The aid community in Malawi is tight-knit, Amanda Schwartz, Deloitte’s senior recruiter for emerging markets, recently learned while traveling.
In search of an energy specialist, Schwartz placed advertisements in local newspapers that were most likely to be read by the specialist she needed to find — a well-known recruitment method in many developing countries. But after a few days, it seemed word of mouth took over as the catalyst for finding potential hires.
“These are small communities where everyone is sharing information with one another,” Schwartz told Devex. “They are so tightly knit that word travels not only about projects coming in and about jobs, but also about reputations.”
Schwartz said there are clear benefits to visiting the country where a development project is being planned — a notion that other recruiters and human resources experts share.