Recruiting bias, social media, and job titles: Top talent innovation and recruitment stories from 2017

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This year Devex examined the biggest trends and innovations in talent acquisition and management in the global development sector. As we close out 2017, here is a round-up of some of the year’s most popular articles for those working in recruitment, human resources, or hiring. From building a more inclusive workplace, to tackling biases in recruitment, to analyzing trending job titles, catch up on some of our top stories from 2017.

1. 6 ways to recruit and retain talent in South Sudan

NGOs and aid agencies have struggled to recruit and retain staff in unstable environments such as South Sudan. Devex rounded up useful tips and insider knowledge on how to develop and retain a strong humanitarian team, based on advice from several aid agency leaders that are successfully operating in South Sudan. From enhancing professional development to tackling occupational burnout, these key pieces of advice will help you in your recruitment in South Sudan and other challenging contexts.

2. Tackling aid recruitment's class problem

The international development sector works hard to achieve equality and inclusivity in communities across the globe. Yet, ironically, the aid sector is lagging in making hiring practices more inclusive of race, gender, class, and disability within their organizations. One of the development industry's first diversity officers, Palladium's Dr. Rosanna Duncan, talks to Devex about how employers can better reflect the populations they serve and combat bias in recruitment by considering degree requirements, the unhealthy reliance on unpaid internships and apprenticeships, and more thoughtful mentorship options.

3. Q&A UNFPA’s Michael Emery on the importance of HR to global development

Devex spoke to Michael Emery, director of the human resources division at the United Nations Population Fund, to find out how human resources is playing a critical role in supporting the organization in times of uncertainty. Often dismissed as a burdensome administrative function, Emery talks about how HR can be a strategic business partner to an organization and why innovative approaches to HR are so important in sourcing, engaging, and retaining the right talent.

4. Talent pools: How HR leaders are streamlining recruitment and building diversity

Many organizations, particularly U.N. agencies, are taking an innovative approach to streamlining their often infamously long hiring process while building pipelines of underrepresented groups at the same time. Their solution: talent pools. Here is how your organization can employ best practices to create talent pools of your own, based on advice from other recruiters.

5. Disability inclusion: How HR leaders can build more inclusive workplaces

Disability inclusion is gaining pace in recruitment practices but it is more than just adding a line to your job description, making an office easily accessible or budgeting for possible additional costs. Taking advice from those working with disabilities in the sector and those who recruit staff specifically with disabilities, Devex looks at the importance of leadership and human resources practices in shaping organizational work culture and making employers truly inclusive.

6. This video is challenging biases in recruitment

The International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Human Rights Office released a new video this year that prompts hiring managers to recognize the unconscious biases about candidates they might be bringing to the job. Devex spoke with the people behind this effort about why they are focusing on this issue, how they are incorporating this into their hiring practices and how they tackled this contentious issue with a bit of humor to set the right tone.

7. Recruiter, talent acquisition partner, staffing specialist ... What's in a name — or job title?

The traditional "recruiter" job title is going through a rebrand across many global development organizations to reflect the growing strategic and business role of the people in charge of hiring. Devex spoke to recruiters with job titles such as talent acquisition partner, staffing specialist, or chief of people, to understand what these titles say about the role of recruitment in an organization.

8. How to become a social media savvy recruiter

Social recruiting has become an important part of any good hiring strategy and many human resources professionals are using popular social media platforms to attract and engage candidates. Here are five things recruiters in global development should consider when developing their social media strategy.

About the author

  • 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.