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Rodger D. Garner

Rodger Garner is a former senior manager with USAID with more than 30 years of professional management and donor coordination experience in all sectors of USAID programing. He served in Senior USAID Leadership positions in Pakistan, Mexico, Romania and Nicaragua and has extensive management experience in negotiating inter-agency budgets, supervising large-scale Development Outreach and Communication programs, managing staff exceeding 300 employees, and providing expertise in host country engagement. His skills includes drafting, editing and presenting complex programs to a wide variety of audiences, including both U.S. and foreign countries. Prior positions held at USAID include Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, and Program Office Director, Agriculture Development Officer and Agriculture Economist.

EXPERIENCE

CONSULTANCY SINCE USAID RETIREMENT

Senior Program Advisor, USAID/India, New Delhi, India.

Dates: January 2017 to present, full time.  Serving as acting Program Office Director, supervising a team of 14 U.S. and Indian national staff.  The USAID/India annual budget is $70 million with a portfolio of $400 million in active projects.  Responsibilities include managing all budget processes, project development activities, monitoring and evaluation and public outreach.  Other responsibilities are to train and mentor staff in all aspects of program strategic planning, design, monitoring, evaluation, learning, adapting and budgeting.

Senior Program and Procurement Advisor, USAID/India/Health Office, New Delhi, India.  Dates: January 2016 to January, 2017, full time.  Served as acting Health Office Deputy Director, a team of 22 U.S. and Indian national staff.  The Health Office had a portfolio pipeline that exceeded $100 million and represented over 70 percent of the Mission’s annual budget.  Responsibilities included rapidly designing activities to better utilize the large pipeline and to train and mentor staff in all aspects of program strategic planning, design, monitoring, evaluation, learning, adapting and budgeting.  In addition, trained staff in project/activity implementation to speed up delivery of health services to Indian citizens.

Senior Advisor to the USAID/Kenya and East Africa Program Office, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dates: November – December 2015, full time.  Responsibilities included strategic planning to finalize the East Africa Regional Strategy results framework.  Mentored program office staff in program budgeting, performance reporting, monitoring and evaluation.  Also, mentored staff in how to serve as program backstops to technical offices.

Senior Advisor to the Front Office of USAID/Kenya and East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dates: April – October 2015, full time.  Served as senior advisor to the USAID Mission Director and her three Deputy Directors.  The Mission had gone through a difficult reorganization that combined the Kenya, East Africa and Somalia programs and staff.  This resulted in confusion in roles and responsibilities and slowed program implementation, causing professional and personal stress amongst both U.S. and Kenyan staff.  My responsibilities included advising the Mission Front Office what could be done to reduce the confusion and stress and create a more productive and professionally satisfying work environment.

Senior Advisor and Acting Office Director, USAID/Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Washington, D.C.  Dates: 12/2014 to 3/2015, full time.  Served as Acting Director/Senior Advisor of the Pakistan Desk, a team of six.  Serve as the voice of USAID/Pakistan Mission as a liaison within USAID and the USG inter-agency.  The Pakistan Desk is the primary bridge for information and communication between the USAID Mission and Washington, regularly representing the Pakistan program with internal and external stakeholders, senior leadership and policy makers.  Interact with other USAID offices on a wide range of programmatic and strategic/policy issues.  The Desk is the main liaison with the State Department’s office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mentor/Coach for USAID/Tanzania, located in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.  Dates 8/2104 to 9/2014 for 5 weeks, full time.  Worked for consultancy company, Claro KC, LLC.

Duties:  trained, mentored, and coached junior staff in program design, implementation, procurement processes, budgeting and writing documents for Mission management.

USAID CAREER March 1984 – January 11, 2014

Deputy Mission Director, USAID/Pakistan, located in Islamabad, Pakistan from 12/2010 until my retirement from USAID on January 11, 2014.

Duties:  One of two Deputy Mission Directors for USAID/Pakistan, the second largest USAID Mission in the world, with an annual budget of over $700 million and a staff of over 300.  Supervised the Program Office that led all program/project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and budgets.  In addition, supervised the offices of Energy, Stabilization, Economic Growth and Agriculture and the Development Outreach and Communication Office.  The stabilization program included the OTI program that was funded by the USAID/Pakistan budget.  The USAID program successfully completed multi-purpose dams, irrigation systems, hundreds of kilometers of roads, hundreds of schools and promoted health, education, energy and economic growth projects in one of the most dangerous counties in the world.

Mission Director, USAID/Mexico, located in Mexico City, Mexico from 1/2007 until 11/2010.

