Emma Smith


Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.

Latest Articles

Webinar: A guide to consulting with EuropeAid
20 Jun 2018

In the first of three webinars aimed at helping independent consultants work with specific development organizations, senior development expert Sibylle Koenig shares her tips for landing a gig with EuropeAid.

How one program is engaging professionals with disabilities
19 Jun 2018

The U.N. Development Programme and U.N. Volunteers are launching a talent program to increase the number of professionals with disabilities working in global development. The initiative will enable young professionals with disabilities to complete national or international volunteering assignments and gain all-important work experience.

Ask Devex: Landing a job with the UN
12 Jun 2018

Devex executive vice president, Kate Warren, returns to answer your career questions and help you land a job in the global development sector. This month Warren talks, among other common career challenges, about landing a first job with the U.N.

Webinar: Your guide to becoming a global development consultant
24 May 2018

The global development sector provides many opportunities for those looking to branch out independently. Daniel Head and Susanne Barsoum, co-founders of KeyLime International, join Devex for the first in a series of webinars on becoming an independent consultant. The pair — with experience both working as and hiring consultants — tackle finding clients, setting rates, and how to set yourself up for success.

6 tips for managing a team remotely
22 May 2018

Devex speaks with two project managers based in the United States coordinating projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From adapting work schedules to project management platforms, here's their advice on remote management.

How one organization is taking an 'X-factor' approach to finding future talent
15 May 2018

Live audiences, debates, presentations, and outreach — here's more on the quest to find top talent for the British Council's Future Leaders Connect program.

Top nonprofit organizations working in microfinance: A primer
11 May 2018

Devex looks at some of the nonprofits working in microfinance, both those working directly with communities on the ground and those supporting these activities through partnerships, advocacy, and information sharing. If you are looking to work in microfinance, here is a roundup of some of the top organizations, including those currently hiring in this space.

Ask Devex: The importance of networking
4 May 2018

Natalia Douma, senior manager of recruitment at DAI, joins Devex to talk about the importance of networking and building relationships to land a job in global development.

Top organizations working on women's rights and issues: A primer
1 May 2018

Devex takes a look at some of the global development organizations and networks helping to advance women’s rights and empowerment.

Webinar: Your guide to chief of party success
27 Apr 2018

The chief of party plays a critical in the delivery and success of any international development project. Jane Kellum, an independent consultant with chief of party experience in Haiti, and Kristi Ragan, a four-time COP, share their advice for success in COP roles, including how to hire and build the right teams and how to ensure buy-in from local stakeholders.