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American Foreign Service Association • April 2012
AFSA
NEWS
T
hismarks the sixth yearwe have sur-
veyedourmembershipontheir expe-
riences working at USAID. Con-
ducted electronically frommid-December
2011 tomid-January 2012, the survey con-
sisted of 36 questions. More than 600
members—a third of the approximately
1,800 USAID FSOs currently serving —
responded. We present a summary of the
main findings, with selected graphs, here.
Full results and analysis are available at
www.afsa.org/USAIDun
der
TheVanguard
section.
Profile of USAID Respondents
Approximately 81 percent of respon-
dents are currently posted overseas and 51
percent are male and 49 percent female.
As a result of intensive hiring during the
previous four years under the Develop-
ment Leadership Initiative, approxi-
mately 58 percent of employees are 45
years old or younger.
Almost 30 percent are unmarried, and
43 percent have no children. Significantly,
44percent ofmarriedmembers have a for-
eign-born spouse. Eight percent report-
edhaving a special-needs dependent, while
2percent of employees have a physical dis-
ability.
With regard to diversity in the Foreign
Service, 79 percent are Caucasian, 9 per-
cent are Asian-American, 8 percent are
African-American and 5 percent are
Hispanic-American.
Critical Priority Country Service:
When FSOs were asked about service in
CPCs (Questions 14 and 15), 31 percent
said their main motivation for having
servedwas a senseof duty, challenge, adven-
ture or patriotism. Neither financial
incentives (8percent), nor other career fac-
tors (advancement, bidding priority),
placedveryhighon the scaleof importance
for serving in CPCs. Sixty-two percent
reported that their greatest concernwas sep-
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Discrepancies in Benefits, Entry-Level Hiring
Top USAID FSOs’ Concerns
BY USAID VP FRANCISCO ZAMORA