Technical Manager, MSI (subsidiary of Coffey)
I am a technical manager with MSI, designing and managing governance-strengthening and capacity development projects in the Middle East and North Africa, including Iraq. Most of my work is in public administration capacity development, decentralisation, and improving service delivery. I have an MA in International Development from the American University in Cairo and am always happy to practice my Arabic.
I have been working on governance issues in the field and from Washington, DC for the past 10 years. My most recent post was for the USAID–funded Tarabot (Arabic for “linkages”) Iraq Administrative Reform project, on which I helped manage an integrated, whole-of-government technical assistance and capacity building program for all of Iraq’s central ministries and governors’ offices. I have designed or contributed to reform initiatives centering on the capital investment cycle, including planning, procurement and project management, as well as organisational development and service improvement. Prior to that, I worked on MSI’s USAID-Iraq Tatweer project, managing a complex program of training and technical assistance to the Ministry of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government while also contributing to a number of large interventions with Iraq’s federal Ministry of Planning. Those included the development of the Iraqi National Development Plan 2010-2014 and its accompanying US$186b in planned capital investment.
I enjoy working for MSI and Coffey not only because they provide the unique opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives all around the world, but also because it is a tremendously enabling organisation that encourages innovation, growth and learning.