Starting up and succeeding as an independent consultant in Kenya

A view of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by: Nina R / CC BY

Kenya serves as a development hub for the wider East African region and many of the top development players have a presence there. Its capital city, Nairobi, is home to the United Nations Environmental Programme, and the East Africa regional hub of the African Development Bank and U.N. Habitat’s regional office for Africa and the Arab states.

As a result, Kenya, and Nairobi offer many opportunities for those looking to work as independent consultants. Devex spoke to development professionals based there to find out what challenges there are to setting up and succeeding as an independent consultant.

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.