We’re Moving to the Island of Hispaniola!

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Also known as Haiti! As of right now, we’re scheduled to move out there in September 2017, but all of that is subject to negotiation with the Mission. It’s a 2-year post, so we can expect to call this our home until around¬†summer of 2019.

We are very excited about our assignment to Haiti and here’s why: Continue reading “We’re Moving to the Island of Hispaniola!”

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The Prelude To The Post About Our First Post

Let’s talk a little about Foreign Aid and why I think it’s important (and why I’m here).

Foreign aid and the work that USAID and its partners do directly contributes to our security at home, which is a fact that is widely accepted by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The way USAID has explained the national security strategy (in a simplified form) to its employees is a “3-D strategy” (bear with me here). But I’m not talking about 3 dimensional; I’m talking about the three Ds: Defense, Diplomacy, and Development, and they are each equally important. Continue reading “The Prelude To The Post About Our First Post”

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”