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Work experience

2010Present

Country Director

PH International

Work with local staff to ensure effective implementation of USAID funded Civic Education and Teacher Training program, US Department of State funded Georgian Legal Socialization Program and US Embassy funded English Language Access Mircoscholarship Program in Georgia. Direct oversight of applied learning component under the Civic Education and and Teacher Training program and Social Media School component under the Georgian Legal Socialization program. Work with local and international organizations and donor community on developing new initiatives and programming for Georgia office.

20052010

Program Director, USAID Community Connections Program

PH International

Design, development, and implementation of international professional exchange training programs valuing USD 3 Million for 2005-2010, as part of the FORECAST I (Focus on Results: Enhancing Capacity Across Sectors in Transition) subcontract; direct oversight of national recruiting process of program participants, including program presentations, consultations, pre-screening of applications, forming and arranging reading and interview committees, facilitating participant selection process and conducting pre-departure orientations; overseeing follow-on activities of returning program alumni and contributing their active participation in their communities though applied knowledge; building partnerships and coalitions to ensure optimum program success between PH International offices and USAID, project partners, international and local NGOs, US Embassy in Georgia, host government officials, media, and the general public; management, training, and development of program and admin permanent staff; direct oversight and development of program budget and all program deliverables; financial management and monitoring for compliance with organizational and OMB guidelines; responsible for J-1 Visa processing and TraiNet monitoring for all participants, ensuring compliance with ADS 252 and 253; Reporting and evaluation of all program activities.

20032005

Deputy Program Director, U.S. Department of State’s Community Connections Program

PH International

Work with Country/Program Director on all stages of program administration and budget management; overseeing overall Community Connections program, including traveling to the target communities in the regions of Georgia to carry out program advertisement, promotion, and recruitment process. Conducted program consultations, presentations, press-conferences, media interviews, program and pre-departure orientations; designed and managed program alumni follow-on component, including arrangement of annual mini-grants competitions for program alumni and supporting in usage of U.S. applied knowledge in their organizations and communities, providing professional development and networking opportunities for them nationwide; managed program development in areas including website development, newsletter, alumni directory and other promotional publications; work with Public Affairs Section at US Embassy in Georgia and ECA, US Department of State staff to facilitate the program information exchange; In charge of closing up the program under the ECA, US Department of State in Georgia; international development team member involved in designing the new concept of the Community Connections subcontract proposal for the FORECAST I (Focus on Results: Enhancing Capacity Across Sectors in Transition) for the USAID EGAT/ED IQC Contract funding.

20002003

Program Coordinator, U.S. Department of State’s Community Connections Program

PH Internnational

Collaborated with Program Director on all stages of program participant recruitment and selection process; collected data on all contacts, candidates, program participants and alternates for entry into the program database; maintained regular communications with confirmed program participants; organized post-program, follow-on and other alumni activities; assisted program staff in preparing program quarterly newsletter; responsible for development program promotional materials, including brochures, pres kit and posters, managed production of program alumni directory; provided administrative support for the program, translating documents.

19982000

Assistant to the Project Director

Caucasian Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD)

Assisted Director of the EU funded and IWPR / CIPDD implemented Trans Caucasian Human Rights, Media Training and Information Project in its overall implementation including organizing trainings and conferences for journalists of Caucasus countries; publishing quarterly Russian language regional Journal “Media Caucasia” on media, human rights problems and ongoing political events in Caucasus region; arranging small grants competitions and awarding winner Georgian journalists for investigative newspaper articles.

19961998

Head of Public Relations Department

United Nations of Youth

Design, implementation and evaluation of internal and external PR strategies for the organization, targeting on having regular two way communications with donor communities and partners nationwide and attracting new member – volunteers for the organization; As a Board of Directors Member responsible for strategic projects development direction aiming in creating creative youth projects and events in Georgia; contact person and spokesman for the organization in mass media.

