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Humanitarian Advisor

Springfield, VA
November 28, 2019

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Extensive experience in program management, research, analysis, assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and grants management for women and children in emergency/humanitarian situations. Excellent leadership, strategic planning, proposal writing, administrative management, coordination, analytical skills, capacity building and community outreach with the primary goal of strengthening public health services and integrating gender mainstreaming into the country programs. Solid track record in the leadership of multi-cultural and multidisciplinary teams. Worked with the World Bank, specialized United Nations agencies, Governments, Academia and International NGOs. Strong background in the management and support of community based and social interventions. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Professor

George Mason University, Department of Global and Community Health 08/2015-12/2016

• Taught courses on community health issues and contributed to mentoring students and encouraging them to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

• Trained students on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human and specifically reproductive health issues, as well methodologies for analyzing performance and functions of health systems, health policy analysis, systems improvement, gender and equity; and humanitarian assistance issues in countries in conflict and emergency situations.

• Anchored theoretical coursework, and class lectures in real-world experiences related to global health issues including environmental issues, maternal and child health programs, culture and health. Freelance Consultant

Washington/Nairobi/Somalia 4/2011-7/2011

• Liaised with counterparts and ensured Ministry of Health participation in specific health coordination. forums and assisted in fostering exchanges of program information, best practices and training materials with partners involved in community participation and various line ministry officials.

• Participated in the development of strategic work-plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation plans, financial projections, grants management and tools for evaluation and needs assessment. Negotiated cooperative agreements. Assisted government agencies to develop grant funding opportunities.

• Provided direct input for the development of national public health policies and related areas including policy formulation, fundraising strategies and program development with a focus on the health needs of women and adolescents.


UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund, New York, NY 11/2006 - 02/2007

• Reviewed and analyzed existing development programs and project briefings in conflict and post-conflict countries with the aim of ensuring compliance with UNFPA’s policy and guidance strategies;

• Monitored and evaluated operational and administrative activities for refugees and IDPs, reviewed coordination, collaboration, advocacy, and communication strategies;

• Prepared and maintained UNFPA’s contribution and presented adopted recommendations at the United Nations’ inter-agency common program and policy formulation;

• Recommended different strategies to deliver appropriate maternal and child health services that protect the rights of women and girls in refugee and in IDP situations, while ensuring support for participation in sustainable development and peace initiatives.

• Wrote the report on A Holistic Approach to the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Publication, 2007. Consultant

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund, New York, NY 03/2006 - 06/2006

• Provided policy guidance on grant regulations and procedures, technical advisories and administrative support to country offices and assisted in the management of project budget on a regular basis in conflict and post conflict countries in Africa;

• Evaluated UNFPA’s health programs in the areas of reproductive health programs for adolescents, and youth, and MCH programs in conflict and post conflict countries; Developed recommendations for UNFPA to support the empowerment youth and women through capacity building for women and youth organization in national and community level dialogues on conflict and peace-building analysis and resolution.

• Reviewed and contributed to Joint Needs Assessment global progress report on the health sector needs of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations;

• Analyzed available opportunities and recommended resource mobilization and partnership strategies for securing additional resources for country programs. Social Affairs Officer

UNDAW – Division for the Advancement of Women, New York 11/2004 – 10/2005

• Contributed to preparations for the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) specifically on the section of Education and Training of Women and Girls;

• Assisted in the preparation of the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women with a focus on health and education;

• Participated in the organization and the follow-up of technical cooperation workshops on capacity building.

Program Specialist

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund, New York 10/2001 – 9/2004

• Managed, designed and coordinated UNFPA’s reproductive health and maternal and child Health programs for refugee populations;

• Coordinated HIV/AIDS and MCH programs and developed technical capacity and policy guidelines for action;

• Provided technical and administrative support to country offices and evaluated regional programs with UN Country Teams;

• Integrated HIV prevention with sexual and reproductive health care programs and supported supply chain management to field offices;

• Assisted in building UNFPA’s capacity and its partners and improved awareness campaigns on peace-building initiatives;

• Conducted multi-country missions and coordinated with national and regional implementing partners.

• Negotiated and developed institutional collaboration agreements and supported proposal writing strategies.

• Established partnerships for emergency program collaboration on technical capacity buildings. Women and Children Officer

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Asmara,Eritre 09/2000 – 08/2001

• Managed, coordinated and supervised program activities for women and children and improved women’s health care services for refugees and IDPs;

• Managed, designed, monitored, and evaluated humanitarian assistance projects dealing with income-generating activities, delivery of health services, educational, social and cultural issues for refugees and IDPs;

• Provided technical and administrative assistance, training, and guidance to UNHCR’s implementing partners on peace-building initiatives;

• Represented UNHCR in Inter-Agency Technical Working Groups on the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the refugee and IDP camps; and

• Organized Action for the Rights of Children and Peace Education Training of Trainers workshops. LANGUAGES: Fluent in English, Italian and Somali; working knowledge of Arabic. EDUCATION

M. P. H. School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Specialization: Population, Maternal and Child Health, and International Health M. A. Center for African Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Specialization: Health Management and Administration in Africa B. A. Bradford College, Haverhill, Massachusetts,

Major: Business Administration; Minor: Human Resources

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