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The Asia Foundation: President and CEO

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Volunteer Opportunity: 

Roster of Resource Persons to Advise on Localization

UAA, in collaboration with USAID’s Design to Procurement & Implementation (D2PI) Working Group, is seeking to identify members to join a list of potential resource persons on various aspects of the Agency’s localization initiative. Participation would be on a voluntary basis.

The D2PI Working Group is made up of representatives from OAA, PPL, and GC. It works on clarifying and streamlining USAID’s design, procurement and implementation processes to help USAID staff work in more efficient and collaborative ways.

The DWPI Working Group and UAA have developed a list of topics for which the Working Group may seek advice from our members. These include:

  1. Integrating diverse local perspectives into strategic planning and design
  2. Choice of instruments and partners
  3. Use of Government-to-Government (G2G) instruments
  4. Strengthening capacity of local organizations
  5. Strengthening capacity of local NGO Boards
  6. Strengthening internal systems of local organizations
  7. Outsourcing and partnering options for local organizations as means of complying with USAID requirements
  8. Strengthening M&E systems of local organizations
  9. Assisting local organizations ability to respond to USAID solicitations
  10.  Streamlining USAID award processes for local awards to enhance local initiative
  11. Identifying steps to decrease cost to local organizations for co-creation
  12. Managing change within USAID
  13. Working with non-traditional partners

We encourage you to join our roster of resource persons: If interested, please respond to Stephen Haykin at smhaykin@gmail.com and Gail Spence at gmsleo319@outlook.com by July 8, with the following information: 

  • Name
  • E-Mail address
  • Position(s) Held at USAID
  • Current Position (if applicable)
  • Area(s) of expertise related to Localization (from list above)

Thank you for your consideration.
USAID Alumni Association, Development Issues Committee

 

DACOR Now Recruiting Mentors for GWU & UDC Students

After a major expansion of its mentoring programs last year, DACOR has now opened recruiting both new and returning volunteers for the 2022-23 academic year. To sign up, simply go to “Mentor Application” and fill out the form.

The preferred date for mentor signup is July 15.

DACOR members are able to use a single, online system to enroll as a mentor for students at both of DACOR’s university partners – the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University (GWU) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

How to Enroll

To enroll online, DACOR members answer a few short questions and provide (copy and paste accepted) a bio or resume detailing their international experience. They will be asked to indicate a preference for one or more of the four mentoring options: the undergraduate global studies program at UDC; or one of three graduate programs at GWU — Asian Studies (AS), Latin American/Hemispheric Studies (LAHS), or International Development Studies (IDS).

In past years, DACOR has encouraged a one-to-one pairing between mentors and students. This year, mentors will have the option of pairing with up to two students. When signing up, mentors will be asked to sign off electronically on a pair of due diligence forms. Completion of those forms is necessary before mentors can be assigned a student.

Mentor Orientations Planned

Mentor orientations are tentatively scheduled for late July and early August to acquaint mentors with the programs’ operations. A “get-to-know-you” social event for participating mentors and students is planned for the fall at DACOR Bacon House.

“Our expectation for the coming academic year is that we will see some modest growth in the program after last year’s expansion from 17 graduate students from GWU to over 60, in addition to adding ten undergraduates at UDC,” noted Tom Brannan, Chair of DACOR’s Public Outreach Committee. “Once again, we’re expecting our largest cohort of students coming from GWU’s International Development Studies program where women made up all but a few of the 40 students who signed up for the mentoring program. With that demographic in mind, we are especially interested in attracting more mentors who have experience with USAID and NGOs,” said Brannan. “In the UDC program, where women undergraduates interested in careers in Latin America are expected to be the single largest group, we’re hoping to enroll additional mentors with that area of expertise,” he noted.

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Digital Strategy Workforce Expert

USAID, through DAI, is seeking a Digital Strategy Workforce Expert, possibly a retired USAID FSO, to support USAID’s Technology Division and HCTM in developing Digital Development Competencies for USAID’s workforce. The work is part-time and possibly remotely located. Here is the Scope of Work.

Under USAID’s Digital Strategy adopted in 2020, USAID wants to build the skills of USAID employees to understand the risks and opportunities that digital technology provides in solving development challenges. USAID is drawing on its Digital Frontiers contract with DAI to recruit an expert to support the effort to build USAID staff skills.

The Expert’s tasks include managing a USAID process for incorporating digital competencies into individual USAID backstops. The Expert’s Level of Effort initially cannot exceed 70 days during the period of July 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023, but there may be a possibility to extend. Location is flexible but the Expert must be available during Washington DC work hours.

The solicitation specifies that “The Digital Strategy Workforce Expert must have strong knowledge of USAID’s internal processes, competencies structure, backstops, and HCTM. The candidate is not required to be familiar with digital development or digital technology; extensive experience with USAID’s foreign service is required … minimum ten years of experience working for USAID as a career Foreign Service Officer or Civil Servant, or minimum fifteen years working with USAID as a contractor or implementing partner on issues related to human resources or workforce development.”

Applications go to DAI, but the Technology Division’s Deputy Director, Alicia Contreras-Donello, would welcome questions via email (acontreras@usaid.gov), phone (202-712-0555), or video chat.

