What you need to know: Careers in monitoring and evaluation

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By Nina Segal Kennedy

M&E professionals need to be able to view the overall landscape of a project, but also be able to dig down to the gritty details. Find out what the latest hiring trends are — and tips for how to land the job — in this in-demand sector.

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Is a randomized controlled trial right for your NGO?

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Q&A: How e-governance can change Africa

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5 tips for measuring the hard to measure

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Opinion: Heading to a career fair? Here are 6 tips for success

Global development recruiting expert Scott Webb gives advice for what to do — and not to do — at a career fair.

E-volunteering: Contribute to global development from home

Volunteer programs have long been a starting point for global development careers. But in today’s constantly connected world, a new kind of volunteer has emerged: The e-volunteer. From translation and website design to GIS mapping and mentorship, here are the many ways you can e-volunteer and the places where you can find assignments.

Q&A: Judy Heumann on how donors can drive disability-inclusive development

Ahead of a conference hosted by Leonard Cheshire Disability in London next week, Devex speaks to renowned disability rights campaigner Judy Heumann about what she wants to see from donors.

Tips on applying to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

The United Kingdom government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund has opened a new round of bidding, with changes to procurement intended to attract a more diverse range of partners, including small contractors and NGOs. Join Devex for a webinar on March 21 to hear insider tips on the fund and how to apply.

Crowdsourcing development projects through bitcoin

A more efficient way to implement development projects could be crowdsourcing the participation of workers and paying them with bitcoin micropayments, Elizabeth Rossiello, chief executive officer of BitPesa, said during a panel session at the Innovation Summit Africa 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

How far can online learning take local capacity building?

Devex speaks to the team at Philanthropy University about their efforts to design online capacity-building education around the needs of students in developing countries, as it launches a new platform on Tuesday.

Top DFID consulting firm employers in London

London is home to the Department for International Development and the many consulting firms that are part of the DFID ecosystem. If you are looking for job opportunities in the British capital, here is an overview of some of the largest consulting firms with the U.K. aid bilateral donor, including many who are currently hiring.

Support for new US development finance bill, even as some details are questioned

The bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday proposing the creation of a new United States development finance corporation could truly be a landmark piece of legislation, altering the U.S. development landscape for years or decades to come. While it has generally been well received, a few details may still need ironing out as the bill works its way through the political process. Here are the details.

Opinion: Safe infrastructure means safer women — and it's our job to say so

How vital is infrastructure in determining a woman or girl's safety? On International Women's Day, WomenStrong International argues for more robust investment, advocacy, and planning when it comes to infrastructure, in a bid to tackle violence against women and girls.

Opinion: How to strengthen NGO-local government collaboration

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