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Getting into International Development

The Careers Group – University of London, April 2009

Jo Kemp – Research Consultant Intern


Who are theidlgroup and what do we do
Who are theIDLgroup and what do we do?

  • theIDLgroupis a small international development consultancy firm based in the south west of England.

  • We have 23 employees across our four offices: East Africa (Uganda), West Africa (Ghana) and East Asia (Vietnam), UK (Bristol)

  • We work with:

  • Multilaterals e.g. World Bank, EU and UN agencies

  • Governments e.g. UK – DFID and national governments

  • INGOS/NGOS e.g. Oxfam, World Vision, CARE etc.

  • We have been operating for 20 years.


Areas of work at theidlgroup
Areas of work at theIDLgroup

  • Services we provide:

  • Research/policy analysis

  • Change management

  • Facilitation

  • Training

  • Support to advisors

  • Interim secondments

  • Programme design

  • Project management

  • Monitoring and evaluation

www.theIDLgroup.com


  • Research Consultant Intern (October 2008 – April 2009)

  • Project cycle

  • Business development

  • e.g. networking events (ODI Social Protection in Africa), procurement websites

  • Preparation of proposals

  • e.g. Uganda Social Protection (DFID), Nepal Inclusive Growth Centre (DFID),

  • Liberia Outgrower Strategy (World Bank), Monitoring and Evaluation (AusAID)

  • Support senior staff in fee earning projects

  • e.g. peer review of reports, support in the development of a M&E framework

  • for Women’s Land Link Africa (WLLA), World Vision FFA/FFW review

  • Project management

  • e.g. logistics, invoicing, contracting…


Research Consultant Intern (October 2008 – April 2009)

Developing company and professional capacity

  • Organising and participating in training sessions

    e.g. Brown Bag Lunches, theIDLgroup annual get together

  • Research and writing policy brief

    e.g. “Linking relief and development – integrating development principles into

    relief programming for better livelihoods outcomes” (World Vision and

    www.theIDLgroup.com)


What I enjoy….

  • Variety

  • Advantage of working with a range of clients

  • Fast paced environment

  • Collegiate environment

  • Learning environment

  • Relates to global events

  • Opportunity to work overseas


6 month rolling internship programme

April-October; October-April

theIDLgroup provides:

  • A living allowance of £12,000 pro rata

  • Experience in a consultancy environment

  • Full involvement in all of our training courses

  • You won’t be a dogsbody!

    Things we look for:

  • ‘Can do’ attitude

  • Team player

  • Good writing skills

  • Ability to use initiative

  • People skills

  • Research Skills


How did i get here
How did I get here?

2003-2004: Gap year voluntary work

4 months teaching English in Nepal

1 month project researcher with Fulcrum Challenge, India

4 months project work with Raleigh International, Fiji

2004-2007: BSc Economics and Geography

2005: 3 months work with local NGOs in Ladakh, India

Women’s Alliance Ladakh, The Leh Nutrition Project, Fulcrum Challenge, Saboo Government School

2006: Internship with Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Chair of the Select Committee for International Development, House of Commons

2007-2008:MSc Globalisation and Development, SOAS

Save the Children, (P/T) Volunteer, Development Education

2008: UNICEF India – Research Internship (May-August 2008)

2008- 2009: Research Consultant Intern (Oct 08 – April 09) Research Consultant (April 09…..)

ODI fellow (2009 – 2011)


Getting into international development

  • Be proactive

    • Go to your careers service, networking events….

    • Talk to as many people as you can, find out how they got their jobs…

    • Find out what interests you!

  • Be patient

    • The competition is fierce. 200+ applications for the April-October 2009 at theIDLgroup

    • Have a plan, but don’t stress if you don’t have one

  • Be prepared to volunteer/do unpaid work

    • Investigate ways of funding volunteer work e.g. grants, fundraising, P/T work

  • Take advantage of opportunities at university

    • Societies, courses, languages, networks, research work

  • Learn a language

  • Get a masters

  • Overseas experience

  • Write a good, concise cover letter and CV!


www.theIDLgroup.com


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