Webinar: Your guide to becoming a global development consultant

An excerpt from the “Your guide to becoming a global development consultant” online event. Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

Global development offers a lot of opportunities for those looking to work independently and contribute their specific skillset to projects of interest. Organizations are frequently looking for consultants to lend their technical expertise on a short-term basis or support other functions such as business development or marketing.

Consulting has its perks — a flexible working schedule, the ability to focus on topic or regions you are passionate about, and the opportunity to work with different clients and donors. However, working as an independent consultant can be challenging, particularly when you are just starting out and trying to establish yourself in what is already a competitive market.

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.