Humanitarian relief: The 'ideal' job candidate

Displaced people gather in May 2008 in Agok, Sudan, after fleeing fighting between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. The United Nations warned at the time that the worsening humanitarian situation in Abyei could affect aid operations. Photo by: Tim McKulka/U.N. Mission in Sudan

It is easy to pinpoint entry-level jobs in humanitarian relief. These paid positions are normally titled “program assistant” or “program manager,” and require providing support to relief staff at headquarters and in the field.

Program assistants are typically involved in conducting research, writing proposals, developing and maintaining databases, handling mailing and correspondence, helping organize outreach events and providing customer assistance. As such, a high premium is placed on candidates with administrative or office-related skills.

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