International Development Specialist with 20 years of professional experience addressing rural development challenges, with technical expertise in rural development, agriculture, and community-based natural resource management. Experienced in designing projects, and providing implementation oversight. Skilled in project portfolio management, coupled with complementary analytical and evaluative methods to assess implementation performance to improve project/program results delivery. Proven expertise in coordinating a community of practice in agribusiness development to identify and share best practices.
Agriculture Development Specialist08/2013 to Current
USAID - Bureau of Food Security Africa Region.
Serves as the primary point of contact, and virtual team member to African USAID Missions participating in "Feed the Future.".
Prepares reporting and briefing materials outlining achievements emerging from activities implemented within the Feed the Future portfolio.
Serves as a technical specialist in agroforestry and community based natural resource management participating in the development of new activities for implementation at the country level.
Coordinates and recruits technical specialist to assist participating USAID missions with evaluation, new design or other activities related to portfolio management.
Technical Communications Specialist11/2012 to 08/2013World Bank
Development Marketplace and Africa Region.
Writes and produces executive-level multi-media materials for internal and external audiences.
Creates and leverages multi-platform publications aimed at communicating program results to decision makers, donors, employees, and the general public.
Edits project materials to repurpose technical information for lay readers.
Works with senior staff to develop messaging and identify communications opportunities.
Manages contractors and coordinates creative teams to develop robust content packages that integrate web, print, video, social media, and email outreach to effectively distribute original research and focused messages.
Operations Officer08/2008 to 10/2012World Bank
Designed a multi-channel platform for networking and sharing knowledge and best practices for work on agriculture markets and land tenure.
Developed peer-led training modules for 22 grantees focused on innovative approaches in sustainable agriculture.
Organized leading experts in select fields to provide one-on-one support to social entrepreneurs to contribute to scaling up work in agriculture and rural development.
Managed portfolio of 36 grants valued at $7.2 million USD.
Provided management oversight while guiding project teams on adherence to grant agreements.
Conducted supervision missions to grantee projects to troubleshoot implementation bottlenecks and provide operational support.
Maintained regular contact with grantees while providing advice on identifying follow-on funding.
Experienced in managing a program budget and associated contracts.
Developed streamlined M&E Framework to guide grantees negotiating the parameters of their contractual agreement.
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist03/2008 to 07/2008International Resources Group
Provided critical analysis related to performance of the multi-year, multi-sector USAID program to reconstruct Iraq.
Coordinated USAID/Iraq's program monitoring, evaluation, assessment and reporting activities through direct work with USAID's Program Office in Iraq.
Liaised with Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and USAID project contractors to design new projects, develop results frameworks and capture activity performance in the overall Mission performance management system.
Provided interim supervision and oversight on a $53 million USD contract to provide independent third party monitoring verification and evaluation of USAID/Iraq's country portfolio.
Natural Resources Policy Analyst04/2007 to 01/2008Natural Resources Conservation Service
Acted as budget point of contact for the Program Deputy Area.
Assisted in the formulation of the 2008 operational budget and developed an expenditure reporting spreadsheet that is linked to an Access database to produce accurate and timely budgetary reports for submission to senior management.
Supported leadership of the Program Deputy area to produce results, accountability and transparency in its implementation of NRCS programs.
Served as point person to coordinate inter-deputy area cooperation to reassess and reformulate the vision and mission for the Conservation Innovation Grant program.
Worked across deputy areas at NHQ to adjust the project cycle and business processes necessary to administer the program in a streamlined fashion that contributes to the role and mission of NRCS.
Rural Development Policy Analyst10/2006 to 03/2007World Bank
Co-authored a mid-term review of the Bank's strategy on Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with high-level advisors and Bank management.
Evaluated a project portfolio of roughly $24 billion in lending directed to rural areas in 80 countries over a four-year period.
The review was submitted to the World Bank Board of Directors to inform decisions on future funding to the department - including details on staffing levels, training needs, institutional structure and staff incentives to improve implementation.
Analyzed project portfolio using a Community Driven Development (CDD) approach.
Assessed trends in applying CDD.
Developed a white paper highlighting best practices for distribution to operational staff in the regions.
Natural Resource Management Specialist03/2006 to 06/2006Development Alternatives Inc
USAID Alternatives Livelihood Program
Oversaw program implementation to ensure that project activities were compliant with USAID environmental procedures and requirements.
Provided expertise on environmental compliance to technical teams in the following project components: infrastructure rehabilitation, agribusiness and business development.
Ensured that all technical activities effectively integrated environmental and social safeguards in their design and implementation.
