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Salary Spotlight

A chief of party in Malawi

By Eliza Villarino08 January 2013

A boy stands next to a poster promoting breastfeeding in Malawi. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: Racine Tucker-Hamilton / Bread for the World / CC BY-NC

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 engaged as a local hire by an international nongovernmental organization for a multimillion aid project in Malawi.

  • 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, serving as principal point of contact on contractual and technical matters relating to the project, preparing and submitting to the donor agency regular reports on project activities and results
  • Salary: $70,000 per year (with a possible increment of up to 5 percent of the base pay)
  • Benefits: rent subsidy worth 15 percent of the salary and medical coverage for dependents

Malawi’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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