Devex International Development Career Forum


About the Event

Washington, DC | March 20, 2015

The Devex International Development Career Forum brings together global development professionals looking for new career opportunities and recruiters from the leading development agencies around the world, for a day of networking and discussion about the latest trends facing global development hiring.

During our seventh annual gathering in Washington, D.C. this March, we anticipate participation from more than 500 mid- to senior-level global development professionals and over 60 exhibiting organizations.

With the added programming we’ve included in our agenda for job seekers, we expect this event to be even more popular than in past years. We do anticipate reaching capacity again this year and encourage you to apply early to secure your spot.

  • Friday, March 20th, 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Washington, D.C. (Exact location provided upon acceptance)

12:00 PM

Registration Opens

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Plenary Discussion

The future development leader: How the evolving aid industry is redefining effective leadership

International development is undergoing transformative change. Localization, increased private sector engagement, innovation and value for money are no longer just talking points —they are now ingrained in most global development work.

How are these changes affecting the kinds of leaders we need in development? What skills and competencies will be in demand, and where can aspiring global leaders expect to find opportunities today and in the future?

Our panel of distinguished experts working across the development space will discuss these questions and provide their insight on how the changing aid landscape is impacting hiring trends, both here in Washington and abroad.

Moderator, Kate Warren, Devex

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Career Fair in the Exhibition Hall

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Special breakout session

Devex Master Class: Tools and resources for navigating your job search

In this special breakout session, learn how to maximize the career resources on to find your dream job. Devex global membership associate and career guru, Stephanie Eichmann, will teach you our best practices for searching the job board and researching employers. Get insider tips and tricks on how recruiters search for candidates and how to create a profile to make sure you get found—and contacted—for employment opportunities.

Led by: Stephanie Eichmann, Devex

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Special breakout session

Succeeding as an independent consultant in global development

The project-based nature of international development work and the frequent need for specific, short-term technical expertise make this sector ripe for a thriving consultant base. If you seek a flexible schedule or want to focus on a technical concentration, striking out on your own can be a practical, and even lucrative, option. But how do you get started? This interactive panel of seasoned international development consultants and the recruiters that hire them will answer questions like, should I operate under a small business or as an individual? What insurance and tax implications should I be prepared to face? And how should I find clients and market my services? Come prepared with your questions and advice about succeeding as an international development consultant.

Moderator: Kelli Rogers, Devex

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Open Networking Reception

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