International Development and Social Change

Careers in International Development and Social Change

You may wonder what you can do with a degree in International Development and Social Change. Visit the IDCE Alumni page to view profiles on IDSC alumni.

This list also illustrates a sampling of the many diverse positions held by past graduates of the International Development and Social Change program.

Research Associate for the Conflict Management Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts – Provides support for conflict resolution and leadership trainings and researches how conflict resolution efforts can be linked with international development, humanitarian assistance, and gender issues.

Program Manager/Research Coordinator for The Academy for Peace and Development in Hargeysa, Somaliland – Writes project and grant proposals, manages the research team, and coordinates seminars.

Presidential Management Intern/Planning and Environmental Coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Coordinates the Northwest Colorado Stewardship Partnership and increases participation among the stakeholders of public land management.

Project Officer with Aid to Artisans – Facilitates project implementation in Africa and Eastern Europe; coordinates communication among producer groups, small enterprises, field offices, funding institutions, and partner organizations; and develops project concepts and pursues funding for programs in Africa.

Program Assistant for Land Conservation and Planning and Ecology for The Trustees of Reservations, Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster, MA - Assists with conservation restriction monitoring and preparation, editing management plans, and research.

Middle East Program Coordinator at the Quebec Labrador Foundation – Coordinates the fellowship program that hosts environmental professionals from the Middle East.

Sexual and Gender-based Violence Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Rwanda – Increases the capacity of various sectors to respond effectively to sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

Country Program Manager of OXFAM Great Britain in Ghana – Provides leadership and the strategic direction of Oxfam’s work in Ghana, focusing on advocacy issues with the central government, multi-nationals and other stakeholders, especially the private sector.

Gender Equality Analyst in a Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan – Focuses on monitoring gender equity policies.

Consultant for United Nations International Service for a British Development Agency in Bolivia – Seeks to increase agricultural production and market medicinal plants in rural communities.

Project Officer for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) – Works on programs that aim to strengthen women’s rights, especially in Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Research Analyst for the Redlands Institute (RI) at the University of Redlands Center for Environmental Science and Management in California – Conducts research to support information science technologies (GIS, remote sensing, database design, decision support) with a focus on environmental problems.

Programme Officer, School Feeding Support Unit, UN World Food Programme in Guinea – Supervises refugee operations for the UN World Food Programme, Guinea, particularly for refugees from Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Sudan Education Program Manager for USAID, based in Nairobi, Kenya Manages a Basic Education grant to a consortium of agencies that focus on developing an education system in southern Sudan, emphasizing teacher development, primary education (especially for girls), and improved non-formal education for out-of-school youth and adult learners.

GIS Lab Manager for the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. – Examines Caribbean reefs at risk, global mining and ecosystems, and spatial indicators of ecosystem goods and services in poverty areas of Africa.

JICA Project Formulation Advisor for the Department of National Planning in Papua New Guinea – Researches the national development plan of Papua New Guinea and gathers information on donor aid activities.

Senior Program Officer for the East Asia Regional Office of Oxfam America based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Supervises the grants portfolio of the regional office; leads a program on community-based natural resource management and livelihoods; and oversees program development, grants management, and partner support.

Program Manager for the United Nations Education Department in Kosovo – Works to rehabilitate the education system and schools that were badly damaged or destroyed during the war.

Brand Development Officer in the Private Sector Division at UNICEF, New York – In charge of fundraising from the private sector in North America and the Pacific Region.

Project Manager for the International Development Group at Research Triangle Institute International – Manages two projects, one to build an electronic perinatal records system for the health system in Lusaka, Zambia; the other to build the capacity of the Association of Municipalities of Mali.

Executive Director of Bureau of Environmental Analysis (BEA) International, based in Nairobi, Kenya – Provides guidance in development of business, resource mobilization, partnership building, policy research, and institutional administration.

Deputy Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific for Catholic Relief Services based in Bangkok, Thailand – Promotes regional programming with a focus on social justice and advocacy issues.