What experience can help you land a job with USAID?

Photo by: Richard Nyberg / USAID / CC BY-NC

The civil service and foreign service offer two very different career pathways to work with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Both are part of the agency’s direct hire mechanism and, combined, make up approximately a third of the overall workforce.

There are distinguishable features between the two fields, but both contribute to the advancement of the agency’s mission, said Bob Leavitt, chief human capital officer at USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management.

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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.