OpenIGO | International Careers Development Network

ACTIVE LEARNING METHODS, GROUP-CASE STUDIES AND GAMIFICATION ELEMENTS to develop essential competencies for the future leaders of sustainable development

Empower the young talents of your institution with the tools responsible for training the greatest leaders who work with sustainable development in orgs such as the United Nations, the World Bank Group and NGOs.

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Our workshops provide essential tips and information, along with hands-on simulations of working in international development organizations. They offer the best chance for students to prepare and secure their dream job.

What sets OpenIGO's Workshops apart?


Be ready for a deep immersion! The idea behind our workshops is to ensure that all participants have a career-changing experience that will propel their success in the most prestigious selection processes in the field. These career-focused events are like no other.


Through active learning, you will step into the shoes of an actual development professional, gaining hands-on experience with group case studies, interview simulations, and much more!


As an interactive workshop, it will enable participants to develop essential competencies in International Development with the guidance of our experts! Having access to world-renowned specialists in the key practical areas of an international development organization is a significant advantage. 


Want to learn while having fun? It’s possible! With the introduction of gamification elements on the Gather platform, you will experience all the transformative content of our career workshops in an immersive environment!

Workshops for Education Institutions

IDCE – International Development Careers Challenge

The International Development Careers Experience (IDCE) is a 5-week long transformational event with immersive group case study challenges led by experts. The event will present the most common career prospects in international development and strengthen essential competencies in participants, such as Public Speaking, Networking and Project Management. This event uses active learning methods such as Case Studies and Role-Playing and includes customized mentorship sessions.

Kick-starting your career at the UN System​

Discover the different UN Recruitment Platforms, Staff categories and Selection Processes. Additionally, the participants will get hands-on experience on how to craft a strong application for an internship or job at the UN and get ready for Competency-Based interviews. All this in 4 sessions of 1 hour each.

How to find and apply for the perfect UN vacancy

Learn how to apply for a United Nations job opening, including the most common requirements and main rounds of the selection processes. Get started with the Inspira Platform and discover how to prepare your Personal History Profile. All this in 2 sessions of 1 hour each. We highly recommend that the “Kick-Starting your Career at the UN System” and this workshop are bought together to maximize discounts.

Getting Ready for Young Professional Programs (YPPs)

Learn how to get ready for Young Professional Programs, the most prestigious selections processes within IGOs, such as the United Nations YPP and the World Bank Group YPP. Discover the minimum requirements, how to craft strong application documents and how to prepare for the interview. All this in 4 sessions of 1 hour each.

Online Training for Staff & NGO Professionals

Monitoring & Evaluation Course

Enhance your proficiency in project monitoring and evaluation to ensure the effective and successful implementation of projects. Develop robust tracking strategies to achieve tangible results and broaden your career prospects.

Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH)

WASH initiatives break the cycle of poverty by promoting productivity and redirecting funds from treating water-related diseases to economic development. Access to clean water and sanitation is key to fostering both individual well-being and a thriving economy.

Budgeting Essentials Course

Analyze real project budgets to acquire practical skills applicable to your NGO. Upon course completion, receive a comprehensive summary of recommended budgeting tools and techniques tailored for effective NGO financial management.

Project Cycle Management

Acquire comprehensive project management skills, from design to evaluation, encompassing logical framework utilization for budgeting and work plans. Learn effective monitoring and evaluation techniques, fostering the ability to track and report results within organizational frameworks.

Grants Management Course

Grants Management is a challenging task that requires a delicate balance. It involves ensuring that project teams possess the motivation to achieve meaningful results while also meeting all obligations outlined by the funding source.

Proposal Writing & Fundraising

The foundation of any development organization lies in effective proposal writing and fundraising activities. Therefore, to establish sustainable strategies, organizations need to enhance the skills and capabilities of their key staff members in the current and evolving trends of Proposal Writing and Fundraising.

PTSD & Burnout Prevention

The "PTSD and Burnout Prevention in NGOs" course is designed to equip professionals working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, prevent, and manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and burnout.

Project Cycle Management

Acquire comprehensive project management skills, from design to evaluation, encompassing logical framework utilization for budgeting and work plans. Learn effective monitoring and evaluation techniques, fostering the ability to track and report results within organizational frameworks.


João Tude

Dean of the School of Private-Public Administration of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) with over 20 years of work with International Development. OpenIGO’s founder, a company with a mission of contributing to developing international careers and democratizing recruitment and selection processes in the UN System and at other intergovernmental organizations by producing and disseminating advanced knowledge.

Linda Bawazir

Linda is a Global Leadership and Career coach for humanitarian and development professionals who are dedicated to make a difference in the world. She has over 18 years of experience as a Human Resources Manager and Talent Acquisition Partner with the US Department of State, UNICEF, UNRWA, and World Food Program (WFP); working and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

K.C. Soares

International management and organization development executive and consultant with over 30 years of international experience in inter-governmental, public, non-profit, and academic organizations. Work includes developing and implementing training and development programs, organization redesign, coaching and mentoring, and strategic planning and culture change programs. Ph.D., Cornell University.

Margarete Sobral

Twenty five years of international experience in the field of Human Resources for high level managerial positions both in the public sector of a Government other than my own and in international organizations such as the United Nations Secretariat, the United Nations on Drugs and Crime and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Worked around the world in the following ares of specialization: Talent acquisition and talent management, outreach, career planning and development, succession management, and more!

Analice Martinsson

Specialist consultant in Communication and International Relations based in Stockholm, Sweden. Specialization in Environmental Communication (Master's) in Stockholm and in Corporate Responsibility (MBA) in São Paulo. Has over 10 years of experience working with governments, the private sector, civil society and multilateral organizations (United Nations, IDB, EU) in countries such as Brazil, Sweden, India, the United States and Kenya.

Ingra Botelho

Internationalist and Human Resources specialist, Ingra has worked in private and public sector organizations. Her work focuses on strengthening human capital, improving interpersonal and team communications, as well as strategic initiatives. She has worked, among others, for the Walt Disney World Company, the Bahia Commercial Association and the UOL group. Ingra currently works at the Department of Human Resources of the Organization of American States (OAS) assisting with the organization's international Internship Program and HR staffing section.


WORKSHOP - Kick-starting your career at the UN System

The event, organized in collaboration with ESADE - Business & Law School from Barcelona, successfully offered four workshop sessions to students, focusing on UN System selection processes.

WE - Navigating the UN Young Professionals Programme

This webinar was made in partnership with the UN Society from the London School of Economics (LSE) and streamed for more than 100 LSE students and professionals.

WEBINAR - Brazilian Representation at the UN: Be part of this story!

Streamed for more than 200 participants, including students from the best Brazilian universities.


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