International Aid and Development Officer
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Aid workers help people in developing countries or conflict zones by providing support, food, resources and infrastructure to people in need. You may provide direct support – by helping hand out food and medical parcels – or you may work in a development role, working in the health or education sectors. It’s a varied role which may see you working as a volunteer or employed by a charity or non-governmental organization. (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Government employment opportunities are also available through organizations such as Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations.
As an International aid/development worker, you'll work with developing countries to set up long-term, sustainable solutions to problems. Working on development projects in fields such as education, sanitation, health and agriculture. You may also be involved with the development of urban and rural areas and small businesses. (Graduate Prospects)
This profile includes information about: International development project officer, International aid and development researcher, Women's program coordinator
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- Sokanu - career info & videos: Humanitarian
- Get involved in international development – Government of Canada
- Development Job Profiles – My World Abroad
- Stories - Government of Canada information about Canada’s international efforts for development, trade and foreign policy
- How to become an International Aid Worker - Committed to Good
- Are You Ready to Be an International Aid Worker? - Canadian Red Cross
The educational requirements for International Development Work varies depending on the type of position. Completion of a bachelor's degree is usually required. A graduate degree or several years of experience may be an asset. Proficiency in foreign languages may also be an asset.
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- Canadian Consortium for Colleges and University Programs in International Development Studies (CCCUPIDS) – Listing of graduate and undergraduate programs in Canada
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- The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP)
- Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
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- Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) - Part of the Inter-council Network
- Corporate Members - CAIDP
- Humanitarian Coalition
- International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) – Government of Canada listing of programs to gain international development experience
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