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Senior Knowledge Analyst- International Development

Boston Consulting Group

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3 weeks ago

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As a Senior Knowledge Analyst (SKA) within BCG's Social Impact Practice Area, you will help win, deliver and execute on highly impactful donor and philanthropic-funded international development projects in low and middle-income countries. You will collaborate and partner in a growing global team, providing industry expertise and insights for the development sector with a specific focus on supporting BCG to win and execute programs for large bilateral donors, multilateral donors and foundations. You will serve as a thought partner by developing content that can be leveraged for BCG tenders and programs and contributing to the management of tender processes and programs for BCG.

You will work across sector positioning, business development, knowledge management and project delivery. You will play an active role in shaping the intellectual property, market perspectives and commercial strategy of BCG’s Development Impact offer. You will be predominantly staffed on business development both developing a knowledge base to strengthen BCG’s offer in the sector and working directly on high priority tenders. You will also be engaged as a subject matter specialist or in a deep engagement model on Development Impact Sector projects. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and growing a knowledge library of BCG capabilities, tools and experience across key topics in the Development Impact sector to be leveraged to apply to relevant BCG tenders and programs. This will include 1) asset development of key tools and materials to help BCG win work such as topic credentials and team capability statements, and 2) Productizing and creating IP contributions, e.g. Converting insights and experiences from project into the specific knowledge asset or adapting existing BCG materials to meet the needs of development sector stakeholders;

  • Managing and contributing to bids in the development sector with clients such as USAID, FCDO, World Bank, BMGF. This will include liaising closely with BCG central client teams to bring relevant BCG capabilities and experience to support on bid processes including pre-positioning, partner engagement, research, RFI and tender responses;

  • Managing and contributing to program execution in the development sector. This will include providing industry insights and experience to build strong client relationships, ensure high quality reporting to clients and supporting adherence to best development sector practices on programs.

  • Delivering original analysis and customized insights for sector positioning, business development and client projects by leveraging specific experience or knowledge assets (products, tools, data, workshops, frameworks, surveys, domain-specific data and related expertise, etc.);

  • Supporting BCG teams and clients to achieve development impact and commercial objectives through contributing research and analysis as outlined by leadership teams. This will include both independent working and work under the guidance of a Project Leader who frames the interventions within the broader project context;

The Social Impact 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.


  • Organizing and processing documents and data into logical systems to ensure data is accessible and can be quickly leveraged for use in business development and cases;

  • Applying deep expertise in the development sector and understanding of the requirements of development sector clients to understand client processes and respond / support internal stakeholders to respond to client needs;

  • Writing for a range of different audiences to produce high quality and concise materials including internal content, development sector insights, marketing and selling materials, proposals and reports for development sector clients;

  • Working both collaboratively and effectively in a group dynamic of local and remote teams around the world, and of working independently to develop content that can contribute to wider business priorities;

  • Operating comfortably in a knowledge management role, managing demanding internal and external clients varying demands in a positive, service-oriented way, building strong relationships and demonstrating adaptability to bring value to teams at all stages of business development and case work;

  • Telling a structured, clear and visually engaging story and creating impactful intellectual property that will build on our knowledge base with a strong understanding of the needs of development sector clients and how to tailor stories to meet the needs of different audiences;

  • Prioritizing workload including through transparent discussion with senior stakeholders, operating with autonomy to execute on the planned priorities and demonstrating adaptability to meet tight deadlines;

  • Working flexibly, in an ever-changing and complex environment, bringing a curious and creative mindset, demonstrating an openness and drive for purposing new and innovative ideas, and being comfortable with ambiguity and navigating a fast-paced environment


  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred, with demonstrated high academic achievement in one of economics, political science, business, international relations or related areas;

  • 2+ years of consulting experience in donor-funded consulting and business development; candidates with consulting experience preferred;

  • In lieu of consulting experience, 3-4+ years minimum industry experience required; 4-6+ years of industry experience preferred;

  • Strong business development and project management experience on FCDO, USAID, BMGF, World Bank or other leading donors and foundations;

  • Technical expertise in organizational design and operating model, talent and skills development and supporting cultural transformation and change management preferably with experience working within government policy or program development and delivery;

  • 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;

  • Strong business acumen and problem-solving capabilities.

Our knowledge and research specialists collaborate with global colleagues across BCG to bring expertise and capabilities to the service of our clients. Our team is made up of a diverse pool of knowledge and research positions that allow us to pursue exciting, innovative research careers.

The Knowledge Team (KT) is a group of functional and/or industry experts leveraging deep domain knowledge to enable insight for case teams and clients. KT members are affiliated to BCG Practice Areas, plugged into the strategic agenda and building and deploying leading edge IP data tools/assets to deliver insight.

BCG's Knowledge Team members are staffed on cases and help co-create insights with case teams and clients through expert perspectives on industry trends, delivery of proprietary data or tools in a particular function and complex research and analysis of market information. KT members also support the PA’s business development and proposals and help to organize and codify the knowledge that enables BCG to deliver superior business value for its clients.

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