Project positions

As our project portfolio expands, we want to continue to work with the brightest, best and most experienced people.

We are constantly on the lookout for project staff and associates who have the skills and know-how to add to our growing pool of talent.

We see Adam Smith International’s family of project staff and associates as our most important resource and have invested over two decades in building a cadre of project managers to support our teams in the field and light touch systems and procedures to ensure they can focus on technical challenges without having to worry about logistics and administration.

When it comes to technical delivery we give our project staff and associates high levels of influence and responsibility. They have the opportunity to represent us at the highest levels of government and industry and we trust that this opportunity and responsibility will be repaid.

Project staff and associates are supported by our full time team, based largely out of our headquarters in London, along with office locations in Kenya, Nigeria, Australia, India and Nepal. Our senior management is an active and approachable team who keep a close eye on our work. Our work impacts directly upon the well-being of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, so it is essential that our project staff and associates focus on the potential for positive impact in the work they do and deliver meaningful results.

Our work is important and our teams often engage in issues of significant geo-political interest. Many of our project staff and associates have received national awards and honours in recognition for the work they do.

What we look for

We look particularly for consultants who can combine their technical expertise with sensitivity, empathy and diplomacy with a calm, politically savvy and pragmatic approach.

Adam Smith International and the teams that represent us often operate in intense, highly political and unpredictable environments.

We understand this: part of the commitment that underpins the relationship between Adam Smith International and our consultants is an undertaking by us to go the extra mile to mitigate the risks and difficulties faced in the field, to minimise the burden of unnecessary administration and to pay in a timely fashion. The latter point, we understand well, is of particular importance to the freelance consultant.

We are always interested in hearing from people with 5+ years of experience in one of the specific technical fields in which we work.

If you think you have the necessary qualities to be an asset to Adam Smith International, we would like to hear from you. We may contact you immediately, but we also have ongoing needs for our ever-increasing project portfolio, so we maintain a database of consultants who are contacted about opportunities as they arise.

Current positions

Communications Manager - FCN - Nigeria

Position Type: 15 days per month (near full-time)
Location: Abeokuta and Lagos, Nigeria

ASI is looking to recruit a Communications Manager to support the delivery of Future Cities Nigeria (FCN). The Communications Manager will deliver on responsibilities (outlined below) by working collaboratively with the FCN Core Management Team and manage the development and production of communication materials that deliver FCN central communications objectives.

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COVID 19 Grants Manager - ELAN RDC

Position Type: Part-time
Location: Kinshasa with some travel to the provinces

ÉLAN RDC is a multi-year market development programme funded by the UK Government (UKaid) and implemented by Adam Smith International. A number of grants and guarantees will be disbursed to partner institutions and MSMEs to promote economic stability, continuation of services, and stabilize prices. ASI is looking to recruit a COVID 19 Grants Manager to monitor and report a grant portfolio.

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Data Analyst - Brazil Energy Programme

Position Type: 12 months in part-time basis
Location: Home based (Brazil)

The Data Analyst (DA) will integrate the project team and will work in close cooperation with the Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning (MREL) Manager. S/he will assist the development and tracking down BEP´s performance indicators by collecting, compiling analyzing and interpreting data generated by the project or project partners. S/he will report directly to the MREL manager and at a higher level, to the Programme Director and all other BEP’s leadership governance.

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International Expert on Transparency & Accountability (T&A) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Position Type: International Adviser with approximately 220 days a year of work, on 6 week on/2 week off rotation
Location: Ramallah, West Bank

ASI is supporting HMG in delivering a programme of security sector reform in Palestine. We are recruiting an international adviser to support enhanced security sector transparency and accountability.

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Senior Technical Advisors – Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE)

Position Type: Advisors will be appointed on a rolling basis
Location: Initially home-based, may involve limited UK travel or to projects overseas

ASI is delivering a multi-year programme, on behalf of a UK government client, to build the capacity of governments in developing countries to more effectively prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE). ASI wishes to recruit experienced advisors to provide strategic advice and technical expertise to a diverse portfolio of projects within the programme.

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Joining us

Our recruitment process is designed to be efficient, fair and transparent, giving you an opportunity to learn as much about us as we do about you. The breadth of opportunities at Adam Smith International means that we use a number of different methods.

There are a number of stages, each giving you the chance to meet with various colleagues. Please do use each opportunity to ask questions, explore further and get to know us. Broadly speaking, we follow the structure below.

Recruitment Process

Initial CV Screen

When you submit your CV, it will be assessed by the relevant member of our recruitment team, who will have been fully briefed to correlate your experience with the job. The more information you provide to demonstrate a good match the better.


We will conduct a telephone interview and depending on the seniority of the role, varying number of interviews. Our interviews are competency-based and are conducted by a trained interviewer (either a recruiter or manager depending on the role).

Final assessment

The final stage will be a more in-depth discussion of your experience. You may also be asked to make a presentation or take part in a group discussion. This will be with key people and often a team leader who you will work for if you are successful.