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UAA Calendar

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

Monday, October 24, 2016 – 10:00 – Noon –“Endangered Threads Documentaries and the Maya Textile Tradition”.  Paul and Kathleen Vitale (retired USAID/Peace Corps) tell the story of how they are documenting in video the traditional Maya weaving of Guatemala and Mexico through their Endangered Threads Documentaries NGO.  This is the fourth in a series of discussions with USAID authors drawn from the UAA bibliographyThis event will take place at DACOR.

Friday, November 18, 2016 –noon. The UAA Economic Growth & Institutional Development book group will hold its next meeting at the Circle Bistro Restaurant at Washington Circle. The reading is a review of the challenges in education titled “The Need for Accountability in Education in Developing Countries”, by Isaac M. Mbiti, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2016. For further information contact Juan Buttari at

The 2016 UAA Annual General Meeting

October 21, 2016  Center for Global Development headquarters in Washington, DC.  

 Main Theme: Learning from History

The program will feature an introductory panel on “Learning from History of US Foreign Assistance 1789-1950,” moderated by Susan Reichle, USAID, with John Sanbrailo, Director, PADF; Julia Irwin, USF/Tampa, and Curt Tarnoff, Congressional Research Service.

In the second session panelists Michael Pillsbury, Jim Fox and Larry Heilman will discuss Lessons from USAID Country Experience,” focusing on lessons from Taiwan, Korea, Costa Rica and Bolivia.

The final panel will focus on “Lessons from the past for the next Administation,” moderated by John Norris, with former administrators Peter McPherson, Brian Atwood and Henrietta Holsman-Fore.”

To view the full AGM agenda, click here.

Register for the AGM here.

Note that CGD is located at 2055 L St. NW, Washington, DC.

Report on UAA Activities

Please click here to read the 2016 UAA Progress Report and Preliminary Plans for 2017.  

UAA Board Election


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 membership for two-year terms. Incumbents may serve for up to two consecutive terms.

UAA members who have made a membership contribution for 2016 are eligible to vote.  Elections are conducted electronically beginning six weeks before the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which this year is scheduled for Friday, October 21.  All voting will be on-line; there will be no paper ballots at the actual AGM. Results will be announced at the conclusion of the AGM.

Board Seat Openings in 2015

  • This coming October, three UAA Board members will be completing the terms to which they were elected: Nancy Pielemeier, David Cohen, and Tish Butler.
  • Nancy Pielemeier and David Cohen were re-elected in 2014 and will have served for two consecutive terms and therefore are ineligible to compete for another term.  Their terms expire in October 2016.
  • Tish Butler is completing her first term and, thus, is eligible for re-election.  She has agreed to seek a second term.
  • Franklin Moore, George Hill, John Heard, and Carol Peasley were elected to serve on the Board in October 2015 for the period ending October 2017.  They will all continue to serve until their terms expire.

Qualifications to Serve on the Board

This past June and July, the UAA Board’s Nominating Committee went out with messages to all registered alumni seeking expressions of interest in serving on the Board for the 2016-2018 period.  Three highly qualified candidates agreed to be placed on the ballot. The Nominating Committee and the current Board concur that these three individuals reflect the qualities we seek in Board membership:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the UAA’s goals and objectives;
  • Ability to represent the interests of the UAA and its registered alumni in diverse external and internal settings;
  • Experience and skills in the fiduciary, social and development areas covered by UAA activities;
  • A strong record of teamwork; and
  • Willingness and ability to attend Board and other meetings regularly.

The need to promote diversity and fill gaps in Board membership with regard to gender, regional areas of service, age groups, periods of service, types of appointment and technical skills is an additional factor considered in preparing our recommended slate.  The objective is to have a Board composition that reflects the diversity of the alumni community.


We are pleased to inform the UAA membership that the slate of candidates recommended for election (listed alphabetically) is composed of:

  • Letitia (Tish) Butler (running for re-election after her initial “special” one-year term on the Board)
  • Juan Buttari (running for his first term on the Board)
  • Barbara Seligman (running for her first term on the Board)
  • The ballot allows for write-in candidates.

Eligibility to vote

As a reminder, only those Alumni who have made a membership contribution in 2016 may vote. The membership contribution levels are:

  • $75 for alumni residing within 50 miles of Washington, DC;
  • $50 for alumni residing elsewhere in the United States;
  • $25 for FSNs and alumni residing abroad.

