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I am an Arabic speaking international development professional with field experience in the Middle East.  In my current role, I have supported programming worth in excess of $80 million between 2017 – 2019, from various funders such as DFID, UN Agencies, US Government, and other charities.  These programs consisted of humanitarian aid, emergency response, stabilization, and infrastructure projects across Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Duties ranged from management and oversight of Za’atari camp, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, to support of multiple displaced persons camps in Iraq, to assisting refugee communities in Sana’a, Yemen. I have particularly strong experience in starting up and closing out projects, having simultaneously closed several multimillion-dollar programs, including leading the close-out effort for DFID’s £33.8 million SGS project implemented by Blumont inside Syria.

Work experience

Feb 2018Present

Program Associate

Blumont International

In addition to my responsibilities as a Program Assistant:
• Provide project oversight and HQ support for all U.N. based programming, as well as various other donor funded projects as needed, consisting of disaster relief and humanitarian response projects worldwide. Main countries of focus include: Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.
• Maintain all required program and project records and files (hard copies and electronic files) for all projects and programs for audit readiness, as well as work with finance and audit teams to respond to audits.

Sep 2018Dec 2018

Program Associate – Field Assignment

Blumont International

• Acting in place of Deputy Project Director in Amman, Jordan during close of DFID’s SGS program - responsibilities included: direct assistance to Project Director and program team; assisting with timeliness, cost, and quality of all activities performed; providing guidance, direction, and oversight to administrative aspects of the program; assist with grants program to help beneficiary communities address service delivery issues, implement workable solutions while adhering to high standards of professional compliance; writing weekly reports to Blumont’s HQ, and aiding with monthly and final program reports to DFID.
• Hold multiple project close-out training sessions for Blumont staff in all departments of Amman and Erbil offices.
• Directly support and engage with donors such as DFID, UNHCR, & UNFPA during discussions and negotiations.

Aug 2017Feb 2018

Program Assistant

Blumont International

• Serve the broader needs of programs both at Blumont HQ and in the field in the areas of project implementation and administrative support as well as assist in overall management of programs.
• Support all department projects as necessary, including support for logistics and administrative arrangements for the field and support of short-term and long-term personnel.
• Maintain all required program and project records and files (hard copies and electronic files) for all projects and programs
• Assist in the preparation of reports and dissemination of information.
• Conduct business development research and assist in the proposal writing process for donors such as UNHCR, UNDP, IOM, UNFPA, WHO, DFID, USAID, OCHA, WFP, GAC, MoFA of France, and others.
• Attend relevant events and arrange meetings for department.

Mar 2017Sept. 2018

Coordinator

IJMA3-USA, Inc.

In addition to my responsibilities as a Research Analyst:

  • Perform various business development responsibilities such as maintaining communications with donors and outreach to new businesses and potential new partnerships or M.O.U.’s.
  • Administration of operations and communications with various entities, such as government and tax departments, insurance agencies, accountants, and Board of Directors, to maintain the organizations’ registration, legal standing, and financial solvency.
  • Generate all aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plans for awarded projects, such as plan development, workshops, indicators tables, narratives, M&E tools, data analysis/reporting, and mid-term/final evaluations.
  • Conduct research on various topics to be used for brainstorming or creating programming for implementation of international development projects. Projects included: capacity building for women, youth, and underprivileged populations on technical skills, entrepreneurship, and social outreach; countering violent extremism in Lebanon; and establishing community centers.
Oct 2015Mar 2017

Research Analyst

IJMA3-USA, Inc.
  • Conduct research and report on various topics to be used for brainstorming or creating programming for implementation upon IJMA3’s selection for international development projects.
  • Assist in the administration of day to day operations and communications with various entities, such as Board of Directors, government and tax departments, insurance agencies, accountants and payroll, to maintain the organizations official registrations, legal standing, and financial solvency.
  • Assist in liaising with appropriate donors to position IJMA3-USA as the “go-to” organization for ICT work in the Middle East and turning IJMA3-USA into a well-known organization in the D.C. area.
Aug 2015Oct 2015

Junior Analyst

IJMA3-USA, Inc.
  • Assist in creating “Concept Papers” and responses to various Requests for Applications (RFAs) from current and prospective donors.
  • Attend meetings with CEO: Prepare needed materials for meetings, take notes, send minutes and briefings.
  • Support writing, assembling, and submitting full proposals to donors in response to funding opportunities.
Apr 2015Jul 2015

Summer Intern: ICT's and Development

IJMA3-USA, Inc.
  • Track, monitor, and follow up on grant applications and opportunities.
  • Assist CEO with needed travel logistics and materials, such as Visa applications, flights/hotels bookings, online payments, filling registrations forms, briefing CEO on program agendas, and preparing summaries.
  • Process invoices and other documents related to IJMA3-USA, and make sure all commitments (financial payments, registration, reporting, and other) of IJMA3-USA are paid/met.
  • Web updates on IJMA3-USA website and social media channels.
Apr 2015Present

Intern: ICT's and Gender Equality

Women's Alliance for Virtual Exchange (WAVE)
  • Assist with development of WAVE and establishment of WAVE as a registered organization.
  • Assist with the transfer from WAVE as a project to WAVE as an official international organization.
  • Assist in creating “Concept Papers” and responses to various Requests for Applications (RFAs) from current and prospective donors.
  • Support writing, assembling, and submitting full proposals to donors in response to funding opportunities.
  • Attend meetings with CEO: Prepare needed materials for meetings, take notes, send minutes and briefings.
  • Serve as general office administrative assistant and maintain an organized and up-to-date workplace.
Jan 2012May 2012

