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  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • (970)232-8422

Zechariah Rhodes

Medical Student University of Arkansas 

Work History


Program Officer

United Nations World Food Program 
  • Acted as World Food Program (WFP) focal point for all program / modalities within both Yida and Ajoung Thok refugee camps covering approximately 73,000 refugees across multiple nutritional modalities.
  • Implemented and analyzed assessments covering food security, nutrition and local market economies while creating corresponding concept notes and reviewing related proposals.
  • Acted as WFP initial focal point for proposal and budget reviews for all modalities/ programmes as submitted by potential cooperating partners (cps).
  • Oversaw (in conjunction with the Officer in Charge) the expansion and construction of the largest single location pre-positioning site in South Sudan (15K metric tons mixed commodity).
  • Implemented (including baseline data collection, program design, memorandum of understanding  designs, programme start-up, initial review and standard operating procedure creation) the largest single location milling programme in South Sudan.
  • Designed around the local milling economy the pilot program utilized a cash/voucher approach in order to boost the local economy while addressing issues related to food access and utilization and included the monthly distribution of approximatly 70,000 vouchers.

South Sudan - Technical Advisor for Emergency Programs 

Samaritans Purse International Relief 

• Assisted in the identification of programming gaps specifically in Food and Nutrition programming.
• Provided technical advice on emergency Nutrition, Food, Hygiene and Sanitation programs from donors such as the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations International Children's Education Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)   
• Provided programmatic capacity building for current Program Managers for WFP  funded Nutrition and Food Programing (all modalities).
• Provided support in emergency program development and implementation through the revision of current WFP budgets/proposals, advised on the successful design and implementation of community nutrition interventions, and the implementation and revision of current food programming for Unity State South Sudan.
• Acted as Samaritans Purse focal point for Food, Nutrition and Health inter organizational coordination with both I/NGOs and UN bodies, including UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP as well host and refugee communities; in order to beneficiary driven programing while ensuring minimal duplication in service provision to affected populations (Attend technical cluster/zone/hub meetings and interagency working groups in Unity State )
Compiled lessons learned from current responses for senior S. Sudan management; building on the existing organizational knowledge.
• Designed and Implemented a large multilateral study using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) methodology to determine the root causes of malnutrition in Yida Refugee camp (population 70k) with specific regard to utilization and access of food commodities.
• Acted as Samaritans Purse focal point for WFP airdrop planning and emergency food interventions.


Disaster Assistance Response Team: Global Deployment

Samaritans Purse International Relief 

Haiti - Cholera Epidemic (Program Officer, Operational Support Cholera Epidemic)

  • Provided analysis and operational support for cholera clinic’s setup and function
  • Assisted in the daily coordination of operations staff.
  • Provided logistical system support while designing and implementing logistical tracking systems.
  • Acted as on the ground security focal point at clinics (including period preceding election riots 2010).
  • Provided technical support for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) aspects of the cholera response

Tunisia/Libya Border - Refugee Crisis (Program Officer, Food Security)

  • Oversaw food security wet ration feeding program implementation during the Libya refugee crisis
  • Coordinated with both local authorities as well the volunteer community for effective respons.
  • Facilitated rapid assessments of all sectors including gender based violence, wat/san and food security.
  • Represented Samaritans Purse (SP) in Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) run cluster meetings.
  • Created concept notes for Libya intervention in the east of the country

Kenya/Somalia Border - Drought Crisis (Program Officer, Emergency Program Development Manager)

  • Successfully created concept and proposal for cash for work (cfw)  programming among host populations in Liboi, Garissa and Dadaab divisions, including acting as the lead on 1.2 million dollar proposal for CIDA.
  • Coordinated with UNICEF and local authorities in the successful implementation of a multi - district emergency nutrition intervention.
  • Successfully identified nutrition and food programming gaps across Garissa district resulting in large scale nutrition and CFW programming for multiple modalities.
  • Facilitated rapid assessments of all sectors including WASH , nutrition and food security.
  • Represented SP in initial OCHA and UNHCR cross border forum for emergency drought intervention.
  • Identified and coordinated with relevant stakeholders, including NGOs, UN agencies, government ministries and community leaders in the creation and implementation of nutrition, health and WASH programs.

Program Coordinator - Field Operations: South Sudan

Samaritans Purse International Relief
  • Coordinated a 3.7 million dollar budget aimed at community rehabilitation.
  • Revised programming budgets for both multi -sectoral budgets.
  • Created, collected and disseminated monthly reports and work plans for all activities in the western region of South Sudan submitted weekly/bi-weekly and monthly reports, while monitoring and evaluating program progress.
  • Oversaw and coordinate the activities of approximately 200 permanent staff (both expat and national) from varying sectors across a 5 state region.
  • Created and implemented logistical systems, while decreasing the annual cost associated with procurement by 30%.
  • Acted as lead on the creation of budgets for development oriented projects ranging from 1.7 to 3.2 million dollars. Acted as agency lead on emergency assessments in conflict affected locations in Lake State

Founder and Director of Advocacy: United States

  • Created and implemented advocacy projects aimed specifically at North/East  Africa
  • Presented to various groups information relating to a wide variety of ongoing social and economic issues.

