Author: Giles

Megan Henning – Leadership Facilitator and Motivational Speaker at WE Minneapolis

I think it’s important to keep in mind field work is never as glamorous as it looks. I know I’m guilty of misleading people on my social media accounts too, but for every day I was off seeing elephants (a total of 3 days out of my year there), there are dozens of other days where I was simply hot and sweaty,…

Julian Doczi, Senior Research Officer – Water Policy Programme, ODI

 Fewer people probably dream about doing accounting or IT for the UN than about being a humanitarian field worker, but either type of career is equally valid and important in development. Name:  Julian DocziNationality: Canadian / Hungarian Current Position: Senior Research Officer – Water PolicyOrganisation: Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)  Qualifications (and University): M.Sc. Climate Change and International…

Caitlin Dixon – Employment Program Support Officer – The Secretariat of State for Vocational Training Policy and Employment (SEPFOPE), Timor Leste

I feel that that gaining field experience has been important for me coming to a decision about whether international development is the path I want to take. Name: Caitlin DixonMain country of residence: Australia, (currently living in Timor Leste)Current Position: Employment Program Support Officer Organisation: The Secretariat of State for Vocational Training Policy and Employment (SEPFOPE) Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts…

Megan Jones – Child Protection Intern (UNICEF Nepal)

Talk to as many people in the development sector as possible to find out what they do and how they got there. There are many roles in development and half the trouble is figuring out which one is suitable for you. Name: Megan Jones Main country of residence: Nepal Current Position: Child Protection Intern Organisation: UNICEF Qualifications: Bachelor of Business…

Brenna Moore – Water Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization

If somebody is interested in working for the United Nations, it is important to have a genuine commitment to and understanding of development issues. However, this is not enough, and practical skills are essential. Name:  Brenna Moore Main country of residence: Italy Current Position: Water EconomistOrganisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Qualifications: MSc in Water Science, Policy…

Hector Zamora – Field Operations Advisor ICS – (International Service Program)

The real work of development occurs in the field and not in sky-rise buildings. If there is a lack of connection and understanding with the fieldwork, any planning and implementation will be unsuccessful. Image Source Name:  Hector ZamoraMain country of residence: Nicaragua Current Position: Consultant, World Bank Organisation: University of Sydney Qualifications:Master in Development Studies – University of Sydney Bachelor…

Moritz Meyer – Economist and Former Intern (International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank)

Networking can increase chances to progress in the sector. …Still, networking should always rely on credible achievements and credentials which support interest and skills relevant for the work in an international development organization. Name:  Moritz Meyer Main country of residence: United States of America Current Position: EconomistOrganisation: The World Bank Qualifications: PhD economics Years of experience (development/overall): 4/6   LinkedIn…

Andante Hadi – Assistant Professor and former Intern (Asian Development Bank and United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies)

Networking is as important for the expansion of my current career in development as it was to start it. Name:  Andante Hadi PandyaswargoMain country of residence: Japan Current Position: Assistant Professor Organisation: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of International Development Engineering Qualifications: Ph.D (Engineering) – Waseda University, Masters of Engineering – Fachhochschule Trier, Master of Science (International Cooperation Policy) –…

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