Please click here to read the biographical statements by each of the three recommended candidates and cast your electronic vote today.

 2016 UAA Picnic



The UAA Annual Picnic was held on Saturday, August 6. We returned to our outstanding venue at Fort Hunt Park, near Mount Vernon. The fun was shared by some 70 Alumni, family members and friends who enjoyed the congenial gathering along with the clear weather, refreshing breeze and abundant potluck food. This is the largest group ever to join us at this summer event. View additional photos here. (Photo credit: Renuka Iyer and Peg Nicastro)

2016 UAA Membership Survey

The USAID Alumni Association sent an email to all 905 registered members in its member database in late January 2016 with links to the Annual Membership Survey.  There were responses from 94 members, a 10.3% response rate.

Questions focused on the UAA newsletter; UAA website; UAA 2015 events; opportunities outside the DC area; public speaking on international development; interest in participation in UAA activities related to our goals; and other ideas for UAA activities. This report is organized according to these categories.

Overall, the tenor of comments was positive and constructive, reflecting a high level of participation by those who are engaged with the organization.

To see the final survey report, click here.

UAA 2016-18 Strategic Plan

Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan: The UAA Board approved an updated Statement of UAA Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan for 2016-2018. This statement provides a medium-term guide for the work of the UAA. It is intended to be a working document that will be reviewed and revised from time to time to reflect evolving circumstances. Members are invited to provide comments and suggestions on the goals and implementing actions at any time. 

Bibliography of USAID Authors

Updated 5/16 The May 2016 update includes several new items (highlighted in blue) that readers will want to check out.

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.

The bibliography will be updated quarterly. To add titles, email John Pielemeier at, with a copy to

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/DACOR Development Dialogues:

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.

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

Sir Gordon Conway

New!  On September 20, Sir Gordon Conway, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation and Chief Scientist for the UK aid program, spoke at the International Food Policy Research Institute in a program jointly sponsored by the UAA and IFPRI.  At this first such collaboration between IFPRI and the UAA, Sir Gordon laid out a comprehensive case for whySustainable Intensification is the Answer to Global Food Insecurity“. See his presentation here.

Sam Worthington

On August 1, Sam Worthington, CEO of InterAction, the largest US alliance of international NGOs, gave a far-reaching presentation about “The Change We Seek: The Evolving Role of U.S. NGOs in a Shifting AID Landscape”, bringing his audience up to date on major changes affecting this ever more important and diverse group of development partners. Hear Sam’s talk and Q&As here and read his talking points here.

Alex Thier

On June 29, former USAID head of PPL Alex Thier gave a sweeping, optimistic and insightful presentation at DACOR on “The US Development Agenda 2020: What the Next Four Years Could (Should) Bring” with strong emphasis on, inter alia, inclusive economic growth.   Hear Alex’s full talk here.

Where in the World

Updated Thru 1/16  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.

Alumni News

In Memoriam:

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Peter SellarLarry HarrisonLloyd JonnesMiriam LabbokJoseph FreedmanWilliam Clatanoff, and Peter GeithnerA 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: 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! USAID Mission Support Consultant – Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project Apply by October 1st, 2017. Roles & Responsibilities: For an interim period, the Mission Support Consultant will be responsible for providing technical and management support to USAID Missions’ health programs and managing the day-to-day activities on specified Health Office needs. Qualifications: Master’s or Doctorate in public health or related field; familiarity with USAID health programs and policies; experience working at USAID; technical expertise in one of the following areas: MNCH, FP/RH, nutrition, health systems strengthening, HIV, TB, malaria, or related field; strong leadership and communications skills; experience working in a developing country settings; and proficient in English. This is a 1-6-month contract; location will vary. If interested, e-mail your CV and cover letter to, with “Mission Support” on the subject line.

New! Interim PEPFAR Coordinator – Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project Apply by October 1st, 2016. Roles & Responsibilities: For an interim period, lead an in-country PEPFAR interagency team. Location will vary, depending on GH Pro assignment. This is a 1-6 month contract position. Qualifications: 8+ years of senior experience managing PEPFAR, HIV/AIDS, health, or other development programs; strong interpersonal and communication skills, including experience working with host government officials, civil society partners, and other stakeholders; willingness to travel to work sites; advanced degree in public health or related field; proficiency in English and other languages, such as French or Portuguese, highly desired; Facility Access or USG Security Clearance preferred and must be a U.S. citizen. If interested, e-mail your CV and cover letter, with “PEPFAR Coordinator” on the subject line.

