Versatile, multilingual and highly motivated, I am a professional with extensive experience in various domains in Africa, Europe, and North America.
Humanitarian Affairs Officer12/2015
to 12/2016 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)- Doctors Without Borders – Bukavu,
Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead manager of humanitarian affairs activities for the MSF Holland mission in South Kivu.
Advised the Management Coordination Teams in country and the Operating Desk in Amsterdam by providing analysis of context, humanitarian situation and in the definition of advocacy strategies, according to MSF policies and values, in order to improve the human rights situation among the population.
In charge of developing relationships with local actors, including religious leaders, civil society actors, academics (particularly political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists), community based organizations, international humanitarian organizations, political actors, armed actors.
Key participant and MSF attendee for relevant weekly UN/INGO meetings.
Responsible for leading discussions and training on the role of humanitarian affairs and advocacy to both national and expatriate staff to raise awareness and integrate a humanitarian angle in all parts of the mission.
Created strategic advocacy log frameworks for each project of MSF in South Kivu.
Developed several position papers for crucial MSF advocacy topics.
Led in developing and enriching stakeholder mapping for the mission.
International Development & Relations Consultant11/2012
to 12/2015 Self-Employed – Berlin, Germany; Nairobi,
Head Researcher and key concept initiator for the #DefyHateNow
initiative, a 70,000 euro program with Rog Agency for development, CEPO,
ECCS, via full funding from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on
the relationship between social media incitement to violence among South
Sudanese in the diaspora and abroad.Provided regular research
reports as well as a key aspect of critical support in this initiative,
including writing qualitative research reports, presenting at
conferences, creating toolkit and coordinating the human resources and
operational aspects of the project between Germany and South Sudan.Equally undertook regular media analysis and monitoring.
Conducted a six month trainee-ship for Gibb International, Ltd in Nairobi, Kenya from April-September 2014: Conducted an evaluation of the environmental and especially social impact of public infrastructure projects carried out for international organizations and governments in East Africa by Gibb.Led in donor reports on social impact, including issues such as gender, HIV/AIDS, Community participation, land tenure and resettlement. Researched assessment needs per project, depending on provincial, federal, international and other environmental legislation applicable. Conducted a secondary data and literature review, including case studies to assist in assessing the effectiveness of current Environmental and Social Impact evaluations.
consultant for SANDA consulting on various initiatives regarding social
isolation and children in sub-Saharan Africa; including analyzing
current literature, trends and data and report-writing.Head translator and researcher for a project with UNICEF Burundi.
researcher and writer on a major research report for UNESCO, undertaken
by the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies entitled "School as a Vehicle
for Peace-building" which occurred between August and December 2014
to GIZ Digital Development Debates regarding social media use in
conflict zone, "Facts or Rumors," as appeared in the Digital Development
Debates Journal #17.
Consultant for South African registered
SANDA Consulting, including providing research, copy-editing and
methodological review for reports and report-writing.Translated and developed a communications plan for a Situational Analysis Report on Child Malnutrition in Burundi for UNICEF.
Consultant to the Berlin newspaper Berliner Gazette, including heading workshops in 2014 and 2015 for their annual conferences.
Guest lecturer on social media in conflict at Humboldt University Berlin and Bard College Berlin.
Consultant to Factory Berlin on issues of tech, innovation, startup culture and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
External relations consultant for Ecuadorian think tank CREO in Germany.
Country/Provincial Human Resources and Administrative Manager04/2012
to 11/2012 Merlin – N'Djamena, Chad; Kindu,
Democratic Republic of Congo
Aided in determining the direction of human resources policies for international staff, including designing the in-country briefing system, setting of rest and recuperation policy, handling the visa and permit process and creating a performance review system.
Coordinated with leadership and determined the pay scale and benefits package for local staff.
Represented Merlin at key meetings, and appointments with government. donors and stakeholders.Designed and implemented key human resources and administrative policies for national and international staff management in line with Merlin practices and country context and legal requirements. Assisted the Funding Coordinator and Country Director submit successful funding requests to OFDA and ECHO by working to compile human resources needs with the medical team and calculating human resource costs.
In DRC, presided over a staff reduction plan at the end of a five-year financing period. Worked in close collaboration with Merlin lawyers and the provincial management team, compiled a staff reduction list, and assisted in forecasting staff reduction per legal requirements in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Led regular meetings with local labor delegates to communicate aspects of the staff reduction plan.
Attended U.N. cluster meetings and meetings with local partners. Hosted regular meetings with the local authorities with regards to Merlin compliance of local laws and ministerial decrees.
Created or revised job descriptions and launched the procedures to hire international staff.
