Development Careers

3 tips to a job at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

3 tips to a job at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“It’s fun and challenging to work with a large group of really intelligent people,” says Mike Simon, who spent two years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BGMF)’s business intelligence department. The attire is casual, the work environment is stunning – pine wood panelling […]

Shortcut to P-3: how to join UNV

Shortcut to P-3: how to join UNV

Kimja Vanderheyden grew up in the Congo, Ecuador, and Belgium, and was selected for a position at UN Women in Morocco. We met in Quito, where she worked for the Belgian Development Agency. Here, she talks to us about finding your niche expertise, the politically-sensitive of her […]

How to get a Professional Position at the U.N.

How to get a Professional Position at the U.N.

Asfaha Beyene grew up in Asmara, Eritrea, but was forced to leave when war broke out, dropping out of university in Asmara to move to Nairobi. He joined the U.N. Environmental Programme (UNEP), the start of a long and rewarding career in the U.N. system […]

How to build a career at the U.N.

How to build a career at the U.N.

This post was originally featured on Human Rights Careers. Lisa’s background: Lisa Smyth is an international development communications specialist, currently Communications Manager at the Forest Stewardship Council in Bonn, Germany, and simultaneously completing a Masters of Communications for Development at Malmo University in Sweden. Born […]

How to get a job at the UN

How to get a job at the UN

This is the story of Geneviève LaSalle, who grew up in a small town in France. We met in Bogota, Colombia, where she was an intern at UNHCR. Shortly after, she left Bogota to return to France to complete her Master’s degree. She now works […]

How to land a job at the UN in Latin America

How to land a job at the UN in Latin America

This post was originally featured on:       We met four years ago in Quito, and then saw each other again in the Caribbean when we both worked in Haiti. Here, my friend Thomas shares what he’s learnt on getting started working in international […]