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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

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.


Head of Africa - Nairobi , Kenya

Position: Head of Africa

Location: Nairobi, Kenya, or flexible in any of our other regional offices

Adam Smith International is recruiting for a Head of Africa with experience in project delivery, managing a professional services business unit including project oversight, client relationship management and business services.

If this sounds like you and you also have in-depth knowledge of the Eastern Africa political landscape, please 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.