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About me

Calm under pressure, I enjoy working in busy, stimulating environments to achieve results. Analytical, goal-oriented and independent thinker who puts ideas into action. Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, I am now based in Barcelona, Spain after completing a Masters.

Skills

Writing, editing, research
Project planning, strategy, and coordination
Managing people & facilitation
Problem solving
Financial, logistics, security and procurement management
WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Prezi, Trello, Slack, ActivCollab, etc

Courses

Spanish - B2.2 - Intensive course 2016-2017

Hazardous Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) - Danish Refugee Council and Safety & Security Committee Lebanon - April 2014: http://www.ssclebanon.org/our-pillars/10

Arabic - Levantine (basic) - Beirut, Lebanon - 2012 & 2015; Modern Standard (basic) - Cairo, Egypt - 2012 (Intensive)

Lao (intermediate) - Vientiane, Lao PDR - April - Oct 2007

Work experience

Jul 2016 present

Freelance writer and researcher

Various clients

Lushomo (Cape Town, South Africa)
Research and communications strategy

Trocaire Myanmar (Yangon, Myanmar)
Research and policy writing

Goodman Lantern (London, UK)
Market research for SMEs, government agencies and consultancies

Expedia, Travelocity, Wotif (Red Hill, Australia)
Copywriting

South America Travel (Seattle, USA)
Copywriting, editing of 150 tours

The Book of Everyone (Barcelona, Spain)
Research

Good Design Matters (London, UK)
Copywriting

Apr 2014Sep 2014

Deputy Area Manager - Programmes and Operations

Save the Children International - Akkar, Lebanon

Strategic oversight of all programmes - child protection, food security and livelihoods, shelter and NFIs, education, health

  • Second-in-charge of base management including approximately 100 staff, and logistics, security, HR, finances and administration
  • Daily problem solving - technical issues, staff grievances, community and beneficiary liaison, donor and implementing partner coordination
  • Report writing, proposal coordination, advocacy, public relations, representation duties
Apr 2013Oct 2013

Programme Coordinator - Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative

SMEC International - Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Reponsible for operations of multi-million, multi-year programme for transport (road, rail, port and air), water and sanitation infrastructure projects, and national policy initiatives
  • Coordinated operations across Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra offices (finances, HR, procurement and head contract with AusAID)
Oct 2012Mar 2013

International Development Manager

SMEC International - Canberra, Australia
  • Proposal development and management - won Vanuatu infrastructure and Indonesia education projects, assisted successful PNG bid
  • Provided project management support for Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative
Jul 2011Jun 2012

Project Coordinator - Activities

GRM International - Kabul, Afghanistan

Assisted and supported Activity Manager to achieve outputs of 19 projects with Ministries of health, education, rural development, and agriculture

  • Oversight of finances, procurement, human resources, and logistics
  • Assisted supervision of 20 national and 10 international staff
  • Seconded to manage water, education, health and governance projects in Uruzgan and Parwan Provinces
May 2010Jun 2011

Documentation and Publications Officer

AIDS Foundation of South Africa
  • Produced newsletters and policy reports; edited and published research reports, created and maintained website for advocacy purposes
  • Produced training manuals and conducted training on organisational development and administrative management
Feb 2009Jan 2010

Service Delivery Fund Manager

UNDP - Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Managed a fund to support basic services and infrastructure at Provincial/District level

  • Developed Procurement and Fund Operation Manual, trained staff on processes
  • Implemented, and monitored progress of, projects in 10 Districts - construction of water supply systems, lavatories, dormitories, and classrooms

Jan 2008Jan 2009

Researcher

Mekong Programme on Environment, Water and Resilience

Investigated use patterns in watershed to improve water governance networks

  • Designed research methodologies and tools, conducted surveys, focus groups in villages (both bilingual and for illiterate participants)
  • Managed budget, logistics, and student assistants in field research
  • Presented at conferences, peer reviewed journal manuscripts, wrote report
Nov 2007Jan 2008

Consultant

IUCN - The World Conservation Union
  • Designed and conducted forest resources inventories in Protected Areas in southern Laos to improve sustainable use for domestic and commercial use
  • Wrote final report of results and recommendations
20062007

Assistant Programme Officer

IUCN - The World Conservation Union
  • Assisted National University of Lao PDR staff and students in research activities, funding opportunities, and curriculum development
  • Assisted policy and advocacy work on international conventions e.g. Ramsar

Education

20142016

Masters of Public Policy - Erasmus Mundus programme

Central European University/Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Scholarship holder funded by the EU

Graduate Diploma International Urban and Environmental Management

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts (1st class Hons) - Political Science

The University of Melbourne

Deans' List for Arts

Prize for top mark in International Relations