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#17: UN consulting - the CLIENT perspective, with IOM's Joanne Irvine

Updated: Jul 22



Hello and welcome to the Impact Consulting Podcast, powered by the IC-Hub, a growing global community of support for independent social impact professionals.


We've got a great show for you today, featuring Joanne Irvine who is not actually a consultant.


So, why have we got a non-consultant on the Impact Consulting Podcast?


Well, Joanne is a Programme Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the United Nations (UN) migration agency. She works with consultants all the time, so she was the ideal person to provide the "client's" perspective on UN consulting.


About Joanne

Joanne Irvine specialises in migration governance and sustainable development in the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit of IOM's Headquarters. Joanne has over 12 years of experience working with and supporting local and national governments, civil society and UN organisations globally to maximise the development potential of migration in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Joanne holds a joint undergraduate and Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies and French from the University of Glasgow, an MA in European Policy and International Development Cooperation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a master in Migration, Co-Development and Public Participation from the Cultural and Social Studies Foundation of Valencia and a diploma in Human Rights and Forced Migration from the United Nations University of Peace.



UN consulting from the "client" perspective

UN agencies like IOM implement a lot of their work through consultants. And, as a disclaimer, they happen to be one of my most important clients. So I relished this opportunity to squeeze Joanne for all the insights I could get about her experiences hiring consultants, including:

  • What UN agencies like IOM hire consultants for;

  • What types of consultants they hire;

  • How they hire consultants and how consultants can get work;

  • What makes a "good consultant" (and "bad consultant").

We close with me asking Joanne whether she'd consider consulting and what concerns she would have about an eventual consulting career.


Really enjoyed recording this one and truly thankful for the way Joanne provides such practical and balanced insights about consultant-client dynamics.


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Please note that the views expressed in this episode are our own views and not the views of the International Organization for Migration.


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