Career opportunities

Working as an international development manager

After graduating from International Development Management, you can find work as a consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can set up your own company or find employment at a local, national or international government body or organisation.

You will have gained wide expertise in the areas of:

  • communication
  • participatory planning and learning
  • rural economics
  • development approaches
  • agriculture
  • cultures
  • nature conservation
  • tourism
  • water management
  • sociology and environmental studies.

Important attitudes are related to entrepreneurship, flexibility, empathy, sensitivity, reliability, thoroughness and intercultural communication.


All our specialisations centre on working with people. Perhaps you will become a bridge-builder between farmers and the government, food safety project manager or advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

Sustainable Value Chains

Fair Trade is something that many companies are trying to achieve. As more and more producers and consumers worldwide become conscious of the social impact of trade, more career opportunities arise.

You can become a campaign officer, where you draw up plans for how a company can improve their trade methods and strategies, you can be a Fair Trade educator, a buyer for a company or a certification analyst who determines whether a product has been bought and produced fairly.

Rural Development and Innovation

As a rural developer and facilitator, you will pick up new ideas and trends, and use them in policy making and concrete activities. This way you can help people in the field to make a difference. Whether you work in your own or in another country, you will be a mediator between groups within organisations for a better collaboration.

You may find yourself working in a government institution, consultancy firm, in a service centre or innovation group with rural entrepreneurs. You will be perfectly equipped for positions with development organisations such as CMC, VSO, or PSO, or in companies and private organisations that carry out projects around the world.

Disaster Risk Management

If your chosen specialisation is Disaster Risk Management, you will be able to expertly assist communities in becoming stronger and more resilient in the face of both manmade and natural disasters. You will know how to rebuild regions after disasters and be ready to assist communities in getting back on their feet. You act as an advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

Furthermore, you develop sustainability projects to increase resilience to natural disasters, for example by building extra strong hospitals and schools in earthquake-prone regions. You co-shape disaster prevention and recovery plans, strategies and policies, which will help save lives and preserve the environment. 

After graduation you can find work as a junior consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can find an employer such as a local, national or international government body, a Non Governmental Organisation, business, or set up your own enterprise.