10 unexpected places to find a development job

You can find international development career opportunities in unexpected places. Photo by: Devex

If you’re looking to work in international development, you don’t have to move to a global development hub such as Washington, New York or even Nairobi, Kenya.

Jobs are “anywhere you think you want to be,” said Anne Steen, director of the Graduate Career Development Center at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. “Developing nations of course, but there are lots of different places. You don’t have to be in the capital city. Also, look at different sectors and see where the opportunities are within that niche.”

 Who knows our next job could be in one of these less-expected locations.

1. Amman, Jordan: A large number of aid groups have offices in Amman and are working on issues such as strengthening democratic accountability, improving essential services and enhancing gender equality. Thanks to the city’s relatively secure environment, it is a logistics hub for Syrian relief efforts as well as a base for many donors’ West Bank and Gaza programs.

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    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for Vault.com from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.