Top global development employers in New York City

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A city as diverse as its people, New York is a hub of everything from finance to fashion to media and performing arts. The city is also home to a thriving international development community, thanks in part to the United Nations and a host of philanthropies that have settled in Manhattan. The U.N General Assembly, which opens every September, also draws world leaders, advocates and social entrepreneurs to the city to discuss, among other things, the implementation of global development goals.

Many of the most prominent institutions engaged in international cooperation have their headquarters based in New York City, and from there they offer support and leadership to the thousands of staff working in regional and field offices around the world. Here is our list of some of the largest global development employers with headquarters in New York City.

Action Against Hunger
Organization type: Implementing NGO
Founded: 1979
CEO: Andrea Tamburini

Recognized as world leaders in the fight against malnutrition and ending world hunger, AAF currently has over 6,500 field staff working in more than 45 countries. Their programs focus on reaching vulnerable populations — often during times of conflict — and providing expertise in nutrition, food security and livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene. The organization looks for logisticians, engineers, health and nutrition experts, and program coordinators to implement overseas programs. The headquarters in New York is where much of the work around communications, donor relations, advocacy, finance and digital marketing takes place.

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  • Emma smith

    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.