Consulting is a major part of the development job market. And as one of the world’s top donors, the European Union is an attractive destination for consultants in a variety of fields — from governance to gender to green energy. Yet even for the most seasoned expert, it can be difficult to build a successful career as an EU aid consultant.
So, how do you win a consulting assignment with EuropeAid — and how to avoid bureaucratic hurdles and other pitfalls once on the job? These questions were front and center at our recent webinar “Successful consulting with EuropeAid.”
The webinar featureda presentation by Henry Leerentveld, cofounder and chairman of Technical Assistance Consultants United, a membership organization that represents the interests of individual aid experts. After his presentation, Henry answered questions submitted live by webinar participants, together with his colleagues Stephen Dewar and Michael Gericke.
Henry, Stephen and Michael are all seasoned development consultants, with decades of EU consulting between them in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific and beyond. And they all hold leadership positions at TACU: Stephen cofounded the organization with Henry and now serves as its general secretary; Michael is an advisory board member.
Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.