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I am an experienced researcher and freelance editor with a background in international relations, gender and development. I am passionate about human rights, youth, education and the environment, as reflected by my varied work experiences. Through these experiences, I have honed my research, writing, communication and analytical skills, and have a particularly keen eye for detail. My administrative experiences and IT capabilities also allow me to be extremely organised and efficient. I am seeking a position with an international organisation or non-profit where I can apply my research and international relations skills to create mutual impact.

Research Experience

Aug 2015Present

Researcher, Policy, Research & Planning Division

Office of the Prime Minister (Gender & Child Affairs)

Conduct research and assist in the monitoring and evaluation projects of the Unit. Additional duties:

  • Assist with the execution of projects and programmes.
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinators to assist in the administration of evaluation instruments.
  • Support the review of specific programmes/projects. Assist with monitoring and tracking of major activities in the division.
  • Compile, collate, analyse and interpret data collected.
  • Collect relevant information from published and unpublished sources.
Jul 2014Jul 2015

Associate Professional, International Desk

Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development

Handled all projects/assignments in the Gender Affairs Division of an international nature, and assisted in public education/sensitization projects that dealt with gender and development. This position enhanced my initiative, public speaking skills, ability to plan and execute, and project management/prioritization skills. Sample of duties:

  • Conducted research, compiled data and wrote Cabinet Notes, briefs and other documents. Also developed and maintained a subject library and various databases.
  • Prepared and evaluated briefs/reports and other official documents for submission to the Director, Gender Affairs, Permanent Secretary and Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development.
  • Prepared status reports in collaboration with respective Heads of Division on the implementation of international conventions/agreements at the regional and hemispheric levels.
  • Prepared progress reports on the country's implementation of international resolutions and declarations on gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and girls.
  • Assisted Project Execution Officers in implementing various projects and programmes geared towards gender equality.
  • Liaised with external organizations and ministries, as directed by supervisor.
Aug 2012Dec 2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Public & International Affairs

North Carolina State University

Conducted and collated research on green tribunals in India, and supported the work of the South Asia Initiative at the University.

  • Collected and organized data on green tribunals in India, the first research conducted on these courts.
  • Organised an inter-college Brown Bag Lunch Series as part of the South Asia Cross-Collaboration Initiative. The series provided a framework for identifying possible partnerships and fostering greater awareness of South Asia-related research and teaching at NCSU.
  • Promoted the Study Abroad program “India, Working with Non-Profits: NGOs as Case Study” to students as part of the South Asia Initiative.
Sep 2010Dec 2010

Intern Research Assistant

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Co-operative programme involving full-time work experience in government agencies, non-profits or think- tanks in Washington, DC, and part-time classes that covered US government and current issues. Did research on climate change for a national non-profit specialising in ideas, research and policy solutions that positively impact people and communities of colour. This position enhanced my networking skills, time management abilities, research, and communication.

  • Conducted extensive research on U.S. environmental policy for the Climate Change Initiative.
  • Handled and wrote briefings for a variety of conference calls, caucus meetings and policy briefings, both on and off Capitol Hill, for the Director of Policy and Planning.
  • Completed special projects assigned by the Director and President, including inter-departmental events, and assisted in planning and hosting various Speaker Series and symposiums.
Feb 2009Dec 2009

Research Assistant, 1890 Extension & Research

South Carolina State University

Conducted quantitative and qualitative research on paraffin candles, and analysed the data. Also researched the advantages of bio-fuels.

  • Researched harmful effects of burning candles, performed basic chemical analyses on emission products and hazardous chemicals in paraffin candles using the GC-MS, and analyzed the output data.
  • Co-wrote a grant proposal endorsing the advantages of bio-fuels and the benefits of supporting their development at the university.

Education

2014

MR. International Studies

North Carolina State University

International Development specialization

2012

B.A. Political Science (summa cum laude)

South Carolina State University

International Business minor

Other Experience

Jan 2014 - May 2014      SuNica Inc, Raleigh, North Carolina

International Development Intern - worked closely with the CEO of a young non-profit specializing in development work in Nicaragua. Provided support in managing ongoing international projects, donor relations, and handling matters in the US office. This position greatly enhanced my initiative, ability to work independently, and communication skills in relating with others.

  • Provided progress updates to donors on children sponsored.
  • Promoted fundraisers using social media, and solicited the support of local businesses in funding international projects.  Also assisted in planning fundraisers.


Sep 2011 - Apr 2012     Student Success & Retention, South Carolina State University

Peer Academic Tutor - ensured students remained focused and received assistance in designated courses. Also provided academic counseling when necessary.


Feb 2010 - Apr 2011     Academic Enhancement Services, South Carolina State University

Peer Tutor - ensured students remained focused and received assistance in designated courses. Also provided academic counseling when necessary.


May 2010 - Jul 2010     Upward Bound Maths & Science Programme, South Carolina State University

Teacher's Assistant - taught and supervised high school students, both in the classroom and on field trips. Planned and taught classes with the Head English teacher, and organized curricular activities. Monitored and quantified students' academic progress.


Core Skills

Qualitative Research

Writing

Proofing/Editing

Exceptional editing skills honed through 6 years of study, and in writing various reports/briefs and other material in professional roles.

aTTENTION TO dETAIL

Gender Sensitisation

Beginner-level proficiency. Experience in conducting gender sensitisation workshops for participants of programmes executed by the Ministry of Gender, Youth & Child Development.

oRGANIZATIONAL SKILLS

Technical Proficiencies

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • SPSS software
  • Beginner programming in Python (pursuing)

Publications

  • “Human Rights Prosecutions as Key: How the Rise of Individual Criminal Accountability Led to Domestic Judicial Reform”, 2014, North Carolina State University Journal of International Studies
  • Master's capstone, "Exploring Possible Linkages between Human Rights Prosecutions and Judicial Reform in Post-Transitional Countries in Latin America", published in university repository, 2014