TechnoServe’s Volunteer Consultant Program (now the TechnoServe Fellows Program) celebrates 20 years and lasting impact for volunteers and communities alike.
One of the most heartening aspects of my roles has been the level of ownership that I’ve been entrusted with. TechnoServe trusts Fellows to meet important stakeholders, disentangle complex issues, and lay the groundwork for the programs that ultimately benefit our constituents. It’s intellectually challenging, important work…it’s a truly excellent program.
About the Program
Since 1996, TechnoServe has engaged over 1,000 Fellows on three to twelve-month projects throughout Africa, India, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The TechnoServe Fellows Program, formerly known as the Volunteer Consultant Program, is a highly competitive fellowship where business professionals have the unique opportunity to contribute their skills to help change the lives of those living in poverty. They experience the field of international development firsthand while building new skills and challenging themselves in a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial environment. Fellows also have the opportunity to develop professionally with online courses through Cornell University and other professional learning platforms.
TechnoServe Fellows form a global alumni community representing top-tier consulting, industry, and nonprofit organizations and graduate schools.
While a salary is not offered, TechnoServe typically covers Fellows’ costs to travel to and live in-country for the duration of their projects. These costs may include international airfare, in-country accommodation and transportation, per diem expenses, visas, and other travel-related costs.
While no two projects are exactly alike, typical Fellow roles often involve:
- Assessing and identifying opportunities for markets, value chains, and industries
- Crafting business and funding strategies in partnership with TechnoServe clients
- Strengthening the operations and/or organizational capacity of TechnoServe clients
- Designing innovative TechnoServe projects and proposals
- Evaluating program impact
Other, less frequent projects include researching and writing communications materials, developing training curricula, and designing strategic research for our clients and partners.
Review our detailed sample project descriptions to understand the skills and capabilities most often required, and view a list of TechnoServe’s current and past partners to learn more about the organizations that support our programs.
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About Our Fellows
Our Fellows represent diverse nationalities, with more than half of our Fellows coming from outside the U.S.
Fellows are proven professionals who contribute valuable business acumen and experience to our teams and partners on the ground. Skills needed in the field often include industry analysis, business plan development, financial modeling, operations, organizational development, marketing strategy, and stakeholder management. Fellows have a minimum of two years' full-time work experience, often – though not exclusively – in management consulting, financial services, or corporate strategy. They demonstrate a high degree of enthusiasm, flexibility, and strong communication skills, and can work comfortably in unfamiliar, sometimes challenging environments. Learn More »
After 20 years of supporting business solutions to poverty, the Volunteer Consultant Program is now the TechnoServe Fellows Program. Program alumni share highlights and insights from their Fellows experience.
An alumnus of the TechnoServe Volunteer Consultant Program (now the TechnoServe Fellows Program) teams up with a former Program Manager to build a business and a sweeter future for thousands of Tanzanian farming families.