Whether you are a new applicant or already a member of the CIDA Consultants Database (CCDB), it is essential you choose or modify your CCDB keywords carefully.
The CCDB keywords are predefined descriptors selectable via drop-down boxes on the pages of this website. The keywords help you define your areas of expertise and are organized into various categories such as: Crosscutting Knowledge and Specializations, Sectors, Languages, etc.
CIDA requesters (project officers, managers, etc.) use these same predefined keywords that branch coordinators use as criteria to search the CCDB to produce lists of potential candidates capable of performing specific mandates. The consultants listed in the search results are then asked to participate in a selection process. This exercise allows CIDA to identify the best candidate, based on knowledge and experience, providing that the terms of reference of the mandate are met. The full process is quite stringent, and the best way for you to increase your selection possibilities is to choose your keywords judiciously.
Additionally, every keyword selection you make must be fully demonstrated and substantiated in your resume, with project titles, sponsoring agencies, levels of effort (days worked), mission details, task descriptions, etc.
Choosing your keywords carefully will help make the CCDB a robust, viable tool and will enhance your contracting opportunities, increase CIDA's confidence in the search results, and facilitate our collective international development efforts.