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Salary Spotlight

A program associate in the United States

By Eliza Villarino24 August 2012

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 associate at an international development consulting firm in the United States.

  • Position title: program associate
  • Seniority: entry-level
  • Position type: full-time
  • Year: 2012
  • Sample tasks: provide support to the technical team, perform proposal management tasks including technical writing and communication and networking with domestic and field-based partners, and track business opportunities
  • Salary: $40,000 per year

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The United States is the largest bilateral donor country, awarding thousands of contracts and grants valued in the billions of dollars each year.

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About the author

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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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