Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 11:30 – 1:30 Alex Thier, Founder and CEO of Triple Helix and until recently head of USAID’s Policy, Planning, and Learning Bureau (PPL), will speak at a Development Dialogue at DACOR on “The US Development Agenda 2020: What the Next Four Years Could (Should) Bring”?
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 10:00 to Noon – Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer of InterAction will speak on “The Change We Seek: The Evolving Role of U.S. NGOs in a Shifting Aid Landscape”. This event is part of the UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue series held at DACOR, 1801 F St. NW, Washington, DC.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Save the date! Fifth Annual UAA Summer Picnic will be held again this year at Fort Hunt in Alexandria, Virginia.
5th Annual UAA Summer Picnic August 6
SAVE THE DATE! JOIN THE FUN!
Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria, VA
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Noon – 3:00 pm
The USAID ALUMI ASSOCIATION will have its annual picnic on Saturday August 6 at Fort Hunt picnic area. Our get together is scheduled from noon till 3:00pm. We hope everyone will come and bring other USAID Alumni, children, guitars, games, etc. The parking lot is a very short, convenient distance to the sheltered picnic area so we will proceed rain or shine.
This year we decided to repeat our successful pot luck so that people can bring dishes to share. We will provide non-alcoholic beverages, table covers, paper goods, cups and plastic ware.
Please bring one dish sufficient for 6 to 8 people. If you have a special dish that would be great. Otherwise, bring a dish according to the following categories:
-People with last names between A and D are requested to bring an appetizer.
-People with last names between E and M are requested to bring a salad or side dish
-People with last names between N and R are requested to bring a main dish
-People with last names between S and Z are requested to bring a dessert
We will provide soft drinks and water, but please bring your own wine and beer – and some to share. The area has a liquor license, but for wine and beer only.
In order to have adequate water and soft drinks available, please let us know that you are coming and with how many adults and children. RSVP to email@example.com
Directions: From Interstate 395, take exit 10B for the southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway. Merge onto the parkway and continue for about 12 miles. Turn right onto Fort Hunt Road and continue to the Park. The UAA picnic will again be held in site B-001. Fort Hunt is South of Alexandria and just north of Mount Vernon.
For further directions go to http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/forthunt.htm
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.
THE 2016 UAA “ALUMNI OF THE YEAR” AWARDS PROGRAM
As previously announced, the UAA will continue to recognize at its Annual General Meeting significant contributions by USAID alumni. The “Alumni of the Year” awards are intended to recognize and celebrate new paths taken by USAID alumni to provide service to their communities and improve the lives of others at home and abroad. Since its inception in 2014, this awards program has honored five outstanding alumni whose contributions to their communities have inspired us all. The UAA Awards Committee is now receiving nominations for the “2016 Alumni of the Year” awards and will continue to do so until July 31. There are impressive contributions among our alumni community waiting to be recognized by our fellow alumni. Don’t wait until the last minute to share those stories. For full details about the Award and how to make nominations, click here.
UAA Annual Spring Reception
The UAA spring reception was held at DACOR on Sunday, June 5th, drawing a crowd of about 80 UAA members, spouses and invited USAID guests, including recently appointed mission directors and deputies in town for a conference. Co-chairs Carol Peasley and Tish Butler updated the group on the growth of UAA’s membership and activities. USAID counselor Susan Reichle thanked UAA for its support of the agency through policy reviews, the mentoring program, and its efforts to document and draw lessons from history.
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.
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/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.
New! On June 6, USAID Philippines FSO Dan Miller, the third speaker in the USAID Authors series, gave a delightful and wide-ranging talk entitled “Photos and Tales of Asian Nomads: The Experience of a USAID Author/Photographer”, Dan told many entertaining stories, illustrated his comments with beautiful photographs and also gave many tips on how best to design and publish photography books. Hear Dan’s presentation and see his slides.
New! On May 9, former USAID Deputy Administrator and current President and CEO of World Learning Don Steinberg, spoke on “Trading Places: USAID Forward and the Global Development Environment: A Partner’s Perspective”. From his unique vantage point he described the USAID he and Raj Shah found when they began their tenure, what was accomplished and how the agency looks now to the head of a mid-size NGO. Listen to Don’s talk here or read a text version.
On March 23, Bloomberg News global food correspondent Alan Bjerga gave a wide-ranging talk entitled “To Feed Everyone, We Need Everyone: Food Security in the 21st Century”. At this latest UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue, he addressed the question – “How can the poor world be fed while the rich world maintains a healthy diet?” Hear Alan’s talk and the follow-up Q&A’s here and see the associated slides 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.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Ed Donoghue, Charles Blankstein, Michael Feldstein, John Clary, Richard Newberg, Dick Harger, and Donald Easum. 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 National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Resident Advisor (or Sr Advisor) for Parliamentary Programs to implement a new multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID program to strengthen parliament and electoral processes in Burma/Myanmar. He/she will report to the Sr. Resident Country Director in Yangon. A well-qualified candidate will possess broad knowledge of national and subnational governance and the ability to administer program activities, finances, and personnel in a challenging environment. This position is contingent upon the availability of USAID funding for NDI programs in Burma/Myanmar and is subject to USAID approval. This position is based in the capital city, Naypyidaw, and is currently anticipated to start in the summer of 2016. Please apply by July 15 to www.ndi.org/careers
New! The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking to hire a resident senior program manager to implement a six-month technical assistance program to strengthen political processes in Afghanistan. A well-qualified candidate will possess broad knowledge of civil society and political party engagement in electoral reform processes as well as the ability to administer program activities, finances, and personnel in a challenging environment. This position is based in Kabul and anticipated to start in July 2016. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Please visit NDI’s website at: www.ndi.org/careers to apply. This is an unaccompanied posting.
