Graduate School Consultants, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Global

Graduate School Consultant

Location(s): Global

Application Deadline: 1/8/17 at 11:59 pm EST.

About Dalberg

Dalberg is committed to global development and innovation, and offers a variety of advisory services across the international development sector. Comprised of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, D. Capital & Dalberg Research, our platform provides high-level strategic, policy and investment advice to the leadership of key institutions, corporations and governments that are shaping international development. We focus on emerging and frontier markets, tackling topics such as economic development, global health, access to finance, agriculture, energy and the environment, among others. We offer outstanding individuals the opportunity to apply private sector skills to global challenges within an entrepreneurial working environment.

Established in 2001 by experienced private sector consultants, Dalberg operates from 15 worldwide locations and has successfully completed over 1300 engagements for more than 500 clients. For more information, please visit


Activate your ideas, energy and passion. Build expertise in problem-solving and analysis. Travel the world. Tackle the world’s toughest problems. Become a global development leader.
Important Notes Before You Apply
Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a full-time graduate school program with an expected graduation date of May/June 2018 or May/June 2017 for one-year graduate programs.

Positions are available in: Abu Dhabi, Addis, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Geneva, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, and Paris.

The Graduate School Consultant Program for Summer/Winter Consultants is available between June and September 2017, and typically spans 10-12 weeks.

Candidates interested in a Summer/Winter Investment Associate role with D.Capital should apply directly to that opportunity on Dalberg’s career website. Students graduating in 2016 or 2017 who are interested in and eligible for a full-time role in our African, Asian, European, or MENA offices should apply directly through Dalberg’s career website General Application specifying their office of interest. Candidates are requested to apply to only one opportunity, which best fits their background and interest.

About You
You aspire to become a leader in global development by tackling global issues, from malnutrition to climate change to economic growth, ensuring no individual is left behind. You enjoy working hard and collaborating with teams while traveling and working across continents and cultures. You are a problem-solver and excel at clear strategic thinking and quantitative and qualitative analysis, and you want to hone these skills and put them to work – transforming organizations, advising investors, and shaping new initiatives. You are an entrepreneurial doer that is ready to jump in and help us take our firm to the next level. You have been a ‘top-performer’ in your previous career. You are passionate about development.

Dalberg combines ground-level insight – anchored by our offices around the globe – with high quality strategic advice from our staff, who have experience at top-tier professional services firms, leading academic institutions and high-impact social enterprises. Together, we create actionable solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

Full-time graduate student getting an MBA, MPA, MPP, and/or other similar degree with expected graduation date of May/June 2018, or May/June 2017 for one-year graduate programs
Bachelor’s degree
Excellent academic record
Experience working in a leading international management consultancy firm, financial services firm or similar type of private sector experience; or, experience working in a strategic role for a high-performing social or public sector organization
Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative
Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral
Demonstrated ability to lead teams to accomplish ambitious goals
Understanding of the political and cultural environments of international organizations
In addition, if you have skills or abilities in the following areas, please be sure to let us know in your application:
Fluency in foreign languages (French required for Paris and Dakar offices; Arabic is a plus for Abu Dhabi especially)
Experience with financial analysis and/or statistics
Demonstrated ability to innovate new programs, ideas or initiative
What You Will Do and How You Will Grow
You will drive the creation of innovative and results-oriented solutions for Dalberg’s clients – helping us change the development landscape around the world. Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultants take ownership of key aspects of the client’s challenges, initiate critical and creative thinking on these strategic issues, lead research and complicated analyses and contribute to developing our relationships with clients. Our recent Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultants have explored impact investing opportunities in South Asia, designed innovative financing mechanisms for small holder farmers, created strategies for more environmentally friendly cities in Latin America and engaged major corporations on regional development issues.

Dalberg is a platform for change. Our staff is empowered to start new programs, institute best practices, and develop traditions that will define the Dalberg experience for years to come. Innovation and entrepreneurship are not only valued at Dalberg; they are essential to our success. In addition to providing training, management-level advising, and mentoring, we empower Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultants to learn by doing, engaging them as full members of project teams from day one.

About Our Clients
Our clients come to us with some of the most difficult global problems, seeking solutions where the obvious ones have failed. We supply new ideas, drawing from a deep base of knowledge that cuts across sectors and geographies and grows every day. We create value for clients focused on social impact by using on-the-ground research and rigorous business analysis to help governments, foundations, international agencies, NGOs, and corporations develop strategies and assess programs in areas such as access to finance, inclusive growth, global health, and energy and the environment. Some of our recent clients include foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, corporations such as Google and Vodafone, multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Agencies such as UNICEF and the UNEP, and government agencies such as DFID and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency.

Join Our Team!
The Dalberg Graduate School Consultant Program, which is 10-12 weeks long, is the primary path to full-time employment for graduate school candidates at Dalberg. As a Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultant you will get the opportunity to better understand what it would be like to work at Dalberg full time, and we will have the opportunity to get to know you. Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultants will be considered for full-time offers to join the firm after graduation. Please note that applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate school program with an expected graduation date of May/June 2018 or May/June 2017 for one-year graduate programs.

Our current opportunities are in Abu Dhabi, Addis, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Geneva, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, and Paris. In your cover letter, please list up to 3 offices where you hope to Summer and to be considered for a full-time position, in order of preference. When considering location preferences: if extended an offer for full-time employment after graduation, Dalberg Summer/Winter Consultants will be offered a role in the office they were based only, and full-time employment in Dar es Salaam, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, and Paris is contingent on having or being eligible for work authorization in that country; all other Dalberg locations may be able to apply for work authorization on behalf of qualified candidates extended a full time offer.

Your application should include a resume, cover letter, and a written response (limited to 500 words) that answers ONE of the following questions. The intention of this writing exercise is for us to get a sense of your writing style, as well as what most excites you. Please note that this written response should not require any additional research or preparation, and should not take you more than one hour to complete.
What is one business solution to poverty that you think could help improve development outcomes?
How can an effective, innovative solution from a developing country context be scaled to additional regions/countries to improve standards of living?
Is international development dead or alive? Why?

Candidates selected for interviews will be invited to interview by phone in the first round. Interviews will test consulting skills through case questions, and discuss the candidate’s interests and experience. All candidates will be contacted by February 1, 2017 if they are selected to interview for the Dalberg Graduate School Consultant Program.

Please submit your application through the Dalberg career services website by 11:59pm EST on January 8, 2017.

Dalberg is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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