Karen J.

Health Systems Strengthening Consultant

Master's DegreeUniversity of California, Los Angeles



I am currently an independent consultant with expertise in health systems strengthening. I have 39 years of experience working in the public sector as well as with civil society organizations (CSO) and Country Coordinating Mechanisms. My technical areas of expertise include organizational, program and project management, leadership development, non-profit board governance, and evaluation. I also have vast experience as a trainer, facilitator and trainer-of-trainers. I have more than 20 years of experience in reproductive health, 19 years of experience in HIV & AIDS, 6 years of experience with disability, as well as experience with primary health care and tuberculosis. I worked for 15 years for Management Sciences for Health (MSH), including as the MSH Representative in Brazil where I managed USAID technical assistance to RH, TB and HIV & AIDS public sector and CSO programs. Prior to that, I worked for 10 years for a Brazilian MCH/FP CSO. I also have 14 years of experience as an independent consultant. As a consultant, I have conducted numerous program and project designs and evaluations for USAID and UNFPA, as well as for implementers of USAID-funded projects, including as team leader. I speak English (native), Spanish and Portuguese fluently and have worked in 19 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.


  • reproductive health
  • hiv/aids
  • civil society
  • project support
  • systems
  • united states
  • brazil
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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