Question 13: How Do I Get an International Job?
Do international organizations ever hire someone for an international role, or its it always a local hire? How can I get a job in another country in humanitarian relief?
Different International Jobs
This question has many meanings as the concept of an international job has many meanings as well. Generally, a company wants to hire someone local to that country.
Be it Botswana or Belgium, the person from that local context will know the culture, rules, and expectations of that culture better than someone from somewhere else.
Still, there are cases when the company will hire someone from one country to work in another, and generally these people are called expats if they are from the headquarters country, or Third-Country Nationals if they are from one country and now working in another.
Which International Jobs Are For You?
So yes, development organizations do hire people for international jobs. However, it is not common, and of the two types, TCNs are more common than expats.
It’s very rare for an international organization based in a wealthy country to hire from that country for a job in another country, mainly due to the great expense involved. TCNs are usually also paid better than local hires, so they have a greater cost to the organization too, though less than HQ expats.
Either way, good luck if you’re offered a role in a different country. It is an amazing opportunity, when it works out. When it doesn’t work out, it can be a major failure.