2015: Who are global development employers hiring?

A trainer conducts an agriculture and production sanitation course in Niger. Local and regional talent will play a big part in development moving forward, according to recruiters. Photo by: SuSanA Secretariat / CC BY 

A greater focus on hiring local talent, a continued appreciation for higher education and a call for French-speaking professionals in West Africa. Already these trends have informed organizations’ hiring abilities and patterns in global development. But are these perceptions and assessments valid for the coming year too?

In its benchmark “Career Trends in 2015” survey, Devex sought the opinions of recruiters from development consulting firms, international NGOs, international organizations and local NGOs. Consulting firms made up nearly half of respondents, followed by iNGOs, international organizations — including United Nations agencies — and local NGOs. Respondents’ organizations were based in more than 25 different countries, from Colombia to Germany, though the majority are headquartered in the United States.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.