Ask Devex: How do I transition from a multilateral to an NGO job?

By Kate Warren 28 July 2017
How can experienced professionals position themselves for an NGO job after working in a multilateral organization? Photo by:

Dear Kate,

I was in an international nongovernmental organization and am now working in a multilateral organization. How do I transition back to INGOs?

— Career Transitioner

Dear Career Transitioner,

This is a question I frequently hear, including sentiments that a long resume within a multilateral organization such as the United Nations system can at times be a liability when job hunting in other sectors.

Each sector has its own way of operating, own vocabulary and own networks. There is often a preference for hiring people already immersed in each world and a lack of understanding of, or appreciation for, people who come from a different background.