Presentation on theme: "M&I Postdoc Workshop Topics"— Presentation transcript:
1 M&I Postdoc Workshop Topics Grant Funding Sources & Developmental Plans Grant Review Job Interview & Offer Negotiation Responding to an Advertised Job Ad -Effective Use of Cover Letter, Executive Summary, and CVDrs. Niesel, Wikel, Wang Building up Your Own Research Interests and Pilot GrantsDrs. Soong, Cong, Endsley Opportunities within Global HealthDrs. LeDuc, White, Garg
2 Building up Your Own Research Interests and Pilot Grants Pilot Grants & Postdoctoral Fellowships from NIH (Endsley)Pilot Grants & Postdoctoral Fellowships from Foundations (Cong)Developing Your Own Research Projects(Soong)Open Discussion
3 USAID and USG Levels of Organization White HouseWhite HouseCongressOther USG Agencies: HHS (CDC), DOL, DOD, etcOMBNSCMillennium Challenge CorporationState Dept.Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)PEPFARDirector of Foreign Assistance (F)AgencyOffice of the Inspector GeneralOffice of Small & DisadvantagedBusinesses UtilizationUSAIDOffice of the AdministratorDeputy AdministratorCounselorExecutive SecretariatOffice of the General CounselOffice of SecurityOffice of Equal Opportunity ProgramsOffice of Development PartnersAnd OverseasBureauGlobal HealthDemocracy, Conflict & Humanitarian ResponseEconomic Growth, Agriculture & TradeAfricaAsia/Middle EastEurope & EurasiaLatin America & the CaribbeanManagementLegislative& PublicAffairsThis is how the organizational hierarchy looks now. All of the processes going on now (PSD, QDDR, and GHI) and the naming of a new administrator are all factors that may affect the hierarchy, most likely at the while house and agency level.In the past presidential appointments stop mostly at the Agency level, but the previous administration did select the GH Assistant Administrator (Kent Hill).Mention that “anyone wishing to get a broader more detailed overview of USAID should take the New Employee orientation offered by HR/TE, and read the "USAID Primer: What We Do and How We Do It“ from the Web site.Operating UnitOffice of Foreign Disaster AssistanceOffice of Transition InitiativesFood for PeaceField MissionsThis USAID organization chart shows the relationship of USAID to external stakeholders at the top and to operating units at the bottom. Note that there are many Operating Units both in Washington and the Field which are not represented in this chart.
4 This is how the organizational hierarchy looks now This is how the organizational hierarchy looks now. All of the processes going on now (PSD, QDDR, and GHI) and the naming of a new administrator are all factors that may affect the hierarchy, most likely at the while house and agency level.In the past presidential appointments stop mostly at the Agency level, but the previous administration did select the GH Assistant Administrator (Kent Hill).Mention that “anyone wishing to get a broader more detailed overview of USAID should take the New Employee orientation offered by HR/TE, and read the "USAID Primer: What We Do and How We Do It“ from the Web site.
5 Agriculture USAID The food that we eat connects each of us to the world of agriculture. Farmers and livestock producers in every country are responsible for most of the supply of food that goes through grocery stores and markets in towns and cities. USAID works with all participants in agricultural development to support efforts to increase productivity.Democracy & Governance The idea of democracy is closely linked to the national identity of the United States. Even during the most isolationist periods in our early history, our relatively young country was seen as a shining beacon to individuals and families seeking personal freedoms. Expanding the global community of democracies is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.Economic Growth & Trade Almost two-thirds of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day. Families are hard-pressed, at this level of income, to meet their daily needs for food and shelter. USAID economic growth and trade programs provide support both to government and private sector partners in lower-income countries to improve the levels of income their citizens enjoy.Environment Growing populations are placing increasing pressure on the natural resources in many countries and many of these resources, once used, are not renewable. USAID takes an integrated approach to natural resources management. Land and water must be managed skillfully so that they are able to maintain our basic ability to produce food for the nine billion people that the world is expected to have by 2050.Education & Training The ability to read and write — or literacy — is a basic skill for people to live and work in today’s world. Yet more than 900 million adults are not literate, primarily in developing countries. More than 125 million children who should be in school are not. USAID emphasizes programs of support for basic education and places a special emphasis on improving opportunities for girls, women and other underserved and disadvantaged populations.Global Health The USAID’s programs in global health represent the commitment and determination of the US government to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families in the developing world.Global Partnerships Since its inception, USAID has worked in cooperation with U.S. and international partners to improve conditions for people around the world. While these partnerships have long been key to USAID's success, this strategy has never been more important than now. USAID is committed to an approach that recognizes and incorporates the efforts of partnership and private giving, focusing on grassroots support, local ownership, sustainability, accountability, and--not least--passion and commitment.Humanitarian Assistance The United States gives more to those in crisis than any other country in the world. USAID is the U.S. Government agency that is responsible for directing these contributions to thousands of non-profit partners and international organizations. USAID ensures that all of this assistance is spent in the way that most effectively helps those who are in need.
