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International Development Summer Careers Conference

2Way Development and Charity People

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

International Development Summer Careers Conference

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Are you looking for a career in International Development?

Maybe you're wondering how to get the skills and experience you need?

Would you like to meet some of the UK's leading International Development organisations, face to face?

We're repeating our sell-out summer event - one that will inspire you to take a fresh approach to job hunting and up-skilling in International Development.

The International Development sector is traditionally one of the most popular and therefore most competitive sectors to work in, but potentially one of the most rewarding.The Positive Change team bring over 20 years experience of finding work - paid, voluntary and internships - for people in International Development and in the broader not for profit sector. For this event we've brought together a group of speakers with expertise in all areas of International Development – health, human rights, disaster relief, different types of organisations, and more. Whether you're interested in studying and knowing which courses to take, which volunteering opportunities will best position you to find paid work, or some of the back door ways of getting into the sector, we'll make sure you're best placed to make those decisions.

Our informative evening seminar of over 15 speakers will give you valuable insight into what International Development organisations are really looking for and present often unthought-of ways to help you find those elusive jobs. Real-life case studies will share valuable secrets to unlocking your potential and writing a perfect application. Hear about jobs that you didn’t even know existed, and be inspired to explore career paths that you have so far overlooked.












As well as offering you the chance to hear from 10 speakers representing volunteering, education, social enterprises, aid agencies, donor organisations AND sectors of human rights, health, disaster relief AND expert careers advisors, we have also invited 10 representatives from Development NGOs to exhibit information during our networking break, from:


Friends Of the Earth, RedR, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Raleigh International, Interhealth, British Council, Skillshare and Emergency UK


You’ll also be able to meet representatives from the UKs top job sites - Charity Job and Guardian careers. 







Shelley Reynolds, Volunteer Marketing Manager, and Julia Lalla-Maharajh, returned volunteer, Voluntary Services Overseas

Nick Perkins, Head of Communications, Institute of Development Studies

Silvia Giovannoni, Global Programmes Director, Ashoka

Ben Paine, Development Director, Medair UK

Kevin Cusack, Director, World Service Enquiry

Danielle Powell, International Programme Manager, Restless Development

Vicki Peaple, Programme Officer, STARS Foundation

David Lale, Chairman, People Unlimited

Katherine Tubb, Director, 2Way Development

Lucy Stoner, HR Director, CARE International 

Jenny Ricks, Head of Campaigns, ActionAid UK

Stephanie Johnston, Education and Communications Manager, Article 25            




Speakers Profiles:

Nick Perkins, Head of Communications, Institute of Development Studies

Nick has worked as a journalist, media trainer and project manager for many years in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He founded Media for Development an award-winning consultancy providing support in a number of areas of communication for development. He worked as a knowledge management and learning advisor for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the UK-based NGO Healthlink Worldwide. He trained as a journalist and has a post-graduate degree in anthropology & development.

Kevin Cusack, Director, World Service Enquiry

MA, ECONNF Diploma in Life Coaching Having worked commercially in south India Kevin changed his career and has gained more than 14 years voluntary sector work experience, both paid and voluntary. He is the author of ‘Volunteer for Development’ and the editor of ‘Working in Development’ (printed by World Service Enquiry). At WSE he manages and provides information and advice to people who want to work or volunteer in an international development context. His experience and knowledge-base are founded upon hundreds of conversations with new graduates, career changers and international development workers in the field.  Kevin provides ideas and strategies to help you move forward. Further details can be found at:www.kcoach.net and www.wse.org.uk

Vicki Peaple, Programme Officer, STARS Foundation

Vicki has been working in International Development for the past 7 years and in this time has been involved with a range of organisations including local charities and global NGOs.  Having begun professional life managing various aspects of volunteering programmes with Frontier, British Red Cross and VSO, she finally took the plunge and volunteered herself with VSO in Rwanda and then Mongolia.  Adding to a languages degree, an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, she now manages the international grants programme at the STARS Foundation focusing on providing support to organisations working with children in Africa and the Middle East.

