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Sylvain Browa

Humanitarian & Development Professional


Senior humanitarian and development program manager with extensive
nonprofit management experience, operational ease in multicultural
environments, expertise in directing complex projects from concept to full
operational status, and work experience in the private sector and

Work experience

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM / Kathmandu, Nepal)

Oct 2015Present

Deputy Regional Refugee Coordinator

Oversee the implementation of a $16 million US Refugee Admissions Program and a $16 million protection and assistance programs in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

  • Oversee the operation of the US Refugee Admissions Program in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka;
  • Identify programming priorities, and monitor and evaluate PRM funding to international organizations, including UNHCR, IOM, ICRC, and to NGOs that serve refugees and internally displaced persons;
  • Develop and maintain contacts in government, international organizations, and NGOs;
  • Serve as an advisor on regional refugee issues to three Embassies, the Department of State, other government agencies, and multilateral organizations;
  • Advocate on behalf of refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and victims of conflict with the governments of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, international organizations, and NGOs.

International Development Solutions (IDS), Inc.

June 2015Sept 2015

Independent Consultant

  • Led proposal development initiatives
  • Reviewed and edited programmatic reports

Save the Children U.S.

Jan 2014May 2015

Director, Aid Effectiveness

Led the development of Save the Children's strategy on aid effectiveness.

  • Staffed and advised Save the Children President & CEO on US foreign assistance reforms to advance local ownership of aid priorities;
  • Designed and led 2 operational research projects on US foreign aid;
  • Liaised with US Government officials on aid reforms, including USAID Forward;
  • Successfully contributed to the formulation of a multi-million dollar USAID-funded health and HIV/AIDS program and raised funds from private foundations;
  • Served as a resource person to Save the Children Sector Leads on aid effectiveness policies and operational strategies, particularly in the areas of health, food security, and education.

International Development Solutions (IDS), Inc.

Oct 2011Dec 2013

Independent Consultant

Provided technical support to U.S. government agencies (mainly USAID and CDC) on HIV/AIDS program planning and implementation.

  • Haiti: Provided facilitation and oversight for planning, implementation, and reporting of program performance for HIV/AIDS operations; designed and facilitated a country wide portfolio review; led the annual performance evaluation for FY2011; led the development of a $140 million country operational plan for FY2012; led the development of a 5-year $1 billion Partnership Framework Implementation Plan (PFIP) to strengthen Haiti's health sector, including facilitated negotiations between Haitian health officials and US Government representatives.

  • South Africa: Facilitated the drafting of a 5-year $2.2 billion Partnership Framework Implementation Plan for HIV/AIDS & TB programs; led consultations with development partners, including South African and international for profit and not for profit organizations; engaged senior health officials on the behalf of the US Government and staffed US Government representatives in official negotiations.

US Mission to South Africa

Mar 2010Aug 2011

Program Manager

Served as senior health advisor to the Office of the Health Attaché; provided technical and logistical support in all phases of strategy development, planning, and implementation of the Mission’s HIV/AIDS and Health portfolio in South Africa - with an annual budget of over $500 million, five US government implementing agencies, and over 700 for-profit and non-profit implementing partners; advised the Office on interagency collaboration and government-to-government negotiations on the implementation of the entire health portfolio.    

  • Led the development of a 5-year strategic framework between the US and SA governments to fight HIV/AIDS and TB through 2017 – signed by both governments in December 2010;
  • Coordinated engagements with other bilateral and multilateral donors in country;
  • Developed a 3-year collaboration plan to coordinate PEPFAR and Global Fund operations in SA;
  • Created operational systems and procedures for the health team; designed a result-based staff performance assessment framework for the health team; 
  • Provided mentoring and staff development support to junior and mid-level staff.


Apr 2004Aug 2009

Director, Global Partnerships

Started as Program Manager leading a capacity building and partnerships development program across 6 Sub-Saharan African countries and the US; was then promoted two years later to form and lead a range of partnerships addressing NGO accountability and impact, private sector/governments collaboration for aid financing, and north/south NGO partnerships.

