John D. Doe
16 Dimeto Rd., #9
Burlington, VT 05674 USA
Citizenship: United States
International ag economist with 19 years of public and private sector experience in analyzing, managing, and promoting all aspects of agriculture, including trade policy, export promotion, market strategy, economic analysis, and trade associations. Well developed skills in management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, writing, and fluent in French. Six years overseas residence in Africa, Asia, and the Near East, and numerous short term assignments in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Specialized expertise in a wide range of agriculture and natural resource industries, as well as with WTO dispute settlement and accession
Geographic Experience: Living abroad: Democratic Republic of the Congo – 3 years; China – 2 years; Iraq – 15 months. Countries I have worked in short term: Afghanistan, Uganda, Jordan, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, UK, Italy, Spain.
Jul08-Aug08: Agriculture Sector Specialist, Employer/ USAID-funded, Kabul, Afghanistan
During a one- month consultancy to employer’s (Name of Project), reviewed and implemented agricultural development projects through site visits to rural communities in Baghlan, Bamiyan, and Herat provinces. The projects are intended to strengthen rural communities by enhancing alternative livelihoods. Projects included potato storage, kareze rehabilitation, demonstration site at a provincial agricultural high school, and training of a local staff member to continue to provide technical advice on agricultural community development projects. Worked closely with USAID Fiield Program Officers to identify and implement projects.
2007 (1 m): Technical Advisor, Proposal Preparation, DAI, Bethesda, MD, USA
In collaboration with DAI staff, developed technical approach for USAID-funded Alternative Development (Livelihood) Program for northern and western Afghanistan. Developed a technical approach that included developing agro-processing and rural enterprises to provide alternative livelihoods to poppy cultivation in addition to expanding on-farm and off-farm opportunities through cash for work programs. Specifically, I produced sections on technical approach to high value agriculture, cash for work, and economic growth.
06- 07 (4 m): Agriculture Sector Strategy Advisor, Chemonics/USAID, Afghanistan
Served as a sector strategy advisor to two Ministries (Agriculture and Rural Development) on developing effective sector strategies designed to regenerate the rural economy while providing alternative livelihoods through increased on-farm ad off-farm employment opportunities. The sector strategies were prepared for use at the Afghan Development Forum that was held at the end of April 2007. Working under a USAID contract, ………….facilitated the completion of the strategies, which focused on high value agricultural crops and agro-processing.
Jan2006-Sep06: Agricultural Trade and SPS Advisor, XYZ corp/USAID, Iraq
I promoted capacity building in trade policy as the key advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture on all agricultural and sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) issues related to World Trade Organization (WTO) accession, which is part of a USAID funded private sector development program (Izdihar). The goal was to regenerate the rural economy through the expansion of high value crops to meet the demand in international markets once Iraq obtained WTO membership and had adequate food safety systems in place. My responsibilities included …….and assisted in the development of a comprehensive and unified food safety law for Iraq that will encompass the three major areas of food safety, veterinary and plant protection.
2004-05: CTO/Senior Agriculture Advisor, USAID, Baghdad, Iraq
I managed all aspects of a $106 million nationwide agricultural development program as the designated cognizant technical officer (CTO). The program and its 400 employees were working to improve all aspects of agricultural productivity in production of grains, fruits, vegetables and livestock. The program also expanded the capacity of the private sector through establishing and mentoring of local business groups, trade associations and cooperatives. As the CTO, I reviewed, assessed, and approved all new activities, and oversaw the implementation of subcontracts for tractor repair, and nursery construction for dates and olives to expand the production of high value agriculture. I approved over 40 grants to improve irrigation infrastructure, and reviewed and assessed the grants for impact on hectares supplied, number of families helped, and impact on crop selection.
2003 (5 weeks): Agricultural Marketing Consultant, ABC Company/WFP/USAID, Uganda
Developed a marketing strategy for nationwide agricultural extension program to assist in the regeneration of the rural economy by increasing returns to smallholder farmers that was funded by a PL 480 Title II program. Reviewed and assessed entire program through extensive site visits to rural communities and meeting with top officials in key Ugandan ministries, USAID, and World Food Program.
2000 -02: Director of the (Program name i.e Agricultural Subsidy program,) Foreign Commercial Service, US Department of State, Eugene, OR, USA
As the Director of the ………… Center of the US Department of Commerce, I advised small and medium sized enterprises, including agro-processing and rural enterprises, on how to develop successful strategies to enter foreign markets. I utilized my own experience in commerce in Asia, as well as our global network of trade specialists in 80 countries to provided advice and information to companies. I also held seminars on exporting, and contributed timely, trade-related articles to local business publications. I also worked extensively with local economic development agencies, state agencies and local chambers of commerce to expand my outreach to potential companies that may need assistance in exporting
1995-00: Vice President of International Issues and Trade, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), Washington, DC
DISCUS is a national trade association representing the producers and marketers of 85 percent of all distilled spirits sold in the United States. Evaluated trade policies and developed strategies to remove trade barriers in intellectual property, standards, customs, GMOs, and tariff levels in order to expand exports of U.S. distilled spirits, much of which is produced in rural communities. …….. Finally, represented industry in international trade forums to meet policy goals.
