For women — and even more so for women of color — development can seem like an “insider’s club.” A lack of network and mentorship, alongside other barriers, can hold women back from landing senior roles.
Throughout 2019, Devex spoke to experts from across the sector to find out what challenges still exist for women looking to progress in their careers. They shared their tips for overcoming common challenges, including working in male-dominated environments and applying for a job when you don’t meet all the requirements.
Keep reading for Devex’s top career advice from 2019 for women in development.
The life of a humanitarian worker can be tough, but women in the field can face specific challenges — from leading teams in male-dominated environments to dealing with menstruation in remote areas. Two experienced humanitarian leaders share their tips for challenging attitudes toward women and avoiding burnout during deployment.
Devex speaks to Helen Clark, former head of the United Nations Development Program and former prime minister of New Zealand, about women in leadership and taking a more proactive approach to achieving gender parity in the development sector.
Kimberly King, CEO of HumanTec and the One Island Institute, talks about the importance of “upskilling” and highlights how universal skills such as creativity, emotional intelligence, awareness, and collaboration can help women thrive in their careers.
Check out the full DevProWomen2030 series to hear from more women leaders in the sector.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics still tend to be male-dominated fields, but many women are drawing upon their STEM expertise to lead global development projects and teams. Three of these women talk about how they succeeded and share tips for others looking to follow in their footsteps.
Women are less likely than men to apply for a job when they don’t meet all of the requirements, and this can hold them back from progressing in or switching their careers. Two women who now work in STEM roles in global development share their tips for a successful career transition.
While job sharing could help get more women into leadership positions, it is not widely implemented by many global development employers. Two women who have benefited from this arrangement talk through some of the challenges and benefits of sharing one full-time position.