Middle East, August 2013 – Feb 2014

• Acted as a critical partner to the Academy to facilitate accomplishment of fighting poverty & malnutrition through innovative farming systems, while also contributed to the work on strategy development, USAID donor coordination, communication and advocacy

• Gathered field and databases research, analyzed literatures and wrote investment recommendations on how best to leverage agriculture innovation systems, including social inclusion (indigenous, women, youth) and self-help groups (i.e. community bank associations) to achieve health, economic, empowerment and other relevant outcomes in an integrated manner

• Designed a training strategy for the program, curriculum and materials for decision-makers, investigators, extension agents and farmers that were cost-effective, measurable, scalable, and sustainable, and innovative in relation to the local context

• Developed strong working relationships with collaborators that were aligned with the program

strategies in capacity building, social inclusion and research to promote investments where appropriate; and, facilitated the use and evolution of cross-cutting tools including an innovation system theoretical models and measurement framework

• In collaboration with local and overseas teams periodically reviewed and revised impact pathways, theories of change, implemented and rationalized monitoring and evaluation approaches for the program