 
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Director, Financial Resources Management (D-1)

• Executive-level, Full-time staff position
• Posted on 9 May 2022
• Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
• Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
• Closing on 8 June 2022

Job Description:
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Director, Financial Resources Management (D-1)
Position: Director of Financial Resources Management
Company: Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
Location: Washington, DC
Reporting Relationship: Director of Administration
Website: https://www.paho.org/

The Opportunity
The Director will be responsible for overseeing the management of the Organization’s financial resources, including developing and evaluating policies, procedures, and practices that impact the financial and accounting processes of the Organization. This executive will integrate efforts, output, and operations into a cohesive and effective financial management program.
The scope of work is broad in nature and covers a diverse range of relevant subject areas. Work demands are of significant complexity requiring the integration of the technical aspects of financial management, often under considerable organizational, political, and legal constraints. Work requires the incumbent to plan, coordinate, and direct the achievement of diverse and complex objectives through providing sound leadership and management of staff, control of the Organization’s financial resources and the planning and implementation of medium and long-term innovations to policies, processes and strategies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities, Technical Expertise and the Application Process are also available here: 

https://usaidalumni.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/PAHO-Director-of-Finance-Vacancy.docx
 
 
 
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Immediate Detail Opportunity under an FSO Recall Appointment: Liaison to State Department Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has two immediate opportunities for senior-level (FS-01/GS-15 and above) details as the USAID liaisons to State Department Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE).

Retired FSOs who are interested in serving for 1-2 years on a recall appointment should reach out to Sheila Samuels ssamuels@usaid.gov and cc Diane Moore at dimoore@usaid.gov who are happy to provide more information.

CARE is the State Department’s unit facilitating the relocation and resettlement in the United States of Afghan individuals to whom we have a commitment. Additional information regarding CARE and Operational Allies Welcome (OAW) is provided below.

USAID has maintained a senior liaison at the State Department to coordinate relocations since August 2021. This established position advocates for USAID’s interests while policy and operational decisions are made; prepares USAID’s executive leadership to engage inter-agency partners; and leads a portfolio with CARE. This position is exclusively focused on relocation and is distinct from any Afghanistan programmatic work.

The selected candidates should anticipate regular engagement at the highest levels of USAID and the Department of State. This is a unique opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the work of relocating Afghans at risk while gaining a unique insight into the decision-making process at the Department of State and the National Security Council.

This detail is full-time, in-person at the State Department’s Harry S. Truman building. This detail is not eligible for telework. A Top Secret security clearance is required (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information [TS/SCI] is preferred).

CARE
CARE leads the State Department’s contributions to the complex issues related to the U.S. Government’s efforts to facilitate the relocation and resettlement in the United States of Afghan individuals to whom we have a commitment. This includes efficient and effective coordination across the interagency and with international partners, as well as outreach to our colleagues in Congress, our press corps, and to others. CARE is managed along four primary areas of responsibility: relocation out of Afghanistan, third-country transit and processing outside the United States, resettlement in the United States, and overall outreach and engagement. Additional information on the State Department’s response is available online.

OAW
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the lead Federal agency coordinating the U.S. Government’s effort to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. Additional information on OAW is available on the DHS website.

 
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USAID-UAA Mentoring Program – Volunteer Needed!

Next year, the USAID/UAA Mentoring program will be entering its 10th year of supporting field-based FSOs. During this time over 335 mentorship pairs have been matched, and evaluations reflect the mentees’ overwhelmingly positive experiences. We’ve grown from Cohorts of about 20 mentees, up to a record 77 matches in Cohort 10

As we look to continue the Program’s successes over the next 10 years, the Strengthening USAID Committee is looking to add volunteers to the Committee.

Initially, we need a volunteer to help organize and standardize the Mentoring Program’s digital records of the Mentoring Program. You haven’t been a mentor before, you say? No problem! We are basing our file organizations on the Google Suite applications, so while no prior knowledge of the mentoring program is needed, some familiarity with Docs, Sheets, and Forms would be helpful.

We’ll be looking for other volunteers as well in the coming months, so if you have some time to help the Strengthening USAID Committee, please contact Rose Rakas or Alicia Dinerstein at office@usaidalumni.org.

 
 
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AFSA Seeks Candidate for Board Secretary

AFSA seeks to fill the position of Secretary on its Governing Board due to an unexpected departure of the incumbent. This is a volunteer position (i.e. not detailed to AFSA on official time). The term of office is from June 2022 through July 15, 2023. AFSA encourages candidates of all backgrounds to submit their interest in serving as the AFSA Secretary.

The Secretary is one of three officer positions on the Governing Board, along with the President and Treasurer. AFSA members from all constituencies, whether active-duty or retired, are eligible. The Governing Board will accept applications, which should include a statement of interest and a resume, until COB Friday April 1, 2022. Please send all materials to Executive Assistant Amber Dukes at dukes@afsa.org.

The Secretary’s main duties are to act as the keeper of the association’s official records (which includes chairing the minutes approval committee) and to chair the association’s Governance Committee, which is charged with leading any possible efforts to amend AFSA’s bylaws. Such an effort is currently underway, so the incumbent would need to have the time and flexibility to devote the required attention to the process. Additional details on the position can be found here.

The Secretary must also attend monthly Governing Board meetings (third Wednesday of each month) and Executive Committee meetings (first Wednesday of each month).

Any questions should be directed to Ms. Dukes at dukes@afsa.org.

 

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