The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s primary agency for international development and humanitarian assistance. Given the breadth of its programming, the agency and its workers will often use short-hand notation to describe the offices in which they work and the programs that are carried out within.
In this edition of acronym salad, we will discuss two primary acronyms of use to potential development workers, IQC (Indefinite Quantity Contracts) and PVO (Private Voluntary Organizations)
Several years ago, an alum forwarded PAIA staff an article written by Mr. Peter Vogt for Monster.com, discussing several search challenges faced by graduate students. Given the hyper-competitive nature of today’s search environment, these issues are as relevant today as when the article was written.
Students are often intimidated by the idea of “networking” and feel that they should be able to compete successfully for a position based solely on their qualifications. While this is an honorable approach, it is especially necessary in today’s market to identify people in your field of expertise who you can use as contacts when looking for a professional position. Continue reading The Art of Informational Interviewing→
Continuing on yesterday’s theme, in the same essay that she wrote on the international development landscape, APSIA alumna Michele Carter provided some additional advice to those of you thinking of international development work. Continue reading More tips on International Development→