The success of foreign aid projects depends in no small part on staffing – and often in development cooperation, hiring managers have little professional training in human resources.
For those without an HR background who find themselves taking an active role in the recruitment of staff, we compiled a few tips and tricks from industry experts to help you manage the process a bit more strategically, and with greater ease, by preparing right and enlisting the help of colleagues and partners.
1. Think hard about job description and qualifications
A major mistake some employers make is to not update and refine job announcements. Using an old job description may initially save time, but it can create an inordinate amount of time lost in the screening process, as you end up with candidates who don’t fit the profile you are now seeking. Be specific about responsibilities, and especially qualifications sought. Clearly state what is “required” versus what is “desirable.” This will help candidates self-select.