TechnoServe Fellow Avery Shi in India

TechnoServe Fellows

TechnoServe Fellows, formerly known as Volunteer Consultants, are critical members of the TechnoServe team, working with our full-time staff to further our mission and increase our impact around the world.

100 percent of our Fellows said they would refer the TechnoServe Fellows Program to friends and colleagues.

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Megan MoyermanSenior Manager, Fellows Program

About the Program

TechnoServe Fellow Avery Shi in India

Since 1996, TechnoServe has engaged over 1,200 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.

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.

I learned a great deal about the market systems approach and how to make social endeavors truly impactful and sustainable. I am very impressed with the work Technoserve is doing and I am proud and grateful for the opportunity to work toward the development of those who need it the most. I feel inspired and energized to embark in my new professional and personal journey.”

Bruno Waked, Mozambique, 2019

Project Descriptions

TechnoServe Fellow in Colombia assists beekeepers
Diego Broseta, TechnoServe Fellow in Colombia, assists beekeepers

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.

Learn more

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. View our Fellows FAQ page for more information.

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Meet Our Fellows

TechnoServe Fellow in Tingo Maria, Peru for coffee project
Spencer Cromwell, TechnoServe Fellow in Tingo Maria, Peru

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.

Our Fellows represent diverse nationalities, with more than half of our Fellows coming from outside of the United States.

Click through to learn more about some of our current and past Fellows below.

How to Apply

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The TechnoServe Fellows Program aligns candidate skills and interests with project requirements, and applicants are interviewed as new opportunities emerge. While individual preferences are taken into account, offers to join TechnoServe are subject to project needs at the time of application. Please note that some positions require proficiency in French or Spanish and that the process for becoming a TechnoServe Fellow is highly selective. We encourage you to read our frequently asked questions and sample project descriptions before submitting your application.

100 percent of our Fellows said they would refer the TechnoServe Fellows Program to friends and colleagues.

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If you were previously a Fellow (formerly known as a Volunteer Consultant) and are interested in serving again or would like to contact the program team, please get in touch with us at