1992-1994: Agricultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China
Served as an agricultural economist who was solely responsible for analyzing Chinese agriculture, and developing unbiased production estimates for grain, oilseeds, cotton, and wood products. I traveled extensively to rural communities in 17 out of 31 provinces to interview key provincial officials and to visit farms, collection stations, and agro-processing facilities. I also advised U.S. agribusiness on the potential for their products (farm equipment, feed mills, flour mills) and services (grain trading) in China.
1988-91: Agricultural Economist, Horticultural and Tropical Products Division, Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA, Washington, DC
I served as an international marketing specialist and an agricultural economist.
1984-88: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Resource Economics, University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
1979 - 82: Volunteer/Fish Culture Extension Agent, Peace Corps, Democratic Republic of the Congo
For the first two years, I assisted rural communities by introducing high value agricultural crops, in particular fish, and ran an extension program near Vanga in the province of Bandundu. I expanded the number of participating farmers from 21 to 55, and extended the program to six more rural communities. For the third year, I managed a fish production station on a European Development Fund tea plantation, and ran an extension program near Butembo in North Kivu. I supervised and trained a counterpart to manage the station and 26 laborers.
Nov2005: Acquisition and Assistance Mgmnt Course (CTO Certification), Baghdad, Iraq
2002 (1m): Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service, Shanghai, China
Sep94 - Apr95: International Marketing Specialist, Forest Products Division, FAS, USDA, USA
Sep91 - Jul92: Chinese language and culture training (10 months, full time), Shanghai, China
1986 - 87: President, International Fisheries Association, URI, California, USA
Sep83 - Aug84: Research Technician, Soil borne Diseases Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Beltsville, MD, US
1988 M.S., Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island, USA
1979 B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Connecticut, USA
French - fluent
Mandarin Chinese - conversational
Swahili, Kikongo - formerly fluent
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This is one of the best self-help article in my blog: What makes a good cover letter that is helpful for me and the clients? I often get cover letters that merely summarize what is obvious in the CV/resume. When a cover letter is requested, it is not our aim to just give you more busy work. It is an opportunity for you to give us some additional information that may not be in your CV. Or it is a way to have you give the various recruiters that will be reviewing your information to get more info that is targeted to the job ad or position description. The best cover letters are those that address all the qualifications requirements or job specifications in the position description and shows the reviewer how you have that required experience. Here is some important advice for cover letters directed to International Development sector organizations:
Tips for Finding your Next Assignment in International Development A few years ago, I was the presenter for the Foreign Policy Association's Global Careers Boot Camp series in Boston. The workshop was about how to "Land a job in International Development" for new entrants, or individuals transitioning from other sectors into the international development sector. This made me reflect about the type of information that may be useful to you, when trying to find your next assignment. I am hearing from many managers in the field that they will be seeking new projects very soon. Recently, there has also been a big push by donor organizations to hire more locals, national workers and fewer expats. This means that there is likely to be much more competition for getting choice positions on fewer projects in the future. Therefore, there will be a need for a smarter approach to applying for international development positions. While some of you may be on my email list and receive my alerts when I...
Fraud - Scam Alert: An individual claiming to represent me or or Aines International has been selling employment help to individuals in Pakistan and possibly South Asian countries, claiming he can procure them jobs, such as USAID, UN, or other International Development sector jobs. He extracts fees for this promise of employment and never delivers. Letters from firstname.lastname@example.org are fraudulant.This Scam being conducted by someone who sometimes goes by the name of Dr. K. Mehmood, (citizen of Pakistan,) and sends or shows letter or emails from a (email@example.com ) to bolster his association to me or this firm. Be aware this email address is fraudulent, as well anyone claiming to provide jobs for fees. Any letters, or references, from Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org is a SCAM -not written by me- and all claims should be doubly checked for authenticity. Any communication or claims on this email address is likely to be written by Mr. or "Dr Mehmood" himself. In our firm, Aines...
Among the most important elements of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector, is to present a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the organization you are applying to. That includes the first line recruiters, the Hiring Agent and all the way to the CEO of the firm. In the US, most International Development sector organization seem to prefer the longer, more detailed, chronological format resumes. This is quite different than the short one-page resumes that businesses in the private sector prefer. The hiring agents in the development sector need information that quickly shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications requirements listed on the position description. This can be easily be shown in the bold headings of each professional entries with a set of quick critical pieces of information that gives the readers critical information. This information is comprised of six items listed in detail below and, as a regular blogger on this...
