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Job sharing is a flexible arrangement where one full-time position is filled by two or more people working on a part-time basis. It allows parents and caregivers to further their careers while balancing home life and producing quality work — and is also a tool for getting more women into leadership positions. Yet it is not widely implemented or considered by many development organizations.

“There’s something very special about job sharing … you’re in an extremely safe space to communicate about anything and that is not something that can be matched by almost any other structure.”

— Cara Honzak, senior technical adviser for population, health, and the environment, Pathfinder International

Cara Honzak and Cheryl Margoluis both job share the position of senior technical adviser for population, health, and the environment at Pathfinder International. Speaking as individuals — not on behalf of their employer — Honzak and Margoluis talked through some realities of the working arrangement, including the benefits to both employee and employer.

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    Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.