Knowledge Expert – Aid and Trade


As a Knowledge Expert (KE) within BCG’s Public Sector Practice Area, you will help win, deliver and execute on highly impactful donor-funded international development projects in emerging markets. As a KE, you will provide management oversight for the Knowledge Team hub and play an active role in shaping the intellectual property, market perspectives and commercial strategy of the Funding for Development Impact agenda.

You will provide technical support to bids and implementation, project delivery and oversight as well as business development support. This will include managing the donor-funded project pipeline for your region, liaising closely with the relevant BCG central client teams (e.g. for FCDO and USAID), and supporting BCG offices with donor and partner relationship management in the region. You may also be deployed as a Project Director / Manager or technical expert in a deep engagement model on the delivery of projects.. You will serve as a thought partner by helping project teams ramp up with sector specific knowledge, and structure complex project research needs.

BCG’s Public Sector practice is one of BCG’s fastest growing practices. Our Development Impact work collaborates with donors, foundations, NGOs, Governments and the private sector to create sustainable impact for society, nations and businesses, delivering 450+ projects annually. We do this by drawing upon our deep thematic expertise in sectors such as economic development, climate, health and education; our global capacity of 21,000 staff, including leaders in their field; our in-market knowledge and presence across Africa and Asia, drawing upon our 90 offices worldwide; and our proprietary tools and approaches, with world-leading analytics, digital, change management and capacity building capabilities.


You are highly collaborative and enjoy working on teams; you can also be a self-starter and work effectively in a large, global organization with remote team members.
You have a strong work ethic and customer service mentality.
You enjoy using your expertise and experience to problem solve.
You can handle ambiguity and thrive in a fast-moving and changing environment.
You are passionate about making an impact in the markets in which we work in and you are eager to partner with others on researching and developing thought leadership and insightful IP.
You are a strong communicator, both written and in-person; you are at ease presenting to senior officials and leaders in government.
You have solid business acumen and a commercial mindset.

Bachelor degree required, advanced degree preferred, with demonstrated high academic achievement in one of economics, health, political science, environment and sustainability, or related areas
10+ years of international development experience preferred, and/or 6+ years of donor funded public sector consulting and business development experience
Deep FCDO / USAID industry knowledge, including in target market (likely Kenya and region)
Strong donor and international development stakeholder relationships and networks, particularly in target market
Project Director / Manager experience on FCDO, USAID and / or donor funded projects in developing countries
Technical expertise in relevant areas (economic development, healthcare, education, climate etc.), with experience working on donor funded projects in developing countries
Excellent written and verbal communication (English at proficiency level required)
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills to interact with internal and external stakeholder while working in a global collaborative team environment

You will collaborate with a team of consultants, experts and senior advisors working with our clients on projects in emerging markets. You will also maintain a close working relationship with our relevant sector leaders, supporting them on IP and thought leadership development, as well as our Senior Manager, International Development.

You will formally be a part of our Global Knowledge Team and report to the Public Sector’s Knowledge Business Director


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