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  The aftermath of the crisis is re-shaping aid and development workforce, including its future leaders, by paving the way to new HR practices that open the programme to applicants who were excluded by default.    The title is thought-provoking. But it could help reopen the debate on a heated topic – to what extent the United Nations Secretariat could welcome interns as diverse as its staff members,...
For those at the beginning of your career, finding your first aid and development experience can be challenging. Volunteering positions is a good solution – however, not all of you can contribute many hours per week volunteering, not to mention the difficulty to support projects that matter to you wherever the project location. Well, you don’t have to look too far away! The United Nations offer a service that could help you kick...
This is Part 2 of our series – How do you break into a career in the aid and development sector. If you have not read Part 1 of this series, please have a look – you will learn interest tips to define your strategy to find your first aid and development job, as well as tips to implement a professional (digital) brand that will get you noticed by recruiters .  In Part 2 of this Series, we will show you how...
It’s the catch-22 that all young job seekers need to overcome –  how can I gain experience if I have no or little experience?  Unfortunately, you will also need to overcome this obstacle if you wish to work in the aid and development sector: competition is high, drive and passion are palpable among candidates, and opportunities may sometimes be scarce. Despite the challenge,  when there is a will, there’s a...
Each year, many fresh graduates in development studies hope to build a rewarding and a long, sustainable career in the aid and development sector… and, inevitably, many will find it quite difficult to reach that goal. The figures are indeed compelling: ‘IDS graduates experience significant challenges in breaking into the job market, particularly in the international development sector. Just 19.2% of IDS grads reported that...
For years, the humanitarian aid and development industry has been experiencing various changes to the ways it addresses global crises and development issues; from funding shortage due to a slowing global economy to the rise of virtual reality that improves organizations' capacity to showcase the scale of a humanitarian crisis, as well as the use of the blockchain technology which is currently revolutionizing how organizations can help...
Many blog posts can describe what it feels like to work at the United Nations, especially for future talents like you who wish to embark into a purposeful career in the aid and development sector. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than a video to understand how a typical day at an international organization such as the UN enfolds. This is where Joss’ video from her Youtube chanel   JossandJanik  is genius by...