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Young professionals and graduates

Give your international development career a head start

Entering the development field with little to no previous experience is a challenge.
Where to look? How to apply? What are my chances?

Our coach will help you emphasize the strengths in your profile that will attract recruiters attention and make them want to interview you.

Who is this for?
  • Recent graduates willing to enter the development sector
  • Young professionals moving to the development sector after after up to 2 years work experience or previous volunteering experience
The coaching will focus on...
  • What does it take to get into the development sector?
  • What are the common strategies to secure a job?
  • Where to search for jobs?
  • What is a strategic first job to gain experience, including internships and volunteer assignments?
  • Where are the best opportunities as a young professional?
  • What contract types are most strategic as starting point for a young professional?
What you will get
  • 1.
    One coaching session (approx. 30-45 minutes over Skype) to identify your strengths and establish an early career path
  • 2.
    Your CV proofread, and advice on how to write it in an compelling way
  • 3.
    A copy of the ebook Start Making a Difference
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Transitioning professionals

Transfer your skills to the development sector

The development sector seems complex and hard to get in?
We know: we've worked there.

During three one-to-one sessions we will jointly identify your strengths, transferable skills and set up a short- and long-term action plan to guide your career transition.

Who is this for?
  • Professionals with the ambition to transit into the development sector after 2-10 years of work experience.
The coaching will focus on...
  • What does it take to get into the development sector?
  • What are your transferable skills and what is a realistic entry level?
  • How commonly recruited is your transferable skills and what are some suitable organizations?
  • What are the common strategies to secure a job?
  • Where to search for jobs?
  • Where are the best opportunities for you?
  • What contract types are most strategic for your career transition?
What you will get
  • 1.
    Three coaching sessions (approx. 30-45 minutes each over Skype) to identify your transferable skills and establish a career path
  • 2.
    Your CV reviewed, and advice on how to write it in an compelling way
  • 3.
    A copy of the ebook Start Making a Difference
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Professional development

Discover and open up new opportunities

What are the best way for you as a development professional to grow your career and find opportunities where you can benefit and build upon your experiences?

During three one-to-one sessions we will identify your strengths, interests, transferable skills, and set up a short- and long term action plan to guide your next career move.

Who is this for?
  • Development professionals already in the sector but looking for their next assignment or career move. It could be a lateral move or a promotion within the same organisation, or it could be exploring opportunities in other organisations or locations. It could also be a complete transition into a another field of expertise.
The coaching will focus on...
  • Analyzing your current situation, focusing on where you are now, what could be a logical next step, and what is your ultimate career goal.
  • What does it take to make the next step? What could be a realistic timeframe? What do you need to do during this period? What shortcuts you could explore?
  • If you are changing field, we will explore your transferable skills and identify a realistic career path.
  • Where are the best opportunities for you?
  • What contract types are most strategic for your next career step?
What you will get
  • 1.
    Three coaching sessions (approx. 30-45 minutes each over Skype) to identify your transferable skills and establish a career path
  • 2.
    Your CV reviewed, and advice on how to write it in an compelling way
  • 3.
    A copy of the ebook Start Making a Difference

Meet the coaches

Coach adeymakonnen

Adey MAKONNEN

Washington DC, USA
English

Adey is a certified Career Coach and Career Development Facilitator with 20+ years’ international HR and managerial experience within the UN System. Currently operates her own coaching practice based in Washington D.C., USA. She is passionate about partnering with individuals to help them realize their personal and professional goals. Member, International Coaching Federation (ICF) and National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Coach amayagillespie

Amaya GILLESPIE

Brisbane, Australia
English

Amaya has lived and worked overseas for more than 20 years. Her UN experience includes UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Secretary General’s office in Asia, Africa, Europe, and UN headquarters in New York working directly in international development. She has a PhD in behaviour change and counselling psychology, and she is an executive coach and personal development mentor, with clients all over the world, currently based in Australia.