New! Chief of Party Opportunity in Bangladesh: Political Party expertise & USAID experience required. The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has been involved in Bangladesh since 1988. It has conducted a range of programs to assist Bangladeshis in efforts to consolidate democracy and increase citizen participation. The Institute has worked to expand democratic processes within the four major political parties by encouraging multi-party dialogue, strengthening the role of parliament, increasing constituency outreach, and enhancing the legitimacy of the electoral process. In addition, NDI has worked closely with Bangladeshi nongovernmental organizations on strategic planning, program development and election monitoring, and has provided technical assistance in promoting citizen participation in the democratic process. Position is based in Dhaka and reports to Regional Director for Asia based in DC. Position is contingent upon funding. Visit NDI’s website to apply by June 30: :http://www.ndi.org/careers
New! Job opening: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), International Youth Foundation, Baltimore, MD. Seeking strategic-thinking finance expert to lead finance, operations, and admin at entrepreneurial nonprofit that has a budget of $24 million and staff of 125 in Baltimore and several field offices around the world. To see complete job announcement, including application instructions, go to: http://slesingermanagement.com/announcements/IYF-CFO.pdf 6/25 *
New! The International Atomic Agency (IAEA) will soon begin a search for a US representative on its Standing Advisory Committee on Technical Cooperation (SAGTAC). While a number of SAGTAC representatives are from the scientific side, a development perspective is especially valuable. Qualified candidates should be senior development professionals with USAID experience as a Mission Director and/or DAA with a flexible schedule as SAGTAC meetings could take place at any time during the year. Appointments are made year-to-year and renewed as determined by the Director General of the IAEA and the USG. The person selected is not considered a USG officer and his/her views and participation in the Committee’s work are not treated as the views of the USG. The US Energy Department pays for the usual transportation and per diem costs, as well as a very modest honorarium, to cover the US representative’s expenses for the one week per year that the SAGTAC meets. Please send expressions of interest, along with an updated CV highlighting relevant senior-level development experience to email@example.com no later than June 30, 2016. For more information, click here.
USAID’s Policy, Programming and Learning Bureau (PPL) is often seeking experienced Program/Project Development Officers to support numerous Missions’ needs, often during the summer period. PPL strives to place in-coming 02/94s to meet certain discrete TDY needs as part of their professional development, but often such needs can be better supported by or in conjunction with more experienced officers. We are often particularly seeking those that have had Government-to-Government programming and ‘local solutions’-oriented experiences and still have a relatively current understanding of USAID’s interest in enhanced program management practices. Some of these requests are for higher-visibility programs such as Somalia, Haiti, and Nigeria. Missions are often able to arrange for these engagements, developing Positions Descriptions of Scopes of Work for anticipated PSCs. Interested applicants should please send their current resumes and a cover letter of interest to Rand Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org, the BS 02/94 Backstop Development Coordinator. 7/15
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 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.
– 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 email@example.com.
(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! Foreign Aid – Misplaced (The Economist) – Aid is best spent in poor, well-governed countries. That isn’t always where it goes.
- New! Contractors Sound Alarm Over New USAID Guidance (Devex) – A trade group for U.S. development companies has asked USAID to withdraw and revise its most recent guidance on acquisition and assistance, which, they believe, gives preference to grants over contracts.
- New! Obama has written to the family members of slain LGBT rights activist and USAID FSN Xulhaz Manna (Dhaka Tribune) – Offers official condolences.
- New! The U.S. Department of State recently launched the Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) “to more quickly mobilize family members to fill available positions in missions overseas.”
- New! China becomes Global Leader in Development Finance (Financial Times)- China’s development lending eclipses loans from all six western-backed multilateral institutions.
- New! As Humanitarian Needs Grow, USAID Chief Says the World Must Act (Reuters) – Gayle Smith describs a global humanitarian system stretched to the limit by the number of disasters and a growing funding gap compounded by emergency responses that cost more than traditional relief methods.
- New! Thin on Influence, World Humanitarian Summit Will Tackle Aid Crisis (New York Times) – Where is the initiative on aid today? Comparing and contrasting the UN and bilateral aid agencies with philanthropy. Competitors? Collaborators?
- New! How To Make Better Development Investment Choices (Economist) – An interesting example from Bangladesh.
- New! Delivering Foreign Agricultural Aid to Africa—What Works? (Foreign Service Journal) The record of U.S. agricultural development assistance in Africa over the years is uneven. Here’s how involving agribusiness and trade associations can help.
- New! Retirement Planning 101 (Foreign Service Journal) Life after the Foreign Service begins with planning. Here’s how to get started.
- New! Is Jim Kim Destroying the World Bank — or Saving it From Itself? (Foreign Policy) The good doctor Kim is out to salvage the bank’s global relevance. But his radical reforms have critics calling for his head.
- American Farm Subsidies Cause Damage at Home and Abroad (Washington Post) – The USDA has come under fire for planning to donate 500 metric tons of surplus U.S.-grown peanuts to Haiti. Such aid represents subsidized foreign competition for Haiti’s peanut growers, who are struggling to supply the local market.
- Death of USAID Bangladesh FSN Xulhaz Mannan (Slate) LGBTQ activist Xulhaz Mannan, a USAID FSN, and his friend Tanay Majumder, a policeman, were hacked to death in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Read Administrator Smith’s comments here.
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.
- March/April 2016 Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
- June 2016 – USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
- The Good Country Index – This is an index that measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity and to the planet.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com Attn: Website.