Silvia Giovannoni,  Global Programmes Director, Ashoka

Silvia joined Ashoka in 2005 during the re-launch of UK operations and during that time played a variety of roles involved in its start-up, from managing and creating key relationships to raising the organisation’s profile. Silvia currently manages the Ashoka Support Network in the UK, a programme to engage business leaders with social entrepreneurs. She is also responsible for engaging with the fifty or so International Fellows who regularly come through London every year. Silvia is originally from Brazil, where she first came across Ashoka, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Before Ashoka, Silvia was a partner at a Brazilian legal firm co-founded with university colleagues which today specialises in Third Sector Law and providing legal advice to CSOs.















Lucy Stoner, HR Director, CARE International

CARE International is the third largest International Development organization. Lucy Stoner has worked from CARE International UK for 7 years as head of Human Resources, then HR Director and is part of the organizations executive team, her role spans both organizational strategy and development and Human Resource management including recruitment, staff development and talent management. Lucy has an MA in Human Resource management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and development.








Julia Lalla-Maharajh, returned volunteer, VSO

Julia spent 15 years in the private and not for profit sectors specialising in corporate communications. She then volunteered with VSO as an advocacy adviser on education projects in Cambodia and in Ethiopia. It was in Ethiopia that she came across female genital cutting and now campaigns to end it within the next generation. In January 2010, Julia won the "Davos Debates" a YouTube/World Economic Forum competition and went to Davos to hold a debate with world leaders about the global silence around this taboo issue. Julia has recently set up the Orchid Project, an NGO which aims to raise awareness, increase resources and work with communities that practise FGC. Julia is currently Head of Communications for the Medicines Transparency Alliance, which works with DFID, the World Bank and the WHO to ensure better access to essential medicines. She is also a trustee of the Foundation for Mother & Child Health.




Stephanie Johnston, Education and Communications Manager, Article 25    













Stephanie joined Article 25 in November 2008 after a Masters in Development and Planning: Building and Urban Design in Development (Development Planning Unit, Bartlett, UCL) and a Bachelors in Art History. Having previously worked for a commercial architects practice, during her Masters Stephanie gained valuable experience in development planning, ranging from an alternative development plan for  a low income area of Istanbul, to proposals to incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategies in Shoreditch and Hoxton in east London.

Stephanie initially joined the Design Team to develop the organisations Community Participation Strategy and toolkit. She has worked on the participatory aspects of Article 25's planning services on projects in Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and recently Haiti. In June 2009 Stephanie joined Article 25's Education and Communication team, working on an ambitious DFID supported programme to raise awareness of international development amongst UK built environment students and professionals.






Ben Paine, Development Director, Medair UK

Ben is Development Director at Medair UK - an Affiliate of the international emergency relief and rehabilitation charity bringing life-saving health care, water, sanitation, food, shelter and much more to the most vulnerable people across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Ben has experience in East Africa and Afghanistan.

Jenny Ricks, Head of Campaigns, ActionAidUK

Jenny has worked in international development campaigning for the last 9 years. She is currently Head of Campaigns at the international NGO ActionAid UK. Their campaigning works to engage and inspire people to join a global movement campaigning in over 45 countries to end poverty and injustice. Jenny has worked on a variety of global justice issues, and has extensive experience of big coalition campaigns such as Make Poverty History and trade justice. Prior to entering the third sector, she gained a batchelors degree in politics and has a background in student journalism. www.actionaid.org.uk 


Danielle Powell, Restless Development

Restless Development is the leading Youth-Led Development Agency,
engaging and supporting young people to address the urgent health, education, and environmental issues in their lives. The organisation has over 20 years experience of international volunteering, sustainable development, advocacy and
implementation of peer based development education.

Danielle Powell, International Manager for Restless Developments International
Placements has over 5 years experience of working in the field of development, both in the field directly managing programmes and from London where she recently designed Restless Developments 'International Placement Model' which aims to provide a genuine stepping stone for those looking to break into the sector.

