Why (and when) to market your knowledge transfer skills


Find out what types of experiences Jon Herstein, international human resources operations director at RTI, recommends to include in your resume, and what he has to say about how RTI is adjusting salary and benefits to embrace a global marketplace of talent.

The military-to-development transition: How 3 Marines found a new purpose

Smallholder farmers are the bravest entrepreneurs, which is just one thing former U.S. Marine Alex Martin has learned since making the transition to development work. The move might not be obvious to some, but the foundational call to serve is very much the same for people fighting poverty and hunger, according to three veterans.

The 'accidental' agriculture expert

Every development professional has a story to tell. Take Carl Wahl, a computer engineer and former Peace Corps volunteer who’s now the agriculture coordinator for Concern Worldwide in Zambia. What advice does he have for his job-seeking peers?

The undefined path to a career in partnerships

Cross-sector partnerships are key to reducing poverty and tackling social and environmental challenges around the world. Their success depends, in large part, on those meant to bring such unions to fruition: the partnerships professional. Find out what it takes to succeed in this area.

World Bank seeks digital natives, finance integrators

The world doesn’t divide itself up according to our notion of disciplines, World Bank President Jim Kim told Devex. Those who take the time to learn more than just their field will be able to better meet today’s development challenges.

Truths and misconceptions: The leap from a domestic to an international career

While the process of finding employment with a notable international development institution is as competitive as ever, one UNOPS HR manager’s foray into the field both confirmed a few facts and helped him correct a number of misconceptions along the way, too.

Took a break from your career? Here's how to break back in

Landing your next development job can feel no less secure than placing a bet on the winning horse at the races, so even the most in-demand professionals can end up with gaps in their resume. Here are several tips for navigating your way back into work.

Why global development professionals and recruiters are on the MBA bandwagon

Recruiters polled in the recent “Devex Career Trends in 2015” survey identified a Master of Business Administration as the second most in-demand degree, right after a master's in international development. So what do MBA graduates offer global development?

Generalist vs. specialist: Why both remain viable career paths

The future development leader will possess a holistic view of the field and won’t overspecialize — but that’s not to say that technical skills won’t remain in demand, according to panelists at Devex’s 7th Annual D.C. Career Forum.

Work in global development — without heading overseas

Many professionals choose a career in international development precisely because they want to live and work abroad. But there are many reasons why aspiring aid workers should choose a career in their home country. Here are seven reasons you should consider building a global development career at home.

How to transition from generalist to specialist

It can be difficult for mid-career generalists to find opportunities for advancement without having a core specialty. But how do you get yourself on the path to becoming a specialist in global development? Check out these four tips.

Ignore these 5 pieces of career advice

Career advice, while often doled out with the best of intentions, isn’t all good. And the same rules that apply in other fields may not apply in development. Here are five pieces of career advice you can feel free to ignore.

6 steps to break into global development consulting

A knack for bringing a new perspective to an assignment can serve as an “in” even for those without prior development experience. Still, succeeding in the competitive environment of consulting requires drive and persistence. Here are six steps to get started.

The mid-career itch to join the social sector

Professionals have joined the Grameen Foundation after working in technical fields such as software development or banking, while others were previously high school teachers or photographers. Grameen’s Bankers without Borders director asked four foundation employees to share their career transition stories.

How a business background helped set 2 NGO chiefs up for success

Think your background in communications, sales or marketing won’t get you very far in the world of global development? The CEOs of two international nongovernmental organizations — with more than 40 years of private sector experience between them — tell Devex otherwise.

Q&A: How this engineer began a new career in global development

Deepa Pullanikkatil tells Devex how a growing interest in environmental issues led her to switch careers to international development, and offers advice for anyone thinking of doing the same.

Master's programs for a career in public policy or administration

A career in policy can be difficult to get into. We look at one way to build up the expertise and network involved — a master’s degree.

Roundup of study programs for a career in global health

Here’s a roundup of master's programs to help you advance in your career, as well as free online courses for professionals looking to learn more about specific areas of the sector.

How important is a master's degree to your global dev career?

Donors are driving demand for graduate-level qualifications in development but this isn't an option for everyone. Is there a way around it?

Where are the opportunities for seasoned aid professionals?

Many global development professionals worry that later on in their careers, fewer job opportunities will be available. Devex speaks to recruiters about where to find these career opportunities.

Webinar: Here's how to get started in your impact investment career

Experts in impact investing share their insights on transitioning to work in this space, what skills can help you land a job in impact investing, and how to find out about opportunities in the sector.