CURRICULUM VITAE

  • 10+ years experience in technical advisory, programme development and project management in development, humanitarian and clinical health

  • Multi-sectoral qualitative and quantitative research in low-resource environments

  • Needs assessments, strategic planning, proposal development, program implementation and evaluation

  • Large team management, training and development experience

Profile
Country Experience
Skills
Research
  • Qualitative research. Doctoral thesis on the impact of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on family planning.

  • Quantitative research. 300-household KAP-B survey in South Sudan on integrated health programming.

  • Formative research. Community and health worker perspectives of IPC interventions during the 2018-19 DRC Ebola outbreak.

  • Policy research. Knowledge management in health emergency responses for GOAL.

  • Knowledge translation. Plain language policy briefs and research interpretations for NGOs, donors and MoH.

  • Systematic literature review. Health systems resilience; Humanitarianism in epidemics.

  • Research commissioning. Impact of men’s support groups on child nutrition and vaccination outcomes.

  • Participatory research. Safe motherhood intervention identification in Ethiopia.​

Strategy
  • Innovation. Engaging Kenyan youth in family planning using “hackathons” for the Gates Foundation.

  • Emergency response. National social and behaviour change strategy for the Sierra Leone Ebola response.

  • Cross-pillar strategy. Development of the community engagement in IPC interventions strategy for areas with intense community reticence in the DRC's current Ebola response.

  • Partnership. Reviews of NGO partners prior to funding awards and during grants for quality assurance with GOAL and WHO.

  • Strategic development. Global community engagement and social behaviour change strategy for GOAL.

  • Strategic review. GOAL’s gender policy and approach at headquarters and field levels.

Technical Advising
  • Best practice. Standard operating protocols for the UK’s world-wide deployable Emergency Medical Team.

  • Training manual development. Climate change adaptation and sexual and reproductive health in Malawi.

  • Monitoring and evaluation. Indicators and processes for social and behaviour change projects across GOAL.  

  • Clinical policies and procedures. GOAL’s 100-bed Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

Fundraising and Representation
  • Proposal development. Health, WASH, Nutrition, Gender and Research proposals.

  • External representation. USAID, DfID, CDC, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Gates, World Bank, Paul G Allen and Governments.

  • Media engagement. Radio and TV interviews, newspaper articles and blogs.

  • Conference organisation. Learning lessons from Ebola with NGOs, UN agencies, academia and donors.

Change Management
  • Operational restructuring. Health and nutrition projects in GOAL Malawi after funding landscape review.

  • Medical logistics. Pharmaceutical and medical supply and management for 3 Ebola Treatment Centres in DRC.

  • Health systems strengthening. Transition of GOAL’s primary health units to the MoH in South Sudan.

  • Value for money. Restructure of Ebola surveillance operations in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

  • Adaptive management. Adjust focus from construction to maintenance and use of latrines in GOAL Malawi.​

Operations
  • Needs and risk assessments. During Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone and DRC.

  • Project start-up. Health and protection grant for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

  • Coordination. Partnership lead for WHO's IPC sub-commission in Butembo, DRC in the 2018-19 Ebola outbreak.

  • Clinic management. 20 primary health and nutrition care units in Twic County and Abyei, South Sudan.

  • Staff training. Infection prevention and control training of 400+ high-risk zone ETC staff.

  • Project evaluation. Cholera prevention program in Haiti.

 
Personnel Management
  • Staff management. 30 international and 400+ national staff at the GOAL ETC in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

  • Technical hiring and supervision. Senior health staff in 15 GOAL country offices and during the WHO DRC Ebola response.

  • Capacity building. Capacity review and training program for 200+ health and nutrition staff in South Sudan.

Bangladesh

Canada

DRC

Ethiopia

Ghana 

Haiti

Honduras

India 

Kenya

Malawi

Niger

Senegal

Sierra Leone

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Turkey

Uganda

UK

Zimbabwe

Languages

English - mother tongue

French - highly proficient

Professional Experience
Global Health Consultant 2017 - Current
  • Technical Consultant MNRHiE in Covid-19 expert consultation READY Initiative (Remote) 2020

  • Research Consultant Social science analysis cell evaluation Oxford University (DRC/UK) 2020

  • Expert Reviewer Risk Pool Fund, R2HC/ELHRA, Academic Journals (Remote) 2018 - Current

  • Technical Consultant SOPs for the UN Covid-19 field hospitals Respond Global (Remote) 2020

  • Humanitarian Advisor Learning from Ebola for Covid-19 Frontline Collaboration Against COVID-19 (UK) 2020

  • Research Consultant SRH in the DRC Ebola outbreak International Rescue Committee (DRC) 2019

  • Seminar and Assessment Developer Challenges in humanitarian crises. Imperial College (UK) 2016-18

  • Consultant Multi-country review of HIV services for key populations. Global Fund (via APMG Health) (Remote) 2017

UK-Med 
2016 - Current
  • Humanitarian Health Advisor – Seconded to DAI’s Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme

    • Remote technical support to 6 Sub-Saharan African countries for the Covid-19 response.