She has had great success with her very practical approach, focussing on taking steps to move forward while deepening understanding of unhelpful patterns and how to manage or interrupt them. She is attuned to the latest research on how to build skills and confidence that support the progress so many people are seeking in their personal and professional lives.

Coach annacope

Anna COPE

Rome, Italy
English, Italian, Swedish

Anna has 20+ years experience in the UN (UNICEF & WFP) and International Organisations, in progressively responsible roles within Human Resources Management in field and HQ duty stations. This includes experience as a recruiter, Young Professionals Coordinator and HR Operations Manager. She now works as a Coach, Consultant, Blogger and Small Business Owner.

Coach antoniofidalgo

Antonio FIDALGO

Bangkok, Thaïland
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Antonio is a former Head of Talent Outreach & Acquisition with UNHCR, and currently an International HR Consultant with vast experience in international organizations in the US, Europe, and Africa in the areas of recruitment, career development, training, and organizational development. Background in Psychology and organizational behavior, expertise in cross-cultural management and communication.

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Katarina HOLM-DIDIO

New York City, USA
English, Swedish, Finnish

Kat has 15 years of experience working in global career development, HR, training and staff mobility. Her UN Experience is with the UN Secretariat in HR working with staffing and recruitment, staff career development and mobility, and as career consultant working with UNDP and UNFPA.

Prior to joining the UN she worked in the Career Services Office at the Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, providing students career support and managing the global internship program.

She currently manages her own consulting practice providing career management coaching for international careers and training in intercultural competence for corporate staff and expatriates.

Coach javiermartin

Javier MARTÍN

Barcelona, Spain
English, Spanish, French

Javier has worked in international development and humanitarian operations for more than 15 years, primarily for Oxfam Spain and Oxfam International. Currently he is the Head of Human Resources at the Union for the Mediterranean, a regional international organization based in Barcelona.

He has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa and Latin America, resourcing talent, fostering leadership and developing organizational and individual capacity.

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Salma ZULFIQAR

United Kingdom
English, basic French, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi

Salma has worked in different communication roles in the UN all over the world over the past 15 years. This includes strategic communications, video production, social media, writing for the web, media liaison and event management. Salma has worked with UNICEF, UNOCHA ,UNDPA, UNESCO and UNDPKO on major national and international projects and has extensive experience of working with the UN in the field as well as Headquarters.

Her work has taken her from Kabul to Kenya , Yemen to Syria, Egypt to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Salma has worked with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown, UN Peace Ambassador Malala and her teacher Mariam Khalique. Prior to working with the UN Salma was a journalist with the Associated Press TV, BBC and ITV.

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Veronika AMBERTSON

Stockholm, Sweden
English, Swedish, understands Danish

Veronika has extensive experience with recruitment, career transitions and international moves, having worked in the private staffing industry and almost a decade with HR matters in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Her coaching is aimed to be strategic and action-oriented and she has a particular interest in helping early stage professionals and aspiring leaders.

Veronika is now back in her native Sweden, from where she coaches private and corporate clients from all over the world on matters of health, career, business development and leadership.

She is a member of ICF and an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

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Our individual services

Order our coaching services individually

Interview coaching

One coaching session (30-45 minutes) over Skype to prepare your upcoming job interview.

USD 150

Application writing coaching

One coaching session (30-45 minutes) over Skype to learn how to write a compelling application for your next job.

USD 150

Job search strategy (1 session)

One coaching session (30-45 minutes) over Skype to identify your strengths and establish your career path.

USD 150

Job search strategy (3 sessions)

Three coaching sessions (30-45 minutes each) over Skype to identify your strengths and establish your career path.

USD 400

Ebook: Start Making a difference

Learn How to Launch a Meaningful and Rewarding Career in International Development

The ebook is written in English.

USD 20
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International organisations grades table

Understand which grades correspond to your current career level.

The table is written in English.

USD 15
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