Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acting Executive Officer

So today marks the last day of being the "Acting EXO" at my work. The Executive Officer is a quirky name for the management officer for USAID. That position is in charge of many of the administrative functions such as HR, IT, Security, Procurement, Travel, etc. for the USAID office. The position also works closely with the director of the office.

Up until this point, I have just observed how the office and the EXO work, this week I got to live it. It is an interesting job because you never know what is going to happen or who will walk into your office. This week I had to help someone reinstate their car insurance. They got a letter saying as of today you are unisured and you better not drive your car... I also helped another person find baby sitting.... weird. More of the mundane things have been setting up trainings this summer and signing lots and LOTS of papers (hmnn, hope I don't go to jail for this one...).

I wasn't sure what I was expecting with my job here in Budapest, but this week has been pretty fun.

- Matt


  1. Hey Matt,

    Thank you for your blog. I am so happy to finally have found a blog related to the EXO poisition at USAID.

    I have an interview for the JOP EXO next week. I was wondering if I could ask u a few questions about this position as a career and about the interview process. Any information that you could supply is much appreciated. If you would rather continue this conversation via email I'm at

    I am most interested in your day to day duties. I find it very interesting that your day to day seems fun and interesting. I am concerned that the duties of the EXO may be a little too mundane. I think it's great to find someone a baby sitter and what not but not every day. Would you say that your responsibilities go beyond the mundane and administrative? Do you have any interaction with those ppl in the field? Do you get a chance to be creative and work autonomously?

    Also, can you give me any information about the interview process. There doesn't seem to be too much info online. I understand the structure if the day, but not about the content of the interview or group exercise.

    I really appreciate your time. Any information you have would be so incredibly appreciated. I have a good job now buy have been dreaming about this opportunity for the past 10 years. I want to make sure that I make the right decision and there doesn't seem to be a ton of information about the EXO.

    All the best to you both.

    Joe Sidari