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Salary Spotlight

A chief of party in Kenya

By Eliza Villarino10 December 2012

Aid workers for the International Livestock Research Institute during a field visit to a project in Kenya. Photo by: Fulani Medi / ILRI / CC BY-NC-SA

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 an international nongovernmental organization for a multimillion aid project in Kenya.

  • 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: $82,000 per year
  • Benefits: housing, post differential (30 percent of salary), cost of living adjustment, health insurance, life insurance, education allowance for children, three-week vacation, home leave after two years

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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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