Research and Administrative Intern

Bridging Nations Foundation
  • Contributed to the generation and development of ideas for courses, research projects and events during weekly meetings with CEO.
  • Assisted professors with curriculum development for College of Energy, Environment and Sustainability classes – Energy, Economics and Sustainability.
  • Researched and wrote policy-relevant posts for the Bridging Nation's (BN) College of Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
  • Managed BN contact database repair and update project as well as develop correspondence protocol so as to effectively execute newsletter distribution and event promotion.
  • Created and enacted BN social media strategy on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Assisted to the growth and development of start-up education initiative – The College of Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
  • Contributed to research and preparation of grant proposals.
  • General technical services and support.
Sep 2006May 2007

Building Management: Work-Study

Peace Corps Headquarters
  • Compiled detailed worldwide budget analysis of goods such as office supplies, furniture, and vehicles.
  • Served as general office assistant to support management conferences and large meetings.
Oct 2014Present

Crew Chief - Independent Contractor

Grasshopper Movers
  • Serve as crew manager/supervisor, directing and managing up to 5 other team members at a time.
  • Provide excellent and personal customer service on a daily basis and take responsibility for assuaging client's questions or concerns.

  • Serve as crew driver to handle all transport and navigation as well as logistics.

  •  Work effectively and efficiently while unsupervised or while supervising others.

Jul 2009Oct 2014

Independent Contractor

Big Green Moving
  • Consistently create accurate billing invoices for each move while working in the field.
  • Serve as team leader to manage customer questions and requests during moving process.
  • Committed and dependable employee despite long/odd hours and on-call status.
  • Efficient and hardworking team member prioritizing a positive and cooperative work environment.
  • Provide superior customer service to clients while caring for and transporting household goods during local and interstate moves.

Technical Skills

Interpersonal skills:

  • Ability to communicate and interact with senior business executives as well as officials at all levels of government, and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in diverse communities.
  • Vetted and approved by State Dept. and proven ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. 
  • Efficient and organized planning along with extensive experience traveling, working, and living abroad.

Program Management:

  • Training in a variety of program management areas, such as overall project management and oversight, financial management, M&E, project start-up, project close-out, audit reviews and responses, and more, often in regions experiencing extreme humanitarian circumstances, including natural disasters and war zones, such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon.
  • Experience with inner workings of non-profit/NGO company structure; filing taxes and government registrations; working with auditors and responding to audit reports; interacting and communications with Board of Directors, senior management, lawyers, accountants, insurance agencies, payroll services, and others to maintain day to day operations and administration.
  • Certification from PMD Pro (Program Management for Development Professionals).

Finance:

  • Knowledge and experience creating and analyzing line-item budgets, handling invoices, managing corporate credit and bank accounts, responding to financial audits, and overall accounting and bookkeeping.
  • Experience with QuickBooks and Costpoint software and managing nonprofit finances and accounting.
  • Grant writing and budget creation for funding opportunities with UN, EU, USG, & other agencies.

Data Management:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, P-6 Primavera, OpenText, SAP, Costpoint, SPSS, and others. Proficient in both Macintosh and PC. Experience with PC hardware, web design, and networking.
  • Email, Communication, and Listserv Database management: Outlook, Skype, MailChimp, WorldCard
  • Aptitude for layout, design, formatting, graphics, and finalization of reports, written or electronic.
  • Designing and promoting online media pages: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Squarespace, Wordpress, Ehost
  • Average 100 w/m typing

Relevant Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with inner workings of non-profit\NGO company structure; filing taxes and government registrations; interacting and communications with Board of Directors, lawyers, accountants, insurance agencies, payroll services, and others to maintain day to day operations and administration.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with senior business executives as well as officials at all levels of government, and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in diverse communities.
  • Thorough, accountable, clear, and timely written research and reports.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and foreign languages.
  • Grant writing and budget creation for funding opportunities with U.N., E.U., U.S. Gov., & other agencies.
  • Vetted and approved by State Dept. and proven ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. 
  • Language – Modern Standard Arabic (advanced), Egyptian Arabic & Spanish (conversational).
  • Project Management – created successful social media marketing strategy at Bridging Nations.
  • Strategic Leader – crew manager at Grasshopper Moving overseeing as many as 5 crew members.
  • Highly efficient and organized at handling multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Efficient and organized planning along with extensive experience traveling and living internationally.
  • Exceptional and improvisational problem solving skills.

Highlights

  • Photographer & note-taker - Saad Hariri, NUSACC, and IJMA3 roundtable discussion. (May 8, 2015)
  • IJMA3-USA & IJMA3: The Arab ICT Organization Web revamp project. (May –September, 2015)
  • Bridging Nations social media marketing project and email recovery project. (May 2012)
  • Study Abroad Program: American University in Cairo (2008-09)
  • 1st Place State Award, “Political Philosophy”. “We the People” competition, Arizona (2006)

Education

Aug 2008Jun 2009

Study Abroad Program

American University in Cairo

Relevant Courses:

  • Political Economics
  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • Government & Politics of Egypt
  • Non-Muslim Communities in the Muslim World
  • Modern Movements in Islam.