Tuesday, August 16, 2011

USAID Hiring For Libya

H/T to U.S. Trade and Aid Monitor for news of these job announcements:

A recruitment campaign led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initially seeks to deploy a Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative to Libya, where the vendors will work with the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), according to personal contracting service (PSC) notices dated Aug. 15

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The contractors will at first establish a presence in the city of Benghazi, the notices said, without indicating other potential locations.

The announcements (active links in the Aid and Trade Monitor post) include this description of the Office of Transition Initiatives:

Created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID, OTI helps local, indigenous partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries by providing fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key transition needs.

I'm glad someone sees a key transition coming to Libya in the near future. I wish I could be as optimistic, but the see-saw war between Qaddafi and the rebel coalition doesn't inspire high hopes. The USG's official spokesmen were lukewarm at best in remarks today:

Neither [White House spokesman Jay] Carney nor State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the rebels now have the upper hand ... One senior military official said the Pentagon is not ready to declare the opposition forces have reached a turning point, although it is not insignificant that they appear to have been able to hold the ground so far.

Not insignificant? That's faint praise, indeed. It sounds like we are doing a good job of containing our official enthusiasm.


Anonymous said...

Good Post TSB: Thanks for catching us up on all the new lingo related to
"Leading From Behind"....That cloud of dust up there in the distance always means something! It could just be a helicopter dropping bundles of $100 bills or KMA or a big victory celebration in Tripoli. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Pass this on to "The Reckless Bureaucrat" if you know one. It was created by a Renton (Seattle burb) patrol Sgt. with help from the now former Asst.Chief. It details how it is virtually impossible to book anyone into the brand new Renton Jail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWnyDTCb4Jo (8 min 43 sec)gwb

Steve Peacock said...

Thanks for posting an excerpt and link to this article; while the available information is minimal, it's my mission to make such info available for the public perusal and commentary ASAP.

Looking forward to returning to your blog, and not just because you first linked to mine!

TSB said...

It is a very litigious society, why should the jail be any exception?

"We do not book felons" indeed. They're nothing but trouble.

Anonymous said...

Government workers who have to travel
always have to worry about what's happening at home while they are gone... especially in UK?
Immigration officer comes home to find family of Romanian gypsies squatting in her house, wearing her clothes and drinking her wine