The recruitment dilemma in Afghanistan

An Afghan poll worker assists a resident of Matun district in Khost province, Afghanistan for the ID verification process during the Afghanistan elections in 2010. Photo by: Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander / U.S. Army / CC BY-NC-ND

When you’re recruiting for a work environment ringed with security perimeters and no-go zones like those in Afghanistan, it’s just as important to seek out the right qualities in candidates as it is to keep an eye out for those traits that might flare up under pressure.

Afghanistan swept all three categories when Devex asked development recruiters to name the first, second and third hardest countries to recruit for — for both local and international hires — according to the “Devex Career Trends in 2015” survey. One respondent named the drawdown of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan as the culprit for development brain-drain, while others blamed the country’s still-tumultuous environment as well as delays in procurement.

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  • Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a former U.K. correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.