Kate Warren


Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Is the USAID 1420 biodata form contributing to the gender pay gap?
6 Feb 2018

The USAID contractor employee biographical data sheet requires basic information such as education, language proficiency, work history, and salary history. But, it could also breed job hopping and, worst of all, cement gender pay gaps. Devex's Kate Warren discusses how our sector should lead from within, starting with reexamining how we determine compensation.

Introducing #GlobalDevWomen: Stories and advice to support women at work
6 Feb 2018

Women working in global development have long relied on the whisper network to vent about gender bias. Not anymore.

Ask Devex: How do I transition from a multilateral to an NGO job?
28 Jul 2017

A Devex reader wants to know how they can make the switch from working in a multilateral organization to an international nongovernmental organization. Forced retirement, increased mobility and potential staff cuts across public sector agencies have left many experienced professionals on the job market wondering how they can make their skills and experience an asset, not a liability. Kate Warren provides six tips for anyone looking make this career transition.

4 steps to transition to a global development career

While the global development sector is more open to nontraditional candidates than ever before, breaking into global development as a mid-career professional is no easy task. If you are considering a transition to a global development career, here are four steps to help you make the leap.

CVs: How to fit decades of experience without taking up pages
20 Mar 2017

Seasoned global development professionals with years of projects and assignments under their belt struggle to show the depth of their work history while keeping their CV length at bay. Here are six tips for incorporating multiple projects, consultancies and work experience into your CV while still keeping it brief.

How to establish yourself as an independent consultant
20 Mar 2017

For experienced global development professionals, striking out on your own can be a practical, and even lucrative, option if you’re seeking a flexible schedule or technical concentration. If you’re considering leaving a steady paycheck for the life of a consultant, here are four tips both recruiters and seasoned consultants advise.

7 ways to leap to the next level of your career
20 Mar 2017

If you have been in your current position for a few years, you may be feeling restless and ready for a new challenge. It can be difficult to see where your career is leading you and to know next steps to prepare for your next position. Here are seven tips to help you leap to the next level of your career.

Future of global development: How to build skills of tomorrow
20 Mar 2017

The global development landscape is rapidly shifting. New actors, new technologies and recent political changes are impacting how we do development and the kinds of professionals needed. For global development professionals wanting to stay relevant while the sector quickly moves around them, here are some things to keep in mind.

Graduating soon? 6 things you should do now to get your job search off to a great start
20 Mar 2017

Wth graduation just around the corner, have you thought about your next steps? Here are six things you can do now to help get your job search off to a great start.

7 tips for landing your first aid job in the field

It’s a classic chicken and egg dilemma: International development jobs in the field require previous international experience. But, how do you ever break in if no one will give you that first experience? Here are seven tips for landing that first overseas job in global development.