From: Messina, Jim (e-mail address redacted)
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM
To: Romanoff, Andrew (e-mail address redacted)
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean, USAID
As one of five geographic bureaus in the Agency and as a major contributor to the broader U.S. foreign policy objectives in the
region, the Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) promotes stable democracies, prosperous economies, secure borders, and
cooperative neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. The LAC Bureau is taking a proactive approach to maximizing the impact of
foreign assistance and continuing its efforts to transform and improve business operations that support Agency-wide reforms. In
line with the new Foreign Assistance Framework, priorities include consolidating democracy, fostering growth through free trade
and business opportunities, investing in people through education and health, and enhancing security by promoting alternatives to
illegal drug cultivation. Additionally, the Bureau is implementing a number of highly visible programs in the Western Hemisphere,
including support for the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA); the Andean Counter-Narcotics
Initiative; the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the recommendations for the Presidential commission for
Assistance to a Free Cuba.
This position reports to the Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean. The position functions as advisor to the
Assistant Administrator, LAC. The position is responsible for oversight and general management of one or more LAC Bureau offices.
Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID
The Director is the chief operations officer of the Office and a principal advisor to senior Bureau and USAID management in
defining the scope and objectives of the Agency's and the Administration's initiatives to support democracy and foster
good governance. Activities of the Director include oversight for all staffing and personnel functions in the Office, as well
as oversight of technical officer recruitment, selection, and placement, and direct supervision of the senior democracy and
governance advisors for the Agency. The Director provides program definition, design and oversight, and evaluation for
USAID's democracy and good governance programs and serves as a senior advisor in the administration for developing
democracy and good governance program strategies. The Director supports democracy and good governance programs in
all parts of the Agency and leads in the development of strategic approaches to democracy support and good governance.
The Director represents the Agency at the senior level with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, with senior
officials of foreign governments, with senior political officials from host countries, and with senior officials of U.S.
implementing organizations. This position reports to the Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Human
Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
USTDA was first created as part of USAID through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and made independent in 1991. Their stated
mission is to “advance economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.” Unlike
Ex-Im , OPIC and other international development agencies, USTDA does not directly finance exports and development. Instead, the
agency seeks to achieve its mission by making small grants to fund feasibility studies, reverse trade missions, conferences, trainings,
and other technical assistance programs that link U.S. companies to overseas development projects. With a budget of $55.2 million
(FY 2010) and a staff of 78 professionals (48 full-time, 25 contractors and 5 foreign-service nationals), USTDA’s success is dependent
on being able to seek out new opportunities, leverage its private and government relationships, and find development opportunities
for both private business and larger federal foreign assistance/development agencies. A testament of USTDA’s success is its ratio of
grant dollars spent versus dollars in exports created, which is nearly 1:35. This position requires Senate confirmation.