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    Ven Suresh

    Office of Origin: AID/A
    Notice Category: Executive Message
    Date of Announcement: July 8, 2020
    Distribution: USAID/General Notice

    The Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization is Operational

    I am pleased to announce that the Chief Human Capital Officer has approved the personnel actions to make the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) operational as of July 7, 2020. This means that all CPS staff may now work in their new positions and organizational units. This news is a major milestone in the Transformation of the U.S. Agency for International Development, as it marks the completion of the Relief, Response, and Resilience (R3) family of Bureaus.

    I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Marocco as Assistant to the Administrator (AtA) for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization. Earlier in the Trump Administration, Mr. Marocco was the Senior Bureau Official for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State, and he most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs. He brings a decade of experience in serving in conflict zones, has led large-scale rescue and resettlement operations for persecuted religious minorities, and holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.

    Robert Jenkins and Teresa McGhie will support AtA Marocco as the Deputy Assistant Administrators in the CPS Bureau.

    These designations are important to implementing our Agency’s Transformation, and to continuing to strengthen our core capabilities. The leaders named above have my full commitment and support as we carry out our vision for CPS; please join me in congratulating them.

    The Bureau’s designated leadership will now begin notifying CPS staff of their reassignments and realignments in the new structure. The Agency’s Restructuring Support Teams (RSTs) in the Bureau for Management (M) and the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM) will take additional steps to implement our Transformation in the Agency’s systems and processes, including by hosting a two-day event for all CPS staff called the Transformation Delivered Offsite. (Read more here.)

    About CPS

    The CPS Bureau works with USAID Missions, as well as U.S. Embassies in non-presence countries, to contribute to peace and stability through programs, funding, and technical services that focus on the social, communal, and political aspects of crises and political transition. CPS is USAID’s dedicated team for technical and analytical expertise on peace-building, conflict, and the prevention of violence, and responds to complex crises and opportunities to support communities on the Journey to Self-Reliance.

    You can find more information regarding the purpose, vision, and strategy of CPS here. You can always learn more about our Transformation by reading these Frequently Asked Questions.

    About R3

    Making CPS operational completes the activation of the R3 family of Bureaus, which also includes the Bureaus for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). The integrative approach of R3 represents a breakthrough in forming a more robust and comprehensive link between mitigating and responding to crises and sustainable development.

    A new, Principal-level Associate Administrator position in the Office of the Administrator leads the R3 family of Bureaus. This position reports directly to the Administrator, and is responsible for the development of policies for and the implementation, oversight, and management of BHA, CPS, and RFS. Trey Hicks, the AtA for BHA, currently is performing the duties of the position as the alter ego to the Associate Administrator, pending confirmation of our nominee by the U.S. Senate.

    Updates to the Automated Directives System (ADS) for CPS
    • ADS Chapter 101 now describes the functions of CPS, which include functions from the former Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA).
    • ADS Chapter 103 now notes that CPS holds delegations of authority from the former DCHA.

    This is an important moment that fulfills key structural changes of our Transformation. I am grateful for the tireless efforts of everyone involved in making the creation of CPS possible, in particular the Bureau’s leadership and planning teams. I also offer thanks to our colleagues from the RSTs in HCTM, the M Bureau, and the Office of the General Counsel for their guidance along this complex, intricate, and consultative process.


    John Barsa

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