Aid workers of the U.N. Commissioner for Refugees load humanitarian supplies for distribution to survivors of the cyclone "Nargis." Photo by: UN / CC BY-NC-ND

You’re doing good. If only you could focus just on that. But as a development professional, you’re navigating an increasingly complex global marketplace. How do you bring your skills and passion to the good work you want to do in a world that’s more competitive than ever?

Our “Doing Good” newsletter will help you think about your career holistically. Every week, we’ll share advice from top recruiters and insights from professionals who have managed to build a career doing important work that’s in sync with the lifestyle and causes they care about.

We’ll discuss ways to network, acquire the most in-demand skills, and transition from one sector or region to another. We’ll help dual-career couples think about that next overseas post, and retiring donor officials consider launching their own consulting practice. And we’ll show you how to stay engaged in some of the main issues of our time – from responding to humanitarian crises in Haiti or the Horn of Africa to growing businesses sustainably in North Africa and beyond.

Last week, we published an interview with an IFAD recruiter. Turns out the International Fund for Agricultural Development is increasingly hiring locally and shifting staff into the field. Other organizations – from the World Bank on down – are doing the same. We’ll help you stay abreast of the big trends and what they mean for you.

If you have a question about developing your own career, let us know. We’ll do our best to help you read the HR tea leaves, make that transition into the field or back home, and find that elusive work-life balance. We’ll bring in guests to share their own experience and expert advice.

To help you do good – and do it well. That’s our mission at Devex, and the mission of this new publication. We hope you like it.

About the author

  • 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.