Landing a Job in International Development


Event Details

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
6th Floor
New York, NY
Event type

Event Description

From multilateral actors to non-governmental organizations, careers in international development offer excitement and the chance to work toward the greater good.

In this course, we will explore

•   How much can you expect to earn
•   What organizations are hiring today
•   Who is being hired and what skills do they have
•   What training programs or internships can give you an edge
•   Who should you be networking with and where
•   Tips for polishing your resume, cover letter, and application
•   What to expect once you're in

Who should attend?

•    Graduate students considering or preparing for a career in international development
•    Young professionals breaking into a career in international development
•    Mid-career professionals transitioning to a career in international development

All attendees receive:

•    The FPA U Landing a Job in International Development Tool Book
•    Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts
•    Free half-year digital subscription to Foreign Affairs magazine
•    Light food and drink during a networking/Q&A session

Event Speakers

    • Kate Warren - Instructor
      Director of Global Recruitment, Devex

      With nearly a decade of international recruitment experience, Kate Warren is the Director of Global Recruitment Services at Devex- the leading provider of recruiting services to the international development community. She works with the human resources departments of the major donor agencies (like World Bank, United Nations, USAID), NGOs and consulting firms that make development happen. Prior to joining Devex, Ms. Warren was a recruitment officer for International Relief and Development- an NGO working in over 40 countries- and a deputy program manager and international recruiter for Checchi and Company, Consulting Inc -- a USAID consulting firm focused on institutional reform in developing and post-conflict countries. She previously recruited interpreters in more than 300 languages for US immigration courts and international conferences.


      With a pulse on hiring trends across the industry, and insider-knowledge on what it takes to break in, Ms. Warren is able to provide the practical information you need to get started or to advance your career in international development.


      Ms. Warren holds a bachelor's in Latin American studies from the University of Texas in Austin. She has lived in Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico and speaks Spanish. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and contributor to articles on careers in international development.

    • Kate Warren
    • Doug Mercado - Guest Speaker
      Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, United States Mission to the United Nations

      Doug Mercado currently serves as the Humanitarian Affairs Adviser at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. Mr. Mercado has worked in the field of international disaster assistance and post-conflict recovery for most of the past 20 years on assignments with the UN, USAID, and various NGOs.  He has managed humanitarian relief interventions in over a dozen countries including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Angola, and Eritrea. Mr. Mercado holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the College of William and Mary.

    • Doug Mercado