Soft skills every development professional should possess

Development professionals at the Devex Career Fair in Nairobi. More than a long list of work experience and educational background, soft skills like customer service, the ability to think on your feet, resourcefulness, and cross-cultural understanding can get you far ahead. Photo by: Jonathan Kalan

At the recent Devex Career Fair in Nairobi, several recruiters and human resource leaders stressed the importance of soft skills in succeeding as a global development professional. While there are many soft skills that can be useful — and it often depends on the role — here are five universal soft skills every global development professional should strive to have along with how to communicate them to a prospective employer.

1. Flexibility

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.