THE HOW: STRATEGIC ANALYSIS & MANAGEMENT, ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

  • Member of the Board of the Swiss Solidarity Foundation
  • Co-director (6 years) of an annual 'Senior Leadership' course, for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (with Cathy Clement)
  • Design and facilitation of a staff retreat on 'inner leadership', for the Swiss Academy for Development
  • Co-design and lead facilitation of a global strategic planning workshop for the International Division of the American Friends Service Committee
  • Design and facilitation of a strategic analysis & planning workshop for the Middle East programme of the American Friends Service Committee
  • Accompanying the Director and Board of the International Foundation for Population & Development in their strategic planning
  • Researching and drafting the discussion document for the business model options of the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team, for Interpeace
  • Involvement in or facilitation of other strategic analysis and planning processes
  • Lecturer on 'Strategic Management in Fragile Settings'. Summer course of the Executive Programme of the Graduate Institute for International Relations in Geneva & the American University in Central Asia
  • Design and facilitation of a review of the organisational experiences with feasibility assessments and the planning of improved internal procedures, for Interpeace
  • Senior advisor to Geneva Call on strengthening the internal organisational evaluation capacities
  • Facilitation of the first exploratory discussion between two Swiss NGOs about a possible merger, for Eirine
  • Design and facilitation of the staff retreat around the question 'how can we work better together', for Bioforce
  • Organisational development adviser to Peace Labs (Lebanon)
  • Six years Head of Reflective Practice and Learning/Knowledge Management, at Interpeace
  • Research on organisational approaches to mainstreaming safety and security management
  • Co-director of the Humanitarian Accountability Pilot Project, to identify what institutional and sector approach might be most cost-effective to strengthen the accountability of humanitarian agencies to affected populations; lead on the Sierra Leone test
  • Facilitator of a strategic planning process, for the Humanitarian Practice Network at the Overseas Development Institute
  • Leading the transformation of an ineffective NGO coordinating body, into a better performing Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, in Sri Lanka
  • Country representative of Oxfam GB in Sri Lanka, at a time of peace talks and then renewed outbreak of war
  • Manager of the then largest SCF UK project in the world, in eastern Ethiopia/Somali region 5, at a time of political change and the introduction of an identity-based federal structure
  • Deputy-director of the Afghanistan Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, in a period of anticipation of an end to the war and the possibility to rebuild basic service infrastructures

THE HOW: WORKING TOGETHER.

  • Lead designer and facilitator of the first meeting of the strategic partners in a Horn of Africa programme, for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Facilitation of an analysis & prognosis sharing meeting, of Swiss agencies working in Myanmar and some external experts, for the Swiss Federal Dpt. of Foreign Affairs
  • Global coordinator and facilitator of civil society engagement, over 15 months, with the inter-governmental 'International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding' (pre-Busan), for Interpeace
  • Design and facilitation of a strategic planning workshop for staff of four Dutch embassies in the Great Lakes, as part of the development of a regional programme
  • Introductory or advanced training in facilitation skills (in English or French), for national teams facilitating tense and difficult conversations in their own societies, in e.g. Timor Leste, Libya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali & Sweden
  • Short trainings on listening and asking skills
  • Facilitator of an internal planning workshop for the different academic contributors to a course on humanitarian action, for the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche sur l'Action Humanitaire
  • Twice elected member of the Steering Committee of the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief

