International aid/development workers focus on meeting the needs of people and communities in the developing world. International development seeks to work with developing countries to implement long-term and sustainable solutions to problems. Many work on development projects in fields such as education, sanitation, health, agriculture and urban/rural/small business development.
Work in this sector is diverse and encompasses governance, healthcare, education, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, livelihoods, human rights, forced migration, security, conflict and the environment.
Career areas include administration, research, fundraising, training, consultancy, advocacy, relief work and economist roles, as well as professional roles within health work, medicine, engineering and planning. There is currently a shortage of doctors and water engineers.
Humanitarian and disaster relief work may call for highly specific skills and experience and usually involves short-term assignments.
Experience Development is a central portal which brings together comprehensive information on the many different aspects of international development.
Job content varies according to seniority, organisation/project/employer and location of the role (UK or overseas), but may typically include:
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