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Washington, USA
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International Development Specialist, Country Director/Chief of Party

I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a highly motivated, entrepreneurial international development specialist with experience managing office operations in conflict, post-conflict and transitional countries for 75+ million dollar projects; overseeing project design, management, and implementation; spearheading business and proposal development efforts for a range of donors; designing communication, monitoring & evaluation and knowledge management initiatives to demonstrate program results and impact; building work plans, budgets, organizational development plans and capacity building tools; advising on strategic planning and change management strategies; and providing research, risk and advisory services on a range of security, cross-cutting and democracy and governance issues for private industry and non-profits.

As a team lead, I have proven my ability to multi-task, lead cross-functional teams, work in complex environments and manage large and logistically challenging projects; designed organizational systems and processes by building core competences of staff; and promoted information-sharing and collaboration in a manner sensitive to different cultural customs.



Experience
Consultant • Global

International Development Specialist

2018 - Present (3 years, 4 months)
• Provide consulting and advisory services for NGOs, governments, and international development contractors on business development, operations management, and strategic planning with a focus on economic growth, democracy & governance, agriculture development, and humanitarian programming
• Building and providing strategic leadership to a Ugandan company that addresses post-harvest loss, improves the livelihoods and economic well-being of farmers, and strengthens access to regional and international markets for farmers
• Liaising with government, donors, and industry leaders in the agriculture, export, and logistics sector in Uganda
Internews Network • South Sudan

Deputy Chief of Party

2015 - 2018 (3 years, 1 month)
• Served as part of the senior management team responsible for leadership and oversight of all business administrative functions including the management of operations, human resources, security, finance, IT - across multiple projects throughout South Sudan totaling over $75 million with a staff of more than 150
• Managed the budgeting and forecasting across programs
• Ensured compliance with USAID rules and regulations, South Sudanese laws, and provide support and capacity building to all staff
• Served as the Acting Chief of Party in the absence of the COP
Internews Network • Global

Acting Regional Manager, LAC / Project Manager & Business Development Specialist

2012 - 2015 (2 years, 11 months)
• Led proposal development and program design for democracy and governance programs, with a focus on civic engagement, media, elections, countering violent extremism, and information & telecom policy
• Directed a 1 million dollar internal initiative to overhaul legacy financial, human resource, and administrative systems by implementing an organizational-wide Enterprise Resource Planning solution, change management strategies, and new organizational policies and procedures
• Advised the organization on project start-up, operations management, institutional capacity building, development of knowledge management systems, and global monitoring & evaluation tools, as well as built innovative resources to facilitate learning and improve research standards
• Diversified funding by winning over 15 awards from funders such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operation, and Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (USDOS)
• Traveled to Afghanistan, Guatemala, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Panama, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the UAE to lead trainings and conduct assessments
Internews Network • Afghanistan

Director of Monitoring & Evaluation & Knowledge Management

2012 - 2012 (9 months)
• Built and executed work plans for a $30 million USAID project in Afghanistan; recruited, trained and supervised expatriate and Afghan staff; designed the performance monitoring plan, methodologies and tools for achieving research-based impact evaluations; developed outreach and communication resources to engage partners, donors, and a network of colleagues; ensured the quality delivery of outputs; wrote performance and quarterly reports; and evaluated management systems
• Directed M&E, strategic communications, and knowledge management efforts for a field office with 100(+) persons, and maintained strong relations with the USG and GIRoA officials
University Of Pennsylvania • Afghanistan

Project Director

2010 - 2012 (1 year, 3 months)
• Established strategic partnerships with donors, non-profit and for-profit organizations; worked with a broad network of clients (USAID, World Bank, foreign governments); and traveled to Afghanistan, India, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and Qatar to direct and manage programs
• Led business and proposal development, and diversified the portfolio growth by over 200% through grants from the World Bank and Qatar University
• Built curricula and training materials; implemented work plans for international grants, such as the U.S. funded Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project; and designed media and rule of law programs globally, resulting in the training of lawyers, the launch of the first bi-lingual Moot Court Competition, and the establishment of the Afghan Media Lawyers Committee

Education
Master's, International Relations

London School of Economics

2008 - 2009
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations/History

University of Pennsylvania