USAID Seeks Expertise in Open Data, Venture Capital

Agency’s Presidential Innovation Fellows need experience in finance and data science, CIO says.

Accepted fellows will serve six to 12 months at the agency. Interested parties can look on the for more information. 

Are you a private sector innovator with experience in big data, venture capital or crowd-sourcing technology? If so, the U.S Agency for International Development might have just the job for you.

Maura O’Neill, the agency’s chief innovation officer, gave NextGov a sneak peak at the jobs available for the next round of Presidential Innovation Fellows at USAID during a Social Media Week event on Tuesday.

The last class of fellows worked on projects including electronic payment systems, data visualization techniques, and leveraging technology to aid food security. 

O’Neill said that the agency now seeks two kinds of tech geeks:

  • Coders and data specialists to continue the agency’s work with the Open Data Initiative.
  • Private sector specialists to staff Development Innovation Ventures, a project to scale up projects and financing in domestic agencies and global development. O’Neill said USAID would look for staff to utilize crowd-sourcing technology.
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