22 February, 2007

back to the US??

I finally got ahold of the HR lady in DC regarding the potential Exec. Assis. position that I had applied for. We had a good conversation and she said "you sound perfect for the job, although I think it may not be challenging enough for you", because the administrative work may get boring. I then asked her if there was anything else that I could perhaps do if the work is caught up and I have some free time....like assist someone else, or something. She said that the VP was thinking about someone to help him with research so maybe that is something I could do...

The organization is the Global Health Council and they have offices in Vermont and in Washington DC. the Vermont office does the administrative work, newsletters, magazines, website, etc...the DC office is in charge of Public Policy...they focus on health issues around the world, for instance when Bushwack submited his 2.9 trillion dollar budget request for 2008 and allocated 5.4 billion for HIV/AIDS it sounds good but what the people aren't aware of is that he is planning to cut funding for family planning and child and maternal health, plus out of the 5.4 billion, 4.1 is designated for just 15 countries. The Global HEalth Council supports the presidents initiatives and money, however they want the money to be distributed more evenly and to be more of a conprehensive approach to the global health needs. People should have access to basic health services such as vaccines for poor children and obstetric care for pregnant women. The GHC is a voice for what should be done and that money should be allocated to many causes not just the ones that make the headlines. The DC office helps to figure out where the money should to and how it should be spend and managed. They are the voice for Non-Governmental Health organizations.

Okay, well the interview with the HR manager ended with her making me an appointment to speak directly with the VP later that day! I wrote down all my good qualities (A VERY log list, ha ha) and my strengths and one weakness, really, I could only think of one... When I called Mr. VP at 9 PM my time, he picked up right away and I shoved the cold rushing feeling of nervousness away and relaxed. We had a long conversation about my past work history and life. I didn't express my desire to quit my masters very well, I think. I kind of stumbled around because I hadn't thought about how to express my feelings that although the masters is important to me as well as my thesis, I am prepared to go into a job with the right organization if I feel it is right for me. (of course now it is easy to express!)

The interview lasted about an hour and I was feeling really confident until he said "well, we have a couple more phone interviews and then we will need to meet you in person and have the candidates meet the others in the office." At that point, I was a little deflated. I guess I had not thought about that part...of course they can't just hire me over the phone. THey will let me know if I am one of the finalists next week and then I will have to decide if I am willing to fly to DC from spain for an interview knowing that I may not get the position. The position would start ASAP, but the HR lady said that they could possibly wait until the end of April if necessary...which would of course be better for me, since I would have alot of stuff to do before then...

I feel really good about the work that this organization does and VP mentioned that it is definitely a place where you wil get out of it as much as you want. You can just come in and do your '9 to 5' or you can be more active and move around in the organization, which is exactly what I would like to do.

now i wait...

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