Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

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This is an indispensable career guide for everyone wanting to work in or already working inthe international development and humanitarian emergencies sector.It provides a general introduction and insight into the sector, for those exploring it as a potential career, andoffers students up-to-date advice when choosing a course, whether it’s at undergraduate or postgraduate level.Should they study International Development, or will Public Health, Environmental studies or Media get them closer to where they want to get? This book offers graduates or career changers who are new to the sector an understanding of what skills and experience will make them stand out above the competition and get that job. It enables those already working in the sector to gain a long term view of where they want to go and how they might structure their professional development to gain the skills and competencies necessary to get their career on to an upward trajectory. This book draws heavily on insiders’ advice, case studies and top tips, to provide the reader with various perspectives and insights. How do you become a country director for an international NGO? How can one become a gender mainstreaming expert? What can you do to get in to consultancy? Career trajectories, Career clinics Q&A boxes and the personal planner in the appendix will help you get to where you want to go. It also gives a detailed account of the myriad of careers and specialism available within the sector and methodologically describes the pros and cons of each option. So if you are not sure where you want to go with your career, you will be after you have read this book. Whether it’s Programme Management, becoming an Environmental Advisor, or an Acadmic this book will give you an insight into what the job entails and how you can get in to it. It will be an invaluable guide to all readers, irrespective of their country of origin, who are interested in the sector.

Table of contents

Half Title
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of career profiles
Who is this book for?
Structure of the book
Note on terminology
PART 1 The sector
1 Development and humanitarian assistance
2 Is it for you?
3 Who could you work for?
4 Where could you work?
PART 2 Breaking into the sector
5 Routes in
6 Academic qualifications
7 Volunteering and internships
8 The job search
PART 3 Moving up in the sectors
9 Advancing in your career
10 Working as a consultant
11 Starting your own NGO
12 Moving on
PART 4 Areas of speciality
Appendix 1 Reading lists
Appendix 2 Continuous professional development
Appendix 3 Humanitarian competencies

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