In global development, technical skills may get you the job, but soft skills will ensure you succeed.
Soft skills, which define an individual's emotional intelligence, are "extraordinarily important in the decision-making process" when managing projects, according to Joseph Scheibel, an MSI technical associate and a veteran of supervising project teams in hardship posts such as Iraq.
And based on his experience, the balance between soft and technical skills in determining success in the field tips overwhelmingly in favor of the former, at a ratio of 90 percent soft skills to 10 percent technical skills.
Scheibel joined independent career consultant Jud Nirenberg and Scott Webb, currently a humanitarian response HR adviser for Catholic Relief Services and formerly a Peace Corps recruiter, in a panel session at the 6th Annual Devex International Development Career Forum held Friday, March 28, in Washington about the behavioral competencies that are necessary to thrive in the aid industry. The forum brought together nearly 250 delegates from 66 of the biggest development employers and more than 500 aid professionals.