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Find your way in international cooperation
There are rarely well-defined procedures for a career in international cooperation. It is more like a winding path, where professionals encounter unexpected twists and turns that can be confusing, but usually also enriching. Which is why knowing how to orientate yourself is an art.
Drive your career choices by answering the following questions:
Organisations in international cooperation are on the lookout for new talent who bring them added value. To which work area(s) can you make a contribution?
Advocacy? Finance? Education? Environment? Health? etc. You can find all work areas on our job portal cinfoPoste.
Organisations contribute to different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, choosing an employer and a job means prioritising some SDGs over others. As a job seeker, ask yourself: "Which SDGs am I interested in tackling?"
Previously distinct, humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peace promotion are converging. Today, their boundaries are often unclear. Do you still have a favourite field?
- Humanitarian aid provides emergency assistance in acute and deteriorating natural distasters and violent conflict. It tends to work in the short-term and under time constraints. However there is an increase in long-term engagements in chronic conflicts for the purpose of risk prevention.
- Development cooperation, which also includes economic cooperation, aims to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development and growth. It is based on partnerships and active at all levels (local, regional, global). It addresses long-term, structural change – but often still operates in fragile contexts.
- Peace promotion establishes or reinforces the basic conditions required for sustainable development. Promoting peace includes both military and civilian measures. Examples of civilian peacebuilding: supporting fair and transparent elections, strengthening human rights, building an independent judiciary, etc.
Organisations use different modes of intervention, or a combination of them. Which mode(s) do you feel most comfortable with?
Not all professionals working in international cooperation are in direct contact with beneficiaries. At what altitude can you imagine your contribution? Rather at the micro- or macro-level (context building)?
- in the field, in permanent contact with beneficiaries
- in the field, without directly interacting with beneficiaries
- at headquarters, with more and less frequent field visits
- at headquarters, working on global issues
- in research, with potential field studies