Salary negotiation strategies for aid workers and consultants: A primer

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You’re in the running for an amazing international development job, and the question of compensation comes up. What do you do?

“People shy away from negotiating salary because they’d rather avoid conflict, but it’s really about creating a win-win for both you and the employer,” said Shana Montesol Johnson, a certified career and executive coach based in the Philippines who frequently works with international development professionals.

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  • Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.