Resources To Help Your Job Search

Here are some tools and resources to help boost your job search in humanitarian action and international development. I have either developed them myself or curated them from reliable sources.

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Job Hunting - Humanitarian Aid & International Development

Hashtags on Twitter

#internationaldevelopmentjobs  | #ngojobs | #humanitarianjobs

Hashtags on LinkedIn

#humanitarianwork | #ngojobs | #unjobs

How to Make a Strong LinkedIn Headline
  • Don’t leave it blank!
  • Make use of the 120 character limit.
  • If you’re currently employed, include your current employer, followed by some keywords, e.g. Program Coordinator - Food Security & Livelihoods, WFP | Team Leader, Resource Mobilizer, MENA Specialist [= 105 characters]
  • If you’re not currently employed , mention your special skill(s) and the sector or functional area you’re targeting, e.g. Logistics and Supply Chain Specialist | Medical Products and Emergency Distributions | Seeking Mid-level Operations Role [= 120 characters]
  • Make your headline a little attractive using separators like | ►● ▪️
International Consulting Organisations

Better World Info provides a comprehensive list of private international consulting firms.

Some others that might be worth a look:
Acre (sustainability, environment, CSR)
Eptisa (water, environment, infrastructure, social development)
Integration Consulting Group
Oxford HR
Sustainable Development Services (planning, monitoring, evaluation, training)

CV Template for Consulting

Organisations like the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, GIZ and World Bank use their own CV formats.

If you're interested in consulting roles, you can save time by keeping a base CV up-to-date and copying the information you need over to each specific CV (or using the [paid] service of to do this automatically for you).

If you don't have such a CV already, here's an all-in-one Consulting CV Template that I've put together to help you.

Improve Your CV
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Career Advice

Getting Started in Relief and Development (blog post by Nick MacDonald in 2010 that's still valid today)
8 ways to start a career in the UN (
NGO Careers: Five Top Tips for Professional Development (FundsforNGOs)

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