David Lale, Founder, People Unlimited and forum3

David set up Charity People in 1990 - one of the first recruitment businesses operating exclusively with non profits. He also launched forum3 - Europe's largest career and volunteering event for the non profit sector. Charity People is now renamed as People Unlimited and works with charities, arts organisations, health and social care, housing and green sector organisations.

Katherine Tubb, Director, 2Way Development

Katherine began her career in tourism and marketing in the commercial sector, working for the Sydney Opera House and Hyatt Regency Hotel. After a VSO placement working as Project Manager in a Nepalese NGO KEEP - the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project - Katherine went on to set up 2Way Development in 2003 and has placed over 200 individuals to volunteer with NGOs tackling issues of poverty world wide. She recently was special advisor to the Lonely Planet on their 'Volunteering and make a difference' publication, and regularly contributes to Guardian Careers. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.


NGO Exhibitors:


Friends of the Earth – is an environmental campaigning organisation, and has the most extensive environmental network in the world, with around 2 million supporters across 5 continents and more than 70 national organisations worldwide www.foe.co.uk

RedR – is an international charity that works with disaster relief issues, and offers training to relief workers as well as placing skilled professionals into humanitarian programmes worldwide www.redr.org.uk

World Vision – World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation. Over 20,000 full and part-time staff members implement programmes of emergency relief, education, healthcare, economic development, and promotion of justice in almost 100 countries www.worldvision.org.uk

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries  www.msf.org

Raleigh International – is a youth and education charity that has helped over 30,000 people take short-term voluntary expeditions in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and India. They have recently launched a Graduate Bursary Award scheme to cover the cost of expeditions www.raleigh.org.uk

Interhealth – is a specialist London based medical charity that provides healthcare and support to many of the major international agencies involved in humanitarian relief and poverty reduction across the world www.interhealth.org.uk

British Council – the British Council is the UK's international cultural relations body and works in over 100 countries across the world, providing technical assistance, management services and expertise to a range of development projects www.britishcouncil.org

Skillshare – work with partner organisations in Asia, Africa and Europe to build capacity through the placement of international volunteers, financial assistance and developing leadership skills www.skillshare.org

EMERGENCY UK – is a British, independent, charitable organisation that supports healthcare projects in conflict and post conflict areas through providing medical and surgical treatment to the victims of war, landmines and poverty. EMERGENCY has treated over 3 million patients www.emergencyuk.org

Action for Brazil’s Children Trust (ABC) – works with the most vulnerable children and young people of Brazil, by raising awareness and funding to support the work of local, community-led organisations www.abctrust.org.uk




Job Sites Attending:











Charity JOB – is the UK's busiest site for charity jobs and voluntary sector jobs www.charityjob.co.uk

Guardian Careers – which hosts live Q&A sessions on International Development, and has pod casts from experts in the sector www.careers.guardian.co.uk






What our delegates said about the first event:

Kevin Cusack was inspirational


Very useful initiative - ultimately saves the sector lots of time in misdirected enquiries and job applications


Jeff Riley and Kevin Cusack, for me, told the truth about how hard the sector was and what I needed to do to get a job- to be realistic and highly skilled with higher education and training. Jeff and Kevin told it how it was- get out there and do everything or u have no chance! Brilliant end to the evening


Very impressed. Most beneficial seminar I can ever remember attending!


A very worthwhile event. As I'm about to embark on post graduate development course in September the event helped to confirm that I'm making the right decision.








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When & Where

Sheikh Zayed Theatre
London School of Economics
Lincolns Inn Fields
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

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2Way Development and Charity People

This conference is brought to you as a collaboration between two organisations both committed to and experienced in helping people develop careers in the not for profit sector and International Development sectors.

Charity People are a leading national recruiter to the non profit sectors. Set up in 1990, they have 20 years experience in recruiting staff for non profits in the UK and overseas. 

2Way Development is a volunteer agency supporting a range of people looking to gain overseas experience in the International Development sector. Set up in 2003, they place hundreds of volunteers into projects across the developing world. Take a look at the website www.2waydevelopment.com 


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