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For many jobs and internships at international development organisations, you have to complete interviews and psychometric evaluations part of the pre-employment screening process. Below we have outlined the steps involved in getting an international development job, as well as how you can increase your chance of getting hired.


UK Aid Organisations Description
Anthony Nolan Blood cancer charity
Aspire Spinal injuries charity
B&CE Financial services
Believe Academy Trust Primary education
Benenden Healthcare and insurance provider
Bible Society Bible distribution
bpha Housing association
Break Children's homes
Broadacres Housing Association Housing association
Broadland Housing Group Housing association
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Business description UK headquarters
Business description UK headquarters
Business description UK headquarters
Business West Business services
Cairn Housing Association Housing association
Cairngorms National Park Authority National park
Cartrefi Conwy Housing association
Catalyst Housing Housing association
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals Professional body
Chartered Management Institute Professional body
CHP Housing association
Coastline Housing Housing association
Community Links Mental health charity
Curo Housing association
Dove House Hospice Hospice
East Anglian Air Ambulance Air ambulance
English Institute of Sport Sports body
Equity Housing Group Housing association
Fair Ways Children's services
Family Action Charity
Family Housing Association Housing association
Fife Housing Group Housing association
First Choice Homes Oldham Social housing
Forget Me Not Children's Hospice Hospice
Freebridge Community Housing Social housing
Gloucester City Homes Social housing
Golden Lane Housing Social housing
Haven House Children's Hospice Hospice
Health Shield Friendly Society Health cash plans
Hefce Education
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business services
Homes in Sedgemoor Social housing
Julia's House Children's hospice
Kent Union Students' union
Leeds Federated Housing Association Housing association
London & Partners Promotional agency
Marwell Wildlife Zoo
Mayflower Theatre Theatre
Melin Homes Housing association
MHS Homes Housing association
My Space Housing Solutions Social housing
National Housing Federation Social housing
National Trust Conservation charity
Navigo Healthcare provider
NCFE Education
Newydd Housing Association Housing association
Nominet Internet registry
Nwes Enterprise agency
Ongo Social housing
Phoenix Futures Charity and housing association
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity Children's charity
Red Kite Community Housing Housing association
Regenda Housing association
Rooftop Housing Group Social housing
RSA Arts charity
Salvation Army Housing Association Housing association
Skills for Care Professional association
Society for Endocrinology Professional association
South Yorkshire Housing Association Housing association
St Gemma's Hospice Hospice
St Giles Trust Social inclusion charity
Stafford and Rural Homes Social housing
Stockport Homes Social housing
Swan Housing association
TACT Fostering/adoption charity
Thames Reach Homelessness charity
The British Lung Foundation Health charity
The Bromley by Bow Centre Social inclusion charity
The Calico Group Social housing
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Professional body
The Fostering Network Fostering charity
The Institute of the Motor Industry Professional body
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Health charity
The Message Trust Youth charity
The Rossendale Trust Supported living
The Royal Air Force Club Private members' club
The Royal College of Nursing Professional association
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Museums
The Soil Association Environmental charity
The Source Skills Academy Vocational training
The University of Sheffield University
Thrive Homes Housing association
Touchstone Social charity
Treetops Hospice Care Hospice
Trivallis Housing association
Two Rivers Housing Housing association
University of Surrey Students' Union Students' union
University of York Students' Union Students' union
Victory Housing Trust Housing association
Wales & West Housing Housing association
Weaver Vale Housing Trust Social housing
West Midlands Combined Authority Local authority
Wrap Sustainability charity


Non-Governmental Organisations
ActionAid Adventist Development and Relief Agency Afghan German Management College AID Kenya Foundation
AIDS No More AKDN All We Can - Methodist relief and development BRAC
Business Council for Peace Camfed CARE (relief agency) Catholic Relief Services
Centre for Safety and Development Center for Victims of Torture Centre for Values in Leadership Christian Aid
Compassion International Five Talents Giving Children Hope Habitat for Humanity International
Heifer International Helpage International HOPE International Development Agency ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
International Development Enterprises International Youth Foundation Jugend Eine Welt Lamia Afghan Foundation
Light for the World Medecins sans Frontieres Medical Teams International Mennonite Central Committee
Mercy Corps Oxfam Peace Direct Plan International
Rapid Response Samaritan's Purse Save the Children Seva Foundation
Street Kids International Student Initiative Rahel Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Teach For All
TMSS Terra Tech Trickle Up WaterAid
Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) World Accord - International Development Agency World Renew World Vision International

What Is the Hiring Process for Development and Not for Profit Jobs?

No matter the type of organisation that you are applying to, the hiring process for jobs in international development follows the same basic format:

Apply: There are many different ways to find jobs to apply for, including through recruiters, job boards, professional organizations, and newspapers, as well as networking with academic and research institutions, think tanks, and NGOs/CSOs. Ensure that your qualifications match the job requirements and explain why you are a great candidate. Important points to mention in your cover letter include your academic qualifications, years of relevant work experience, and fluency in foreign languages.

Psychometric Testing: Many organisations invite applicants to sit an online written test or a technical test administered at the office. These can be aptitude tests, such as a numerical reasoning test or a verbal reasoning test. Some candidates also take personality tests which assess a candidate's work-related behaviours and attitudes.

Work Samples: For many international development and aid jobs, you will need to demonstrate that you have produced quality work in the past by submitting a few samples of your work.

Interview: Since this is the first chance that you have to make an impression in person, it is crucial that you prepare for your interview. You should be able to articulate how you would contribute to the organisation's goals, why you want the job, and how your skills and abilities set you apart from the rest of the candidates. You can read more about international development and aid interviews below.

Background Check: All government and intergovernmental agencies (such as the UN) require a background check. This can take some time, so be patient if you haven't heard back after your interview. You should also let your references know that they may be contacted by hiring managers.


What Can I Expect from My International Development or NGO Interview?

Interviews in this field are usually competency-based panel interviews. This means that hiring managers look for a few key competencies while interviewing candidates. You can usually find organisation-specific information about the competencies that they emphasise.

Your interview will likely take anywhere from half an hour to two hours (if you are asked to complete an assessment in the office). Be ready to demonstrate your fluency in foreign languages, and to answer questions about your relevant work experience as well as your willingness to relocate.

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