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1 What is the USAID Voluntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (VSMA)?
If you are posted overseas, but your family stays at home, you may be entitled to a Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA).
"Separate maintenance allowance"(SMA) is an allowance to assist an employee to meet the additional expenses of maintaining members of family elsewhere than at the employee's foreign post of assignment. According to article 260, SEPARATE MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE, Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR), three forms of SMA are available:
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2 Chief of Party Checklist

As project manager, it is important to ask the right questions and implement adequate internal control systems to ensure a project is always in full compliance with regulations and legislation (ADS, FAR, FCPA, etc). Below is a checklist with questions tailored to technical assistance projects that may assist you with the management of your project.

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3 How to Guides by People In Aid

An interesting online library with useful management and HR resources for development workers is provided by People In Aid. The not-for-profit was established by agencies in the humanitarian and development sector in 1995 and provides its members HR and management support services .

The organization is perhaps best known for its "People In Aid Code of Good Practice" in the management and support of aid personnel.

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4 USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) Booklet

USAID has published an informative, user-friendly guide to USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS).

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5 USAID Branding Guidelines

Each USAID project, whether it is implemented under a contract or cooperative agreement, is (under most circumstances) required to follow branding guidelines. USAID's framework legislation, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, section 641, requires that all programs under the Foreign Assistance Act be identified appropriately overseas as "American Aid."

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6 Building Upon Development Experience: World Bank Toolkits

The World Bank has developed an impressive collection of toolkits for financial and private sector development for policymakers and reform leaders.

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7 USAID Launches New Development Experience Clearing House

USAID announced in the beginning of September 2010 that it will soon launch a new Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC), pending USAID's Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) approval. This may be the last step before the new DEC goes online. 

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8 Where to Find Jobs and Business Opportunities (Bizopps) Directly with USAID?

As with any federal agency, USAID uses the fedbizopps.gov website to solicit organizations and individuals for technical and project implementation expertise.

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9 What are USAID's Allowances Such as Per Diem, Danger Pay and Cost of Living Allowance?

In addition to base salary rates (click here how to calculate these), USAID follows the allowances and benefits set by the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) and volumes 3 and 14 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and volume 3 of the Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH).

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10 What is the USAID Maximum Daily Rate?


SES Pay System Structure Annual Minimum Annual Maximum Maximum Daily Rate Year
  Source: http://www.opm.gov
Agencies with a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System $121,956 $183,300 $705 2015
Agencies without a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System $121,956 $168,700 $648.85 2015
         
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11 Using NodeXL for Analyzing Stakeholders of Development Projects

Since technical assistance programs often introduce new laws, systems, regulations, etc. in developing countries, these programs inevitably have to manage stakeholders affected by the program. It is often useful to identify power brokers, stakeholders who are central to the network of influencers and the connections among those affected by the program. 

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12 Red and Green Zones of Project Implementation

Many technical assistance projects start in what we call "red zones." These are project implementation areas where the acceptance of an intervention by counterparts is low and where the complexity of the environment is high.

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13 Capacity Building: Internship Programs

Building the capacity of project staff is a critical, but unfortunately often overlooked aspect of technical assistance delivery in developing countries.

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14 Participatory and Coercive Reform Strategies

To introduce new industry, educational, safety and other standards, reformers can apply a variety of strategies that fall in two broad categories of reform:

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15 Using Open-Source Software

Our website is based on a CMS - a Content Management System - a system that gives authorized users the flexibility to maintain the site directly on the Internet.

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16 The Six Principles for Organizing Effective Study Tours

In 2004, USAID produced the award-winning documentary – “INSPIRING SUCCESS: Rediscovering the Marshall Plan Productivity Program”.

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