Como dizer "Por/ Na falta de " em inglês

In the absence of

In the absence of more suitable candidates, we decided to offer the job to Mr Conway. Cambridge Dictionary

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Also:
For lack of a better option, we settled for Mr. Conway.
For lack of a better candidate, we are going to hire/accept Mr. Conway.
For lack of a candidate better qualified to fill the position, Mr. Conway will do/it was decided that Mr Conway is going to get it. (here "will do" is in a more coloquial way)

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