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Development Practice: Jobs

Information resources to support Masters in Development Practice and other Emory development studies programs

Researching Organizations

Getting Background on an Organization

Guidestar: Links you to summaries of organizations, key financial data from the IRS, the Board of Directors, and other organizational leadership.

Charity Navigator: Examines and rates non-profit financial health. Looks closely and evaluates  organizational accountability & transparency.

Foundation Directory: Provides details on funding, leadership, and financial data. 

Glassdoor: Provides information on salaries. 

Social Media and Having an Online Presence


In addition to searching an agency's website, check them out on social media.

  • Check facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube.

 Social Media and your job search:


Many development jobs are with groups that have gotten contracts/grants from aid agencies or governments. Knowing who has gotten what allows you to contact them directly for employment:
Top DfID contractors: A Primer (U.K. Department for International Development)
 Almost all large aid groups list their contracts/projects/grants, eg
World Bank:Projects and Operations
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grants Awarded also Grantee Profiles

ReliefWeb: Jobs

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UN: Jobs

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Job Resources for MDP Students

This is the start of a jobs/career page for development practioners.

If you have suggestions for additional resources, please contact the Development Studies Librarian:

Melissa Hackman

University Career Resources

The Emory Career Center is an employment search resource available to all Emory students and alumni. GoinGlobal is a service for Emory students interested in foreign employment. The Career Center offers a variety of workshops as well as document review services. Alumni can use the Career Center for two years after graduation.

External Fellowship List for Professional Development 2014-15

The Emory MDP team's list of external fellowships and early career training opportunities that offer exciting possibilities for transition into full-time employment. These are paid, temporary placements (lasting from several months to two years) with U.S. federal agencies, INGOs, and IGOs (inter-governmental organizations).

Advice on Getting a Development Job

Specific Organizations:
Care: Interview with Internship Coordinator
International Humanity Fund: Interview with a hiring manager
Red Cross: How to get a job with the International Committee of the Red Cross
SolidarMed: hiring team Interview (SolidarMed is a Swiss organization for health in Africa)
World Vision: Interview with World Vision Recruiter
Other Resources:
Getting a Start in Humanitarian Aid Work blog
Be So Good They Can't Ignore You
DevEx career videos
Writing a CV for International Development Sector
Interviews for the International Development Sector.  
Grant Forward
Search the Grant Forward  for funding opportunities in every field from agriculture to zoology. . NOTE: Emory University subscribes to this database. You need to connect on campus of use VPN if you are off campus. 

Maps and Analytics for Jobs

NGO Aid Map from InterAction

Top Hiring UN Agencies from Analytics, UN Job List

Foreign Aid Salary Spotlight from Devex

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