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Services Administration Project Officer

Falls Church, VA
August 25, 2021

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Abdibashi H Wehelie, MPA


Summary of Qualifications:

Self-directed and driven public financial management officer with over 25 years of experience at the State and Federal level of government. Demonstrated success developing and seamlessly formulating budget and executing spend plans in complex financial regulated structures. Recognized for maximizing performance by implementing appropriate strategies through analysis of details to gain understanding of the emerging issues, trends, and relationships.

• Financial Management

• Procurement

• Grant Management

• Financial Forecasting

• Budget Formulation

• Budget Execution

• Management Assurance

• Third -party Monitoring

• Internal Controls

• Disaster Preparedness

• Disaster Response

• Monitoring & Evaluation

Work Experience

Feb 2008 – Sep 2019, Supervisory/Senior Financial Analyst/Program Analyst, Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), United States Department of health and Human Services


• Acted as the contracting officer representative (COR)/SME for the development and maintenance of an integrated accounting and financial management system. This required me to ensure that the system was developed in compliance with all applicable Federal accounting principles, standards, laws, and internal controls.

• Supervised the simplified acquisition team (9 FTEs) and oversaw the processing of all Micro purchases in ASPR (approx. 2,500,000 transactions per year).

• Monitored all substantive changes ASPR and HHS financial management policies and regulations, and recommended changes to such policies where appropriate and warranted.

• Reviewed, by section staff, the budget data submitted by field activities and recommended revision of the budget estimates considering prescribed goals, standards, past performance, and local conditions.

• Performed the full complement of budgetary functions and duties associated with all phases of the federal budget process (e.g., formulation, justification, presentation, and execution) for specific assigned projects and/or programs, centers, and national offices within the agency.

• Collaborated with ASPR’s Program offices to review and evaluate funding justifications, IGCE, SOWs and grants agreements for states and counties.

• Monitored, reviewed, and reconciled system of record data with the commitments, obligations, and reimbursable orders tracked in the ASPR budget tool. This included, tracking obligations, expenditures, and the flow of funds.

• Identified opportunities to fine tune the workflow, system processes, decrease redundant approvals, etc.

• Facilitated discussions around roles and responsibilities at the program/organization levels for this process and determined scenario-based feedback loops. 2

• Developed program requisition milestones - average processing time by $, average number of requests declined, percent of spend plan obligated by quarter.

• Provided authoritative interpretation, expert advice and assistance to program managers and budget staff related to the budgetary processes, policies, and procedures.

• Provided cost benefit analyses to evaluate program requisition proposals and projects.

• Provided policy guidance and oversight of accounting personnel, activities, and operations.

• Performed a variety of overly complex, demanding program analysis assignments and studies where I apply qualitative and quantitative methods for the analysis and evaluation of both internal, organizational program operations and line health care programs to determine their efficiency and effectiveness.

• Leveraged my extensive knowledge and expertise in the intricacies of the Stafford Act, the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Plan, the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), as it relates to interagency collaborations at the federal, state and local levels.

• Identified and analyzed issues, problems, and challenges facing the programs; formulated and evaluated possible courses of action for resolving them.

• Conducted several projects and studies that analyzed the effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs dealing with disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

Jun 2015 – 7/17 – Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Mogadishu, Somalia

• Participated in and contributed to joint FGS/UN working group on development of M&E framework for the National Development Plan (NDP).

• Developed and maintained a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation activities for the then proposed national development plan (NDP) . This involved coordination of project-related meetings such inception workshops, project steering committees and other stakeholder meetings.

• Provided SME in tracking progress against agreed 2016 NDP milestones.

• Supported the alignment of sector ministry policy and strategy documents with National Development Plan (NDP) M&E framework.

• Developed evaluation designs for technical assistance engagements, including work plans and data collection methods.

• Travel to Regional Member State to consult with counterparts and stakeholders

• Conducted independent evaluations of donor assistance programs and engagements

• Supported M&E process improvements and program learning

• Develop and presenting reports to stakeholders

• Ensured sustainability of monitoring, reporting and data collection and analysis in the context of a wide scoped programs funded in Somalia by the donor countries.

