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Melita E. Yearwood

Melita Yearwood is an accomplished and multi-faceted retired U.S. Government procurement professional with progressive experience including, but not limited to Contracting/Agreement Officer with exceptional negotiating skills and twelve years as a trainer. As a former Senior Procurement Analyst, Melita is well versed in acquisition and assistance policies having developed, issued, maintained, interpreted and provided advice on U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID’s) policies and regulations.

She is skilled in working within a foreign environment and entities with exceptional interpersonal skills with a gift for motivating and working effectively with persons from diverse cultures and the ability to interface at all levels. Melita has solid organization skills and experience working in a high-profile, fast-paced environment. She has a talent for analyzing problems, developing and simplifying procedures, and finding creative solutions.

Melita has served as a Trainer of USAID staff (Washington-based and overseas) in various acquisition and assistance courses. As a Consultant she has developed USAID acquisition and assistance course material (lecture, exercises, case studies and templates), and reviewed and updated USAID acquisition and assistance training material for on-line courses and lectures. Previous Government service she was a Trainer and Manager of Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) who participated in USAID’s start-up of new procurement system (New Management System (NMS)). She also planned, developed and designed training program for Records Management Workshops for staff and Briefings presented to senior management in USAID/Washington and Missions. Melita is a Deep Water Aerobics Instructor.

Melita coordinated logistics for a VIP reception and dinner for USAID’s 1st National Lessons Without Borders Conference which addressed health related issues in inner city communities. And coordinated logistics for the 1st U.S. African Sister Cities Conference held in West Africa, which hosted 500 participants addressing health and environment issues, and business opportunities in Dakar, Senegal.

Melita has worked as an Independent Senior Consultant with Engility Corporation and Suntiva.