Organization: Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Author Archive: Nick Macdonald
Nick Macdonald is a relief and development worker with over fourteen years of experience in conflict, natural disasters, and developing countries, working for a variety of relief and development organizations. He has a professional focus on leading innovative programming that combines local strengths and capacities with international best practices to produce locally tailored interventions.
His field experience includes Kosovo, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Indonesia, Central Asia, and leadership roles in Mercy Corps' responses to the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Gulf Coast Hurricanes. Most recently he has worked on disaster risk reduction with the inter-agency Emergency Capacity Building Project, CARE and Save the Children, and currently works for Mercy Corps, forging innovative partnerships between development practitioners and academic researchers to improve development practice.
He teaches International NGO Management at Portland State University, and Conflict and International Development at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Why it is so hard to get your first job overseas? It’s difficult to understand at first: there is a huge amount of need, aid organizations are always stretched (and usually recruiting), you are bright, educated, enthusiastic, have low salary expectations, and are ready to go – so why don’t they want to hire you? […]