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to know, how to best review your Thrift Savings Plan allocations and estate plan, and when to launch Social Security and reemployment rules, among other topics. Members can view a recording of the webinar at Whether you have been retired for a few months or many years, it is worthwhile to assess whether or not you need to make any course correc- tions. See also Naland’s article, “Twelve Retirement Pitfalls to Avoid,” on page 70 in the special Retirement Supple- ment. You can also visit AFSA’s one-stop shop for retire- ment information at afsa. org/retirement-services. The webpage features mid- career and pre-retirement checklists and other tools for retirement planning, as well as extensive resources for retirees. n AFSA hosted a webinar, “Reviewing Your Retirement Plan,” with AFSA’s Retiree Vice President John Naland on Jan. 27. It was the first of AFSA’s 2021 Federal Ben- efits Speaker Series. Naland, a former direc- tor of the State Depart- ment’s Office of Retirement, walked participants through a number of topics related to retirement: reviewing and updating your annuity records, keeping benefi- ciary designations updated, what your survivors need AFSA NEWS 68 APRIL 2021 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL AFSA Webinar: Reviewing Your Retirement Plan AFSA Retiree Vice President John Naland spoke with AFSA members about retirement planning during a Zoom webinar on Jan. 27. USAID Seeks Assignment and Career Counselors USAID seeks to hire assign- ment and career counselors (ACCs), preferably FSO retir- ees at the FS-01 or senior lev- els, with skills in the following backstop areas: agriculture; private enterprise; health; education; economics; envi- ronment; crisis, stabilization and governance; engineering; program/project develop- ment; financial management; procurement; executive man- agement; and legal advisors. ACCs will provide assign- ment and career develop- ment counseling services to FSOs throughout their careers. They will be the point of contact for informa- tion and guidance on annual performance evaluations (AEF), the process of obtain- ing tenure, the assignment and bidding process (formal and informal); the perfor- mance and evaluation coun- seling interaction with tenure and performance boards, coaching and mentoring of new FSOs hired under the C3 initiative; and, interacting with FSOs requiring excep- tions and special attention. ACCs will be required to understand and support personnel policies found in ADS 400 Series and all other executive and administrative directions and regulations so that they can provide accurate information to their FSO clients. They will provide recommendations to the Policy and Programs Infor- mation Management Division (PPIM) on proposed policies that would affect FSOs. They will review and comment on changes in the ADS that would affect FSOs in the field and in USAID/W. Education and/or Experience Master’s degree 5 years of experience Qualifications and Requirements In depth knowledge of the full range of human resource management regulations, policies, systems, and procedures as related to the Foreign Service. Demonstrated senior level expertise in the development and interpretation of human resource policies related to the Foreign Service. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration ReformAct of 1986. Must be able to obtain and maintain USAID Facility Access. If interested, please apply via the following links: n