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

Ask Devex: How to break into the global development sector
9 Oct 2018

CV length, when and how to follow up with a job application, and explaining career gaps on your CV: This month, Devex's Katrina Gaw answers your career questions.

Top organizations contracting with USAID
2 Oct 2018

Devex looks at the top 10 organizations contracting with USAID — many are currently seeking long- or short-term consultants to provide technical expertise and support the delivery of global programs.

Top employers in Vienna: A primer
28 Sep 2018

Recently voted the best city to live for the ninth year running, Vienna has a lot to offer international staff. The city is also home to a number of global development employers and is a hub for U.N. agencies. Devex looks at the top employers in the city.

Webinar: Your guide to a killer online profile
17 Sep 2018

In global development, jobs are not always posted and recruiters often search for passive candidates. In this exclusive Devex webinar, we talk through the main ingredients of a stand-out online profile and share tips to help you rank higher in recruiter searches.

Advice for consultants: Setting your rate
11 Sep 2018

Knowing what rate to charge can be one of the biggest challenges for independent consultants, especially those just starting out. Susanne Barsoum, co-founder of KeyLime International, shares her four ingredients for calculating your rate as a consultant.

What is an 'integrator' role?
4 Sep 2018

"Integrators" are predicted to be the most in-demand professional in global development in the future. But, what does an integrator role look like and how can you find these jobs? Devex spoke to Alexis Bonnell from USAID's U.S. Global Development Lab to find out which roles are best suited to integrator profiles and how to talk about your soft skills to land these positions.

Q&A: What will it take to be the next generation development professional?
21 Aug 2018

Following a recent webinar looking at the future of global development professionals, Devex followed up with Beth Singh, vice president of human resources at DAI, and Alexis Bonnell, an expert in applied innovation and acceleration at USAID, for their advice for professionals looking to break into or advance their careers in development.

How retirees can continue contributing to development work
9 Aug 2018

From serving on boards to providing "just in time" technical expertise, Alexis Bonnell, division chief of applied innovation and acceleration with USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, talks about the ways retired professionals can continue contributing to the sector.

Ask Devex: How retired professionals can find consulting opportunities
3 Aug 2018

Devex Executive Vice President Kate Warren weighs in on some of the most common challenges for global development job seekers — including how retired professionals can find consulting work with agencies such as USAID.

Business experience will be valuable for development professionals of the future
30 Jul 2018

Devex takes a closer look at how private sector engagement and funding is impacting the global development sector. Changing approaches to development work will require professionals with both hands-on business and developing country experience.