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USAID programs save and improve millions of lives around the world, advance American values, increase global stability, and drive economic growth in emerging markets.

Career Paths

Civil Service

As a Civil Service employee, you will inherently perform governmental functions and act as the essential link between strategic interests and the program content and style selected to achieve that interest.

Senior Executive Service

USAID hires managers, supervisors, and public policy leaders with expertise beyond the GS-15 Civil Service level for the Senior Executive Service (SES).

Personal Services Contractors

At USAID, a Personal Services Contractor, or PSC, is an individual who enters into a contract that generally establishes an employer-employee relationship with the Agency.

Fellows Programs

USAID's fellowship programs are in a variety of technical areas including global health, democracy promotion, science and technology, and gender equality and women's empowerment.

Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers apply their technical knowledge, program design, management, and evaluation expertise to promote and demonstrate democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.

Veterans Opportunities

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides employment opportunities for men and women who have honorably served on behalf of our Nation.

Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates

USAID offers both paid and unpaid internships for qualified students during the academic year. We draw enthusiastic and forward-thinking interns from a wide variety of fields of study.

Crisis Operations- Civil Service Excepted


USAID's Crisis Operations Specialists and related support roles enable rapid deployment of aid to over 100 countries for both unanticipated emergencies and prolonged crises situations. 

Institutional Support Contractors (ISC)

At USAID, an Institutional Support Contractor, or ISC, is an individual employed by a corporate entity contracted for work within the Agency.

Disabilities Employment Program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to recruiting and employing qualified people with all types of disabilities for careers.

Inspector General

Members of the OIG team bring a diverse range of professional experiences and backgrounds to supporting the USAID mission.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply. Click here for more information.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program accepts applications from August through November each year. Please regularly check this website for further details. 

Our long and proud history of helping developing countries and improving quality of life is underpinned by our caring, talented workforce. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the Agency and shows the world our true character as a nation. Today, we are the world's premier modern development enterprise, and our 21st Century workforce  find themselves doing the best work in the most amazing places, whether it is helping sick people get HIV/AIDS drugs in the most remote parts of Africa, helping farmers learn how to grow crops better in Asia, or teaching people how to govern themselves democratically.

USAID employs individuals with a wide variety of technical, managerial and operational skills to achieve our international development objectives. Our workforce is made up of direct-hire and contract employees based in the United States and at field missions around the world. We are always looking for talented people. If you are interested in working on the front lines on some of the most pressing global challenges of our times -- poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change and violent extremism - then USAID jobs are a great place to put your skills, education, and expertise to use.

Some of the many ways to work for USAID at the individual level include becoming a direct-hire or contract employee. Learn how you can make a difference in a career like no other. Take a moment to explore our current USAID job vacancies and learn about our benefits.

Local Employment

Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) provide unique services in support of foreign policy at USAID missions worldwide, performing vital mission program support functions.

Individuals interested in working at a specific post who are not host country nationals must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire.

Each USAID mission is responsible for their local recruitment. Please visit the country page of the mission you are interested in for job listings.

Review all requirements carefully before submitting an application.

Related Careers and Links

While a career at USAID is a unique experience, there are other ways you can work internationally and make a difference.

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