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.
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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