Education

Skills

Consultant / Trainer
Open Society Georgia Foundation Education Decentralization and Management Development Project Tbilisi, Georgia, January 2000 – December 2000   Trained, assisted and consulted administration, teachers and parents of selected pilot schools of Tbilisi in the creation of new school charter and school strategy; trained abovementioned groups and students in school election procedures which made possible for pilot schools in Tbilisi to have new school charter designed by all parties, along with the school strategy and action plans and with elected board of trustees and pedagogic councils.
Public Relations and Advocacy Expert
United Nations Development Programme, Gender and Politics Project Tbilisi, Georgia 2005 - 2009   Design, coordinating and evaluating PR and advocacy strategy of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and Government of Georgia funded and the Parliament of Georgia and UNDP implemented four year $ 1.138.142  project; During 4 years developed and implemented innovative media communication & education campaigns; produced written materials for the mass media; elaborated concepts for booklets, posters, flit cards, newsletters, newspaper inserts, press releases and photos; prepared scenarios of documentary films, PSA’s, other TV & Radio clips and TV talk shows about the gender equality concepts, and the importance of women’s participation in decision making; organization of meetings, workshops, seminars, regional events, photo & performing art exhibitions,  video installations and conferences;  communicated to journalists/broadcasters, in writing and face to face, to achieve excellent coverage for the project; developed and maintained local and key source media lists and contacts; created and managed regular update of project’s website; major highlight was establishment of Annual Gender Week in Georgia with established annual events: award ceremony for the best gender media sensitive report and article; award ceremony for the best gender equal business companies in Georgia and civil society EXPO working on gender and women’s issues are among them.

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Trainings Given

  • Conducting seminars in “Online PR” and “Integrated Marketing Communications” for the short term certificate programs organized by Center for Strategic Communications.
  • U.S. Peace Corps, Conducted Training-Seminar for newly arrived volunteers. Khashuri, Georgia. Topic: “International Donor Community in Georgia”. June 18, 2005
  • Conducted training for young leaders around Georgia on the topic “public relations strategies for non - governmental organizations” in the frame of the “New Generation for Georgia” project, subcontractor of International Republican Institute, through the USAID grant, Bakuriani, Georgia. 12-14, December, 2003.
  • Conducted seminars in “writing for PR” for the six month certificate program organized by the CAC’s Training Center. Tbilisi, Georgia, 2001 – 2002

Community Involvement

  • Co-founder of Georgian-European Policy Institute
  • Co-founder of Georgian Human Development Center

Selected Projects and Professional Publications

  • Author and acting Chief Editor of first and only Georgian Informational and Educational Internet Portal in Public Relations - “PRGUIDE.GE” on www.prguide.ge (In 2006 website was nominated among the 10 best professional informational resources in Georgian internet by the National Internet Competition TOPSITE.GE)
  • International team member and contact person for the Georgia PR Landscape, produced for the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management in the framework of the PR Landscape series of practical guides profiling the public relations industry and business, cultural, political and media landscapes in countries throughout the world. PR Landscape for Georgia and other countries can be downloaded from: http://www.globalpr.org

PH International

The mission of PH International is to create a stronger global community by fostering civic leadership, harnessing information technology and facilitating cross cultural education.

www.ph-int.org

PH International in Georgia currently is implementing USAID funded Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training Program, US Department of State funded  Georgian Legal Socialization program and US Embassy funded English Language Access Microscholarship Program. It also works with school students nationwide under the Social Media at School prorgram, promoting social media as a means of active citizenship and civic engagment. More information about current programs can be found:

www.civics.ge

www.initiatives.ge

www.glsp.ge

Past programs of PH International in Georgia included: USAID funded Community Connections Program, US Department of State funded Women's Leadership, Internet Community Development in the Caucasus and Domestic Violence Community Partnership Programs. 

Lecturing History

University of Georgia, School of Journalism and Mass Communications Tbilisi, Georgia, 2008 – Present Assistant Professor

  • Leading Course in “Public Relations Strategies and Tactics” at graduate school / Book “Public Relations Strategies and Tactics” (Denis Wilcox & Glen Cameron).
  • Leading Course in “Introduction to Public Relations” at the undergraduate and graduate schools / Book “Effective Public Relations” (Scott M. Cutlip, Allen H. Center, Glen M. Broom).

Caucasus University, Caucasus School of Media Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009 – Present Assistant Professor

  • Leading Course in “Introduction to Public Relations” at the undergraduate and graduate schools / Book “Effective Public Relations” (Scott M. Cutlip, Allen H. Center, Glen M. Broom).

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of HumanitiesTbilisi, Georgia, March 2005 – 2007 Lecturer in Public Relations

  • Delivering lectures “Mass Media and PR” and “Strategic Public Relations Planning” to the 3rd grade students majoring in Public Relations.

Georgian Technical University, Department of Public Relations, Sociology and Social ScienceTbilisi, Georgia, September 2004 – 2006Lecturer in Public Relations

  • Delivering lectures “Mass Media and PR” and “Strategic Public Relations Planning” to the 3rd grade students majoring in Public Relations.

