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Your Career in Global Development

December 4, 2013

I get a lot of questions about what degrees people should pursue, and anyone who has read this site knows my stock answer to this question, but I thought I’d pass on a resource from Monthly Developments (a worthwhile read in its own right) that came out a couple of months ago. Their September 2013 issue contains a career and education special feature that includes practical tips for getting started, mentoring in international relief, and a some of the university programs which focus on development and humanitarian issues.

You can download the issue here (although you may need a free registration), and while you’re at it read my recent article on retaining the best staff in hardship posts here, and an article that you might find interesting on ‘disaster tourism’ and how to avoid causing harm here.

As always, it helps me to maintain this site if you buy my ebook (or anything else through the affiliate link below) on Amazon!
Getting your first job in relief and development

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dylan permalink
    January 28, 2014 6:45 pm

    Hi Nick, in your e-book, you refer to specifically to skills which ex-pats would be brought in for e.g. accounting, engineering. How about legal skills? Would they be of use? What would be the best way to utilise them in an international development context? Thanks, Dylan

    • January 30, 2014 10:40 am

      Hi there –
      Thanks for the question – I’m going to track down a lawyer who works in this line of work to answer this more fully, but the short answer is that, while INGOs tend to need a lot of legal advice, they tend to employ a small legal team in their head office, and maintain local counsel in the countries where they work. Expat lawyers can sometimes add value, but usually they are not familiar with local law or systems, which can be very different to their home country.
      In addition to that, a lot of law firms will donate time to NGOs, further reducing the number of full time legal jobs in the business.
      Of course, there is always international humanitarian law, but that’s a different kind of a fish again.
      Sorry to be a downer – it’s not that there are not any jobs in this area, but it’s not huge.

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