South Ives St, Arlington VA 22022
Dress: Totally Casual
Annual General Meeting
On October 23, the UAA held its seventh Annual General Meeting. Over one hundred USAID alumni and guests, 18 discussion panelists, including three former Members of Congress, two former Administrators, as well as current and past Hill staffers and USAID senior officials, made this year’s AGM one of the best attended and most successful of the annual gatherings of the UAA community. This year’s AGM focused on “building a new consensus for development and the role of foreign assistance.” The theme was chosen to learn from past experience and current realities in promoting and managing foreign aid initiatives. The theme was considered timely as the 2016 election year approaches.
The event also gave participants an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni, engage in lively discussions on development issues and catch up on UAA activities and future plans.
The AGM also included the announcement of the election of five Board members: Franklin Moore, Tish Butler, John Heard, Carol Peasley and George Hill. These, along with Nancy Pielemeier and David Cohen, will constitute the UAA Board for 2015-16.
A detailed report on the 2015 AGM proceedings and additional photos can be found by following this link.
Listen to the audio of the full AGM:
- Opening and plenary panel on “Bridging the Congressional-Executive Chasm”
- Breakout Panel on Poverty
- Breakout Panel on Dealing with Disaster
- Panel on Issues for the next Administration; Alumni of the Year Award; Election Results, Comments of USAID Chief of Staff
Next year’s AGM is tentatively set for Friday, October 21, 2016. Mark your calendars and plan on being there!
Bibliography of USAID Authors
Updated 1/16 The January 2016 update includes a number of new items (highlighted in blue) that readers will want to check out. Several are memoirs written by folks you may know – Howard Lewin (writing about his 12 years in Laos with IVS and USAID) and Earl Kessler (a Peace Corps experience in rural Colombia), among others.. In addition, this edition breaks new ground by including 5 professional videos about traditional Mayan textiles and their gradual extinction in Guatemala researched and produced by Kathleen and Paul Vitale. You also can find David Miller’s newest photography book, “Sacred Landscapes”. In addition there are new entries by Prof. David Steinberg, presently the go-to expert on Myanmar as well as historical entries by Robert (Bob) Berg and others.
This bibliography has been prepared by members of the UAA with assistance from the USAID Knowledge Resource Center. It contains books written by current and former Agency employees and their family members with descriptions of the book content and the author’s relationship to USAID. To access the bibliography, click here.
New Interactive Development Issues Page: Perspectives
USAID alumni often have informed views on various development issues, based on their experience. PERSPECTIVES is a platform where alumni can express their views on development issues and anyone can offer comments on the views they express. Alumni are invited to submit perspectives in essays not exceeding 2,500 words, accompanied by a brief paragraph summarizing their views.
Alumni are invited to share their perspectives by submitting them by e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USAID History Proposal – Pledge Request
For those of you who have not already made a pledge, we need your support. Please make a generous pledge to help us make this independent history of USAID a reality. Without your personal help it will not happen. We are already losing many of the firsthand accounts of USAID’s earlier work and there are nearly 55 years of learning to capture before it is too late. Please read about the project here and make a pledge now.
UAA Development Conversations
The UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues is a series of interactive conversations on a broad range of topics relevant to the interests of international development professionals.
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.
– UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues:
– UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues:
New! On January 29, 2016, Mr. Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, gave a masterful presentation on “The Road from the Paris Climate Summit: The Critical Role of Sustainable Infrastructure”. He described how investment in developing countries’ immense needs for infrastructure can be met, consistent with the objective of protecting the climate, if the right policy choices are made and the critical role multilateral development banks must play is recognized. Hear the full audio of his presentation and the discussion here.
On December 4, 2015 Professor Steven Radelet of Georgetown University (and former Chief Economist of USAID) spoke about his new book – The Great Surge: The Ascent of Developing Countries. He spelled out with great clarity, eloquence and hard data the progress made by many developing countries in the past two decades. He expressed optimism that if the right policy decisions are made this progress could continue. Hear the full audio of his presentation and the discussion here and see his slides here.
