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Kate Warren

United States

Kate is our resident expert on what it takes to advance your career in global development. She works closely with recruiters at top development organizations and has first-hand insight into the latest hiring trends in international development. Tune in to the Career Matters Blog each week as she shares her insider perspective.

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  • Jobs in EU’s external cooperation

    Posted by Ingrid Ahlgren on 07 December 2010


      Having humanitarian aid or international development expertise can go a long way for Europeans seeking a career in the European Union. Specific EU bodies that welcome these individuals include the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection (ECHO) and external relations (DG RELEX) departments.   Both departments offer a range of opportunities besides full-time staff positions. ECHO may recruit experts, while DG RELEX has a program for junior experts. &nbs...

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  • Mind the (cultural) ‘gap’

    Posted by Ioulia Fenton on 31 January 2012


    For the longest time, Western institutions spearheaded international cooperation, and recruitment procedures were somewhat streamlined. But as aid groups ramp up local hiring, development has become increasingly homegrown — and applying for a job requires taking into account the beauty of cultural diversity.   Wherever the job, my general advice remains the same: Prepare well. That means researching well in advance what will be expected of you culturally. Although the Internet is...

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    • Tags: international jobs, NGO, Latin America, Africa, Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, China, nonprofit jobs, career advice
    • Posted:01/31/2012 03:06:57 AM | Email | Permalink
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  • Suggest a career webinar topic

    Posted by Rolf Rosenkranz on 28 February 2012


    Any job search can be daunting — especially in a field marked by increasing competition and the emergence of public, private and nonprofit actors from Seoul to Brasilia to Johannesburg.   To win an international development assignment, you’ll need the right skills, experiences and connections. You don’t just need to know where the jobs are, but also how to get them.   And that means: You need answers to questions that generally don’t appear on the Wo...

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  • Help rebuild South Sudan’s civil society

    Posted by Alice Castillejo on 20 February 2012


    Relief and development work in South Sudan is challenging. Aside from the hot dusty climate and poor infrastructure, there are few resources and the workload will be immense. But without question, there is an urgent need for support.   More than 50 years of conflict has seriously disrupted the nation’s health and education services. Rates of maternal and infant mortality are among the world’s highest, and only 27 percent of people over 15 year of age are literate. Women bea...

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    • Tags: South Sudan, Africa, VSO, volunteering, NGO, international development, health, education, infrastructure, governance, capacity building, London, Europe, United Kingdom, Alice Castillejo, Career Matters, career advice, international jobs
    • Posted:02/20/2012 09:23:16 PM | Email | Permalink
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  • Got a question about volunteering internationally?

    Posted by Kate Warren on 14 February 2012


    Volunteering with a humanitarian or development organization is a great way to gain experience when you don’t have any. But it’s not a silver bullet. Time volunteering will not equal time as an official employee in a recruiter’s mind.   High-level officials who were shaped by their volunteer experience include Peace Corps alum and current Director Aaron S. Williams and Brian Rockliffe, director of the VSO Federation.   Last week, Shannon May...

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    • Tags: international development, development aid, international jobs, professional development, career advice, Career Matters, Devex, job search, networking, volunteering
    • Posted:02/14/2012 08:04:17 AM | Email | Permalink
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