New! Dexis is seeking a Social Media and Strategic Communications Specialist to lead distribution of Agency-wide messaging and integrated content across USAID managed social media platforms. This position will be in D.C. Responsibilities: 1) Coordinate across teams to develop and execute social media strategies and tactics, 2) Moderate photo and video clip editing or creation of digital assets, 3) Respond to social media inquiries and comments in real time, 4) Update and implement a strategic social media strategy and best practices style guide, 5) Design and support implementation of strategic communications campaigns and provide event support. Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of experience in a relevant field is required, 2) Experience in managing multiple communications and social media platforms, including Twitter required, 3) Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance is required. For more information, click here. 10/15

New! Dexis is seeking mid- and senior level specialists to provide as-needed TDY and surge outreach, communication and reporting support services to USAID, Asia Bureau. Successful candidates will be placed on a roster to deploy to overseas missions or Washington on an as-needed basis. This is a contract position. Responsibilities: 1) Provide backstopping support to Asia Bureau, (DOC) Officers in Asia Missions as points of contact for outreach, communications, media, social media, reporting, and public information requests, 2) Assist the Bureau and Missions in developing and updating standard Mission communications products, and 3) Provide support to Missions to create, execute and monitor outreach and communications strategies. Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years in communications with USAID or USAID implementing partner, 2) Success in creating, executing and monitoring high-level communications through a variety of media, 3) Experience drafting and clearing speeches and talking points, press releases, and public documents, and 4) Strong skills in creating content for social media platforms, particularly Twitter and Facebook. For more information, click here. 10/15

New! Dexis is seeking a Program Specialist to provide Democracy, Governance, Peace and Security (DGPS) expertise to USAID. This position will be in Washington, D.C., in the Asia Bureau, OTS. This is a short-term position. Responsibilities: 1) Develop and provide timely information, updates, expert analysis, briefs, and recommendations for action, 2) Review project proposals, requests for funding, project reports, impact assessments, policy papers. 3) Assist with review and response to Mission strategies, performance reports, and other documentation. And 4) Assist the Bureau and Missions in design, development, and evaluation of DGPS sector activities. Qualifications: 1) Master’s Degree in relevant field and a minimum of 4 years professional experience, 2) Experience with USAID project and management procedures. 3) Technical experience related to countering violent extremism, human rights, and political processes, and 4) Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. For more information, click here. 10/15

New! The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks a Resident Program Manager/Sr Program Manager for Political Parties in Tunisia. Successful applicants must have solid management skills and experience working with political parties to implement a program that assists political parties to increase engagement with citizens, develop responsive campaigns, and integrate women and youth in party activities. The Program Manager will design and conduct activities such as consultations, training workshops, and inter-party forums, and maintain regular contact with program participants and partners. NDI seeks candidates with leadership and management skills, coupled with significant political experience. Relevant professional experience working within political party structures and/or in local or national government is expected. Fluent French or Arabic is preferred. This position will be based in Tunis, with frequent travel throughout the country to meet program goals. It is anticipated that this will be an unaccompanied post. Apply by Oct 1 at

New! The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks a Resident Director to be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to manage and implement democracy assistance programs to promote political party development, constituent relations by national and local elected officials, and political participation through grassroots organization and advocacy as well as citizen oversight by nongovernmental organizations. The Resident Director will report to the Regional Director for Eurasia based in Washington, DC, and will serve as NDI’s primary in-country representative to host and donor government officials as well as local partner organizations. Position is available November 15, 2016 and subject to USAID approval. NDI will cover costs associated with one dependent only; tuition allowance will not provided for this post. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Please visit NDI’s website to apply before October 1:

AFSA has several job offerings. They can be viewed here.

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:

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.

  • USAID Map – Find a country and click on its USAID stories and results.
  • NGO Aid Map This an InterAction initiative that provides detailed information on members’ work around the world through a web-based mapping platform.
  • New! September 2016 USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
  • New! July September/October 2016  Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
  • 2015 Update 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 Good Country Index – This is an index that measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity and to the planet.
  • 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.
  • The new USAID International Data & Economic Analysis website  (IDEA) is the Agency’s comprehensive source of economic and social data and analysis.
  • 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:, 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 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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