We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Last night, AUA held a webinar with Director Ben Orbach to discuss his experiences and to give advice for those interested in pursuing a career in international development. Below is a link to the video and a short summary of the webinar.
International development comprises a wide range of efforts to improve the quality of life of people living in countries colonized prior to WWII. Specific fields include governance, food and water security, management of resources, health care, education, civil society, infrastructure, and human rights. Within international development, jobs can be broken down in 3 phases. Phase I jobs are positions such as proposal assistants and coordinators and project assistants. In Phase II, positions include proposal drafters and program managers. Lastly, Phase III encompasses chiefs of party, country directors, and technical experts.
Employers in the international development field search for potential employees with a certain set of skills, experience and attributes. Desired skills and experience include but are not limited to area studies, foreign languages, on-the-ground experience, strong writing skills and comprehensive knowledge of MS Office. At the post-masters level, employers will also be interested in candidates with technical expertise and management skills. Regarding attributes, employers look for individuals that exercise cross-cultural adaptability and problem solving, empathy and patience, respect for details, and vision and flexibility. To begin your job search, ensure that you make the most of opportunities, develop an expertise, gain grassroots experience, and cultivate mentors and advocates.
Watch the video to learn more!