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A Simple Checklist for Hiring Consultants

Preparatory Training Workshop for the Aleppo Action Area Two. City of Aleppo and Deutsche Gellschaft für Technische Zusdammenarbeit (GTZ). Aleppo, April 1999.

  • What would they contribute: would they offer a new skill or new way of doing things?
  • What are your expectations: are the consultants really expected to provide reassurance and confidence in what staff are currently doing?
  • Of the several sources, from where should consultants be chosen?
    • private firms
      • universities
        • other projects
          • other local experts
            • international experts

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  • Do they speak your language? An advantage but not a necessity?
  • Should they have previous experience locally? If they are expected to contribute to details, yes. They need not - and perhaps should not - have local experience if they are expected to bring new, innovative ideas, unencumbered by the accepted way of doing things.
  • Are they willing to work with a local counterpart?
  • Are the consultants willing to train local staff so that they can continue to benefit from their input?
  • What type of consultant do you want? Technical consultants are often less appropriate at imaginative, general solutions but can response better to given situations. Conversely, non-technical consultants can provide more imaginative, general solutions that do not require a specific solution.
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