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We offer you a dynamic career and the opportunity to work on a highly successful portfolio of award-winning international programmes.

We’ve built a culture to reflect our values, full of likeminded people who are smart, passionate and great at what they do.

Working in our team brings a rewarding career offering responsibility, intellectual stimulation, travel, variety and many challenges often in fast moving, highly politicised and complex environments. Critically, what we do really matters and has an impact on societies and individuals – our purpose is to support the strengthening of societies around the world. We can – and do – improve the lives of many people in many different countries.

Across the team, individuals at all levels are given the opportunity to shape, control and deliver large projects across a range of services.

Each team member is carefully selected, based not just on their technical ability, but on their proven experience. This in turn allows us to give our people considerable empowerment and a remarkable degree of freedom. It’s this combination that ensures we deliver real societal impact and measurable results beyond those anticipated.

Current opportunities

Communications Assistant Manager

Position: Communications Assistant Manager

Location: Remote with base in any of the following countries: Kenya, Pakistan, India, or the UK

Position Type: Two year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension

Working Hours: 70 – 100% FTE. We are willing to talk flexible and part-time working.


We are seeking an energetic, organised and creative Communications Assistant to support the Head of Global Communications and Project Teams across the globe to collect, produce and/or package stories, learnings and impact.

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Manager – Governance and Stability, various locations

Position: Manager – Governance and Stability

Location: Mali Preferred

Position Type: Two year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension

Working Hours: 70 – 100% FTE. We are willing to talk flexible and part-time working.

Vacancy Numbers: One Position

Start Date: Spring 2022


ASI’s Governance and Stability Practice is responsible for supporting the design and delivery of our work focused on strengthening governance and enhancing stability around the world. The practice covers centre of government reform, local government reform, public financial management, anti-corruption and illicit financial flows, and civil society development and education under the rubric of governance and stabilisation, countering violent extremism, countering disinformation, security sector reform, conflict reduction. We place a strong emphasis on gender and social inclusion in all of our programming and have a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Our work takes place in  a range of fragile and conflict affected states as well as more  and economically advanced countries. We work in places ranging from Pakistan and Myanmar to Iraq, Syria and Palestine, to Somalia, Ghana and Mali.


We are currently looking to fill a programme manager position in Mali covering several programmes in Mali focused on justice sector reform linked to preventing violent extremism, stabilisation and conflict reduction and countering disinformation.


The two projects the manager would support are:

  • The Gao Stabilisation Fund. This is a three year £5m programme working in Northern Mali, focused on stabilisation, countering violent extremism and conflict reduction. It involves working closely with the embasy, the UK deployment in Mali, with UK stabilisation advisers and with a range of other actors in the international community. It includes a significant TA and grant component, as well as a research focus.
  • The Justice and Stability in the Sahel programme. This is a £2.4m pilot programme, focused on central and southern Mali, providing support to access to justice and natural resource focused conflict reduction programming. It includes a number of pilots, and a significant research component, and is expected to be expanded to a broader scope in the future.


Key tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:


Project Management:

  • Support the successful management of projects to terms of reference, time, quality, cost and donor and Government satisfaction. This will include support and in the following areas of project management:
  • Quality assurance of project deliverables
  • Support to work planning and strategic direction
  • Team management
  • Finances and budget management and forecasting
  • Supporting operations management
  • Managing risks & issues
  • Supporting evaluations and reporting
  • Event logistics & management
  • Build strong working relationships with project associates, ensuring they feel part of the ASI ‘family’, and support them to ensure job satisfaction
  • Engaging with and managing relations with project clients on a day to day basis.

For the projects in Mali, there is a particular need to focus on strong grant management and grantee identification and control processes.

Business development

  • Research business development opportunities and helping to develop opportunities into winnable pipeline
  • Take on ad hoc, discrete and accountable roles in technical and commercial proposals and be an effective member of bid teams. This will include support in the following areas:


  • Coordinating and/or leading small and medium size proposals.
  • Coordinating and contributing to large size proposals.
  • Researching thematic context in particular countries / regions
  • Brainstorming and drafting methodologies
  • Identifying key partnerships
  • Identifying consultants for key positions and maintaining staffing database
  • Writing proposal documents


  • Researching and benchmarking costs of operation
  • Benchmarking fee rates
  • Negotiating fee rates
  • Developing commercial proposals
  • Search for and support in the identification of high-quality associate consultants.
  • Support initiatives to communicate project successes to a wider audience.
  • Maintain and update Governance practice BD pipelines and forecasting in support of Governance director

Firm Building:

  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Governance and Stability practice and to Adam Smith International through:
  • Marketing: Contributing content, developing events and generating grey literature that can be used to build ASI’s reputation with external audiences.
  • Supporting events to share knowledge
  • Knowledge management: ensure all knowledge is shared via agreed team systems and processes
  • Personal development: take ownership to grow one’s own capability, experience and expertise

About you

You will bring some knowledge and expertise in one of more areas of the thematic areas identified above and a proven track record in building effective relationships with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds, and to work effectively in politically sensitive and challenging environments. You will relish working in a team and will be innovative, energetic, positive, and genuinely committed to achieving lasting change in your work.