Due to an increase in requests for help with our consultants' CVs/Resumes, Aines International is now offering a resume reformatting service. (For those who want it, a small prepaid fee of $230 will be charged, via PayPal or similar Quick Pay system.) However, we still encourage anyone to reformat their own CV for free and to avail themselves of the advice that is freely given about CV/Resumes on the Aines International website (www.internationalink.net). To obtain the resume reformatting, just send an email to email@example.com and request the service. One of the most important element of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector is to have a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the employer's...
Recruiters are on tight schedules and, when reviewing a potential candidate for a job, have to move quickly. This often means taking only a few minutes to scan resumes before deciding on who will be invited for an interview, or who will be referred to the hiring agent. During a recruitment, recruiters are on the lookout for specific candidates with specific skill sets. If they have to try to “guess” if you have that skill set or the experience they are seeking, they will just move on! An applicant may be completely qualified for the job, but a disorganized, poorly-written resume and, one where applicant has buried their experience in a lot of text, will take them out of the running. Though resume writing norms differ from country to country, and sector to sector, there are several common mistakes that professionals make when applying for a position. Here are common mistakes to avoid: 1) Using the same resume/CV and cover letter for every job. It is a fact: job seekers can look...
LinkedIn is a wonderful tool for showing the professional that you are and bringing forth your body of work for employers, recruiters, and colleagues, to see. It is one of today’s most important social network tools of the work place. But remember this: it is not Facebook. Be careful of inappropriate pictures and incomplete work profile. Anywhere you would post your professional experience or resume should be treated like your workplace or mirror you as a mature professional. The majority of people who want to view your LinkedIn profile are bosses, potential employers, recruiters, employees, and colleague, so be sure to show your profile in the best light possible to obtain that next interview or job. Here are some tips to keep your LinkedIn profile in top professional shape– and make sure that you don’t end up in the “reject” pile. Have a Complete Profile and review it often: Many job candidates ask recruiters to check their LinkedIn Profiles in lieu of sending a CV/resume, fully...
In my last blog, I wrote about suggestions and resources for breaking into International Development. I write about this topic because, in my daily mails, I often get emails from professionals, and students, asking how to break in or make the transition into the International Development sector. As a follow-up to my last blog article, here are 10 suggestions for finding International Development jobs or internships:
In my daily emails, I often get letters from professionals, both entry level or late career, asking how to break in or make the transition into the international development sector. Although an individual may have international experience, this does not guarantee a lateral move or easy entry into the international development sector. The development sector can be attractive to college graduates and also executives weary of the ups and downs of labor market affected by cyclical economic fluctuations. Development sector jobs, which are created and funded by large donor organizations and their contractors, are less cyclical and include the various posts needed for managing/implementing foreign aid, humanitarian programs/projects in developing countries worldwide. Such post may be challenging but they are attractive and even addictive to those who crave adventure, travel and excitement of creating solutions or resources that can make a big difference. It is best to start in your own...
One of the most important element of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector is to have a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the employer's organization. That includes the first line recruiters, the Hiring Agent and all the way to the CEO of the firm. In the US, most International Development sector organization seem to prefer the longer, more detailed, chronological format resumes. This is quite different than the short one-page resumes that businesses in the private sector prefer. The employers in this sector also need a set of critical information to be within each professional entries that quickly shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications requirements listed on the position description. This information is comprised of six items listed in detail below and, as a regular blogger on this site, I will come back to it often as it is an important tool, critical to bringing applicants to the short list of the hiring agents....
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I will be in Boston providing an instructional program titled "Landing a Job in International Development". The program is being sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association that is offering several multi-city program (also being offered in New York City during April) addressing how careers in international development offer excitement and the chance to work toward the greater good.
(a partial biography) Hi, my name is Linda Aines. I am an independent recruiter that specializes in International Development and foreign projects. I am hired by US contractors to USAID, or other large Donor organizations, or government entities that have projects in various developing countries. I own my own business, Aines International that provides recruitment services and some HR services for International Development Organizations. My current involvement in the International Development Sector has gradually evolved over the past 20 years. As an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont (UVM), I became more and more involved in international trade and in developing resources for businesses. From 1990 to 2002, I served as Business and Export Specialist at the University of Vermont (UVM) and developed & implemented an Export Assistance Program for small businesses. The Program served as resource center, which provided marketing and export assistance and education, for...
How to Have a Better Resume for International Development Job Applications Among the most important elements of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector, is to present a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the organization you are applying to. That includes the first line recruiters, the Hiring Agent and all the way to the CEO of the firm. In the US, most International Development sector organization seem to prefer the longer, more detailed, chronological format resumes. This is quite different than the short one-page resumes that businesses in the private sector prefer. The hiring agents in the development sector need information that quickly shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications requirements listed on the position description. This can be easily be shown in the bold headings of each professional entries with a set of quick critical pieces of information that gives the readers critical information. This information is...