  • Developed and led InterAction's strategy on aid effectiveness, including liaison with the OECD/DAC, collaboration with US aid agencies (USAID/MCC/OGAC) on aid financing and management, and official representation of civil society organizations in the US and abroad;
  • Directed InterAction's engagement with the G8 Summit on aid financing, including coordination and joint policy advocacy with aid groups in G8 countries;
  • Worked with Coordination SUD (France) and CONCORD (EU) to launch an NGO Diplomacy initiative - an international alliance of NGO platforms across 85 countries - see;
  • Managed a multi-year (USAID-funded) $3.5 million program seeking to address gaps in aid policies, operations, and relationships between US development agencies (USAID/MCC/OGAC) and 400+ US and African NGOs; designed InterAction's first grant management system to fund partner organizations, especially in Africa; 
  • Worked with the Council on Foundations and 7 major US grant makers and private foundations to develop an NGO Repository of Equivalency Determination (ED) to streamline the ED process and dramatically improve international grant-making for US foundations - see;
  • Served on InterAction's senior management team; contributed to the formulation of InterAction’s 5-year strategic vision along with internal organizational restructuring in 2007.

Pact, Inc.

Mar 1997Mar 2004

Senior Program Officer

Started as Program Officer serving as Pact’s in-house expert on programs in South East Asia and Africa; was promoted three years later to oversee select country portfolios; helped develop a “country management team” approach to better integrate HQ and field operations; provided training in organizational capacity development.

  • Oversaw country operations with a combined annual budget over $20 million, including expatriate personnel, short-term consultancies, program budgets and activities, reporting, partnerships development, and donor liaison; sectoral focus included:
    • Microfinance and small/micro-enterprise development in Laos and Burma;
    • Community-managed primary health care services, including TB and HIV/AIDS education projects for rural communities in Burma;
    • Multi-stakeholders biodiversity conservation, and civil society and local government strengthening projects in Madagascar;
    • Grant management and organizational capacity building projects for local NGOs in South Africa;
    • Community-based natural resource management and environment-friendly micro-enterprise development in Botswana;
    • NGO capacity strengthening and advocacy training in Zambia;
    • Business education, microfinance, and women’s empowerment projects in Nepal;
    • Community-based HIV/AIDS education, care, and treatment projects in Zimbabwe, including OVC activities.
  • Led new business development for country portfolio expansion;
  • Oversaw program monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Conducted program assessments to identify and promote best practices;
  • Led organizational capacity building assignments, including participation in tool development (OCAT), capacity assessments, and capacity strengthening planning and implementation;
  • Managed donor relations and partnerships development;
  • Served on Pact's senior management team.


The American University, Washington, DC, USA


MA, International Development Management

University of Abidjan, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire


BS, Tropical Geography


Nonprofit Management

NGO field operations startup and management; grant management 

Program Development

Multi-sector programming - including project design and implementation

Operational Efficiency

Program portfolio review; monitoring and evaluation; operational research

Partnership Development

Host government and donor relations management; public-private partnerships formulation

Organizational Capacity Building

Tool development; capacity assessment and planning; training; facilitation


Strategy formulation and implementation; policy analysis; operational research

Computer proficiency

Advanced computer literacy, including in word processing, email, spreadsheets, power point presentations, the worldwide web, and social media use


Native fluency in English and French; Working knowledge of Spanish


Sylvain Browa has close to 15 years of senior management experience in international development. He recently directed the aid effectiveness portfolio of Save the Children U.S. Prior to this position, Sylvain served as independent consultant at IDS, Inc., working in the areas of program design and management, partnerships development, strategic planning, organizational development, and program portfolio review. Sylvain also served as senior health advisor to the U.S. Government’s HIV/AIDS program (PEPFAR) in South Africa, and worked as Director of Global Partnerships at InterAction – the largest coalition of US-based international development and humanitarian NGOs – where he oversaw collaboration with NGO platforms, bilateral aid agencies, and multilateral development institutions. Sylvain is specialized in the design and management of multi-sector humanitarian and development programs with operational experience in Africa and Southeast Asia. Sector specific capabilities include education, good governance, health/HIV/AIDS and community health services, microfinance, agriculture and economic development, natural resource management, post-conflict economic and social reinsertion, organizational capacity development, monitoring and evaluation, aid policies and operations, and grants management.

Country Experience

Africa: Botswana; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Ghana; Guinea; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Liberia; Madagascar; Mali; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

Asia: Burma (Myanmar); India; Laos; Nepal; Philippines, Sri Lanka.

Other Relevant Work Experience

Research Consultant, Development Alternatives, Bethesda, MD, 1996

International Sales Coordinator, Nomadic Display, Springfield, VA, 1996

Project Coordinator, Pax World Services, Washington, DC, 1995

Investment Advisor, Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Investments, Washington, DC, 1994

Refugee Camp Manager, ICRC (Red Cross), Man, Ivory Coast, 1992

High School Teacher, Lycée Classique Catholique, Man, Ivory Coast, 1989-’92