    • Partner assessments of national NGOs to advise DFID on technical capacity and funding.

  • Health Technical Consultant 

    • Technical writing and advisory support for standard operating protocols.

    • Pre-deployment training in outbreak response, reproductive health, nutrition and ethics.

    • Interviews and hiring recommendations for Covid-19 response staff.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2019 - Current
  • Research Fellow Evaluation of the International Federation of the Red Cross' safe and dignified burials programme, and community feedback mechanism in the DRC Ebola Response.

  • Technical Advisory Group Member GOARN-Research social sciences.

  • Mentor Massive Online Open Course - Disease outbreaks in low and middle income countries.

 
World Health Organization - DRC Ebola Response
2019
  • Infection Prevention and Control Specialist - Ebola Response

    • Quality improvement of community and health facility level IPC activities.

    • Research into community perceptions of IPC interventions & Evaluation of PBF for IPC programme.

    • Clinical leadership for IPC and nursing care at the Butembo & Katwa ETCs.

    • Medical logistics for central pharmacy and PPE stores for WHO-supported ETCs.

  • Technical Consultant

    • Remote technical support for the Paul Allen Foundation-funded IPC in Ebola strengthening project.

    • Liaison to Paul G Allen Foundation – monthly meetings, written reports, communications materials.

    • Commissioning and technical advisory support for external project evaluation.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2016-2018
  • Research Fellow Engaging communities in vaccine responses to infectious disease outbreaks.

  • Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre Strategic development and events management.

  • Seminar Leader Health Systems; Understanding Leadership, Management and Organisations.

GOAL Global
2012-2016
  • Health and Social Behaviour Change Advisor (Global/UK)

  • Ebola Response Task Force - Health Advisor (Sierra Leone)

  • Behaviour Change and Gender Officer (Global)

  • Community Health Supervisor (South Sudan)

Other​​
  • Co-Chair Social and behaviour change working group. CORE Group (USA) 2014-15

  • Nursing Instructor Maternal health and infectious diseases. Bangladesh Health Project. (Bangladesh) 2011

  • Registered Nurse Acute care, palliative and mental health units. Vancouver Coastal Health (Canada) 2009-11

Education
Qualifications​
  • DrPH London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)     2015-2021 (expected)

    • Thesis: Family planning during Ebola: Perspectives on access and provision in Sierra Leone

    • Funding: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, The Parkes Foundation

  • MSc Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) 2011-12

  • BSc Nursing University of British Columbia (Canada) 2008-09

  • BSc University of British Columbia (Canada) 2002-06

Short Courses
  • Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE).  (DRC) UNDSS 2019

  • Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). (Online) UNFPA 2019

  • Senior-level course in Conflict and Humanitarian Action. (UK) LSE/ODI 2018

  • Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health. Interagency Working Group on sexual and reproductive health in crises (Online) 2017

  • Medical Anthropology. LSHTM (UK) 2016

  • Systems Thinking in Public Health. Johns Hopkins University (Online) 2016

  • Gender Mainstreaming, Gender and Human Rights.  Human Rights Education Associates (Online) 2014-2015

  • Psychological First Aid. Johns Hopkins University (Online) 2017

Awards 

Personal Awards​

Centenary Medal of Distinction University of British Columbia

School of Nursing 2019 

  • Recognition of individuals who have brought high honour to the school and to the profession of nursing

Small Grant Parkes Foundation 2018

  • To support thesis research fieldwork

Doctoral Scholarship Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation 2016

  • 3 years of full doctoral funding to the top 15 Canadian doctoral candidates.

  • Awarded for excellence in policy-applicable humanities scholarship.​

Research Travel Scholarships The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2015/2016

 “Young Alumni of the Year" Award University of British Columbia School of Nursing 2015

  • For services to humanitarian health.​

Scholarship in Nursing Hamber Foundation 2009

Research Grants​

  • Consolidating practice in social science research for Ebola, DRC. Wellcome Trust 2019-2020

  • Evaluation of community-based Ebola control interventions in the DRC. R2HC/ELHRA 2019-2020

  • African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT) EDCTP 2017-2021

  • Anthropological exploration of facilitators and barriers to vaccine deployment and administration during disease outbreaks (AViD) NIHR 2018-2021

Recent Programme Grants​

  • Accelerating Infection Prevention and Control in Priority Health Facilities in Butembo & Katwa, DRC Paul G Allen Family Foundation 2019