You're a COP. What's next?

A project manager at a media event for area development. Photo by: Justin Ward / USACE Europe District Public Affairs / CC BY

Chiefs of party seem to agree that the right fit for them — helping alleviate suffering and lift people out of poverty —  is worth more than the possibility of earning more elsewhere. In fact, it’s their own personal drive to do good that they believe opened up the opportunities for senior positions in the first place, and they’ll continue to look for the right opportunity to put their skills to best use.

For many, becoming a chief of party and managing a large project is considered the pinnacle of a development career. But what happens once someone has reached that goal?

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.