A recruitment coordinator at a career center speaks with a student about his resume. Photo by: Andrew Ferguson / CC BY-NC-SA

Recruiting and retaining a high-quality staff can be challenging. Understanding (and learning from!) the challenges recruiters face should therefore not just be a priority for human resources professionals, but for all job seekers.

That’s why Devex will explore common challenges aid groups and their recruiters face in a new series of articles — on everything from hiring innovators to hiring for hardship posts.

Our first story will be published in an upcoming edition of our Doing Good newsletter. Its focus: The challenges of — and best practices for! — hiring locals. Five key takeaways:

1) Each organization does it differently — both in terms of the percentage of its workforce that is hired locally, and its recruitment methods.

2) Inconsistencies emerge when hiring is decentralized — the trick is to have headquarters coordinate, not make the decisions.

3) Diversity means more than having locals work with internationals — it’s in how you mix people of different genders, ethnicities and backgrounds.

4) Career development and performance management is crucial to building local capacity.

5) A lack of cohesion between local and international staff can jeopardize project success.

Watch out for more in-depth analysis from our expert writers, many of whom have worked in recruitment themselves.

And if you’re a recruiter, let us know what topics you’d like us to explore in this article series we call “Recruiting Matters.” Leave your suggestion in the comment field below this article, and we’ll do our best to provide you with the tools and best practices you need to add value to your cause.

Read last week’s Career Matters.

About the author

  • Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.