Dynamic program officer with extensive knowledge of post-conflict transition scenarios, with experience in democracy and governance, civil society capacity building, and fostering independent media seeks leadership position in an overseas environment. Over five years experience in proposal development, program management and program implementation. Strong cross-cultural skills.
US Department of State – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor August 2009– Present
· Responsible for management and oversight of $290 million 56 program Iraq foreign assistance portfolio.
· Managed the funding cycle for the portfolio, including: drafting requests for proposals, proposal review process, negotiating grant awards and ensuring the funds are allocated correctly and in a timely manner.
· Worked to define goals and priorities for foreign assistance in line with Bureau and State Department strategic goals.
· Monitored individual grant portfolio performance on a regular basis, including site visits to Iraq to ensure grant goals are being met and that partners are receiving appropriate guidance.
· Assess grant programs for impact and effectiveness, recommending modifications where appropriate.
Operation HOPE May 2008 – August 2009
HOPE Global Initiatives Program Administrator
· Managed Global Dignity as Project Manager, a simultaneous global teaching event which involved: coordinating participants, conducting training, teaching class, and post event reporting including blog maintenance.
· Lead oversight of relationships as central point of contact, coordinator of events, and responsible for all status reporting.
· Assisted in drafting grant proposals resulting in large scale operational and programmatic funding from financial institutions.
· Drafted internal implementation plans for large scale projects, including program launch in nine colleges within the first year of the project with expansion to 105 colleges over five years.
· Researched program evaluation methods and drafted evaluation reports for post program assessment.
· Conducted trainings and coordinated events for volunteers.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) September 2007 – May 2008
· Collaborated on “Best Practices of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction” report for the United Nations Development Programme.
· Researched and checked for veracity papers written by UNDP staff members on thematic issues relating to post conflict economic reconstruction, including: government economic policies and policy recommendations in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
· Researched and edited papers relating to post conflict economic reconstruction, including private sector development, microfinance and public finance.
· Created and maintained the database of publication recipients, including: government officials, professors, CEOs of major corporation.
American Association for the International Commission of Jurists February 2007 – May 2008
· Coordinated the colloquium “Annual Meeting of Governmental Ministers Engaged in Implementing Human Rights Considerations in Foreign Policy,” which is convened in different countries yearly.
· Evaluated and monitored of implementation of international human rights policies resulting from annual meeting.
· Co-authored a grant proposal resulting in over $250,000 for operational funding for the AAICJ.
Master’s of Science – Global Affairs, GPA 3.65 May 2007
Concentration: Post conflict reconstruction
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Bachelor of Arts – International Relations, GPA 3.75 May 2005
Minors: Political Science; History; Peace and Conflict Resolution
Perspectives on Global Issues
Managing Editor and Founder October 2005 – May 2007
· Created student-initiated publication, for purposes of opening a dialogue about global affairs
· Lead in creation of first and second issues
· Edited academic papers for publication
· Produced and maintained databases, including: a student internship database, and mailing lists for publications