Recruitment - Crimson Standard Format

Standard USAID Format includes in the following order:

  • Qualifications Summary (1/4– 1/2 Page)
  • Education (with degree, specializations, institution, location, and date)
  • Professional Experience (please include all experience for all years specifying months in dates)
  • Awards
  • Languages (please include level for spoken and written proficiency, measured by USG standards
  • Citizenship (incl. U.S. visa status if applicable)
  • Publications
  • References (professional references are required, including name, title, relationship to candidate, address, telephone, and email address)

An example template is provided below:

Qualification summary

With over 15 years of total experience, Ms. Smith has broad experience in SME Finance, banking, business development, trade and investment. She has over eight years of cumulative field expertise in Uganda, Kosovo, Armenia, and Georgia, as well as a demonstrated ability to collaborate directly and effectively with local professionals, business leaders and government official to deliver results. On the Helping Business Succeed (HBS) project in Kenya, she has worked with SME exporters to complete over 150 new trade deals valued at $450,000 and created 120 new permanent jobs. In Argentina, Ms. Smith provided training to three leading banks to develop new trade products resulting in over $2.5 million in new loans to SMEs. She received a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland – Baltimore in 2000. She speaks and writes Spanish at USG level 4, and speaks and writes French at USG level 3+.


M.S. (Economics), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), 2000

B.A., Philosophy, Colorado College, 1986

Professional History

June 2003 - present

Deputy Chief of Party, Crimson Capital/USAID
Helping Business Succeed (HBS), Nairobi, Kenya.

Responsible for management of the trade component of this $18 million USAID project, leading and mentoring 12 local staff as well as short term expatriate consultants. Has completed detailed sector and gap analysis for 7 leading industries in Kenya as well developed export promotion plans and marketing strategies for over 35 businesses. To date, these efforts have resulted in over $450,000 in new trade deals for Kenyan SMEs in just under 1 year of operations with several large scale deals in the pipeline. Has provided extensive trainings and capacity building to local associations in the areas of accounting, outreach, database development, and management.

Please list all jobs and projects following the above format as closely as possible. Be sure to include relevant details on the subject matter of each job/project, your responsibilities, and specific accomplishments. Please provide explanations of any substantial time gaps between employment periods on your resume. Dates for each position / project are required, including month and year.


List any awards with dates and a brief description of the award's purpose or recognition.


English (native fluency), French (USG 4+), Russian (USG 3+)


U.S. Citizen


Please list relevant publications.

Accuracy of all information is paramount. Submission of false or misleading information will constitute cause for immediate termination from employment or consulting relationships with Crimson Capital.