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Reform efforts drive fiscal 2013 hiring plans at USAID, State

By Eliza Villarino14 February 2012

The U.S. Agency for International Development looks to add 16 positions in fiscal 2013. Photo by: Lance Cheung / U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY

At the U.S. Agency for International Development, the reform wheel continues to influence the agency’s human resource requirements for the near future.

The agency looks to add 16 positions in fiscal 2013, all for its ambitious reform initiative USAID Forward, as per the latest budget request from the White House. USAID Forward aims to transform the bilateral donor organization into a modern development enterprise through innovation, procurement reform and partnerships.

For USAID’s operations, the Obama administration is asking for $1.5 billion next year. The overall request for the country’s international affairs budget in fiscal 2013, including for the State Department, amounts to $51.6 billion.

But that’s it for possible new hires at USAID in fiscal 2013. There won’t be any additional positions under the Development Leadership Initiative, which was established in 2008 to boost the pool of foreign service officers at the agency. USAID has recruited 820 officers through the program since then, although some have yet to be placed for overseas posts.

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Eliza Villarino

Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.


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