How to compete for the next generation of development talent

By Kate Warren 30 June 2015

Development professionals at the 2014 Devex Career and Partnerships Forum held in Manila, Philippines. What kind of talent and skills will be necessary for development professionals to stay relevant? Photo by: Devex

It’s no secret that competition for top international development professionals can be fierce.

“A foot race for intellectual talent” has begun as new actors and players enter the sector, RTI’s International Development Group Executive Vice President Aaron Williams aptly put it during a Devex Career Forum.

With buzzwords like innovation, localization and sustainability becoming common vernacular and new technologies and approaches rapidly disrupting how we do development, we wondered: How is this changing the face of the modern aid worker?

Devex recently conducted a survey, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Population Services International, of our community of development professionals to see what tools, skills and approaches they think the next generation of development professionals will need to thrive and how the evolving aid industry is impacting what kind of talent will be needed.

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Kate Warren@DevexCareers

Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with 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.


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