Landing a Job in International Development


Event Details

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Boston NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Suite 700
Boston, MA
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

    • Linda Aines - Instructor
      Owner & Principal Recruiter, Aines International

      Linda Aines is an independent recruiter based in the U.S. and specializing in international development and foreign projects. Her clientele includes many of the international development organizations that are contractors to USAID, DFID, CIDA, ADB, UN, and other large donor organizations or government entities, and compete for projects in various developing countries. Ms. Aines works with them to find experts or program managers and to reach out to her networks across the globe. She has developed a reputation for successful sourcing of candidates for proposals and project staffing needs. She also serves as intermittent consultant in business and marketing for projects in Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia, the Caucasus, Central America, and the Caribbean. Prior to her involvement in International Development, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont, serving as Community Resource Development Specialist and Business/International Specialist.She holds an MBA from the Ohio State University.


    • Linda Aines
    • Patrick Shields - Guest Speaker
      Executive Director & CFO, Global Recruitment Specialists

      Patrick Shields founded Global Recruitment Specialists (GRS) in 1993 as an independent recruitment firm providing personalized, customized, and comprehensive human resource services for non-governmental organizations with international operations in developing countries.

      GRS has successfully demonstrated the ability to bring job seekers and clients together, through the strength of GRS as a personalized service and access to the "unadvertised" international development job market. With a client list comprised of major international organizations, GRS recruiters work with hiring managers to make strategic decisions about future directions and staffing needs.

      Prior to founding GRS, Mr. Shields was the Manager of Recruitment & Staffing with CARE International in New York City for seven years, the Director of Admissions at Saint Joseph's College in Brooklyn, a Recruiter with the Peace Corps in New York City, and a Peace Corps Volunteer. Mr. Shields has lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and is currently based in Connecticut.

    • Patrick Shields
    • Cynthia Gabriel Walsh - Guest Speaker
      Senior Field Organizer, Amnesty International USA

      Cynthia Gabriel Walsh is a Senior Field Organizer for Amnesty International (AI) USA. She has been with AI since 1998 and her primary responsibilities include membership development and mobilization, campaigning, and overseeing AI's Northeast Leadership Program.
      Ms. Walsh holds a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts (Masters Dispute Resolution) and a BA from Northeastern University, MA. Ms. Walsh served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea West Africa from 1995-1997 and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and the Americas.

    • Elizabeth D. Gibbons
      Visiting Scientist , Harvard School of Public Health and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Global Finance at St. Edwards University


      Elizabeth D. Gibbons is currently a Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in the Harvard School of Public Health and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edwards University. Prior to these 2011 academic appointments, Elizabeth Gibbons enjoyed a lengthy career in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  where she served most recently as  Deputy Director, Policy and Practice and Associate Director of Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement in UNICEF’s New York headquarters. As Chief of Global Policy from 2002-2007, she led establishment of economic and social policy analysis as a central focus of UNICEF’s action for advancing rights and well-being of children in the 21st Century, shifting evidence-based advocacy from the margins to the core of the Organization’s work.


      Elizabeth Gibbons’ career in social development and humanitarian affairs has spanned more than three decades, during which she lived and worked in Togo, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and served as head of UNICEF’s offices in Haiti and in Guatemala. She also served as strategic regional advisor to UNICEF’s Haiti operations, following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, Elizabeth D. Gibbons is the author of Sanctions in Haiti:  Human Rights and Democracy under Assault, and a contributing author to several other books.


    • Elizabeth D. Gibbons