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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.

Career Matters
  • 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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  • Daddy aid worker

    Posted by Scott Webb on 23 January 2012


    We had been meeting on Skype for about 20 minutes when suddenly, it happened. Through the live video feed, I saw my wife turn around, things shaking in the background. I heard a crackling sound.   That is how on Aug. 23 last year, I experienced one of the strongest earthquakes the U.S. east coast has ever seen – from more than 7,000 miles away.   I’m an international development professional and father of three. I’m based at International Relief & Developme...

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    • Tags: information & communication technology, Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, infrastructure, ICT, Washington, dual career couple, home office, field work, foreign aid
    • Posted:01/23/2012 09:31:08 PM | Email | Permalink
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