International RelationsCareer Challenge
June 17-21, 2019
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs, Washington DC, USA
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Dates and Venue

The International Relations Career Challenge (IRCC) 2019 KCL intake was successfully held on 18-22 February 2019 in London, United Kingdom. The event was hosted by the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, a globally recognised educational institution for professionals passionate to build international development career.



The IRCC 2019 KCL united 29 young professionals from countries all over the world with diverse professional and academic backgrounds. It was attended by participants of 21 different countries of origin, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe.

Academic and professional backgrounds of the attendees included international relations, politics, development studies (53%), economics (13%), law (13%), science & math (10%), business, commerce, finance (7%), and humanities (3%).


The IRCC 2019 KCL program was attended by 19 high-level professionals with substantive experience in various international development organisations worldwide. The speakers were advising students on the career start in the competitive field of international relations, outlining development opportunities and educating students on how to practically apply knowledge gained in universities to real assignments in international organisations.

The list of speakers attending the IRCC 2019 KCL program can be viewed here.


The topic selected for the simulation of decision-making responsibilities at the IRCC 2019 KCL professional roles assignments was ‘The Paid Care Sector: Building Human Infrastructure for Gender Equality’.

Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights and United Nations values. A fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter adopted by world leaders in 1945 is “equal rights of men and women” and protecting and promoting women’s human rights is the responsibility of all States.

Achievement of gender equality has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

In the current context of population trends, care is becoming an urgent issue in developed and developing countries. Growing populations, ageing societies, changing families, women’s secondary status in labour markets and shortcomings in social policies demand urgent action on the organization of care work from governments, employers, trade unions and individual citizens. If not adequately addressed, current deficits in care service provision and its quality will create a severe and unsustainable global care crisis and increase gender inequalities at work.

The IRCC 2019 KCL young professionals were divided into five groups each representing a Task Team for the assigned country  – the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the United Republic of Tanzania. The assignments focused on proposing evidence-based policies and programs to promote fair, just and inclusive work conditions for women in the paid care sector in the assigned Member State to ensure that the quality of paid care services and the quantity of paid care workers are sufficient to meet the growing needs of the population, leading to a greater women’s empowerment.

Winning Team

Congratulations to the team of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay recognised as the winning team for the IRCC 2019 KCL!

The team consisted of six bright young professionals, including Danielle Hofer, Lucas Silva Lopes, Nelva Yaneth Chavez Alfaro, Rory Daniels, Rosa Yazmín Magaña and Yasmin Almeida Lobato Morais.


As the IRCC organisers, we always aim for continuous improvement and collect feedback from the program graduates at the end of the program. We are glad to announce that the IRCC 2019 KCL intake became the fourth one in a row to reach a 100% satisfaction rate of students. The detailed feedback can be viewed on this page.


Photo Gallery

The pictures of the IRCC 2019 KCL can be viewed here.