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#8: Paddy's journey: Dipping in/out of freelancing and the consulting-parenting nexus

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

Hello and welcome back to the Impact Consulting Podcast, with me your host Loksan Harley. Today we have my friend and IC-Hub member, Paddy Siyanga Knudsen, with us to talk us through her many years dipping in and out of freelancing throughout her career as a development economist and migration specialist.

About Paddy

Paddy Siyanga Knudsen, originally from Zambia, has over 16 years of professional experience as a Development Economist and Migration expert. Her work covers migration governance, regional integration and public finance management. Her experience spans supporting NGOs, governments, Regional Economic Communities, and UN agencies in programme formulation, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.

She has lived and worked (often as a freelancer) in Zambia, Tanzania, China, Malaysia and with countless missions to many other countries. She is currently based in Kosovo and exploring new areas of work in the Balkans and Europe. She is also the co-founder of PFM Enthusiasts and serves on the advisory boards of Public Finance by Women and the Global Research Forum for Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT). Finally, Paddy is the mother of two children - two adorable children as I can testify.

Paddy has been freelancing on and off for a while now in various parts of Africa, Asia, and now from Kosovo. And I’m always blown away by the number of projects - both consulting projects and voluntary or self-started initiatives - that Paddy has on-the-go at any one time, as well as her commitment to continuously developing her skills.

What we talk about

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many topics that are so important to freelancers like us, such as:

  • How to have multiple specialisms (Paddy being a development economist and specialist in public financial management and migration).

  • The differences between contractors and independent consultants.

  • The various ways that Paddy generates consulting work.

  • The challenges and opportunities of combining freelancing with parenting.

If you’ve enjoyed hearing Paddy’s journey and want to connect with her and like-minded freelance consultants, you’re more than welcome to join us here at the IC-Hub.

Without further ado, thanks for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show.

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