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Opinion

Careers in international development

Published on 7 October 2019

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Carol Smithyes

Communications Officer

International development offers a wide range of career opportunities. IDS postgraduates have gone on to work as ministers in national government, high-level officials in development organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, civil servants, leaders of civil society organisations, and high profile academics at universities across the world. What unites them is their commitment to make a real difference in the world and bring about transformative change.

Photo: ‘Sri Lanka, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) staff member trains farmers in agricultural practices.’ Credit: G.M.B. Akash, Panos Pictures

Where could you work?

There are myriad jobs within the sector. Some require thematic specialism, most require a deep understanding of the complex links between poverty and inequalities. Here are just a few examples of places you could work, listed by sub-sector:

Academia

NGOsĀ (non-governmental organisations)

Development consultancies

Multilateral, bilateral and international organisations

Foundations

Government aid agencies

Research institutes and thinktanks

Where are development jobs advertised?

Here are just a few examples of where you could start your job search.

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