Graduation Day (10/21/16)

H graduated from FS training today. Since I’m off on Fridays I was able to attend with the boy. H’s career mentor and good friend Bob joined us. He was instrumental in helping her network within the USAID community and to get her to where she is today, and he was excited to attend. In fact, when H was going through the FS hiring process, we were debating two ways we could make this next step, and had dinner with Bob and his wife and discussed our options: Continue reading “Graduation Day (10/21/16)”


How to Become a USAID Foreign Service Officer

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As all government employees are aware, unless one is fortunate enough to fall under a “special hiring authority”, the Federal hiring process is often long, opaque, and sometimes painful. I was hired for my Federal position as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and was fortunate enough to be hired under the special authority that makes it easier to hire RPCVs. I simply sent in my resume to a job I saw on a listserv, was interviewed a month later, and hired the following month. It isn’t so easy for Foreign Service Officers. FSO positions require much more selectivity than run-of-the-mill bureaucrat jobs. Below is a rough timeline of H’s yearlong application process–and this does not yet include additional training or even mission placement. This is just to get hired. Disclaimer: This is what I remember from our conversations about the process. I’m probably leaving stuff out, but still…it’s a long, long process. Continue reading “How to Become a USAID Foreign Service Officer”