We’re hiring a Junior Consultant!

This is a great opportunity for someone with experience in market systems development and (preferably) monitoring and results measurement, to take their skills and expertise to the next level with a friendly, growing international consulting firm. If you are interested in this position and think you are eligible, please send your CV, cover letter, and a writing sample to rahaf@devlearn.co.uk by the 7th of January 2022. For more details check the full TOR

1. Junior Consultant: Job Description

1.1 Introduction

DevLearn is a consulting firm specialising in international development monitoring, evaluation, implementation, and communications. Our work focuses on sustainable economic growth through agriculture, urbanisation, and industrialisation. We are particularly interested in solutions derived from systems thinking and how economic growth can be inclusive of women and the environment. We are based in the UK and Bangladesh, and work all over the world. For more about our company, see devlearn.co.uk. We are seeking to hire a consultant to join DevLearn’s core team, and play an important role in the growth and development of DevLearn.

1.2 Why work with us?

Achieving sustainable, equitable economic growth is one of the biggest global challenges. DevLearn works with fantastic organisations seeking to achieve this all over the world; from skills training in Mozambique, to waste management in Ethiopia, to agricultural development in Nepal. We offer advice, support, and evaluation to ensure that these organisations work as effectively as possible. We work with networks of experienced consultants around the world. As our business grows, we are looking to hire a Junior Consultant, with expertise in private sector development, who can help us manage and conduct our projects. This will be a varied and exciting work, across multiple projects, countries, and technical areas. Working for a small organisation, you will have a lot of independence to pursue areas of interest, and work in ways that suit you.

1.3 Tasks

Their tasks will include:

  • Business development (25%). An important part of the job will involve searching for new business opportunities, and helping us apply for and win them. This might include: 
    • Searching for new bids
    • Putting together consultancy teams
    • Proposal writing
  • Project management (35%). Supporting our consultants to conduct their work. This might include:
    • Supporting logistics
    • Reviewing reports and providing feedback    
    • Budget and workplan tracking
    • Client management
  • Consultancy work, online training, and others (40%). Tasks will vary according to the consultancy role, and the profile of the person selected. However, it might include the following, with the support of other DevLearn team members or consultants:
    • Conducting market assessments
  • Developing monitoring frameworks
  • Facilitating strategy workshops
  • Report writing
    • Conducting evaluations
    • Managing online trainings

As a small company, we are open to ideas about how you can spend your time. We welcome anything which matches your interests, our company profile, and has a benefit to the wider development sector. For example:

  • Develop online training products
    • Increasing DevLearn presence in social media and other networking platforms, such as LinkedIn, DCED, BEAM Exchange, etc
    • Writing blogs and articles
    • Conducting research into areas of joint interest

1.4 Requirements

We are looking for someone who is flexible, enthusiastic, and practical. They must have a strong background in international development, based on practical as well as academic experience.

  • Required:
    • Excellent written and spoken English.
    • At least 3 years of practical experience in development programmes, relevant to DevLearn’s area of focus. This could include livelihoods, agriculture, economic growth, market systems development, or women’s economic empowerment
    • Practical experience of implementing a market systems development project, or projects with similar values and approaches.
    • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation practices in development programmes.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work with clients and in teams.
    • Experience living and working in a developing country.
    • Willingness to work from home.
    • Comfortable with independent, flexible working, with the ability to be very proactive and work with minimal supervision.
  • Desired:
    • Experience with the DCED Standard for Results Measurement
    • A second language
    • Other practical skills of relevance to DevLearn’s area of expertise. This could include:
      • Research skills
      • Statistical skills
      • Business and management experience
      • Proposal writing
    • Academic experience in relevant topics (economics, development studies, social science).

1.5 Working conditions

This role will be full time. The work will primarily be from home. The job is expected to include international travel, though variable depending on our needs and your circumstances.

The pay will be between £1,200 and £1,500 a month.

1.6 How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV, a one-page cover letter and a writing sample to rahaf@devlearn.co.uk. The writing sample must be authored by yourself and is preferably relevant to the area that DevLearn works in. This can include a blog, article, report or academic coursework. If you have any questions, please get in touch directly. Please apply before the 7th of January, 2022.