A man working in the Norwegian Refugee Council in Juba, Southern Sudan. Photo by: Stein Ove Korneliussen / CC BY

While global development is constantly demanding highly skilled and experienced professionals, organizations working in the sector are often pushed for time and resources when it comes to finding and training new talent. The Norwegian Refugee Council, however, is taking a new approach to hiring, and it is one that could build their organizational capacity while offering new career pathways to professionals interested in working with them.

The recently launched initiative will involve the NRC hiring several candidates as part of a 12-month trainee program that will combine classroom learning, mentoring and on-the-job experience. The organization has implemented similar initiatives in the past, and the idea was a “result of struggling with recruiting the right staff in a timely manner,” said Anneli Lyster, special advisor on workforce planning and recruitment.

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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.