Professional Involvement

  • Founder of the European Association of Public Relations and Communication Students -Georgia
  • Former moderator of “Online PR Club” on the business conference portal: www.conference.ge
  • Co-founder of PR and Communications Science Library in Georgia 
  • Co-founder of “PRoject”, Public Relations Students Annual Nationwide Competition
  • Co -Founder of “PR Weekend” - an annual Georgian PR professional event

Key Qualifications

Twelve years of experience with international development and education programming. Eight years of program, organizational and event administration, including charity, advocacy and PR campaigns. Almost all the work experience is connected with projects and programs dedicated to human and institutional capacity development, education, civic engagement and technology, professional and business community development,  as well as public relations practice in Georgia. Nearly all work was focused on international donor funded program design, implementation, development and evaluation as well as implementing communication and PR strategies for these organizations and projects; a self-starter, flexible with the ability to function cross-culturally and in a team environment.

Participation in Training Courses and International Exchange Programs

  • Internet TV conference by Singular Group and Open Society Georgia Foundation, Tbilisi, April 16, 2010.
  • Social Media for Social Change International Conference by PH International and Open Society Georgia Foundation in Tbilisi, April 9 – 10, 2010.
  • Facilitator of the U.S. Library of Congress funded Open World program delegation “Personal Data Protection and Cyber Security” from Georgia to Washington DC November 4 – November 16, 2009.
  • Training-Seminar on “New Media Essentials",  by Transitions Online (TOL) in Tbilisi, May 30-31, 2009. 
  • Facilitator of the U.S. Library of Congress funded Open World program delegation “Higher Education Accreditation” from Georgia to Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, December 3 – December 16, 2008.
  • Training on “Time Management” organized by Training and Development Group in the frame of the staff development component. July 3, 2008, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Training-Conference on “Human Resources Management and Organizational Development” organized by Project Harmony Ukraine and financed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine, October 16-18, 2004
  • Training-Seminar on “Leadership and Conflict Resolution”,  by PARTNERS GEORGIA Bakuriani, September 22-26, 2003 
  • Training for Trainers in the framework of Open Society Georgia Foundation’s - Education Decentralization and Management Development Project: "School strategy", June 28-30, 2001, Tbilisi, Georgia; "Problematic analysis at schools and successful interview techniques", May, 2001. Tbilisi, Georgia; "Steps, which must be done in order to create successful school charter and strategy", April 7-9, 2001, Likani, Georgia; "Research tools for school effectiveness and strategic planning", February 13-15, 2001, Tbilisi, Georgia; "New Decree and Election rules in selected pilot schools of Tbilisi". October 20-22, 2000. Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Training-seminar on "Electronic Publishing" organized by the Open Society Georgia Foundation with Electronic Publishing Development Program. Tbilisi, Georgia, April 19-22, 1999
  • International training program “How to Organize International Youth Activities”, Council of Europe, Youth Directorate, Strasbourg, France, June 21 – July 4, 1998
  • Training-seminar "Political Rhetoric in the Democratic Society". Friedrich Ebert Fund - Tbilisi office. Tbilisi, Georgia. April 8-27, 1997
  • Exchange student, Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta, GE, USA, 1994 - 1995, Graduated with Graduation Diploma 

Awards

  • Contributing proposal writing process for the Georgia Civic Education and Teacher Training program, awarded in 2010 by USAID and valuing USD 2,690 Million  for the period 2010 - 2013 and English Langauge Access Microscholarship program, awarded in 2011 by US Embassy in Tbilisi and valuing USD 100,000 for the period 2011-2012.
  • Author & winner of the grant amounting $ 19,231 for the project “Regional Media Follows New Media“ funded by the Open Society Georgia Foundation, 2009.
  • Author & winner of the grant amounting $ 14,971 for the project “Sstrategic Business Development of REGIONS.GE” funded by the Democracy Commissions Program, US Embassy in Georgia, 2009. 
  • Author & winner of the grant amounting $ 26,635 for creation REGIONS.GE (www.regions.ge) – first regional online news service in Georgia funded by the Open Society Georgia Foundation, 2008. 
  • Author & winner of the grant amounting $ 5,6000 for creation YOUTHNET.GE (www.youthnet.ge) - Georgian Youth Internet Portal funded by the World Bank Georgia Country Office, 2006. 
  • Author & winner of the grant amounting $ 500 for creation PRGUIDE.GE (www.prguide.ge) - first Georgian Informational – Educational Internet publication funded by the U.S. State Department and IREX implemented Internet Access and Training program, 2001. 
  • Diploma with Honor for outstanding graduation of undergraduate and graduate programs, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, 1999, 2001

Entrepreneurship

Skills

Language(s): Georgian (native language), fluent in English, upper immediate in Russian

Computer Skills: Windows, MS Office programs: MS Word; Excel; Access; Power-Point; Internet; E-mail, Photoshop, working knowledge of php and HTML web design programs and fluent in social media.