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Program Analyst

Washington, DC
October 23, 2019

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Michael Ardovino, Ph.D.

**** **** **, *****

Arlington, VA 22204


Foreign Policy and Knowledge Management professional with twelve years of experience in international development and eleven years expertise in comparative politics. Skilled in qualitative and quantitative research modeling, international development program analysis, research design and program evaluation with particular focuses on governance, rule of law, civil society and elections in emerging economies. Open Source Data analyst who utilizes with a Doctor of Philosophy and empirical training leading to peer-reviewed academic publications. Decade-long familiarity with USAID and State Department mission development due to multiple program design taskers and work experiences abroad. EXPERIENCE

Organizational Capacity Building Specialist, Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Mykolaev, Ukraine, July 2018 – July 2019.

●Designed and wrote USAID VAST grant to test effectiveness of HIV reduction program in regional town.

●Participated in Peace Corps NGO capacity building training sessions including topics on civic engagement, government ownership, social capital and program design.

●Assisted organization counterpart with knowledge management queries and inquiries into State Department grants related to public health.

●Presented NGO lessons learned at international public health infectious diseases conference in Rome, Italy.

●Taught English lessons at NGO and local State Department library to promote American culture.

Senior Research Analyst on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance,US Agency for International Development (USAID) Institutional Contractor (Bridgeborn), Washington DC, July 2007- May 2018.

● Wrote, analyzed or synthesized dozens of literature reviews, summaries, bibliographies and alternative future scenarios analyses on civil society, human rights, rule of law, anti-corruption, governance, security sector reform, elections and political processes and democracy-building/ decentralization programs across all USAID regions. Over 10 unofficial TDYs to Latin America, Asia, Africa and Middle East to support research for DCHA and USAID regional missions. Contributed documents and archival services to USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC).

● Participated in USAID TDYs to Tbilisi, Georgia for Investing in People Conference in 2007 and to five USAID missions (Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Macedonia in 2010, for the USAID Management Bureau.

● Served as USAID editor for the Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index for DCHA in 2012, and as point of contact for USAID DG officers from regional offices and missions in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC), Africa Bureau, economic growth and trade (EGAT) and Asia and the Near East (ANE).

● Reviewed an assigned portfolio of country democracy/human rights/governance and other foreign policy programs administered by USAID bureaus, other US government agencies and US missions overseas to assist new Foreign Service officers using oral communication to relay information at meetings and best practices for program work on national elections.

● Responded to several USAID Administrator information queries on democracy-related programs and documents, program officer teams on approaches to democracy/governance/human rights issues, and Department of State queries on combating violent extremism (CVE).

● Received USAID certifications for USAID Programming Foreign Policy (PFA), USAID DRG Strategic Framework Assessments and Evaluations, Development Data Analysis and Interpretation, Data Visualization, United Nations Security Sector Reform. Adjunct Professor of Politics,Catholic University of America, Washington DC Summer 2006

● Taught summer course in comparative politics.

● Planned and evaluated course focused on the comparative institutions of the developed (US, France, UK, German) and developing (Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, Iran) societies.

● Graded weekly tests using technical competence.

● Covered major topics of political insurrection and political violence. Visiting Instructor of Political Science,St. Mary's College of Maryland, MD 2005 – 2006

● Planned and evaluated curricula for dozens of students.

● Using interpersonal skills, oral communication and written communication, taught three courses per semester at public honors liberal arts college including: Introduction to political science. Freshmen level course examined the three subfields of the discipline. Major theories/writers of American government, political philosophy, international relations and comparative politics including developing countries.

● Using technical competence, applied intermediate level statistical analysis in the comparative politics course for juniors/seniors.

● Focused on political insurrection and revolution/change in Latin America and Africa in comparative politics course. Examined military’s role in political change and economic development as a factor in political modernization. Circulation Assistant,Arlington County Central Library, Arlington, VA, 2003 – 2005

● Provided customer service to library patrons with books, videos, music.

● Inquired into accounts and took money for fines.

● Acted as administrator of library procedures in database support.

● Supported library security while acting as proctor.

● Maintained and updated customer accounts.

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 1999 – 2001

● Planned and evaluated curricula for dozens of students while grading and testing approximately three hundred undergraduate students in introduction to U.S. government classes each semester.

●Taught concepts of political institutions.

● Lectured on comparative institutions in U.S. and Europe in several class sections.

● Conducted research on Latin American politics focusing on terrorist and insurrection movements in the Andean region.


Ph.D. in Political Science,Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, May 2006 Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations Dissertation Topic: "Europe as an Imagined Community? Testing Support for Integration in the Post-Communist Societies" Dissertation Chair: Michael W. Foley

MA in Political Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, August 2001 Fields: Comparative Government, History.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas Austin, TX, August 1995. Major: Government Minor: German.

Bachelor of Science,Texas State University San Marcos, TX, December 1990 Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Psychology.


“Imagined Communities in an Integrating Baltic Region”- December 2009- Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Postcommunist Democratization.

“Direct Diaspora Investment (DDI): The Untapped Resource for Development” With Thomas Debass - November 2009 - USAID.

“High Politics, Low Politics and Imagined Communities in the EU” - July 2008 - The Journal of Slavic Military Studies.

“Why are the Balkans Latecomers to the EU?” - January 2005 - Romanian Journal of Political Science.

“Russian Soldiers in the Late Twentieth Century” - January 2005 - Comparative Strategy. OTHER

● Security Clearance : Public Trust, Secret

● Languages : English (native), German (proficient), Spanish (basic), Russian (basic)

● Citizenship : United States


Ray Robinson - Director, USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program, Institute of International Education - 410- 917-7277 Steve Gale USAID Future Programs Coordinator 202-***-**** Keith Schulz USAID Office of General Counsel 202-***-****

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