How to succeed as an independent consultant in global development

An excerpt of the webinar “How to succeed as an independent consultant.” Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

For many global development professionals, the flexibility and diversity of an independent consulting career is very appealing. The project-based nature of development work also offers many opportunities for professionals to collaborate with organizations seeking specific technical expertise at home and abroad. However, establishing yourself as an independent consultant and maintaining clients is not without its challenges.

In this exclusive Devex webinar we hear from four seasoned consultants who have extensive experience working on a range of clients on different development issues. Jill Gay, Marjorie Macieira, Dina Towbin and Jessica Broome, from the Independent Consultants Working for a Better World membership group, share their advice on succeeding in this line of work.

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.