Webinar: Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals

6.13.16 – Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals
Wednesday, June 15th at 10am EDT (GMT-4), DEVEX, USA

Sarah P’s comments:If you are interested in using your librarian training and skills to get into NGO work, this webinar should be helpful. Devex was founded in 2000 with the goal of linking development experts with professional service opportunities. It now claims to be the world’s largest international development job board with over 500,000 development professionals registered serving over 1,000 NGO’s in over 100 countries.  To search the site is free but to apply for positions you will need to pay to have a ‘career account’.  This will also allow you to access their career services such as CV and cover letter writing and review.

To view positions:  visit www.devex.com and click on ‘jobs’ then ‘job board’.  Enter ‘librarian’ in the keyword search.  Only occasionally have I found a position this way.  If there are no results try ‘library’ and this usually result in a list of opportunities some of which will be related.  For example, today’s search yielded a short-term consultant job conducting a feasibility study on the establishment of a digital library in Cote d Ivoire.

For more information about working for NGO’s please read Chapter 7 of my book.

Webinar details:

For the past few years, localization has been a buzzworthy topic across global development. Hiring practices have expanded to include more professionals at the project source, and there’s been a noticeable shift in how recruiters work to fill open positions.

2016 has been no exception to this trend – particularly in Africa – where it’s predicted that at least half of all available positions will be filled by local candidates, opening up a wide net of new opportunities for the next generation to lead the development of their home countries for the first time. Are you among them?

Find out at our free webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 10am EDT (GMT-4). During the session, I’ll be sitting down with Ericka Copening from the World Bank and Kate Vivian from Paris School of International Affairs to discuss development hiring trends across Africa and the skills, education, and trainings needed to qualify and succeed in these positions.

Devex career webinars are typically offered exclusively to our members with a Career Account, but based on the background in your Devex profile, I thought this one would be of particular interest and wanted to offer you complimentary admission. Register now to secure your spot.

Job: Communications Manager

11/17/15 – Communications Manager (External Relations/Media)
EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries, Vilnius, Lithuania

Sarah P’s comments:  If you have the necessary public relations skills this is a fairly new and upcoming non-profit based in Europe.  EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information for people in developing and transition countries.


Position Summary: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), a dynamic, growing international not-for-profit organization, is seeking a creative, experienced communications professional to develop and implement the organization’s long-term strategic communication plans. This is a consultancy position, full-time, with a minimum duration of one year. The position is a work from home role. Preference will go to candidates in Vilnius, Lithuania, or London, UK, where other relevant EIFL staff are located.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Our vision is a world in which all people have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead strategic communications planning and positioning for the organization as a whole, that includes, but is not limited to, communication goal setting and measurement metrics, earned media, social media, message and materials development, conferences and events.
  • Implement the organization’s communications activities, which include ongoing earned and social media outreach, managing the organization’s website update process, maintaining and updating a set of core communication materials for the organization.
  • Work in close collaboration with team members who oversee EIFL programmes and initiatives to ensure their communications interests and needs are incorporated into communications plans.
  • Transform raw content provided by programme staff into multi-media communications tools.
  • Develop and implement a plan to leverage organizational leadership to raise the organization’s profile among global-and country-level opinion leaders, policy makers, and donors.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media contacts in order to achieve the organization’s communication objectives.
  • Prepare organizational leadership and other designated spokespersons for media and public speaking opportunities.
  • Identify communications opportunities and challenges and determine how they should be addressed by the organization.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate studies in a communications field or related area a plus.
  • 8+ years of experience in communications/public relations (international advocacy, development sector, or philanthropy experience a plus).
  • Proven understanding on how traditional, digital, and social media engagement tactics work in concert for effective advocacy and fund-raising.
  • Previous experience working with international media.
  • Native speaker of English, with high proficiency in written English.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and developing materials in different formats including video, photographs, and print. This includes digital video and audio editing, and layout and design skills.
  • Experience using digital channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) to raise the profile of an organization with media, policymakers, and other influencers.
  • Knowledge of library field is a plus.
  • Excellent time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to travel is a requirement.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume, a listing of relevant work, and a cover letter (including salary expectations) to jobs@eifl.net with the subject line “Communications Manager” by 9 December 2015.





Job: Librarian/Communication Specialist

10/20/15 –  Librarian/Communication Specialist (P3)
International Atomic Energy Agency (UN), Vienna, Austria

Sarah P’s comments:  Traditionally, the UN is the place most people think about when wishing to be employed internationally by an organization designed to better humankind. UN jobs are posted at UN.jobs.org and Librarian and Public Information Officer positions are posted in the Department of Public Information category (choose from the list in the Department/Office field).

FYI: there are few librarian positions posted and the UN openly states that they are seeking a balance in nationalities which means that a ‘western’ librarian can be at a disadvantage, and being a librarian from an under-represented country can be an advantage (for once!)  depending on the job applied for and the skill set needed. Also, the hiring process is slow and tedious and many librarians I know who applied have never received a response.


Closing date: Monday, 2 November 2015

Type and duration of Appointment: Fixed Term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; in catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; in developing indigenous capabilities for national energy planning; in deploying new nuclear power plants; in preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and in advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.

Main Purpose

The Librarian/Communication Specialist provides nuclear information services to the IAEA Secretariat, Member States and partner institutions. He/she undertakes activities to promote awareness and understanding of information services, including analyses and reports on the impact of these activities. In addition, the Librarian/Communication Specialist ensures an efficient and effective web presence of nuclear information services and contributes to the evaluation and implementation of the IAEA Library’s training programme.


The Librarian/Communication Specialist is

  1. a nuclear information specialist, providing complex information services to customers;
  2. a communication specialist, contributing to communication and outreach efforts through research, analysis of assigned topics and timely preparation and distribution of communication and information products (web and others) to target audiences,
  3. a trainer, managing and enhancing the IAEA Library’s training programme, and,
  4. a public relations professional establishing and developing business relationships and collaborative networking with key stakeholders.


The Librarian/Communication works closely with other managers and members of the Nuclear Information Section, the Nuclear Energy and other IAEA departments. He/She liaises regularly with Library customers, Members of Permanent Missions in Vienna, researchers in Member States and members of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN).

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop and keep updated the web presence of the IAEA Library. This includes ongoing updating of the existing web pages; facilitation of all aspects of the Web presence and initiating enhancements based on user feedback;
  • Conduct and regularly update the IAEA Library communication and training policies;
  • Manage the online communications of the Library, including social media;
  • Produce marketing communication materials (e.g. brochures, articles, reports, content for web platforms, event kits) for Library customers and other key stakeholders: propose topics, undertake research, compile and prepare data, determine appropriate format and target audience, prepare drafts, obtain clearances, conduct photo and graphic research, edit and coordinate design approval, printing procedures and distribution;
  • Review, manage and enhance the IAEA Library training agenda;Review and enforce brand and library messaging guidelines across Library web sites, social media, print and e-publications;
  • Plan and coordinate partnership functions; contribute to the management of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN);
  • Research, analyse and synthesize information into accurate answers or actionable information and ensure that customers have the tools or capabilities to apply them.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Library and Information Science, Communication or closely related field
  • First level degree in library or information science, communication or closely related field is required. An advanced degree would be an advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience in information services and communications with increasing responsibilities.
  • Experience in a multicultural environment desirable.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues and experience in the use of web tools and technologies including electronic reference services.
  • Experience in nuclear science and technology would be an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Working knowledge of official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56766 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24126*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process