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Dedicated and energetic international development professional with experience working in challenging environments, demanding strong cross-functional and cross-cultural teamwork. Proven ability to thrive under conditions requiring the completion of large projects concurrently, with great attention to details, under a short time frame. Over 3 years of office-based experience domestically and 2 years of field work in Ethiopia.

Work experience

Feb 2012Present

Entrepreneurship Instructor

Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp

Teach students the basics of finance, marketing, and business management and provide outlets in which they can apply them such as establishing and managing a school store, writing business plans, or creating their own small enterprises

Jan 2012Present

Project Management Intern

Management Systems International (MSI)

Ensure that logistical operations and processes both on the ground in developing countries, and locally, at the home office, run smoothly, effectively, and in accordance with USAID rules and regulations

  • Track project financial management information, provide background research, copy edit donor reports, review expense reports, assist in recruitment efforts for global hires, assist in the preparation of training materials and final reports, and coordinate international travel arrangements primarily for two USAID-funded projects
Oct 2009Jan 2011

Health Economic Development Advisor

U.S. Peace Corps/Ethiopia

Designed, implemented, and evaluated over 20 projects supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS, including close to 600 direct beneficiaries and 200 service providers, largely through the creation and use of income generating activities

  • Performed 50 household surveys and over 25 institutional interviews to determine knowledge, skills, and abilities about health and health related products, as well as facilitated weekly peer education activities and capacity building trainings for a total of 152 trainers on behavior change communication (BCC) and mainstreaming
  • Assisted in the organizational assessment of 3 local development associations and helped implement changes in policies, wrote 2 project proposals totaling over $55,000 and secured over $25,000 in local funding and community contributions for a financially self-sustaining community center, and facilitated permaculture trainings for 30 orphans and vulnerable children and organized market-entry points for their products
  • Selected by programming staff to facilitate the technical training of over 150 new Peace Corps Trainees on needs assessments and facilitation skills, co-wrote the Peace Corps Ethiopia Counterpart Handbook, represented volunteers as part of the Project Advisory Committee, and helped coordinate two Southern region summer camps for 65 at-risk youth



R. Darshan Grover