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

Workstream Lead : Market Systems Development - Durba (Haut-Uélé Province)

Position: Workstream Lead : Market Systems Development

Location: Durba (Haut-Uélé Province)

Adam Smith International is recruiting a full time MSD Lead to work on an upcoming USAID programme to bring together a group of local actors from the private sector, civil society, government, and donors to establish a shared view of development for the region surrounding Garamba National Park.


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Project Manager-AMEP 2

Position Title: Project Manager

Grade: PM1 – PM2

Team: Asia Pacific

Reports To: Head of Mongolia

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Position Type: Part-time

The Program

The Government of Mongolia and the Government of Australia have partnered for the AMEP 2 to assist Mongolia to sustainably manage its resource-led growth. The end of program outcome of AMEP 2 is to improve the investment environment for the extractives sector in Mongolia. AMEP 2 is working towards this goal by developing partnerships with relevant government ministries and agencies, professional associations, the private sector and civil society. AMEP 2 is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by Adam Smith International (ASI). The program will be implemented until 31 March 2023.

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Communications Manager -Strongim Bisnis

Position           Communications Manager

Program          Strongim Bisnis

Location          Honiara, Solomon Islands  with provincial travel

Duration          Full time until June 2022


Strongim Bisnis, which commenced in July 2017, is an initiative of the Australian Government in Solomon Islands. It utilises a market systems development (MSD) approach in its goal to stimulate growth in specific sector value chains (cocoa, coconut, tourism, timber, horticulture, waste management and financial services). Through its activities it seeks to catalyse innovation, improve business practices, strengthen collaboration, manage risks, build resilience, increase women’s participation and empowerment, and actively involve youth and people with disability.

The Communications Manager is a hands-on position responsible for managing the communications and knowledge management functions of Strongim Bisnis and delivering the communications strategic plan.

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Team Leader - AMEP 2

Position Team Leader

Program Australia Mongolia Extractives Program Phase 2 (AMEP 2)

Location Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (other locations will be considered with a significant amount of time in-country)

Duration   18-months from October 2021 to March 2023 on a full-time basis

AMEP2 is currently recruiting for the position of Team Leader. This is an exciting and strategic position, that offers the opportunity to lead an ambitious, innovative and flexible program on behalf of the Australian government.

The Team Leader will lead the AMEP 2 implementation and will be responsible for all outcome and technical performance matters and for communicating key program information to the Mongolian stakeholders. At a management level, the Team Leader will manage key program relationships, oversee team inputs against the work plan and monitor performance, ensure high-quality and timely reporting, manage existing and emerging risks and manage overall team delivery and operations. At a technical level, the Team Leader will take primary responsibility for the design, oversight and performance assessment of program activities. S/He will provide technical guidance as appropriate and leverage her/his international sector networks for the benefit of the program and Mongolia.

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Team Leader - Economic Growth, Agriculture, Climate, and Public Investment

Position:  Team Leader – Economic Growth, Agriculture, Climate, and Public Investment

Location:  Uganda

Are you interested in International Development work, and in particular in economic growth, agriculture, climate and public investment? If this sounds like something you would like, Adam Smith International is currently seeking to build a roster of specialists for short and long-term assignments in Uganda

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Consultants – Economic Growth, Agriculture, Climate, and Public Investment

Position:  Consultants – Economic Growth, Agriculture, Climate, and Public Investment

Location:  Uganda

Are you interested in consultancy in International Development work, and in particular in economic growth, agriculture, climate and public investment? If this sounds like something you would like, Adam Smith International is currently seeking to build a roster of specialists for short and long-term assignments in Uganda

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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

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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.

Public Sector Accounting and Reporting Expert - BSP

Position: Public Sector Accounting and Reporting Expert – BSP

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Adam Smith Africa is recruiting for the BSP Project in Somalia, and is looking for junior expert who possess expertise in the field of public sector accounting, reporting and cash management to work with the Senior Non-Key Expert to assist and provide in-country technical support to the Accountant General’s Office (AGO) of Somalia. This will include support to the following stakeholders: Public Sector Accounts and Reporting Department; Cash Management Unit, and Treasury Department.

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