• Play a lead role in data collection under the guidance of senior management staff.

• Conduct key informant interviews, conduct focus group discussions, and participate in various phases of surveys.

• Provide technical analysis, information, and guidance during all phases of the assignment

• Facilitated, participated in, and contribute to technical and coordination meetings, workshops, learning platforms, capacity building exercises, and other events.

• Participate in presentations and dissemination efforts as needed. 3

Jun 2003 – Feb 2008, Lead Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) /HHS, Rockville, MD, USA

• Led the development of local, state, and national program operations and initiatives for assigned operating public mental health programs.

• Formulated local, state, and national program and project goals, objectives, operating policies, strategic program plans, guidelines, standards, and priorities.

• Served as the technical contracting officer's representative (COR)-Prepared, reviewed, negotiated, and/or monitored collaborative agreements, contracts, and/or memorandum of agreements.

• Led the development of work plans for implementation of activities and ensures submission and review of all required progress reports.

• Reviewed congressional and legislative actions to assess the impact on public health programs.

• Examined overall program efforts to assess the need for expanding/curtailing projects or to identify operational objectives that better serve the program intent. Apr 1998 – May 2003, Fiscal Consultant (Third-Party Monitoring), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/HHS, Rockville, Maryland, USA

• Monitored, reviewed, and evaluated the fiscal and programmatic compliances of the Federal Mental Health Block Grant Program (MHBG). MHB program makes funds available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 6 Pacific jurisdictions to provide community mental health services.

• Served as the subject matter expert (SME) in the fiscal and programmatic aspect of the third- party monitoring (TPM) activities.

• Developed guidelines, SOPs, and schedules to guide third-party monitoring undertaken by the TPM team and/or state/county/local agencies.

• Developed instruments and templates to guide TPM data collection.

• Reviewed data collection and management policies for contracted TPM agencies to ensure compliance with HHS standards.

• Responsible for the detailed planning of all key TPM work processes from pre-deployment, through data collection and field work to post-deployment and reporting.

• Provided management oversight and guidance to field monitors.

• Provided routine monitoring of the TPM master work plan and workflow processes.

• Established and enacted capacity building materials and approaches by which to strengthen local agencies engaged and utilized these materials and approaches to build grantee capacities.

• Developed schedules for and ultimately approve TPM visits.

• Supported local agencies receiving block grant as they prepare for and/or undertake during the TPM visits.

• Managed short-term technical assignments relevant to TPM deliverables.

• Developed and contributed to presentations, reports, and other scheduled or ad hoc inputs focused on TPM requested by SAMHSA/HHS.

• Approved all TPM Team deliverables prior to submission to the Project Officer Senior Policy and Budget Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Responsible for monitoring projects and financial management for the Division of Health related to Medicaid, Social Security, and Federal Mental Block Grant programs, and other State and Federal laws related to community mental health funding. Consultant, United States Committee for Refugees, Washington, DC, USA Documented the plight of refugees and displaced persons in southern Somalia and neighboring countries. Team resented a major report to the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Hunger and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa. United States Agency for International Development, Mogadishu, Somalia Economic Development Intern

Designed and conducted a major study on Somali private sector constraints and opportunities for the country's transition from a state run to a market economy, consulting with business leaders, donor country officials & the World Bank staff.

Investment Analyst (Intern), US Chamber of Commerce- Washington, DC, SUA Completed a major comparative study of international investment policy incentives in selected Sub-Saharan and Asian countries. The results were used to evaluate and analyze the investment climate in African countries.


University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, United States

• Master of Arts Degree, Major: Public Policy and Administration University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States

• Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Government and Politics Courses/Certifications:

Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/USAID, Washington, DC, United States-

• Area: International Humanitarian Coordination Field Simulations- May 2019

• Area: Interagency Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response for Senior Managers-April 2019

Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), Washington, DC, United States

• Area: Federal Acquisition Certification for FAC-COTR- September 2016 Other Languages Other than English

• Somali (Native)

• Arabic (Conversational)

• Kiswahili (Conversational)

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