Hiring trends in East Africa: How to stay competitive

There are a combination of trends allowing East Africa to become a booming hub for development activity.  

A priority region for most leading aid donors and organizations, four of the top 10 locations for job postings on Devex in 2014 have been in East Africa. In fact, over 10 percent of all job postings on the site are located in East Africa, and three of the top 10 locations for Devex members are also in the region.

There are a combination of trends allowing East Africa to become a booming hub for development activity.  

Donors working more closely with maturing host governments, a more regional approach to program development and growth in cross-border projects are all trends changing the job opportunities available, shared Hellen Kong’ong’o, the regional director of human resources for RTI Africa, during this “Hiring Trends in East Africa” webinar.

Increased private sector investment also provides a new avenue for development professionals — as well as competition for development firms in hiring the best talent — added fellow panelist Julie Smallwood, a recruiter for international health and development for ICF International.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.