The Senior Consultant will be a member of Practical Action’s Global Distributors Collective (GDC) team. The GDC provides a collective voice for distributors to ensure their voice is heard; drives research and innovation across the sector; facilitates the exchange of information, insight and expertise; and provides critical services that leverage economies of scale.

This is a unique and highly strategic role in the GDC team focused on designing, managing and implementing GDC projects. The GDC undertakes a range of projects across functions (particularly research, communications, training and business model innovation). The specific projects that the Senior Consultant will manage will be varied, dependent on business needs as well as the skills and expertise of the successful candidate, so flexibility and adaptability is key.
The Senior Consultant will:

  • Design and manage last mile distribution projects with partners (35%)
  • Lead and provide technical input into a suite of projects, in close collaboration with the wider team and other stakeholders (60% of the role).
  • Work with others in the core GDC team to provide strategic input into the overall direction of the GDC (5%)

To be successful in the role, the ideal candidate will have significant experience working with low-income consumers and markets, ideally in the field of last mile distribution. You will have significant experience managing complex projects in an international environment with multiple donors. You should be flexible and adaptable and willing to learn. You will posses exceptional communication and relationship management skills as well as strong financial literacy.

We are an international development organization putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Practical Action believe that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organization. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued. We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

How to apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. To apply visit: to view the full recruitment pack. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to