Department of International Relation

Career Opportunities in International Relations at the completion of the programme:

Foreign Service
The best-known international career is undoubtedly diplomacy. The lead institution here is the Foreign Service of Swaziland and the Region. This is Swaziland Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Region foreign affairs agencies in Mbabane and other cities in the Region.

Other Government Agencies
The bulk of people working in international affairs in Mbabane and other cities in the Region work for agencies other than the Swaziland Ministry of Foreign Affairs ones.
Various countries Agencies for International Development (AID) administers Swaziland and Regional foreign aid and has a fairly large staff. In general it seems to recruit people with technical training in areas like economics or agriculture.
Many "domestic" executive agencies have international activities or offices; these are often small, but sometimes they offer interesting opportunities. Commerce, for example, is concerned with foreign trade, Agriculture with farm exports, Justice with international legal issues, etc.

The United Nations
The United Nations, located in New York City, its specialized organizations (UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, ILO, WIPO, etc.) and their regional and national representative offices, is a fascinating place to work, and it has lots of employees.
The Private Sector: Mbabane and other cities in the Region There are a large number of private research groups and pressure groups of every political stripe in Mbabane and other cities in the Region with interests in foreign affairs.

The Private Sector: International Business
Multinational corporations play a prominent role in current international affairs. Most Swaziland and Regional graduates tend to think in terms of working far abroad for an Swaziland and Regional corporation, but in fact there may well be better opportunities working in Swaziland and in the Region, either for an Swaziland and Regional business or perhaps even a foreign firm.

The Private Sector: Non-Profit
There are literally hundreds of private, volunteer organizations which work in international affairs; they are so important that they have been awarded the ultimate distinction of their own acronym, PVOs. Some of the PVOs are religious in origin; others are entirely secular. Some are quite large, others are minuscule. They share a lack of direct government control and general concern for humanitarian issues.
Prominent examples include Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, Care International, etc. The Swaziland and Regional government administers some foreign aid through some of these agencies, and they have been prominent in such issues as famine relief in Africa. The PVOs overlap somewhat with private advocacy organizations such as Amnesty International. Many of these organizations employ small permanent staffs; recruitment is often based on previous performance as a volunteer. Salaries are low, but many people find the work extremely rewarding.

University Teaching and Research
Swaziland and Regional universities serve, among other things, as repositories for international expertise. School work within departments, usually organized around the major disciplines such as economics, political science, and history. Their job consists of teaching (communicating skills and knowledge to students) and research (creating new knowledge and communicating it to others). University academic staff usually has a great deal of freedom in selecting what they will research and teach, enabling them to develop specialized knowledge in a wide variety of areas.

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