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Salary Spotlight

A program coordinator in Vietnam

By Eliza Villarino26 February 2013

Bikes and motorcycles on the streets of Vietnam. Photo by: specialoperations / 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 coordinator employed by a bilateral donor in Vietnam.

  • Position title: program coordinator
  • Seniority: midlevel
  • Position type: full-time
  • Year: 2012
  • Sample tasks: develop and implement programs, serve as team leader to field staff comprising expatriates and locals
  • Salary: $3,500 per month
  • Benefits: $500 rent, $1,000 for retirement program, unemployment insurance, health insurance and reimbursement of school fees

Vietnam’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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