Which Vacant USAID Post Should Be Filled First?

The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center which houses the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: Cliff / CC BY CliffCC BY

A number of experts have observed that the U.S. Agency for International Development remains largely understaffed. A Brookings Institution researcher has now started a poll: Which one assistant administrator position at the agency should be filled immediately and why?

The Obama administration needs to fill 12 key leadership post within USAID. So far, only Administrator Rajiv Shah has been confirmed and sworn in while four other high-level positions are waiting to be sworn in following their confirmation by the Senate. U.S. President Barack Obama has recently nominated assistant administrators for Europe and Eurasia and economic growth, agriculture and trade.

The following assistant administrator positions remain vacant: global health, Africa, Middle East, management and legislative and public affairs.

“While we look forward to all of the positions being filled, we’re curious to know what you think,” says Alex Denny, research assistant of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Assistance Reform Project. “If you could pick just one of these vacant positions to be filled today, which would you pick and why?”

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.