Charles J.

Chief of Party

LawyerUniversity of Minnesota Law School

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Summary

Charles Jakosa is a seasoned manager of Rule of Law development programs and evaluation efforts with more than 14 years of international experience in project management, fundraising, design and implementation of programs, evaluations and assessments, technical assistance, institutional development, and grants. He has implemented complex multi-million dollar development projects, managing large and diverse international teams for a variety of donors (US State Department (INL, NEA), USAID, DFAT, DFID, Italy, and Canada) and with multilateral organizations (IDLO, UNDP, FAO). Mr. Jakosa recently led the Access to Justice effort in a multi-donor program to assist opposition-held Syria. In this position, he assisted in the creation of transparent and accountable civil registry capacities and also in justice systems that provide due process rights that conform to international standards. Before that, Mr. Jakosa concluded a posting as the Team Leader for Australian AID’s Solomon Islands Justice Program in which he oversaw a multi-faceted effort to bolster the justice and corrections capacities of the Solomon Islands, including efforts to make criminal proceedings more efficient and justice sector agencies better administered. Prior to that posting, Mr. Jakosa led a DFID-funded justice sector reform project in Sierra Leone, building the structures of both the informal and formal justice sectors to administer fair and transparent resolution of criminal charges. In this position, Mr. Jakosa was integral in reformulating the project to make it respond to the Ebola outbreak, utilizing the project’s work with the informal justice structures it engaged with to disseminate information about Ebola. Further, Mr. Jakosa has deep evaluation experience, which informs his project management abilities. He has led evaluations for USAID and INL, including of projects in the Philippines and in Tajikistan. This experience provides him with additional vision on how to demonstrate effectiveness of projects to donors and other stakeholders.

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