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A team leader in Afghanistan

By Eliza Villarino12 November 2012

A civilian team leader for the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan meets with a member of U.S. Navy and an embassy staff member. Photo by: Benjamin Addison / isafmedia / CC BY

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 team leader contracted by a consultancy for a multimillion dollar aid project in Afghanistan.

  • Position title: team leader
  • Seniority: senior-level
  • Position type: full-time
  • Year: 2012
  • Sample tasks: manage international and national staff who serve as advisers to the client government agency, oversee design of the project, supervise procurement, report regularly to funding donor and client government agency on the progress of the project, interact regularly with project beneficiaries
  • Salary: $15,500 per month

Afghanistan’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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