Career opportunities

This Master programme is intended for professionals working within governmental and non-governmental rural development organisations or in the private sector, as project or programme coordinators or managers, or as specialists or consultants.

How will you as a graduate benefit?

Enriched with knowledge and empirical evidence from around the world, through diverse student and staff expertise, you will have broadened your horizons by exploring fresh solutions to developmental issues. Inspired by innovative ideas on how to address these issues in your home country, you will be able to design and implement projects in an interdisciplinary way. Having expanded your scope of capacities, you may play various roles within your organisation, finding yourselves as specialists and consultants, you could perform some or all of the following roles: advisor, planner, facilitator, lobbyist, manager, policy maker and researcher. Not only will you ensure contemporary issues are on your employer’s agenda, but you will make sure they are also put on the agenda of other stakeholders.

How will organisations benefit?

Once graduated, you will enhance your organisations capacity. You will be competent to facilitate processes of change and mainstream national or organisational policies within your organisation’s projects and activities. You may be responsible for establishing and maintaining networks with related organisations and institutions. Or you will contribute to or supervise the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation programmes, as well as capacity building for other staff.

Once you have completed one of the MOD specialisations you will be equipped with expertise relevant to your field that will enhance your capacity for research or move you into an advisory role. Working in interdisciplinary teams, you will advise management and staff on effective adaptation or incorporation of contemporary issues in programme and project planning. Furthermore, as a graduate, you will incorporate the acquired knowledge and skills in providing staff training and co-developing tools for monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects.

Career opportunities

Disaster Risk Management
Within an increasingly complex and dynamic context, as a graduate, you will be trained to increase community resilience and reduce the impact of crises and disasters on sustainable development. You will have acquired new insights and know-how and will implement proven innovative approaches to build community resilience when crises and disasters occur. By looking through a disaster and conflict lens, you will be able to make an important contribution to sustainable development.

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Food and Nutrition Security
As a Food and Nutrition Security specialist, you may explore effective responses to malnutrition and undernourishment. You can do this by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small-scale producers in rural communities. You can consider stakeholder relationships and advise on how collaboration could be organised to each stakeholder’s benefit, while helping farmers to safeguard their ability to ensure local food security. In the face of globalisation, slow economic growth and political instability, you may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures and/or policies.

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Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth
As a specialist in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth, you may contribute to inclusive transformations that improve circumstances for marginalised people so they are able to participate in society. You recognise that equal access to markets and social services, influence over decisions affecting one’s life improves social economic conditions for everyone. You see young people as key drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity. You will design interdisciplinary projects for mainstream social inclusion and reduce inequities, thus increasing livelihood security. As agents for community development, you could find yourself working as be a manager, coordinator or consultant in a (non-)governmental organisation or in the private sector.

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