You will have the following skills and experience:


  • A good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience, ideally with overseas experience
  • Native French is preferred, although depending on candidates we may also look at candidates with fluent French or French at or around C2 level who have outstanding other qualities
  • Some technical understanding of one of the technical areas outlined above
  • Some political, social and cultural understanding of potential project locations.
  • Ability to communicate with impact  verbally and in writing
  • A good level of numeracy (e.g. ability to use Excel at a basic level)
  • Desirable – Masters in a relevant subject

What We Offer You

As an employee-owned company, our people are at the heart of our strategy and our decisions. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a dynamic and friendly team environment, the opportunity to support a highly successful portfolio of programmes, and support to develop your skills and progress in your career.

The diversity of our workforce makes ASI a great place to work, more creative and resourceful, and underpins strong partnerships. We keep a sharp focus on diversity and inclusion, including through our Equality Action Plan and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and through leadership from our Executive Team and oversight by our Board.

We recognise the importance of your life outside of work. We are proud to support flexible working arrangements, and commit to make a success of flexible working arrangements wherever possible. We’ve built a culture to reflect our values, full of likeminded professionals who are smart, passionate and great at what they do.

Heard Enough? Ready to Apply?

Please submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) and short cover letter with the subject headline “Manager – Governance & Stability” to .

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted.

Deadline for Applications will be midnight 30th March 2022

ASI is committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.

#We’re happy to talk flexible working

Assistant Manager

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (with potential travel overseas)


This is an exciting time to join Adam Smith International and become part of a team of bright, dynamic and committed people, determined to transform lives for the better.

Company-wide, both our pipeline of business opportunities and portfolio of programmes are growing. We want to recruit high calibre candidates to support the continued growth and delivery of our global portfolio against the quality and high ethical standards that we and our clients require.

About Adam Smith International

Adam Smith International is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective. We partner with governments, businesses and civil society organisations to create and deliver custom-made solutions to the big challenges facing the world.

Our service lines include education, infrastructure and climate change, inclusive markets, governance, justice, security and peace-building, public financial management and revenue reform, mining, oil and gas and cross cutting services.

As an employee-owned company that works in countries at all stages of development, we are a certified B Corp with a triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental accountability. By sharing our knowledge and experience, we help to improve learning in our industry, as well as the positive impact we can have on people’s lives.

Adam Smith Europe

This role will be embedded within Adam Smith International’s European subsidiary, Adam Smith Europe.

Adam Smith Europe was established in the Netherlands at the end of 2017 and leads the ASI Group’s work in the EU. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Adam Smith Europe focusses primarily on engaging with the European Commission and supporting the delivery of EU funded development assistance programmes overseas.

As a fully compliant and registered legal entity in the Netherlands, the establishment of Adam Smith Europe further cements the company’s long-standing history of implementing EU funded work and illustrates the company’s commitment to continue delivering challenging and innovative programmes for the EU in the long term.


About the role

Adam Smith Europe is looking for someone who is excited by the prospect of working in and growing our small Amsterdam office. Coordinating with EU team members based in London and Paris and working closely with other colleagues from the ASI Group in our Amsterdam office, you will build on the success of Adam Smith Europe and expand our Dutch registered business.

While there are many people involved in bidding for and delivering EU funded programmes, you will join a core EU Team who specialise in understanding the market, procurement rules and contract management. As an Assistant Manager, you will have the opportunity to perform different business development responsibilities to create, identify and pursue project opportunities funded by EU institutions. This role is designed to both challenge and support you and give you the knowledge and skills to kick-start your career in international development. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with, support and learn from more experienced Managers across different teams and discover which areas of the business best align with your skillset and interest.

As an Assistant Manager, we will support and prepare you on the following:

  • EU compliance and administration management
  • Recruiting consultant teams
  • Writing technical and financial proposals;
  • Understanding local delivery contexts and political economies;
  • Managing complex delivery tasks and project risks;
  • Working on corporate projects and business services.

