Monitoring and evaluation, also known as the short form “M&E” is an emerging field in international development.
Be it the toughest management entrance exams or a job interview, quantitative aptitude test forms an integral part of the elimination and selection process. To grab your dream job or to get enrolled in your dream institute, you need to cross this step that usually forms the first hurdle.
Having succeeded in the struggle to establish one’s career in international development, as time passes a practitioner faces a different set of issues. It’s no longer about getting your foot in the door and being taken seriously. Your standards rise and your choices increase; your domestic situation adds new criteria to your career decisions; you may be less willing to endure wild and woolly field conditions; your body may start to impose limits on you. Being middle-aged and older brings new challenges as well as opportunities.
Since we are both into travelling and development challenges, my husband and I went last year for the first time ever to sub-Saharan Africa. The aim was versatile: a mix of voluntary work, leisure time, honeymoon, visiting friends and family. I must admit that I wanted to do it as much as I was scared of it (you do hear different things!). Our trip didn’t turn out exactly how we planed it, yet it was still a lifetime experience, which I’m glad I made as it helped me put things into perspective.
According to a report by a leading Indian newspaper, India has possibly the largest number of active not-for-profit organizations in the world. But at the same time, a large number of NGOs in India shut down every year due to lack of funding and insufficient staffing levels. This is because good intentions and motivation are not enough to run an NGO. To ensure the smooth running of the NGO and to achieve desired results one needs funds from various sources.
Are you willing to ‘fight for a cause’ and bring a change in the society? Do you wish to open a new NGO, start it from the scratch, but don’t know where to begin with the planning and how to mobilize resources? Then here are some suggestions that might help you to start and sustain an NGO.
A well written cover letter makes a difference and is an important ingredient of a job application. For some, writing a cover letter may seem like a herculean task but skipping it is not advisable as a good cover letter can really get you a step closer to your dream job!
Do you at times think that its time (mid-career professional) one either upgrades his/her learning and knowledge on the specific subject / theme, as one feels hitting a saturation point or believes that in-order to make a giant leap, a transition, subtle though, is a must to venture and learn more about a different yet related subject area. . If yes, this is an appropriate timing to select and apply for further studies.