A staggering number of sites exist which advertise job openings and advise on breaking into and becoming successful within the international development and humanitarian aid sector. Below are some of the most well run and widely used sites.
Best Sites & Tools
Run by UN OCHA with various partnerships. Definitely the go to source for humanitarian positions. The sites RSS feeds are especially handy.
Privately run organization with more buy in from the private development sector than many sites. It’s a good source to find who is working on USAID projects for example.
More focused on an American audience and almost exclusively on the non-profit sector, but with a huge number of international jobs. Be wary of scams, but still the go to source in the USA. Idealist also has a decent e-mail feed system.
International Organization Careers
Run by the U.S. Department of State, this is an excellent service with job postings and quality e-mail updates for jobs within international organizations.
Internships, fellowships, conferences, and scholarships all suitable for internationally minded young professionals and students.
UN & USAID
The name says it all. Not part of the UN, but a superior job search tool in some ways.
The UN’s official job site. For organization’s which work closely with the UN but are not UN agencies (ex. IOM), refer to the individual organization’s website.
Contract Types and Job Grades in the UN System
An article that breaks down the UN lingo for you.
Register of USAID NGO partners. Basically, just a list of reliable orgs.
MCCD Career Field Guides
- Economic Development
- Education (International)
- Environmental Policy/Program Management
- Human Rights
- Humanitarian Aid & Relief
- International Consulting
- International Development
- International Law
- Nonprofit Management
- Public Health
- Social Justice
- United Nations
Other Humanitarian & Development sites/tools
PCDN’s World’s Top Meta List of Job Sites/Resources in Social Change, Social Impact, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields
Here you can find all the sites that I’ve missed in this series of posts, especially industry specific ones.
WANGO Worldwide NGO Directory
The name says it all.
Directory of Development Organizations
Hasn’t been updated since 2011, but still an excellent source to know who’s out there.
Info source for development with a jobs page.
US Dep. of State IO List
List of international organizations by the US DOS.
Third Sector Jobs
UK based charity job board.
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