Prove yourself at home first. This is the first piece of advice Anthony Ngosi, current team leader for one of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s projects, would give to a young African interested in working elsewhere in Africa — or elsewhere in the world.
Ngosi grew up in Malawi but has since worked in nine African countries during his nearly 20-year development career. He has learned a few things about working as a “third country national” — a term used mainly by the U.S. government to classify hires that are neither U.S. citizens nor citizens of the host country (and one that is falling out of favor) — in international development.
Ngosi has worked for various nongovernmental organizations, INGOs and consulting firms in Malawi, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Niger and Kenya. Devex caught up with Ngosi while visiting a small marketplace outside of Meru, Kenya, where the project he manages is implementing training for agro-dealers.
Here’s what he had to say about his career and how opportunities have changed for Africans interested in working in development, as well as his advice for others.
In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.
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