Joyce Turk’s career spanned thirty-five years as Foreign Service Officer and Civil Service employee with focused experience in agricultural and livestock program management after serving as a livestock advisor in the U.S. Peace Corps-Philippine Islands.
Her responsibilities have included managing a multimillion dollar portfolio of livestock projects and the implementation of research activities and teams, analyzing the feasibility of technical proposals and negotiating terms of reference, evaluating international research programs, coordinating strategic portfolio planning, and organizing and chairing international and domestic symposia on global livestock production and trade.
Turk is an invited speaker at annual meetings of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society for Animal Scienceas well as to university classes. She has published numerous papers for USAID reporting as well as for public accessthrough Elsevier, CAB International, UN-FAO and in proceedings of meetings. International consultancies have included: TheWellcome Trust, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development,World Organization for Animal Health, European Union, International Atomic Energy Agency, and USAID livestock programs inArmenia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Caribbean Islands (Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, Trinidad, and Tobago), Costa Rica, East Timor, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Republic of Georgia, Republic of Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the West Bank, and Zimbabwe.
She was a multi-year recipient of USAID’s Meritorious Performance Awards and is listed in Who's Who of American Women.