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Different students have used their development management studies to develop their careers in different ways, in the worlds of policy and practice as well as through further academic study. Here are some examples:

I began my course while working with Action Aid International Uganda (AAIU) as a Policy Analyst: Agriculture, Food Security and Trade. The intellectually stimulating materials were so user friendly and relevant to current development thinking, and this greatly facilitated my career progression. During my last academic year, I secured a six months secondment op Advisor on Trade Policy for Action Aid Belgium at their Brussels office.

I was appointed as the Policy and Advocacy Manager of AAIU in 2006. With my acquired competences I contributed to profiling AAIU as an advocacy organisation of choice in Uganda. I also contributed to policy debates and negotiations at the national and international levels. For example, as a co-opted member of the Uganda Government Trade Policy Negotiators, I actively participated in 4 World Trade Organization Ministerial Meetings, following up issues of trade and development affecting developing countries.

In 2010 I moved on to work with World Vision Uganda, a Christian, child-focused and community-based development agency. With World Vision Uganda I have accumulated experience in linking local actions to national and global policy processes.

James Kintu
Associate Director: Advocacy
World Vision Uganda

I have been based in Jerusalem for the last 18 months, wearing two hats.

I still work for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as the Head of Contracts Management (2 days a week) - responsible for providing advice and direction on UNOPS construction contracts around the globe.

But here in Jerusalem I am seconded into the Office of the Quartet (formerly the Office of the Quartet Representative Tony Blair), where I am the Construction Advisor responsible for leading the Office of the Quartet's work on Affordable Housing in the occupied Palestinian Territories. This work has been extremely interesting as I am the only engineer in the office working with a wide range of Palestinian, Israeli and international colleagues from a variety of backgrounds - mainly economists, diplomats or management consultants - with a focus on private sector and economic development in the West Bank and Gaza.

The work I did during my MSc is proving very useful in this context - definitely helping me to understand better the various aspects of economic development, beyond the engineering.

Nick Gardner
Head of Contracts Management, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

…the MSc Development Management course greatly influenced my career path, at a personal level, and the decisions I have made and continue to make, in respect to gender main-streaming, leadership and funds management.

I enrolled for the course having attained a degree in Bachelor of Arts with Education in 2001 at Makerere University. I was then working with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) as a Project Officer-Social Mobilization for a health project in the war-torn region of northern Uganda.

In the course of the study, I realized that I was more inclined towards a career in protection and human rights than health, hence in 2008, I changed career and got another job with Arbeiter Samaritan Bund (ASB) as a Senior Protection Officer in North-Eastern Uganda, a region that was prone to sporadic conflict by the nomadic pastoralists and was undergoing a government-run disarmament process…

Currently, I am Acting Head of Programmes at the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter, a human rights organization where we do a lot of policy-influencing both at government and international level, and defend the rights of children and women. I attribute this greatly to my studies with the OU.

Margaret Atimango

Two weeks after the end of TU874 [The Development Management Project] a job was advertised at Tearfund (an organisation I have long admired). I applied, was successful and started on Monday! My role is to support the monitoring and evaluation requirements of the Department for International Development (DFID) Wash Results Programme implemented by a consortium of NGOs led by Tearfund and Oxfam. I can confidently say that without the TU874 project I would still be looking for employment within international development.

NKyle Hanna
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Tearfund, UK



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