5 tips for independent consultants on contract negotiation

Photo by: rawpixel on Unsplash

Contract negotiations are a huge part of being an independent consultant. Terms and conditions of the job can differ greatly between employers, which can include government agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, an implementing organization, or a local NGO.

Here are just some of the questions to ask before signing a contract: Does the project involve overseas travel? Will you require any special insurance cover? Is the scope of work manageable and when will you get paid?

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.