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Salary Spotlight

A chief of party in Afghanistan

By Eliza Villarino30 October 2012

Construction workers for a $60 million cash-for-work program in Kabul. Afghanistan is one of the biggest recipients of aid dollars. Photo by: U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan / CC BY-ND

International development is as much a business as it is a labor of love, and chances are you won’t choose your next assignment based on the money.

That said, compensation is an important part of human resources management, and comprehensive data on salaries and benefits is hard to come by. That’s why Devex is shedding light on the salaries and work of those holding jobs that international development organizations commonly hire for. It’s part of our mission to help aid professionals do good and make informed decisions about their careers.

Today’s spotlight is on a chief of party contracted by a consultancy for an multimillion aid project in Afghanistan.

  • Position title: chief of party
  • Seniority: senior-level
  • Position type: full-time
  • Year: 2012
  • Sample tasks: responsible for the overall technical, financial and administrative management of the project, serve as principal point of contact on contractual and technical matters relating to the project, prepare and submit to the donor agency regular reports on project activities and results
  • Salary: $165,300 per year
  • Benefits: more than $150,000 per year covering danger pay and post differential costs, among others, plus health and medical evacuation insurance coverage, nearly 40 days of vacation, administrative leave days, paid holidays, paid air tickets for rest and recreation, paid mobilization or demobilization air fare between home country and Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s foreign aid job market

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Eliza Villarino

Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.


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