Ambassador Jonathan Addleton
On December 2, 2015, Ambassador Jonathan Addleton kicked off what we hope will be a series of talks by USAID authors who are featured in the newly issued Bibliography of USAID Authors with a marvelous talk at the USAID Learning Center. He vividly described the joys and struggles of writing books while serving as a USAID Foreign Service Officer in several difficult and challenging posts. Hear the audio of his presentation here.
Where in the World
Updated Thru 12/15 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.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Alfredo Perez, Nyle Brady, Norman Brown, Robert McClusky, and Frederic Thomas. A full listing of alumni obituaries may be seen in the In Memoriam 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: email@example.com Attn: Memorials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Jobs/Volunteers.
Below are the most recent postings:
New! The ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks a Country Director who will be based in Cairo, Egypt. The CD will have overall responsibility for: compliance with host country laws and donor requirements, hiring and managing local staff, overseeing budget, and accountability for business funds, developing and implementing project work plans, recruiting and managing volunteer legal specialists and workshop faculty, and convening training and assessments, etc., while ensuring strong relationships with local partners, U.S. governmental officials, other international implementers. Qualifications: JD+7 years of experience implementing rule of law programs or master’s degree + 10 years international development experience, experience or knowledge of legal reform issues in Egypt or the MENA region, people management experience in a multicultural setting, experience managing a large grants portfolio, judicial reform experience. Arabic language proficiency is a plus. Apply at https://goo.gl/7hPKhh. 4/10
New! The ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks a short-term (approximately six months) Freedom of Expression (FOE) Advisor to be located in Bahrain for a program promoting freedom of expression in the Arabian Peninsula. The FOE Advisor will assist legal professionals, including lawyers, judges, and prosecutors, as well as civil society organizations gain knowledge and skills to influence the extent to which freedom of expression is protected in the Arabian Gulf and promote engagement among justice sector institutions on FOE issues. The candidate will be based in Bahrain. Qualifications are a JD or foreign equivalent and at least five years’ professional experience, proven experience with and expertise in freedoms of expression and information, and a proven ability to engage constructively with governments and civil society/media networks. Apply at: https://www.devex.com/en/jobs/415917. 4/10
New! USAID/Tunisia is seeking short term assistance in the following disciplines to develop a PAD for the Mission’s 2016-2018 program: program development (leadership of the PAD development), economic growth (specifically for economic analysis and packaging of economic issues as inputs for procurements) and democracy and governance (specifically to support decentralization and anti-corruption efforts). Tasks to be completed should require three to six months of LOE over the remainder of the calendar year. Please send expressions of interest to: Frankfurthr@usaid.gov.
New! AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization seeks applicants for several positions. Questions may be referred to: email@example.com. 1) Manager, Emergency Response (International Portfolio). This is a critical role in our Emergency Response team. Details at: http://bit.ly/1N2jb7K. 2) Manager, Emergency Response (Latin American and US Portfolio). Details at: http://bit.ly/1SOv6Vw. 3) Director of AmeriCares Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Details at: http://bit.ly/1Ts70C5.
New! AmeriCares, an emergeny response and global health organization seeks a Vice President for its newly formed Technical Unit. This is a critical leadership role with a real opportunity to impact our strategy. To find out more and to apply directly to the opportunity follow this link to our Talent Portal: http://bit.ly/1OVDKxh. Questions may be referred to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2/15
New! Jefferson Consulting Group, a well-respected, woman-owned small government consulting firm, seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as a Budget and Procurement Plan Analyst in support of the USAID Program Office in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The position is located in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with an anticipated duration of six months. Responsibilities include tracking the mission’s procurement plan and budget; adapting procurement and budget tools such as OPS Master and the budget and procurement plan; providing guidance to technical teams and program office; analyzing Mission budget data; preparing budget-related reports; and assisting in the development and implementation of new Development Objective Agreements with the Government of Tanzania. The full job description and a link to apply can be found here: http://app.jobvite.com/m?3PNLKhwT 2/3
New! AFSA has several job offerings. They can be viewed here.
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) www.afsa.org seeks a Director of Foreign Service Professional Issues in its Washington, DC headquarters office. This post is 30 hours per week plus benefits. This newly created director position will be responsible for supporting and managing a new unit designed to address key issues and trends impacting the career Foreign Service. The position requires Foreign Service experience or the individual will be retired Foreign Service. An ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of how the Foreign Service works and the capacity to do research, summarize clearly, make informed recommendations, and prepare briefing memos to guide AFSA principals in meetings with department officials and others. Please apply by January 4, 2016 by sending your resume and cover letter to AFSA at email@example.com, and specify “Director, Foreign Service Professional Issues.”
