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BARMAK KUSHA Bowie, Maryland 20720 410.615.5874 email@example.com Internationally experienced program and technical officer with over 10 years of expertise in global health initiatives, particularly in the infectious disease prevention and control sector. Background in multimillion dollar project management, leveraging innovation and analysis to deliver outstanding solutions. Proven history of ensuring access to preventative and therapeutic commodities in resource-poor areas. Demonstrated talent for managing infectious disease control programs, with expertise including malaria, tropical diseases and HIV / AIDS. Skilled at coordinating disaster response in critical areas affected by emergency events and epidemics. Significant expertise in administering child health and nutrition programs. Adept at liaising with international agencies, senior government officials, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to drive forward momentum. Able to maintain positive stakeholder relationships. Known for driving development of public health systems, policies, and programs. Achieved significant success in the planning and execution of complex technical projects. Program Management Project Planning Epidemiology Technical Assistance Malaria Prevention Public Health Policy Disease Control Immunization & Vaccines Stakeholder Relations International Relations Fluency in English, French, Farsi Technical Writing PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH, Arlington, Virginia 2011-2012 International non-profit public health consulting firm, staffing over 2,200 worldwide. Project Support Officer / Senior Project Officer Spearheaded initiatives focused on optimizing project performance for a $200 million portfolio of donor-funded public health projects governed by the Technical Project Management Support Team (TPMST), providing key support and guidance to Project Directors with task such as defining project short-term technical assistance (STTA) needs. Monitored financial and contract performance, liaising with overseas project staff and Operations Support Teams to track the progress of key milestones and deliverables. Communicated between diverse functions, donors, and HQ partners to drive forward momentum. Addressed and resolved problems. Disseminated information throughout project teams. Coordinated 2-3 junior personnel on the project support team. Additionally oversaw quarterly project performance reviews, handling all aspects of planning, scheduling, and execution. Ensured achievement of all technical and financial objectives for numerous key projects, with involvement in 4-7 concurrent projects at any point in time. Refreshed a dormant “technical exchange network” (TEN) project, which fostered improved internal communication regarding malaria prevention and control initiatives via online knowledge exchange. Adapted to changing requirements and adjustments to the portfolio of countries in order to meet the objectives of an enterprise-wide reorganization initiative. Executed 5 successful quarterly project performance reviews, each spanning 1-2 weeks at 10-12 hours daily. RTI INTERNATIONAL, Washington, D.C. 2008-2011 Independent non-profit research organization providing research and technical solutions to global businesses and governments, with a focus on improving the human condition. Staffs 2,500 worldwide. Technical Manager / Technical Program Manager Provided technical leadership, support, and performance management for a portfolio of projects, working with project directors to execute the $400 million indoor residual spraying component of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Traveled overseas to provide short-term technical assistance in French-speaking Africa as needed, including coordinating meetings with project staff, partners, and senior host government officials. Additionally assessed project performance on-site in Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Madagascar. Primary point of contact for customer satisfaction for USAID and National Malaria Control programs. Served as HQ ambassador to provide further assistance and influence to project directors and staff. Identified and eliminated problems and impediments to project progress. Developed and authored proposals. Resume BARMAK KUSHA Page 2 firstname.lastname@example.org RTI INTERNATIONAL, continued: Instrumental role in securing two follow-on contracts valued at a total of $400 million. Acted as one of three principal proposal writers for the first contract, and proposal manager on-site in Kenya for the second. Drove outstanding results for a total of 7 projects, whereby 7 million houses were sprayed and 28 million people were provided improved protection against malaria. INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS (IMC), Washington, D.C. 2005-2008 Non-profit relief and development organization providing health care training and aid in 35 countries. Desk Officer Primary point of contact uniting home office communications with project activities for 25 programs in 5 Eastern and Southern African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, and Uganda. Managed daily operational support, updates, and change management for a total of $33 million in programs. Liaised with donor agencies such as USAID, the Gates Foundation, DFiD, the US CDC, PEPFAR, UN agencies, and the EU humanitarian agency (ECHO) to provide quality assurance on all reports and projects. Provided technical assistance for up to a dozen concurrent projects, with projects involving reduction of childhood illnesses, acute malnutrition, food security, and more. Key representative to donors and partners such as government organizations NGOs, and businesses. Authored and edited technical reports, proposals, and promotional and educational materials. Coordinated the activities of 2 junior personnel. Provided insight and recommendations for management of country teams and project directors. Delivered numerous highly success initiatives as project manager, valued up to $75 million total. The majority of these projects received repeat funding or led to funding for subsequent projects. Streamlined project management and proposal development by contributing to the foundation of standard operating procedures and protocols. Orchestrated a 3-week short-term mission to Ethiopia to conduct an operational and management assessment. Integral in the development and launch of a web-based document-sharing platform. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, Washington, D.C. 2003-2005 $75.4 billion agency encompassing the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, Medicare, Medicaid, and more. Staffs 67,000. Emerging Leaders Fellow Provided support throughout diverse agencies and divisions, adapting to the requirements of each to provide outstanding contributions, prepare documentation, develop literature reviews, and establish guidelines for numerous key processes. Additionally acted as project officer for a $2.2 million interagency research participation program. Acted as the official liaison to a French-speaking foreign science and government dignitary during a 1-week visit, providing translation, support, and management services throughout key meetings. Contributed to a seminal internal white paper. Authored guidelines for preparing grant applications. Supported the HHS Secretary’s Office of Global Health Affairs in representing the United States at international fora by creating draft reports. FORMAL EDUCATION Master of Public Health (High Pass) Yale University School of Public Health – New Haven, Connecticut Bachelor of Science in Zoology University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin ADDITIONAL TRAINING Doctoral coursework, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health DHHS Emerging Leaders Program LANGUAGES English (fluent)French (fluent) Persian / Farsi (fluentArabic (intermediate) Resume BARMAK KUSHA Page 3 email@example.com PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS Kusha, B. and Torres, S. (2010, Nov.). A tool for determining national capacity for sustainability of indoor residual spraying (IRS) for malaria control. Presentation made at annual RTI International, Center for International Health Chiefs of Party Conference and IRS program planning week, Nairobi, Kenya. Kusha, B. (2008, May). Home-based counseling and testing for HIV in Suba, Kenya. Abstract accepted for presentation at the Global Health Council Conference, Washington, DC. Winch, P., LeBan, K., Kusha, B. (2001, April). Reaching communities for child health and nutrition: A framework for household and community IMCI. Presented at the Reaching Communities for Child Health: Advancing PVO/NGO Technical Capacity and Leadership for Household and Community Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (HH/C IMCI) workshop, Baltimore, MD, January 17–19, 2001. Calverton, MD: Child Survival Technical Services (CSTS) Project. Guarino, P., Meek, J., Kusha, B., et al. (1998). Statewide surveillance for Ehrlichiosis in New York and Connecticut, 1994–1997. Results presented at First International Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 1998; to CDC’s Emerging Infections Program Working Group; and at the American Public Health Association Conference, IN, November 1997. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 46: 476–480. Resume
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