Session 6b: So you want to be an international development Consultant

Session 6b: So you want to be an international development Consultant

What types of careers are open to youth interested in the development field?  How do you enter the development field? What options and opportunities are available to you? What are the traits that we have identified as being important to success in the development field?  Cassandra Mathies, Michelle McCombs, Larry Hendricks, will share their insights and experiences on these issues. This session is a must for anyone looking to enter the field of international development.

Chair: Richard Beattie - CAIDP President

Richard Beattie is a former director at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) who retired from the Canadian Government in 2002. During his career, Richard occupied a number of positions in CIDA headquarters and was also Head of Aid in Ghana 1995-8.  He is now working as an independent consultant providing services to a variety of agencies and institutions, in capacity-building, institutional and policy development, governance, management and youth policy and programs.  From 2004 to 2008, he worked as an adviser to several Central European ‘emerging donors’, helping them to put in place the structures, policies, program management arrangements and processes they need in order to manage their ODA programs.  He has served as Chair of the Board of CAIDP since November 2008 and has served as a member or Chair of several NGO boards. 

Cassandra Mathies - Deployment Officer / International Field Experience Program Coordinator, CANADEM

Cassandra is a member of the Deployment Team and coordinator of CANADEM’s International Field Experience Program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) from the University of Waterloo and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She has gained experience in the field of conflict studies and human rights through various internships in Southeast Asia, China, Israel and Palestine, and more recently at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok. As CANADEM’s International Field Experience Program Coordinator, Cassandra helps others realize their career goals through gaining international experience and working towards CANADEM’s vision of creating the next generation of field-tested experts for international service.

Janice Bothello - Program Officer Aga Khan Foundation of Canada

Janice is a Program Officer with Aga Khan Foundation Canada, currently managing a food security project in northern Mozambique, an economic livelihoods program in Cairo, Egypt and serving as AKFC’s Environmental Focal Point.  She was also a 2010-2011 AKFC International Microfinance and Microenterprise Fellow based in northern Mozambique. Janice graduated with a Masters of Science in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.  Prior to a career in international development, she worked in the private sector in such industries as consumer packaged goods, financial services and publishing.

Larry Hendricks - President and CEO of Hendricks & Associates

Mr. Hendricks is President and CEO of Hendricks & Associates, launched his consulting firm in early 1998. Before establishing his firm, he had been employed as Director, International Development for the Canadian Co-operative Association, and has worked for the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation and the City of Edmonton. He has successfully completed contracts with private firms, ADB, AusAID, CIDA, DFID, FSDT Tanzania, FinMark Trust, UNDP, USAID, WB and NGOs in Asia, Africa, Americas and Canada. Mr. Hendricks has visited/ worked in 44 countries. Mr. Hendricks has written an article titled “So You Want to be an International Development Consultant” which is available on the CAIDP website.