Margaret M. Harritt, Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE

CONSULTANCY SINCE USAID RETIRMENT

Senior Program and Procurement Advisor (2015 – Present)

USAID/Tanzania

  • Assist Health Office complete priority procurement actions (PILs, RFAs, NOFOs, PADs); participate in Technical Evaluation Committee; develop new project and activity designs
  • Conduct gap analysis and alignment of activity/project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans; verify compliance with Agency policy, performance audit mitigation

USAID/CAR

  • Improve and align Almaty Consensus regional results framework with region’s bilateral programs, with emphasis on trade and energy; develop formats/methods to track metrics

USAID CAREER 1992-2015 

Project Design Specialist, Office for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID/W [2014-2015]

  • Completed designs for Civil Society, Governance and Economic Opportunities projects valued at hundreds of millions of US dollars in less than 10 months; designed tools for project design, monitoring and evaluation plans, enabling portfolio alignment with Agency policy and best practices, mitigation of audit findings, and more effective project results

Leader, Performance Management Unit, Program Office, USAID/Pakistan, Islamabad [2012-2014]

  • Developed and led implementation of the Mission’s first comprehensive strategic results alignment of the complex, multi-billion dollar portfolio with Agency performance management policies which led to evidence-based results across hundreds of interventions
  • Provided oversight of Mission’s monitoring and evaluation contract management
  • Directly engaged Mission Energy Office technical staff in a highly complex environment to:
    • finalize objectives, develop and apply innovative management tools to link energy data to results, draft Mission policy, and train staff to sustain improved impact
    • create and implement a practical learning agenda guiding data collection for assessment and performance data, monitoring and evaluations, and evidence-based approaches to sectoral portfolio achievements and integrate cross-cutting issues such as gender and capacity building
    • guide new energy project designs representing millions of US dollars to produce more effective and transparent results

Performance Management Specialist, Office of Iraq Affairs, USAID/Washington DC & Baghdad Iraq [2010-2011]

  • Developed USAID/Iraq’s first impact management system for alignment and management of complex, high-profile billion-dollar portfolio for improved effectiveness, producing:
    • Analyses identifying gaps in Mission objectives and interventions; Mission guidance and templates linking data and results to close gaps; and information management requirements for all Mission activities to align with Agency policy on results
    • a gender analysis and recommendations for USAID’s portfolio used in the Iraq Embassy’s report to the Secretary of State’s initiative on Women, Peace and Security

Crisis/Stabilization and Urban Youth Advisor, Office of Urban Programs, Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), USAID/Washington DC [2006-2010]

  • Project Manager – Youth Employability Global Development Alliance public-private partnership with International Youth Foundation (IYF) (2007-2010)
  • Engaged USAID missions globally; project design and performance management of field programs assisting at-risk youth to become employable
  • Crisis & Stabilization Policy Advisor, Agency policy working groups (2007-2010)
  • Served as EGAT Bureau representative on crisis and stabilization programming: countering violent extremism, youth, and urban issues, resulting in USAID policies
  • Key participant in design and implementation of Agency’s crisis corps surge
  • Performance Management Specialist, Tactical Conflict and Planning Framework (TCAPF), intermittent collaboration with USAID/Office of Military Affairs (2008-2010)
  • Developed results elements of TCAPF and pioneered civilian training of military personnel on its use; evolved into District Stabilization Framework used in Afghanistan
  • Youth and Development Advisor, temporary assignment, USAID team, Central Command (CENTCOM) Inter-Agency Assessment, Fort McNair, Washington DC (2008-2009)
  • Conducted cross-sectoral analysis of youth in CENTCOM’s priority countries; produced model for integrating youth development core principles with programming for countering violent extremism in crisis environments
  • Youth Employability and Performance Management Specialist; temporary assignment, Program Office, USAID/Yemen, Sanaa (2007)
  • Identified gaps between intended goals (youth skills) and actual investments (leadership) for at-risk youth; developed tools and recommendations to bridge results gaps
  • Assisted in selection and start-up of Mission’s monitoring and evaluation contract
  • Developed tool to maximize civilian-military resources in program design/implementation
  • Trained local NGOs in basics of performance management to comply with Mission needs

Technical Advisor, Energy and Water, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, USAID/Washington DC [2005-2006] – on complement during field to Washington transition; backstop for Central Asia energy projects

Director, Office of Energy and Water; USAID/Central Asia Region, Almaty, Kazakhstan [2004-2005] – Led design of Regional Energy Markets Program – REMAP – in collaboration with World Bank

Office Director, Democracy and Governance and Economic Growth Programs, USAID/Pakistan, Islamabad [2003-2004]; Deputy Office Director, Alternative Development; USAID/Bolivia, La Paz [2002-2003]; Project Manager, Natural Resources and Protected Areas, Office of Rural Development; Mission Environment Officer; Mission Gender Officer; USAID/Nicaragua, Managua [1996-2002]; Project Manager, Fundacion VIDA Small Grants Project and Natural Resources Officer, Office of Agriculture, USAID/Honduras, Tegucigalpa [1992-1995]

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Forest Genetics, minor Soil Science, N.C. State University, Raleigh N.C. [1991]

Master of Science, Forestry & Physiology, Mississippi State University, MS [1979]

Bachelor of Science, Forest Management, Clemson University, S.C. [1977]

LANGUAGES

English                  Native

Spanish                 S3, R3

Portuguese           S3, R3