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 www.ofdajobs.net. 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: http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/bureaus/bureau-democracy-conflict-and-humanitarian-assistance/office-2.
– 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 OIGISPRecruitment@state.gov
– 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: peacecorps.gov/response. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.
- New! US Pledges $97M to Combat Ethiopia’s Drought (Washington Post) – The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia to combat one of the worst droughts in decades.
- New! USAID Employee Criticizes Shah (Diplopundit) – From a recently released Hillary Clinton email.
- New! Endangered Civil Society (Foreign Policy) – Around the world, governments are doing their best to strangle funding for the civilian groups that dare to challenge their power and hold them to account.
- New! Reference Manual for New Entry Foreign Service Officers This provides detailed information on policies and procedures related to training, assignments, performance assessment and promotion.
- New! U.S. Travelers Get Serious About Overseas Trip Security (Washington Post) – A litany of horrors has jolted frequent-flying foreign-aid workers, contractors and think tank researchers, including Friday’s attack on a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso.
- New! Asia Infrastructure Development Bank (Washington Post) – China’s new initiative is not necessarily contrary to US interests.
- New! Terrorist Attack on Burkina Faso Hotel (Washington Post) – No reported victims with USAID affiliation.
- USAID in Afghanistan – Letter to the Editor of the New York Times.*
- The 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for USAID – This report provides employee feedback about work environment, leadership and many other aspects of the organization.
- Another USAID Contractor Killed in Afghanistan (CBS News) – Lisa Marie Akbari was the victim of an apparent targeted terrorist attack.
- Leaving It Behind (The Economist) –How to rescue people from deep poverty – and why the best methods work.
- Senate Confirms Gayle Smith as Head of USAID (New York Times) – Despite bipartisan support for Ms. Smith in the Senate her confirmation had been tied up in a partisan fight over nominations. A full Senate vote on her confirmation had been held up by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
- Alan Gross’ First Interview Since His Release By Cuba (CBS News) – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who helped secure Gross’ release, told 60 Minutes that Gross’s work looked very much like the kind of thing the Cubans were accusing him of: spying.
- Chinese Development Investment In Africa (The Economist) – Western worries about China’s burgeoning influence in Africa may be overblown.
- Mia Beers: Helping in West Africa to Stop the Spread of Ebola(Washington Post) – On the ground coordination of the complex, high priority USG effort.
- Achieving USAID’s Local Spending Goal (Devex) – One of USAID Forward’s most notable features was an objective to program 30 percent of development assistance directly to local governments and civil society organizations. How has that worked out?
- USAID Contractor Killed in Mali (Washington Post): Anita Datar is the only known U.S. fatality from the Bamako hotel siege.
- Cardin Calls for Confirmation of State Department, USAID Nominees (Senate Press Release) – Prominent among these is Gayle Smith, who is proposed to be USAID Administrator.
- Africa’s Middle Class: Few and Far Between (The Economist) – Africans are mainly rich or poor, but not middle class. That should worry democrats.
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! OneVote16.org asked each candidate to go “on the record” with a video statement to say what they’d do to fight extreme poverty, if elected. There are short videos for each of the candidates that have responded.
- New! The new USAID International Data & Economic Analysis website (IDEA) is the Agency’s comprehensive source of economic and social data and analysis.
- November/December 2015 Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
- January 2016 – USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
- Mindless Foreign Aid is a new development blog by Tom Dichter. It addresses how foreign aid for development has become mindless. Dichter has nearly 50 years of experience promoting development in over sixty developing countries on four continents.
- Telling USAID’s Story – This is a new web page put together by LPA, the Agency’s public affairs office.
- Foreign Service Oral Histories (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) – Included are more than 1900 searchable oral histories completed over the past thirty years by individuals from USAID, State, USDA and Labor.
- Development Talk – A World Bank Blog – Interesting reading hosted by the Bank’s Chief Economist.
- 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.
- 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: email@example.com, Attn: Development Issues.
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 usaidalumni.org. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Website.