Area Coordinator: Darfur Sudan

Samaritans Purse International Relief
  • Coordinated multi - sectoral activities including Wat/San, agriculture, nutrition and food/non-food distributions.
  • Oversaw the implementation of  UNICEF backed education grant focused  within heavy conflict areas.
  • Line managed aspects of both UNICEF and USAID grants in education and agriculture.
  • Carried out primary education assessments for UNICEF back grants.  Submitted weekly progress reports, including field expenses reports.



M.D.  (expected)

University of Arkansas for Medical Science

M.S. Masters of International Public Health: Humanitarian Assistance

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

Primary Focus: complex emergencies, operational accountability, strategic planning in emergencies. climate change induced migration.  

Dissertation research Into traditional medical practices: specifically the performance of trephinations in Western Kenya


B.S. Health and Exercise Science

Colorado State University

Senior research in caffeine effects on aerobic/anaerobic activity

Teaching Experience


Lab Teaching Assistant

Univerisity of Arkansas for Medical Science:  Third year suture lab

Assisted and taught basic suturing technique to third year medical students entering there surgical rotation


Guest Lecturer

Edna Aden School of Public Health Somaliland

Lectured to university students on providing public health in emergencies


Teaching Assistant

University of Arkansas for Medical Science: Physician Assistance Program

Gross anatomy teaching assistant for 1st year Physician Assistance Students 


Yida Joint Household Assessment: LQAS Survey of Key Household Indicators Related to Current Malnutrition Trends.

To assess ongoing malnutrition issues in Yida, which are compounded by limited food access and utilization, poor hygiene and sanitation and poor health-seeking behavior, study was conducted to collect basic household indicator data with which to provide better treatment and prevention of malnutrition for children under five years old.

December 2012

Yida Interagency Rapid Host Community Nutrition and Mapping Assessment

Rapid nutrition assessment and host community mapping exercise In Yida Boma, Yida Payam, Pariang County, Unity State, South Sudan.

March 2013

Exploring the Practice of Trephinations Among the Marakwet in Rift Valley Province, Kenya: A Descriptive Study

Purpose was to describe the current practice of trephinations among the Marakwet, explore cultural beliefs about its role in head trauma, as well as document available outcomes.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Abstract

October 2014


Genocide in Darfur - Colorado State University                                                                                   March 2007

Cholera Response in Haiti - Grand Rounds: Arkansas Department of Public Health                      March 2011

Health Care Funding in South Sudan - Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine                                Nov 2011

Trephinations Amoung the Marakwet - American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress             Oct 2014

Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotizing Fasciitis -  UAMS Internal Medicine Journal Club        Dec  2015

Extra Curricular Activity

  • Varsity College Football - Varsity Track and Field                                                           2004-2005  
    • Athletic scholarship recipient
    • Competed in both NAIA Football and Indoor /outdoor Track and Field
    • Placed 3rd in Javelin in American Midwest conference (outdoor)
    • Placed 17th in Javelin at NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) championships 
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Class Representative                                       2011-2012
    • Acted as 1 of 2 class representatives for the Tropical School graduate program 
    • Regularly met with faculty concerning curriculum and class concerns  
  • Surgery Interest Group class Representative                                                                 2014-2015
    • Established annual surgical interest group run gross anatomy mock practicals for M1s    
    • Coordinated class speakers and events 
  • Surgery Interest Group President                                                                                     2016-2017
    • Arranged speaking engagements, 
    • Initiated Journal club access for 4th Medical Students
    • Coordinated Suture Labs for M1/M2 Students                                                                        
  • SNMA University of Arkansas for Medical Science Chapter Secretary                     2014-2015
    • Assisted in Mock interviews for pre-medical students
    • Assisted in medical skill center for high school/ junior high and middle school students
    • Acted as focal point for dissemination of SNMA information 
  • Cardio-thoracic preceptorship  St. Vincent/ Baptist Health                              (Summer) 2014
    • Both shadowing and  first assisting in Cardiothoracic Surgery 


  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons


Pulaski County Medical Society Carolyn Clayton scholarship recipient                                          2013

Society of Thoracic Surgery: Looking to the Future scholarship recipient                                      2015 

Volunteer Experience

Surgical Volunteer at Kapsowar Mission Hospital, Kenya (4 weeks)                                                  2014
Surgical Volunteer at Edna Aden Hospital Hargeisa, Somaliland (1 week)                                       2014
Surgical Volunteer at Kapsowar Mission Hospital, Kenya (1 week)                                                    2015
Surgical Volunteer at Kapsowar Mission Hospital, Kenya (2 weeks)                                                   2015
SNMA Chapter events Mock Interview/ Heart Lab / Introduction to Medicine                      2013-2015