Arbitrated disciplinary issues, including dictating sanctions and leading investigations.
Interpreted and advised various leaders and staff on human resources and administrative policies per the employee handbook.
Administered international staff human resources policy. Acted as the leading point person in the identification of international staff needs and their recruitment.
Financial and Human Resources Coordinator05/2011
to 02/2012 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)- Doctors Without Borders – N'Djamena,
Advised on all administrative, judicial and fiscal issues pertaining to MSF France's activities in Chad.
Coordinated the restructuring of healthcare projects focused on malaria and cholera prevention.
Implementedparticipatory approaches to community development by collaborating with village chiefs and stakeholders in order to ensure project success.
Analyzed and reinforced procurement procedures and responsible for cash management per MSF and national accounting codes, including direct review of all purchases made for MSF France in Chad.
Increased the security of staff payroll by putting in place a payroll wire transfer/check distributing system.
Managed human resource issues for nearly 400 national and expatriate staff, including undertaking studies to evaluate cost of living, leading investigations into misconduct, supervising on disciplinary actions, administering the recruitment process and guiding staff evaluations: Designed and implemented an internal recruitment system and enforced proper recruitment practices per MSF and Chadian standards.
Coordinated program management with local and international agencies, including Oxfam, Action Against Hunger and the Red Cross.
Led monthly meetings with the national staff delegates in order to negotiate conditions/contracts, announce new policies and provide effective organizational management.
Director of Development09/2009
to 04/2011 Consulate General of France – New York,
Managed the organization, coordination, contracts and financing of special events held by the Consulate General of France: Coordinated a multinational team of event staff, including directly and indirectly managing seven employees.
Implemented promotion strategies, including PR and media engagement, which resulted in both national and local media coverage on events.
Led outreach activities engaging representatives of local institutions and organizations, developing a network of more than 40 corporate sponsors and organizations: Fostered and maintained a partnership between the Consulate and the Harlem Academy, making the French Consulate one of the school's major donors.
Drafted and provided editing for ministry speeches, press releases, website content and executed French to English translation of documents/texts.Authored articles for some of the Consulates most prestigious events; resulting in one particular event receiving over 37,000 mentions on the web and media coverage by the New York Times, ABC, CBS and Vogue.
Managed and administered an annual events budget of over $100,000 USD and adhered to IFRS standards.
Spearheaded and cultivated development efforts and corporate sponsorship opportunities, increasing overall funding by 50 percent.
Rebranded the Consulate through conceptualization and implementing new ideas for events resulting in a 300 percent increase in event attendance.
Strategy and Integration Assistant05/2008
to 09/2009 EADS North America (now Airbus) – Arlington,
Conducted initial research in support of merger and acquisition (M&A) activities using open source internet resources and proprietary databases.
Prepared and collaborated on earnings reports, acquisition analyses and presentations for department members.
Supported staff and organization leaders in achieving various objectives and goals.
Trained on Security and Exchange Commission rules and requirements on M&A activity.
Assisted in the organization and crafting the company's 20 year strategy.
Assisted in managing the department budget of over $200,000 USD, while also handling invoices, financial statements, tax coding and expense reports.
Supervised company-wide handling, certification and destruction of acquisition related confidential information for both Europe and the US per United States Security and Exchange Commission rules.
Assistant Project Manager02/2008
to 05/2008 Sparber & Associates – Washington,
Coordinated closely with account managers in Research and Development for grant applications and project plans.
Researched public policy, including United States laws and corresponding funding programs, in order to ensure grants for clients.
Carried out geographic and demographic research related to each applicant in order to evaluate how best to put forth his or her grant application.Developed effective grant writing skills and assisted multiple organizations in the draft and award of million dollar grant calls.
to 09/2007 White Nile Petroleum Company – Khartoum,
Conducted social research surveys.
Provided communications and research support to an independent team preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report on the impact of oil exploration on the Sudd region.
Researched and informed management on problematic and logistical issues pertaining to the EIA Report.
to 09/2003 United States Agency for International Development – Washington,
Developed an annotated bibliography of post-conflict resolution resources, which was used as a resource/reference to governments and stakeholders involved in the crisis.
Assisted in the organization and operation of a budget training session for Southern Sudanese politicians in Washington D.C.
Participated in a follow-up field mission to Sudan in December 2003 and participated in meetings with SPLM civil society members discussing the implementation of USAID projects.
Master of Philosophy: Conflict Studies2007Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)-
Magna Cum Laude.
Bachelor of Arts: Economics, French Language and Literature2005University of Virginia-
Fluent: English, French Conversational: Dinka, German.