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Sylvain Browa

Humanitarian & Development Professional

Summary

Senior humanitarian and development program manager with 20 years of experience in program planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Operational ease in multicultural environments. Proven ability in directing complex projects from concept to full operational status. Outstanding team player combining facilitation and diplomatic skills.

Skills

Nonprofit Management

NGO field operations startup and management; grant management; organizational capacity strengthening. 

Programming

Multi-sector programming - including project planning and implementation; portfolio review; monitoring and evaluation; operational research; data analysis.

Partnership Development

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

Organizational Capacity Building

Tool development; capacity assessment and planning; training; facilitation; mentoring.

Advocacy

Strategy formulation and implementation; policy analysis; operational research; coalition-building - including outreach and coordination.

Transferable Skills

Problem solving and results oriented; team player and empowering; mentoring; consensus builder; cross-cultural sensitivity; fast learner and eager to navigate new landscapes. 

Work experience

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM / Nepal)

Oct 2015Present

Deputy Regional Refugee Coordinator

Oversee the implementation of a $32 million US Refugee Admissions, and Protection and Assistance programs in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

  • Oversee US Refugee Admissions activities in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka;
  • Direct Protection and Assistance 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;
  • Advise three Embassies, the Department of State, other government agencies, and multilateral organizations on regional refugee issues;
  • 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.

Key Achievements: Strengthened implementing partners' monitoring and evaluation systems through system review, training, and mentoring; Conducted annual performance evaluation of UNHCR country operations in India and Nepal. 

Jan 2014May 2015

Director, Aid Effectiveness

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

  • Advised the President & CEO on US foreign assistance reforms to advance local ownership of aid priorities;
  • Designed and led two operational research projects assessing the performance of US foreign aid;
  • Liaised with US Government officials on aid reforms, including USAID and OGAC;
  • Successfully contributed to the formulation of a multi-million dollar USAID-funded health and HIV/AIDS program and raised funds from private foundations;
  • Provided technical support and guidance Save's Sector Leads on aid effectiveness policies and operational strategies in health, food security, and education.

Key Achievements: Research findings prompted USAID to develop new indicators to monitor the implementation of its policy reforms; Secured a multi-year multi-million dollar grant from the private sector to support Save the Children's advocacy on aid effectiveness.

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 in Haiti and South Africa.

  • 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 PFIP 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 supported US Government representatives in official negotiations.

Key Achievement: Helped the US government reach consensus with its counterparts in Haiti and South Africa on major programmatic priorities and related operational approaches to advance the fight against HIV/AIDS in these two countries.

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 inter-agency collaboration and government-to-government negotiations on the implementation of the 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 outreach and collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral donors;
  • Developed a 3-year plan to coordinate PEPFAR and the Global Fund operations in SA through the interface of their monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Created operational systems and procedures for the management of the health team, including a result-based staff performance assessment framework; 
  • Provided mentoring and staff development support to junior and mid-level staff.

Key Achievement: The signature of the 5-year partnership framework between the US and South Africa to advance the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa.

Apr 2004Aug 2009

Director, Global Partnerships

Directed capacity building and partnerships development projects across 6 Sub-Saharan African countries and the US, and formed and led a range of partnerships addressing NGO accountability and impact, private sector/governments collaboration for aid financing, and north/south NGO relations.

  • Developed 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 representation of civil society organizations in the US and abroad;
  • Directed InterAction's engagement with the G8 Summit on aid financing, including outreach and coordination of 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 www.ong-ngo.org;
  • Managed a multi-year (USAID-funded) $3.5 million program seeking to address gaps in aid policies, operations, and relationships between US aid agencies and 400+ US and African NGOs; designed InterAction's first grant management system to fund organizations in Africa and Asia; 
  • 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 www.ngosource.org;
  • Served on InterAction's senior management team; contributed to the formulation of InterAction’s 5-year strategic vision and internal restructuring in 2007.

Key Achievements: The formation and coordination of major international coalitions; Contributing to expanding the grant-making capacity of US private foundations to organizations outside of the United States. 

Mar 1997Mar 2004

Senior Program Officer

Started 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; conducted 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;
  • Conducted monitoring and evaluation activities in the field;
  • Directed project-wide performance 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.

Key Achievement: Formed Pact's first public-private partnership with UNOCAL (a California-based oil and gas company) to promote community health in rural Burma.

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

Education

The American University, Washington, DC, USA

19931996

MA, International Development Management

University of Abidjan, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

19851989

BS, Tropical Geography

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.

Languages

  • Native fluency in English and French
  • Working knowledge of Spanish