Devex asks global dev recruiters: What skills are in demand?

Devex asks recruiters what skills are most in demand in the sector. Via YouTube.

Knowing what skills are in demand across global development could help you land your next role in a highly competitive job market. To understand what employers are looking for — skills you need to further your career and experience you should highlight in your CV — Devex spoke to recruiters during our annual career fair in Washington, D.C, earlier this year.

Recruiters from top global development organizations such as DAI, Intrahealth International, and World Vision International shared insights on trends impacting the sector and skills that help you stand out as a candidate.

Monitoring and evaluation — or measurement and learning as it is sometimes called — is a skill in high demand, according to Julie Smallwood, senior proposal recruiter at Intrahealth International. This is in part because donors put an emphasis on having results they can point to, she added.

The sector is also seeing a rise in programming around public financial management and there is a need for skills related to this, explained Nev Ezzat, senior recruitment manager at DAI. This could be an area of opportunity for professionals from the private sector who have expertise in budgeting or tax revenues.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.