U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has outlined steps to turn U.S. ambassadors into “CEOs of multi-agency missions” as envisioned by the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.
>> In Draft QDDR: More Hires, Smaller Contracts
At the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, which kicked off Feb. 2 in Washington, Clinton said chiefs of mission are “at the heart” of the first QDDR’s implementation.
“[N]early all of the most significant themes of the QDDR relate directly to you, chiefs of mission. As the president’s representative, you are responsible for directing and coordinating all U.S. personnel in your countries,” she remarked.
According to Clinton, chiefs of mission will be able to participate in performance reviews for all personnel at their missions regardless of agency. They will also join high-level policy deliberations in Washington, she added.
“Whenever possible, we want you to be able to participate via video conference in deputies committee meetings, in the Situation Room, and in senior meetings here in the [State] Department,” Clinton said.
Clinton also pledged to revamp the department’s budget and planning processes to empower chiefs of mission in overseeing an integrated country strategy, which the secretary said “will bring together all country-level planning processes and efforts into one single multiyear overarching strategy that encapsulates U.S. policy priorities, objectives, and the means by which diplomatic engagement, foreign assistance, and other tools will be used to achieve them.”
The State Department will also offer new training in interagency cooperation as interagency experience and talents will be basis for choosing and training chiefs of mission and deputy chiefs of mission, Clinton said.
>> USAID, State Eye Performance Incentives for QDDR’s Implementation
She also revealed that an “experienced” foreign service officer will be appointed to work with Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides in implementing the QDDR.
The QDDR outlines reforms meant to streamline and strengthen the department and USAID’s operations.