What were the hiring trends for global development in 2019?

Looking for a new job? Devex analyzes thousands of job postings from last year to reveal who was hiring, where, and for what kind of work. Photo by: Tumisu from Pixabay

Last year, an average of 6,500 jobs were posted on Devex’s job board each month. This data indicates some of the key hiring trends for 2019 — including where there was the biggest demand for development professionals, what types of organizations were hiring, and what skill sets were needed the most. The data could also indicate where the opportunities will lie for development professionals in the year ahead.

The numbers at a glance

• 41% of opportunities were for midlevel positions, 22% for senior roles, and 20% at the entry level.

• 6% of opportunities were internships — mostly with advocacy NGOs or associations.

• 42% of jobs posted were short-term contract assignments.

In terms of experience level, the largest share of opportunities was for midlevel roles, but job postings spanned the full range — from internships to senior positions.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.