Impact paths

Four career paths to advance women’s rights


Right now, global development has the unique chance to build on the momentum of #MeToo and the changes within UN agencies and NGOs to eliminate sexual harassment, abuse and other forms of gender-based discrimination.

One of the early achievements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been to make clear that progress on SDG 5 to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women — is not only progress for women, but it’s about progress for everyone.

Four career paths can help you make your contribution to eliminating gender inequality.

Jobs data

What are the key search terms for international development jobs in your country?

Knowing interest in key search words over time and where they are most popular can help you navigate your development job search.

Google Trends allows us some interesting insights into these two areas.

Stay tuned to the end to see how these searches have evolved — and what it could mean for your job search strategy. 

CV tips

How long should my international development CV be? Avoid these 4 common traps.

A common question anyone new or seasoned in development asks is: how long should my CV be?

The short answer: 3-5 pages.

But it’s not about word count, or page numbers. Your first and main concern is to make sure you provide proof that you can deliver on what your dream job demands.

International development job applicants around the globe, though, fall prey to focusing too much on this question from the get-go.

Jobs talk

Jobs talk: Emory Law School – Working in Public International Law & Development

Earlier this week, I gave a jobs talk at a small panel at Emory University’s Law School, on behalf of their International Law Society.

It was a great opportunity to think through how a law background is most useful for the international development sector.

The panel was organized around a set of questions to dig deep into what it’s like working at the United Nations, in an NGO, and in global development.

Here’s what I said framed around the key questions. 

How Organizations Think

How development professionals hire

Funding cycles occur throughout the year, and depending on the organization, hiring is tied to resource availability. Hiring may surge at specific times because of new funding or the need to spend existing moneys, or otherwise be scant as resources are committed.  What stays the same is hiring managers are often overworked, too busy or juggling too many priorities to make time for hiring.  So what happens then?

Let’s dig in.