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Summary

Public health professional with experience in research, program development, and monitoring & evaluation, looking to obtain a full-time or consultancy position involving research, development and implementation of programs addressing women’s health issues, including reproductive health, gender-based violence and gender equality.

Key Professional Attributes

  • Strong experience and interest in the fields of reproductive health, gender-based violence, HIV and education

  • Comprehensive research skills, including study design, literature review, statistical data analysis, program

    monitoring and evaluation, scientific writing and presentations

  • Experience developing and facilitating trainings, presentations and educational materials for a range of audiences, incorporating best practices and evidence-based material

  • 8+ years previous work experience, including 2 years international work in post-conflict countries, exhibiting excellent leadership, management, coordination and project implementation skills within multi-cultural teams 

Research & Invited Presentations

  • “Are shifts in female desire mediated by fluctuations in estrogen concentration?” Robinette KL. Lab for Evolutionary Psychology, UCSB Research Grant Award and Research Colloquium. Santa Barbara, CA. 2007 
  • Other research topics include: Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy, Policy and Legislation on Female Genital Cutting, Adolescent Pregnancy/Childbearing, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, Water Access and Gender Equity in Developing Countries, Indoor Air Pollution and Pregnancy Outcomes

Work experience

Jun 2013Present

Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Coordinator

International Rescue Committee
  • Ensure effective systems to monitor country-wide Women’s Protection and Empowerment program activities, as well as oversee the safe and ethical collection, sharing and analysis of program-related data
  • Develop data-driven interventions and lessons learned around programming to contribute to key strategic discussions within the program and externally, including around advocacy and program design
  • Bridge research and programmatic perspectives to develop and oversee ethical and innovative research on WPE programs, including rigorous evaluations partnering with academic institutions
Apr 2012May 2013

GBV Impact Evaluation Manager

International Rescue Committee
  • Coordinated qualitative and quantitative data collections involving more than 400 participants in 15 communities in South Kivu, including assuring data quality and research ethics
  • Identified and analyzed impact evaluation results of mental health and savings groups interventions for survivors of sexual violence to promote organizational learning
  • Managed teams of 20+ interviewers and supervisors for activities in the field
Sep 2010Sep 2011

Global Health Fellow

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • 2010 CDC/ASPH Allen Rosenfield Global Health Fellows
  • CDC Global HIV/AIDs Program, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Contributed to the integration of gender-based violence prevention and care activities into existing HIV clinical and surveillance platforms, using current research and documented models of best practice
  • Identified and developed mechanisms for adding measurements of violence into HIV surveillance activities
  • Developed monitoring and evaluation strategies for U.S. government-funded GBV activities in DRC, including PEPFAR indicators 
Feb 2010Jul 2010

Media Coordinator and Teen Dating Violence Health Educator

STAND! Against Domestic Violence
  • Localizing and implementing a county-wide behavior change communication media campaign to raise awareness of cultural messages surrounding violence against women
  • Facilitating support groups for at-risk youth that teach and encourage healthy relationships, effective communication and conflict resolution to prevent teen dating violence
  • Developing both print and digital media material to increase knowledge and stimulate conversation about gender respect using current best practices in public service advertising
Oct 2009Mar 2010

Legislative Action Day Assistant

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • Helped organize and coordinate state-wide Legislative Action Day event to advocate for policy that supports ending violence against women in California
Sep 2009Feb 2010

Refugee Family Mentor Volunteer

International Rescue Committee
  • Provided practical and emotional support to newly arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo by ensuring their basic survival skills
Apr 2009Oct 2009

OLPCorps Project Coordinator Intern

One Laptop Per Child
  • Planned and implemented educational program for vulnerable children ages 6 to 12, involving 100+ rugged laptop computers designed to increase educational opportunities in low resource settings
  • Composed grant proposal and was awarded grant worth over $30,000, raised funds from personal and business sponsorships, oversaw logistics and technical equipment, co-authored project reports and project summary
  • Liaised with local government and education officials to address and report on gender equality in education access
Sep 2008Jun 2009

Research Analyst Consultant

World Health Organization
  • Contributed updates and input to "UN Standing Committee on Nutrition's 6th Report on the World Nutrition Situation; Nutrition for Improved Development Outcomes", 2009 publication
  • Compiled comprehensive database of existing national data on iodine status for over 100 countries
  • Analyzed and interpreted current regional and world-wide trends and estimated future trends in iodine deficiency using logistic regression models in SPSS
Jan 2009Apr 2009

Production Coordinator

VDay
  • Produced 2009 benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues and other events to increase awareness of violence against women, including organizing volunteers, securing financial donations and local sponsorship
  • Raised over $6,000 to support local organization Women With a Vision and international campaign to stop systematic sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Co-authored and published New Orleans Resource Guide for Women's Health
May 2008Mar 2009

Research Assistant

Department of Epidemiology
  • Screened medical records, recruited eligible post -Katrina patients at OB/GYN clinic, collected and managed patient data for Markers of Aging and Pregnancy Outcomes Study
  • Co-authored Research Study Manual of Procedures
Jan 2008Jun 2008

Community Assessment Intern

Mary Amelia Community Women's Health Education Center
  • Designed tools for quantitative neighborhood surveys and qualitative focus group and key informant interviews to identify gaps in health services in post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Conducted neighborhood asset mapping and identification of community leaders
Oct 2003Jun 2007

Program Coordinator

UCSB Associated Students Recycling Program
  • Liaised with campus, community, and businesses to assess campus needs and launch innovative programs
  • Supervised 17 employees, including conducting interviews, organizing meeting, and performance evaluations
  • Managed budget of up to $80,000, including payroll, merchandise, and equipment maintenance
May 2005Jun 2006

Volunteer Coordinator

GIVE Project
  • Advertised event through public speaking and various print and electronic publications
  • Organized volunteer hours, donations, and sales, raising over $11,000 for local charities

Presentations & Digital Media

Education

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BS

University of California, Santa Barbara
  • GPA 3.89/4.00, Graduated with Highest Honors, Dean’s List & Distinction in Major
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar & Golden State Governor’s Scholar
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society

Skills

STATA
SPSS
Arabic
Spanish
French
Study abroad 1 year at University of Bordeaux, France  Worked 1 year in Democratic Republic of Congo in French-speaking work environment  

Portfolio

Certifications

Oct 2008Present

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Oct 2010Present

International Project Officer for Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Mar 2011Present

Impact Assessment Evaluation for International Development Programs

INTERAC