THE WHAT: CONFLICT & PEACE WORK, EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE, HUMANITARIAN ACTION

  • Member of the expert team (conflict analysis) for the capacity-strengthening of the 'African Initiative' mediation Panel for the Central African Republic, for the European External Action Service
  • Expert in the Conflict Sensitive Resource Facility for the EU Trust Fund on Libya
  • Assessing the 'internationalisation-localisation' dynamics in the collective response to the Rohingya influx in Bangladesh, for the Global Mentoring Initiative
  • Team leader of the real-time evaluation of the IOM's response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh
  • Team leader for the evaluation of Norwegian Church Aid's peacebuilding programme in northern Mali.
  • Developing guidance and training for the International Organisation for Migration, to mainstream 'conflict sensitivity' in all humanitarian & transition and recovery programming & provide practical support to the IOM in Rakhine State, Myanmar
  • Chair of the Technical Commissions (international/Switzerland) for the Swiss Solidarity Foundation, assessing project/programme proposals, and advising and assisting with further policy and practice developments
  • Steering Group member for the end evaluation of the Dutch Relief Alliance
  • Training on the 'Grand Bargain' & 'localisation' in the Framework of Humanitarian Aid Module, Institut Bioforce
  • Action-research on localisation for the Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) of the Start Network
  • Baseline evaluation of where the START FUND is with regard to the 'localisation' policy and commitments
  • Advising the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on various aspects of a major tender process;  member of the Commission providing the final advice to the Minister on which proposals to fund
  • Evaluation/strategic review of Geneva Call's programme with non-state armed actors, in Lebanon
  • Utilisation-focused evaluation of a peace programme in Mogadisho & South-central Somalia, for Life & Peace Institute
  • Evaluation of the joint programme and platform functioning of the Forum of Civil Society Organisations working together for Democratic Security (FOSS) in Guatemala, for Interpeace (with Jorge Alvaro Pisani)
  • Strategic review and assessment of CARE's work on conflict and peace and its organisational capabilities to expand this, for CARE USA, UK & Netherlands
  • Evaluation team leader of the response of three Indian NGOs, members of the ACT Alliance, to the Gujarat earthquake, for the ACT Alliance
  • Humanitarian Policy evaluation - does practice match the policy?, through the lens of programming in the Balkans, for the Swiss Federal Humanitarian Aid Division
  • Team Leader of a participatory peace, security and development exercise in Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), for the UN Country team in PNG, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, and the National and Autonomous regional authorities
  • Researcher for the Ethiopia case, in a comparative desk study on 'Business Environment Reforms in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States', for DFID through KPMG, with the Centre for Conflict, Peace & Development of the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Methodological advisor to a participatory research project on the nexus between 'conflict' and 'education', in four border regions of Ethiopia, for UNICEF Ethiopia & the Institute for Federal Studies at the Univ. of Addis Ababa
  • Coordinator of a research project & author of the synthesis study on 'Urbanisation and Human Security', with case studies from Africa and Central America, for the Canadian DFAIT
  • Coordinator of a research project & author of the synthesis study on 'The Role of African Parliaments in the prevention and management of conflict', for UNDP and the Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Co-researcher & lead author of the Afghanistan case study on 'The Effectiveness of Aid (Dis)incentives to Reduce Conflict', for the OECD DAC (with Tony Killick)
  • Lead researcher for the Dutch part of the 'Utstein Study' assessing governmental peace policy and projects, for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Member & rapporteur of the expert working group on UN travel and aviation bans, and arms embargoes, for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs & organiser of an international conference on 'Smart Sanctions' for the UK's DFID
  • Leading the development and delivery of an innovative course on 'Effective Advising in International Cooperation', for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (with Jan Ubels & Nora Refaeil)
  • Development of a training module on 'National Capacities and Local Ownership in Peace Work', for the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  • Introduction to 'inclusive dialogue processes' for the Ivorian governmental Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue
  • Co-facilitator of the first 'Reflecting on Peace Practice' training in the Middle East
  • Training on 'Statebuilding & Peacebuilding' for Swisspeace & Univ. of Basel
  • Multiple trainings on 'conflict analysis', 'conflict sensitivity', 'local ownership', 'national dialogue', 'public participation and citizen engagement', for e.g. Swedish and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff and diplomats, government of Cameroun officials, Algerian researchers, mixed groups from Myanmar, the UN Country Team in Lebanon, various NGO courses
  • Senior management oversight and support to the initiation, implementation & conclusion of various multi-stakeholder based peacebuilding programmes in different continents
  • Active contributor to the development and delivery of training on operational security management, for the OFDA and RedR
  • Promotion of quality & accountability initiatives in the humanitarian sector, researcher, speaker, editor and co-director of the Humanitarian Accountability Project
  • Management of veterinary, public health, nutritional, food-for-work, agricultural, emergency relief, peacebuilding and other programmes, in volatile or violent environments
WE DO NOT LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. WE LEARN FROM REFLECTING ON EXPERIENCE.
— John Dewey