ACDI/VOCA’s Culture


ACDI/VOCA’s team of professionals has established a worldwide reputation for expanding economic opportunities, social benefits, and food security solutions. At its best our work benefits others on a large scale. Thus pride in our brand and a positive and congenial spirit underlie our culture.

We’re committed to building our capacity to implement development projects. We strive to be both a learning, as well as a doing, institution. Our staff development program includes robust in-house training, tuition reimbursement, and a wide array of online instruction, including Rosetta Stone language courses and hundreds of offerings through e-Cornell and the Harvard Business School.

The ability to achieve true and lasting development is made possible by our emphasis on impact. We achieve results through expertise, accountability, collaboration, and innovation.

Our expertise is embodied in our understanding of the problem, sound project design, the application of superior resources, and proficient implementation. We have demonstrated that we can tackle large, complex, interactive global projects.

High standards of accountability manifest our dedication to beneficiaries, donors, and each other. By clearly defining responsibility and measuring performance, our teams are better able to apply effective development methods as well as ensure wise and scrupulous use of donor resources. ACDI/VOCA has dedicated monitoring and evaluation staff and an internal auditor.

I joined ACDI/VOCA because of its commitment to implementing projects that are informed by organizational technical experts who directly interact with projects in the field. It is rare to find a development agency that integrates such a high-level of technical knowledge and assistance, ensuring both innovation and local adaptability.

—Jennifer Himmelstein, Ph.D., Director of Corporate Analysis

ACDI/VOCA’s commitment to collaboration manifests our belief that our talented and experienced staff can discover, develop, and deliver the solutions to virtually any challenge encountered. Our teams are dedicated to finding entrepreneurial approaches to winning, managing, and communicating about projects. When appropriate we engage in partnerships or secure the best outside resources.

With the plight of so many at stake and with many of the world’s problems seemingly intractable, innovation is required from development practitioners. While we use proven, replicable approaches where possible, we regard each country, each community, and each person as important and unique.

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ACDI/VOCA provides competitive benefits, which reflects our desire to attract and retain the very best employees, allow a flexible work-life balance, and encourage professional growth.

The following key benefits are offered to ACDI/VOCA headquarters staff:

  • medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • employer-paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage
  • voluntary life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan for eligible employees
  • flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care
  • employer-paid short-term and long-term disability benefits
  • generous annual and sick leave programs
  • all federal government holidays and, in addition, the day after Thanksgiving
  • tuition reimbursement
  • commuter subsidy
  • flexible work schedules—when appropriate
  • telecommuting—when appropriate
  • in-house fitness room

* The above list represents highlights; it is neither exhaustive nor definitive.  Employees based outside the U.S. are offered similar benefits

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