One of the most important element of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector is to have a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the employer's organization.
That includes the recruiters, the Hiring Agent and all the way to the CEO of the firm. The employers in this sector also need a set of critical information to be within each professional entries that quickly shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications requirements listed on the position description. This information is comprised of six items listed in detail below as it is an important tool, critical to bringing applicants to the short list of the hiring agents.
The employer/client for most positions request that we qualify applicants in terms of their past international development assignments/projects, length of assignments, positions held, type of project, employer & donor organizations, and country where they worked. It is also advisable to keep this critical information permanently in a resume that you submit to any other international development sector organization.
To fairly evaluate you we need, at minimum, the following basic information on your past international development projects or work projects:
- Dates/Length of Assignment: This can be exact dates or more simply: Jan 09-June 09 or 2009 (6 mos). Please do not use single year only like 2009 which does not tell us how long you were on assignment in a given country or region.
- Title: Show any title used while on assignment which may be an official or unofficial title.
- Project name: It is helpful for us to see what type of project you worked on and providing the official name or type of donor funded project you worked on will help recruiters or hiring agents know more about the relevance of your past experience.
- Employer: Provide the name of the Consulting firm, company or international NGO (usually a contractor to a Donor organization) that hired, monitored and paid you.
- Donor (if applicable): Provide the name of the organization that provided funds to your employer for the project. Examples: USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, EU, DFID.
- Country location: Please, please, please provide the name of the country where you worked and resided while on assignment for a given project. If you were assigned in several country, in succession, then please do separate those experience entries by location. (Please do not provide the address of your employer, we usually know it or can find it on the internet and it could be confused with your country location.) This refers to the applicants physical location while doing this work. Many positions in International Development require past experience in one or more countries, or in larger region and this is very critical information to recruiters. The city or the province is not as important when applying to an International organization that is based in a different country but naming the country is critical. Before applying to international organizations, one should make sure that the CV/resume is internationalized. Countries should be shown in all contact information, in the educational entries as well as the professional work entries.
This very critical information should be in the main line of each professional work entry in your resume. To help you further, a sample resume showing a variety of entries is available on my website