6 ways to recruit and retain talent in South Sudan

Oxfam staff distribute vouchers to South Sudanese families sheltering inside the U.N. compound in Juba, South Sudan. Photo by: Aimee Brown / Oxfam

JUBA, South Sudan — When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the international community eagerly poured billions of dollars into its development. Aid agencies set up offices around the country and people flocked to advance the world’s youngest nation.

When the country erupted into civil war in 2013, the situation changed drastically. Government and opposition forces have been fighting in pockets across South Sudan for more than three years, creating an unstable and insecure environment to live and work in.

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    Sam Mednick

    Sam is a Devex Contributor based in South Sudan. Over the past 12 years she’s reported on conflict, post-conflict, and development stories from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Her work has appeared in Devex, the Associated Press, VICE, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and The New Humanitarian, among others. Sam also produces and hosts the Happiness at Work Podcast, interviewing authors, speakers and thought leaders about what it takes to live productive and fulfilling lives.