After successfully completing 12 months with the company, and depending on your performance, you will have the opportunity to progress into a Manager position.

In addition to a competitive compensation package and excellent benefits, we offer you a friendly and supportive team environment and the opportunity to work on a highly successful portfolio of programmes. As a certified B Corp, we care about the wellbeing and growth of our people and are committed to supporting your personal development and actively facilitating opportunities to build skills and knowledge in your areas of interest.


About you

Our work requires people with a ‘can do’ attitude tempered with insight and pragmatism. The successful candidates will not just be evaluated on their technical knowledge and skills, but also their alignment with our values and culture.

You should have demonstrated ability to think creatively about complex problems; perform tasks autonomously and at pace; build productive relationships with people from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds and work effectively in politically sensitive and challenging environments.

You should be energetic, positive, a team player and committed to achieving lasting positive change. It is this combination that ensures we deliver real societal impact and measurable results with high integrity.

Key responsibilities

Business Development:

  • Manage the full recruitment cycle to create consultant teams for EU bids (identification, approach, rate negotiation, agreement, write-up of qualifications, collecting proofs of experience)
  • Perform market mapping and partner identification research, and present this to bid manager
  • Contribute written inputs to bid
  • Understand the ethical considerations for conducting business development, and always conduct oneself in a compliant manner
  • Gain an understanding of the company’s capabilities and experience
  • Seek to further technical knowledge in at least one sector relevant to Adam Smith Europe
  • Forge own networks in the business
  • Provide concise check-ins/updates to bid managers, including to flag any risks
  • Analyse ToRs and extrapolate key points
  • Develop an understanding of commercial considerations for business development and project implementation
  • Support initiatives to communicate project successes to a wider audience.

Firm Building:

Contribute to the growth and development of Adam Smith Europe through:

  • Compliance: Support day-to-day administrative management in compliance with EU and Dutch requirements
  • Marketing: Creating strong networks and contacts in the European development sector, and contributing content and articles to external channels
  • Knowledge management: Ensure all knowledge is shared via agreed team systems and processes (e.g. updating and improving Adam Smith Europe’s databases of experts, projects and partners)
  • Personal development: Take ownership to grow own capability, experience and expertise


Project Management (where feasible):

  • Support the management of the successful delivery of projects to terms of reference, time, quality, cost and donor and Government satisfaction. This will include assistance in the following areas of project management:
    • Finances
    • Operations
    • Team
    • Quality assurance
    • Risks & issues
    • Evaluations
    • Client relationships
  • Maintain awareness of and conversance with political economy and key topics in priority countries
  • Build strong working relationships with the project team


  • Develop skills in technical advisory areas identified with line manager and agree approach to developing the same further.
  • Where feasible, support delivery of technical deliverables.


Candidate specifications

Essential Desirable
Qualifications/Experience . Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

· Outstanding English and Dutch communication skills, both written and oral

· French language skills

· Experience in writing proposals

· Experience in project management

· Experience in the development or consultancy sector

· Master’s degree in a relevant subject

Knowledge · Understanding of the international development sector

· Knowledge of EU institutions and international development priorities

· Some understanding of the company’s technical services.

· Some political, social and cultural understanding of the countries and regions we work in.

· Familiarity with some of our client processes and procedures i.e. EU, EIB, EU Member States bilateral development donors, FCDO, World Bank, AfDB, etc.

· Familiarity with one or more of the company’s technical services.

· Familiarity with one or more of the regions we work in

Skills · Ability to work autonomously once assigned specific tasks

· Ability to research and put together information needed for proposals

· Ability to build productive working relationships with internal and external colleagues

· Ability to manage workload, and provide clear and concise reporting into line manager

· Good numerical ability with a focus on financial awareness and ability

· Ability to work well in teams, and under pressure

· Ability to write clear, concise, comprehensive and persuasive proposals

Competencies · Strong sense of business ethics

· Proactive, self-starter, resourceful.

· Open-minded, flexible approach to problem-solving.

· Achievement oriented.

· Determination to complete work.

· Trustworthy, reliable, professional, conscientious and accountable.

· High level of emotional intelligence

· Excellent relationship building skills.

· Resilient to changing circumstances and challenges.


Senior Manager – Governance and Stability, Mali or flexible

Position: Senior Manager – Governance and Stability

Vacancy Type: 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension

Location: Mali or flexible

Start Date: May – July 2022


Are you interested in International Development, with a focus on stabilisation and conflict reduction? If this is you, then click on for more information!

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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.