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Salary Spotlight

A program assistant in the United States

By Eliza Villarino22 January 2013

A view of the Washington Mall as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address for his second term on Jan. 21, 2013. Photo by: InSapphoWeTrust / CC BY-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 program assistant at a development-focused consultancy in the United States.

  • Position title: program assistant
  • Seniority: entry-level
  • Position type: full-time
  • Year: 2012
  • Sample tasks: book travel for consultants, offer assistance to clients, search and apply for consulting opportunities, provide technical and other support to consultants, help edit reports
  • Salary: $33,000-$37,000 per year

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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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