I have extensive experience as a project manager monitoring and evaluation with a focus on the MIddle East. I was the Senior Rule of Law/Human Rights Specialist and Project Manager at the United States Agency for International Development/Egypt for eight years. In this capacity, I have worked on designing, managing, planning and evaluating contracts and grants related to development, democracy and the justice and legal sector. Some examples of the contracts and grants I have designed and manage include: rule of law, administration of criminal justice, human rights, violence against women and children, civic participation, and capacity building for government entities and civil society. I also managed the American Bar association grant with USAID for several years.
In addition, I was USAID/Egypt’s point of contact for Trafficking in Persons and assisted with the USAID worldwide mission strategy and guidelines and member of the mission gender team where I was involved in all matters regarding women in Egypt and the region. Also I was heavily involved in reviewing and drafting policies, working on advocacy in regards to gender, human rights (specifically women’s and children’s’ rights), and justice.
I am fluent in English and Arabic and have very good knowledge of French which is frequently invaluable in my work and travel. In addition, I planned and organized several events and trainings for my office and the Mission Director. I have prepared all speeches, meeting points, and any other needed information for the Mission Director and the US Ambassador to Egypt in regards to the projects I managed and when meeting with the Minister of Justice, the Prosecutor General and other high level personnel. I was also part of the task force team behind President Obama’s visit to Egypt at Cairo University and Justice Ginsburg’s (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States) visit to Egypt in 2011. In that capacity, I was in charge of all communication and deliverables presented from USAID Egypt to the US Embassy. I worked closely with the Attaché of the Department of Justice in preparing for the interviews and the meetings her Excellency had with personnel and university students.
My job provided me the opportunity to train and manage other members of the democracy and governance office, in addition to providing several capacity building trainings for civil society and USAID personnel. As a member of NGOs in Egypt and my close work with civil society organizations, I have extensive experience with fundraising and networking with donors and other organizations in the development field.
In the performance of my duties, I met with government officials, donors, and with civil society personnel to discuss and negotiate matters related to the projects and to guide and facilitate the achievement of results.
In terms of education, I have obtained my Master of Laws from Indiana University, School of Law, “International Comparative Law, Thesis Topic: Criminal Justice in Egypt; The Public Defense System” and under graduate studies from Faculty of Law, Cairo University. In addition, I received several certificates in management, leadership, financial, and monitoring and evaluation processes. My accomplishments in my work have resulted in numerous Meritorious Honor Awards from the US Embassy in Cairo, which is the highest award given from the US mission in Egypt.