I have broad relevant operational experience as Chief of Party, Team Leader, and Chief Technical Advisor with more than 15-year international experience in developing and post-conflict countries, most of them presenting complex, fragile or transitional political environment with chronic security, food shortages, poverty and catastrophes challenges, this on significant and elaborate multi-donor-funded programs within several international organizations ( EU, FAO, Global Affairs Canada, UNDP, USAID, World Bank, etc.), where achieving outcomes and getting results is mandatory. While fully implementing the organisations’ financial, logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures, the success I secured for the positions I held broke down in terms of specific measurable deliverables, benchmarks and timetables.
My work is related to environment and natural resources (agribusiness (food products) and forestry (non wood forest products, conservation, climate change, wood and renewable energy)), governance, community/rural empowerment and decentralization, accountability, capacity-building and extension, and livelihood improvement, in multidisciplinary programs. It includes land use planning and registration, watershed management, soil conservation, forest regeneration, creation of buffer zones around reserves and protected areas, and management of natural resources in a multi-sectorial fashion. To set the path towards achievement, these required strong leadership, marketing, economics, business and management and advisory, risk mitigation, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, and training skills.
Experience covers negotiation and civil society and institutional strengthening at various senior levels so as to foster collaboration and productive relationships and steer change process focused on progress; vast experience in business development with small, medium, and large private enterprises. It includes quick decision-making and providing technical/strategic oversight and advice to local and central authorities, partners/donors/stakeholders, local, national and international NGOs, SMEs, and cooperatives; and building public-private partnerships in the pursuit of sustainability and service delivery improvement. Also, advising head office on local political, legal and economic situation in country, programs’ evolution, and necessary steps to take in order to ensure that they remain relevant and effective.
I have a Master Degree in Business Administration (majors: Finance & Production), a degree at master level on climate change, and a B.Sc. (Forestry, majors: Forest Management & Wood Transformation).
I am fluently trilingual in written and spoken English, French, and Spanish (including basic knowledge of Arabic), and have both Canadian and French nationalities. I worked on long term assignments in Morocco, Cameroon, DRC, and Honduras, and for several short periods of time (less than a year) in numerous countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Caribbean, Latin and North America.
During my assignment in Morocco, I shared activities with the team involved to improve the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in order to counter the effects of climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Also, I analyzed various sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration and preservation that could be used in Morocco; some involving similar approach with Costa Rica. In 2016, under the request of the Government of Morocco, I participated in the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22). I have knowledge of the key international processes and instruments of the international climate change regime including, among others, the UN climate, environment and energy policy and Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Agreement, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Besides, with a team of experts, we develop in 2017-2018 with our counterpart in Morocco, a major 5-year gender program actually ongoing and financed by Global Affairs Canada.