A common question often
asked is: What type of jobs are there in international Development? Here
is a very brief overview of the sector.
A career in International
Development – how to start? First, you will find it helpful if you can answer these questions
1. What can you offer?
2. What do you want to do?
3. Why you?
Most people only think about Non
Governmental Organisations (NGO) when thinking about working in
international development, however there are a range of recruiters (and
opportunities) working in different capacities overseas in the
developing world and the range includes:
NGO, Emergency and
Relief, Charity, Social Enterprise, Civil Society groups
Commercial companies (consultancies, CSR departments, development
government sector (government departments, ID programs overseas,
What’s out there?
Generally the industry can be split into 3 main specialist areas:
Look at the job market to see the range of opportunities and see
where you fit in.
Technical: infrastructure, irrigation,
water/sanitation (watsan), public health, food distribution and
assessment, judicial reform
direction, technical advice, coordination with donor agency/local
government, project reports
Research: typically at think-tanks, non
profit organisations, universities
Types of jobs in International
Conflict resolution/peace building
Country Programme Management Development Education
Finance accountancy and technicians
Outreach worker Policy
Policy and Research
ecruiters are looking for these key
factors in your applications.
Are needed for work permits for overseas contracts and to prove you
have the necessary academic background; many jobs require a Masters
Skills: Prove them
(volunteering, campaigning, any other stuff you have done).
experience in your chosen specialism; Developing country experience
is often a prerequisite.
commitment to the cause.
Experience, skills, passion and
commitment are the key to unlocking opportunity. A
consultation will help you identify
and clearly communicate these.
You could build your experience and CV through:
Internships - are
very rarely paid but can give you valuable work and organisational
skilled volunteering that adds value to your CV.
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic.
Get involved -
While at university through student groups such as U8 or People and
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