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How to transition to development consulting

By Eliza Villarino09 January 2012

USAID engineer, Mario Nicoleau (left) meets with the project manager for CHF's rubble removal work in Haiti. Photo by: Kendra Helmer / USAID

Stories abound about corporate professionals transitioning to global development work. A key to their success: transferable skills.

So, how do you highlight your transferable skills well and make that transition? This question was front-and-center at our one-hour webinar “How to succeed as a development consultant indicates,” which featured three expert recruiters from DAI: Daniel Head, senior international recruiter at the consultancy’s economic growth division, as well as Recruitment Manager Katie Levy and Associate Recruiter Sophie Montmey of DAI Europe.

DAI, of course, is one of the top implementing partners for the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.K. Department for International Development.

Following the webinar, DAI’s expert recruiters addressed more questions from the webinar audience on how seasoned professionals from the private sector can start a career in international development. Here are some of their responses:

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Eliza Villarino

Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.


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