Duties:  Led the USAID program to support Mexico’s newly elected Felipe Calderon administration as it battled narco-criminal networks that sold most of their illegal drugs to the United States for an estimated $50-$70 billion annually.  We created and co-funded a unique bilateral program between U.S. and Mexican states’ attorneys general that promoted justice reforms in Mexico and crime fighting cooperation at the state level.  We also fostered bilateral cooperation programs with over 70 U.S. and Mexican universities.  Our bilateral programs also promoted cross border cooperation in climate change, education, health and disaster preparation and responses, and a unique state bond program that raised over $1 billion in Mexican state-level bonds.  In the spring of 2009, a global pandemic of H1N1 influenza began in Mexico.  USAID and CDC worked with the governments of Mexico and Canada to identify and stop the spread of the disease, earning the praise of global health officials and saving the lives of millions.

Mission Director, USAID/Romania, located in Bucharest, Romania from 6/2003 to 12/2006.

Duties:  Led the USAID/Romania program as it supported Romania’s transition and entry into the European Union.  Most of the USAID program was designed to support Romania’s democratic and economic transitions to prepare and qualify for full membership with the European Union and Community.  In addition, our health programs promoted healthy family planning choices and combatted the spread of HIV/AIDS and TB.  One of our unique partnerships created during my tenure was with the Romania Orthodox Church to promote HIV/AIDS education, tolerance and the prevention of trafficking in persons.  We also created and funded an innovative partnership with Romania’s Special Olympics that achieved national recognition.  Our programs also promoted international adoptions and better quality services for Romania’s tens of thousands of orphans.  Romania was the first country in Western Europe that was invaded by Avian Influenza.  USAID responded immediately by bringing in the world’s best virologists to advise the President and Prime Minister on appropriate public health actions, preventing human deaths while protecting the food supply.

Deputy Mission Director, USAID/Nicaragua, located in Managua, Nicaragua from 7/1999 to 5/2003.

Duties:  Supported the Mission Director to lead the USAID program in Nicaragua, a full USAID program supporting all sectors of development – health, education, agriculture, economic growth and natural resources.  In addition, I was appointed to lead the design and implementation of a special $104 million program to support Nicaragua’s recovery from Hurricane Mitch.

Supervisory Program Officer, USAID/Dominican Republic, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 1/1998 to 6/1999.

Duties:  Led the mission’s program office to design, implement, monitor and evaluate all programs and projects in the mission’s portfolio, including budgets.  The projects included health, agriculture, health, education and civil society.  In addition, led the design of a special program to help the Dominican Republic recover from Hurricane Georges.

Supervisory Project Development Officer, E&E Bureau, located in Washington, DC from 9/1996 to 12/1997.

Duties:  Provided support to the Bureau and Missions in Europe and Eurasia on all issues in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.  At that time, the E&E Bureau portfolio and missions involved billions of dollars.  The majority of the programs were designed to support the countries’ transition from communism to free markets and democratic societies.

Program Officer, Policy, Outreach, Strategy, Africa Bureau, located in Washington, DC from 7/1995 to 8/1996.

Duties:  Provided programmatic support to all of the Africa Bureau’s strategies, programs and projects.

Agricultural Development Officer, USAID/Philippines, located in Manila, Philippines from 6/1988 to 6/1995.

Duties:  Designed and implemented agriculture projects in USAID’s portfolio.  Supported agriculture development and policy reforms that led to the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization, lowered trade barriers and opened markets to global trade.

Agricultural Economist, USAID/Somalia, located in Mogadishu, Somalia from 5/1985 to 5/1988.

Duties:  Designed and implemented agricultural development projects.

International Development Intern (Agricultural Economics), USAID/Washington in Washington, DC from 3/1984 to 5/1985.

Duties:  Entry to USAID as a junior officer.  Training in USAID systems of strategy development, program/project design and implementation.

President, Dee J. Garner and Sons Dairy, located in Nyssa, Oregon from 12/1978 to 2/1984.  Duties:  Managed all aspects of family dairy farm.

EDUCATION

1978                      Iowa State University (Agricultural Economics)             A.B.D. PhD

1975                      Iowa State University (Agricultural Economics)                         M.S.

1974                      Utah State University (Agricultural Economics)                          B.S.

LANGUAGES

Spanish                 S‑3, R‑3

French                   S-2, R-2

Thai                       S-2, R-2

AWARDS

Administrator’s Award for Distinguished Career Service, 2014

Superior Accomplishment Award, 2012

Performance Award, 2000, 1999, 1994, 1992

Superior Honor Award, 1993

Administrator’s Implementation Award, 1991