6 Pillar Bureaus Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Response (DCHA) Global Health (GH)Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT)*In a given sector, theyProvide global technical leadership Engage in strategic planningLead innovation and researchProvide technical support to the fieldShare lessons learnedFolks should refer to the main USAID org chart featured in slide 3*include the Education SectorMost important points is that the pillar bureaus are the HOME of the technical expertise of the Agency in that sector.Global Technical Leadership ( USAID experts going out to the field, ie Murray Trostle, and Al Bartlett)Sectoral Strategic Planning – there will never be enough money, so which ones do you need to focus on them and why? In health DHS is critical to help in setting priorities and planningInnovation and Research - best and most recent research on program, we know how to support and track effective country progress.Technical Support to the Field - general programming help for country level support, etc.Sharing lessons learned: they analyze and decide: what ARE the lessons?
7 Structure of the Bureau Office of the Assistant Administrator (AA/DAA)Office of StrategicPlanning, Budgeting, and Operations (SPBO)Office of Professional Development & Management Support (PDMS)Office of Population & Reproductive Health (PRH)Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA)Office of Health, Infectious Diseases & Nutrition (HIDN)Office of Regional & Country Support (RCS)Refer to detailed org charts in section 3 of the notebook for each office.Talk about the total number of Bureau staff, in DC and in the field.Although this is not clear on this org chart, the Malaria Coordinator is at the AA level within Global Health.Throughout the week, you will be hearing from each office in GH, and we’ll start with PDMS.
9 Regional Bureaus Headed by Assistant Administrator – “Front Office” Provide administrative & management support via AMS officeLead strategic planning for a regionMaintain budgetMaintain limited number of sectoral technical staffProvide oversight and support to mission programsAre primary interface with MissionsServe as principal contact with State DepartmentAsia and Middle East (AME)Europe and Eurasia (E&E)Africa (AFR)Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)Do they even do strategic planning?Person who write the AEF (workplan) for the mission director is in regional bureau.
10 USAID in the Field (Overseas) Bi-lateral MissionsRegional PlatformsLimited USAIDPresenceBi-lateral: In countries where USAID provides an integrated package of assistance regardless of category (rebuilding; developing; transforming or sustaining)Regional Platform: provide regional services to other overseas organizations (like what?). regional program management (example?), and non-presence country support (examples of non-presence countries)Limited USAID presence: Countries where aid to non-governmental sectors is necessary to facilitate the emergence of a civic society, help alleviate repression, meet basic humanitarian needs, enhance food security, or influence a problem with regional or global implications
11 Functions of field mission Link to a country governmentRequest and recommend resourcesMake use of those resourcesDesign programs and implement agreements with countryTrack implementation of agreementsCoordinate with other donorsAccountable to WashingtonHost and take care of official visitorsResources can be people..Mission is a primary interface with a country government
12 New Challenges/Hot Topics Global Health InitiativeThe Interagency ProcessIntegrationHealth SystemsWomen’s Centered ApproachesXDRTBAvian influenza and H1N1Polio Eradication
14 USAID Development experience clearing house http://dec.usaid.gov/ USA Department of State:AAAS fellowshipsPublic Health Institute- GHFP fellowships (www.ghfp.net/)
15 If you have not taken yet, you may consider courses in Public health Beyond that, it is really networking that would pay off,Identify the issue you are passionate about, not just seeking a job, and participate in community oriented activitiesReach out to schools, Mayor, Congressman/woman, become members of societies that align your thoughts and ideas Active approach- choose passion, explore NGOs, organizations, and get your foot in-