Designed and implemented activities focused on rehabilitating the tree seedling market in the eastern region of Afghanistan.
Emphasized income generation and market competitiveness.
Implemented program with the participation of 10 commercial nurseries and 8 women's cooperatives with an active membership of 80 women.
Environmental Specialist03/2005 to 03/2006Development Alternatives Inc
Evaluated USAID's "Panama Sustainably Manages the Canal Watershed and Buffer Areas" Strategic Objective as a member of a 5-person evaluation team.
Contributed to a technical report compiling program results from 30 years of involvement and approximately $1 billion USD of funding in the Panama Canal Watershed.
Assessed successes, deficiencies, identified priorities and made recommendations of corrective measures for future implementation in the Watershed.
Evaluation was submitted to USAID management to guide decisions on future funding levels in the Panama Canal.
Contributed to technical approaches in written proposals submitted for USAID funding.
Applied the USAID Biodiversity Conservation Planning framework to technical designs, which employs an environmental management model that mitigates threats to biodiversity while promoting sustainable economic development.
Received cash bonus for outstanding performance in 2005.
Provided technical assistance and oversight for DAI's field projects including an Integrated Watershed Management Project (designed to stimulate sustainable economic growth and ecotourism in Honduras) and the Indonesia Environmental Services Program (designed to provide payment for environmental services through integrated water supply and watershed management activities).
Provided support to ensure compliance with US government grants regulations.
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist11/2004 to 02/2005
Developed M&E framework for two global USAID funded Clean Energy Projects.
Deliverables include a Results Framework and a Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) designed to serve as an implementation, monitoring and evaluation guide for the life of the project.
Environmental Analyst02/1998 to 11/2004
05/1997 to 01/1998Contract Forester Environmental Consultants
Researched influences of extension service delivery in relation to: conservation, land tenure, gender differentiation of labor, household security and government policy within the agricultural sector.
Acted as primary liaison to private and municipal landowners regarding environmental issues in relation to Puget Sound Energy's $10 million USD Vegetation Management Program for King County.
Wetland Mitigation: Developed $50,000 USD wetland mitigation protocol for a power line maintenance project, intersecting the City of Bellevue's flagship park.
Agroforestry Extension Officer05/1994 to 09/1996U.S. Peace Corps
International Institute for Tropical Agriculture
Organized and facilitated tree nursery installation, maintenance, management and marketing for 14 village based agricultural cooperatives with an active membership of 155 men and women as enterprises for income generation.
Developed curriculum and secured funding for a week-long training workshop delivered by IITA agronomists for Beninese agricultural extension agents on soil conservation methods.
Program portfolio oversight
Exceptional organizational skills
Superb writer and editor
Creative problem solver
Community land management expertise
Sustainable land management techniques
Education and Training
Master of ForestryJune 2003Yale University
Farm & Community Forestry, Rural Development, Community Based Natural Resource Management, Agroforestry/Agroecology, Conflict Management
Bachelors of Science: Environmental StudiesJune 1991The Evergreen State CollegeEnvironmental Studies
Natural Resource Management, Ecological Agriculture and Community Development
English (Native) French (Professional Working Proficiency) Spanish (Elementary Proficiency)
Secured and administered two $2,000 USD grants from the American and Dutch embassies for the installation of two sanitary wells in guinea worm endemic areas. Secured and administered a $2,500 USD grant from U.S. Agency for International Development to sponsor a "Take Our Daughters to Work" day event which has continued to this day as an annual event in Benin.
Served as Chairperson to WID Benin's Small Business Development Committee. Developed competency based training curriculum targeting female entrepreneurs to improve small business management skills such as market analysis, accounting, product marketing, Served as Committee Chairperson to revamp Peace Corps Benin's Small Project Assistance (SPA) program to strengthen individual project sustainability.
Wetland Technician May 1991 - January 1992
Performed field delineations of fresh and saltwater wetlands for private and public landowners using U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service standards based on plant, soils, and hydrological indicators. Drafted technical reports, to comply with building codes and regulations.
U.S. Peace Corps
International Institute for Tropical Agriculture
The Evergreen State College
Job Titles Held:
Agriculture Development Specialist
Technical Communications Specialist
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Natural Resources Policy Analyst
Rural Development Policy Analyst
Natural Resource Management Specialist
Agroforestry Extension Officer
Master of Forestry June 2003 Farm & Community Forestry, Rural Development, Community Based Natural Resource Management, Agroforestry/Agroecology, Conflict Management Bachelors of Science : Environmental Studies June 1991 Natural Resource Management, Ecological Agriculture and Community Development
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