International Career and Volunteer Opportunities

ICMA International provides career opportunities for international development specialists and short-term pro-bono opportunities for local government subject-matter experts. For ICMA members and others who would like to work internationally but lack international experience, we provide background, advice, and suggestions

Career Opportunities

ICMA seeks international development specialists for a variety of long-term and short-term assignments on donor-funded programs worldwide. Positions for which we are currently recruiting can be accessed directly on the Devex website. Once on the site you will need to register.

If you are interested in working with ICMA but do not see a current position that matches your background, you can submit your qualifications while you are on the Devex site by creating a professional profile. Click here for instructions and guidelines.

Pro-Bono Opportunities

By providing pro-bono support, local government chief administrators and their departmental specialists have been instrumental in the success and innovation of ICMA International programs for many years. Their strong practical knowledge and daily management experience enhance the credibility and quality of peer-to-peer learning.

The relationships that grow out of an international training and/or technical assistance activity often continue far beyond the life of the funded project, as participants exchange information, best practices, and even visits for years to come.

To find out more about pro-bono assignments, join the International Opportunities group on the Knowledge Network. Group members can pose questions, discuss their experiences, and receive periodic announcements of opportunities for consulting, speaking, and participating in exchanges or partnerships. You may also write to, summarizing your background, area(s) of expertise, and interests.

Preparing for international work

If you have not worked internationally but would like to, ICMA International can help you prepare.

Periodically, ICMA offers workshops and other opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of international work. To prepare for international work, you must understand:

  • the language, prerequisites, challenges, and benefits of doing international work focused on local government
  • the goals and expectations of the donor community
  • what training and consulting are like when local government decentralization is just beginning.

Watch for announcements in advance of each ICMA annual conference. For further information, send an email to

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