How one organization is building their own talent pipeline

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 reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.