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Mountaineering principles of leadership can come in handy in the business world. The way in which Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Skye Gilbert assesses and manages risk in the mountains closely ties to the way in which she manages risk in her work as a program officer for vaccine delivery.
Previous entitlements to a tax-free income are being revoked for public servants under changes announced in the 2015-16 federal budget. For many staff members, it's an unwelcome change to a budget that has already hit Australia’s foreign aid program hard.
Gone are the days when a master's degree in international development was considered the key qualification to carving out a career in development. Today, those studying the sciences, medicine or education are finding their research has a direct effect on those living in the developing world.
Myanmar, a country in transition, can be an unfamiliar environment to navigate for aid workers and consultants. Cesar Umali Jr., who was part of the first World Bank project in Myanmar in 25 years, shared a few takeaways from his experience working in development's new frontier.
Skilled aid workers are needed to help establish lasting peace in fragile states. But jobs in this competitive field are tougher to break into than it might seem. Devex asked donors, implementers and recruiters what skills are in demand — and how to best build a career in peace building.
Global development recruiters named French as the most in-demand language, according to Devex's recent career trends survey. But fewer students across the United States are learning the language.