SOAS University of London

Opportunity for CeDEP graduates in Vietnam and Myanmar

20 May 2016

Mekong Economics Ltd. operates a Young Professionals scheme, recruiting 4-5 young international graduates a year. The YPs work on modest incomes for work experience. They quickly experience the steep learning-curve of international development consultancy and start to build a strong CV.

MKE is run by Dr. Adam McCarty who has worked in both the academic and consultancy sector in Vietnam for more than 25 years and is the company’s Chief Economist.  MKE is a relatively small operation (6 international, 30 national staffs) but has worked on ODA projects for more than 15 years. It is also a growing company that has regional offices in Vietnam and Myanmar. For further information about MKE please refer to our Capability Statement.

In 2016, the new Young Professionals are expected to commence at MKE some time during September-November. Deadline for the application is 20 August 2016. The understanding is that Dr. McCarty will plug them into all sorts of work and networks, and they can ask to be part of, or "chase", particular projects. Please read our Terms of Reference document, which explains the role and qualifications of Young Professional staff.

We would like to hear from all postgraduates who would be interested in working as an MKE Young Professional for 12 months. If you are interested in applying for the scheme, you should email We will then provide further details about the scheme and explain the next steps in the application process.

Should you wish to have more details before applying, you can contact some former Young Professionals, such as Jodie Keane ( who is now working for the Commonwealth Secretariat as an Economic Advisor, and  Mark Oldenbeuving ( who is now working for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation in India (3IE), and are also available to contact should students wish to do so.

More information about the post can also be found at the MKE website:

For further information, contact: