5 job application tips from USAID's chief of talent

A field technician from a U.S. Agency for International Development program coaches a community health volunteer on reporting activities. Photo by: Samy Rakotoniaina / MSH

Now halfway through a two-year hiring surge, the U.S. Agency for International Development is creating and filling a pipeline for several hundred positions. It’s a fascinating time for the agency, and there is a real commitment to expand pathways for recruiting, hiring, and promoting diverse talent, said Bob Leavitt, chief human capital officer in USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management.

Competition is tough, though; the agency has received over 20,000 applications for foreign service jobs over the past year. This shouldn’t, however, dissuade passionate people with relevant experience from applying, Leavitt added.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.