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  Allison Rand



E-mail: aerand@gmail.com


Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 2009 Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Master of International Development; Major: Human Security Studies.
• Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Policy Studies.
• Coursework in immigration policy, financial and project management, humanitarian relief, gender and development, development administration, quantitative methods, macroeconomics, international law.
• Recipient of a 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the study of Portuguese.
Washington University IN ST. LOUIS, St. Louis, MO 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Relations.
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
- Received Sherman Eoff Award for Excellence in a Senior Honors Thesis: “How Televisa Represents Mexican Youth Culture in the Soap Opera Clase 406”. - Study Spanish language and international policy during a semester abroad in Valencia, Spain-

Experience
Centre for development and population activities
Present. Senior Associate, Leadership and Capacity Building.
• Backstop the design, implementation and facilitation of CEDPA’s capacity building workshops that build the capacity of local partners working in a variety of technical areas such as economic development, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and democracy and governance.
• Support the monitoring and evaluation of division activities including distributing and tabulating 6-month and one year follow-up evaluations, database development and management to track training participants’ follow-up activities, the multiplier effect of trainings, and program development results.
• Help prepare donor reports on CEDPA’s capacity building workshop activities, including a 30+ page report written in Spanish on a recent workshop conducted in Mexico City.
• Backstop the technical and logistical coordination of CEDPA’s Alumni Coaching Program, including tracking coach/client communication and progress, compiling quarterly coaching reports, assisting the Coach Advisor in corresponding with CEDPA’s Spanish and Portuguese-speaking pairs, preparing coaching contracts, and managing the coaching program’s budget and payments.
• Assist in new business development efforts, including research for new proposals, developing relationships with partner and donor organizations, proposal writing, and budget pipeline preparations.
Development and training services, Inc. 2009-2010. Associate:
• Provided project management backstopping and support on dTS’ USAID projects, including financial tracking, budgets scheduling, preparing consultant contracts, and other logistical support as needed.
• Mobilized dTS employees and consultants by making travel arrangements, procuring necessary overseas documentation and insurance, and coordinating with implementing partners.
• Recruited consultants for long term and short term roles on bids for projects funded by donors including USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, including RFTOPs in Yemen, the Caucasus, Paraguay, and Russia.
• Conducted technical country-based research for ongoing dTS projects regarding gender issues in Jordan and agricultural value-chains in Peru.
Ruthi postow staffing agency. 2009, Employee, Pan American Health Organization.
• Provided administrative and logistical support such as filing, e-mail communication, spreadsheet organizing, preparing travel arrangements, and other tasks as needed.
• Translated health-related documents from Spanish to English .
Migration policy institute, Washington, DC, 2008. Migration and Development Team Member.
• Prepared a study of approximately 20 diaspora ministries, including Mexico’s Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior, and analyzed their programs, budgets and expenditures, and commitment to using diaspora networks as development tools.
• Conducted quantitative and qualitative research on international diaspora involvement in hometown housing and real estate markets and how this can contribute to local development.
• Participated in research and development initiatives for a US-Mexico Bi-national Study Group that made policy recommendations regarding US-Mexico migration to President Obama’s administration in 2009.
United Nations, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008 Intern, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Social Development Unit.
• Conducted research on family planning, maternal mortality, and health discrepancies between indigenous versus non-indigenous females and communities in Mexico and Latin America.
• Conducted research on female labor market participation in Mexico as part of the United Nations’ Inter-Agency Group on Gender.
• Researched connections between migration, gender, and HIV/AIDS, which were then presented with my colleagues as part of a panel at the XVII International AIDS Conference held in Mexico City in August, 2008.
Government of the State of Nuevo León, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 2007 Intern, Secretariat of Economic Development.
• Conducted research for 10 international companies, recommending economic investment in the State.
• Measured the quantitative impact of foreign direct investment on Nuevo Leon’s economy using economic and statistical analyses.
• Prepared translations of multiple government documents, including a 30 page document detailing the advantages of investing in Nuevo Leon.
Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, Milwaukee, WI, 2006 Interim Coordinator, English as a Second Language Program.
• Coordinated, designed, and taught ESL courses to middle school students.
Prepa Tec. de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 2006. English Teacher:
• Planned and taught high-school English grammar and literature courses.
• Implemented small focus groups to help students in specific areas of need, resulting in 75% . - student improvement in literacy and literary comprehension.
Casa Hogar Women’s Shelter, Córdoba, Argentina, 2005, Volunteer • Organized food and clothing drives and community outings for women staying at the shelter.
• Designed and conducted workshops on basic job skills, leading to four women obtaining employment.
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2000-2004. Teaching Assistant, Spanish 101 and 102.
• Prepared and conducted lessons for 20 students to aid them with Spanish communication skills.
• Organized and led training sessions for new teaching assistants of Spanish.

Research Assistant, Department of Romance Languages and Literature
• Researched historical, political, economic, and developmental trends in Cuba to help plan course lessons.
• Analyzed US-Cuba foreign policy and development assistance trends to conduct a seminar on the issue.
• Assisted with travel logistics and served as a group leader on a 2-week study trip to Havana.
Research Assisant, Mexico City, Mexico, 2002.
• Conducted interviews with Mexican women and families regarding adoption policies in Mexico.
• Established the main determinants of why women choose to place their children for adoption, and used this information to make policy recommendations to non-profit organizations serving at-risk women.

Skills
• Languages: English (native), Spanish (native-level fluency), Portuguese (conversant), French (basic).
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Photoshop, SPSS and internet applications

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