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CaLP Secretariat

Alex Jacobs, CaLP Director

Alex  moves to CaLP from Plan International, one of the world’s largest NGO federations, where he led the redesign of their approach to programme management as Director of Programme Quality. Alex has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years, after qualifying as an accountant. He initially worked with Oxfam in Rwanda and the DRC. Subsequently, he founded Mango, an award winning NGO, which he led for 10 years. During this time, he was closely involved with reforms to improve how agencies engage with local people. He helped draft the original HAP Standard, set up BOND’s Quality Group and pioneered work on feedback systems.

He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and Duke University.He has held positions on a range of boards and led work for the World Humanitarian Summit on reforms to strengthen community engagement in humanitarian response.

Isabelle Pelly, Technical Coordinator 

Isabelle is the technical coordinator for the Cash Learning Partnership, responsible for providing leadership and quality control across all CaLP’s technical work, including capacity building, knowledge management and research, and coordination. She also leads CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), comprised of leading technical experts in CTP across CaLP's membership.

Isabelle has a technical background in food security and livelihoods, with specialist skills in market assessment and analysis. She joined CaLP in September 2015 after years in programme management, advisory and policy roles in Haiti, Zimbabwe, West Africa and Lebanon. She has also held leadership positions at inter-agency level in the field and has been actively involved in the global work around multi-sectoral CTP. She holds a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University, a MA in Environment and Development from LSE.

Ruth McCormack, Senior Programme Officer

Originally from the West Midlands in the UK, Ruth  is now based in Toronto, Canada. She joined CaLP as Senior Programme Officer in September 2015, where her role involves working closely with CaLP's regional teams to provide technical advice and support for CaLP's strategic and programme development and implementation.

Working primarily as a food security and livelihoods technical specialist, Ruth has nearly 10 years of experience in humanitarian response in South Sudan, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, Jordan and Gaza, including extensive engagement in the design and implementation of a range of cash and voucher programmes. She holds a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics, and a MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex.

Martin Pittman, Global Capacity Building Coordinator

Martin serves as the Global Capacity Building Coordinator, and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of CaLP's global capacity building strategy, targeting institutions and individuals to achieve excellence in Cash Transfer Programming.

He is from the United States and holds a Master's degree in international education, and has lived and worked in more than 15 countries, most notably across Africa. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in international development and education program management, as well as in social protection. He has expertise in training program design, workshop facilitation and organizational strengthening, and worked as the Training Advisor for 3 years on a large-scale cash transfer programme in Uganda, which introduced him to the myriad opportunities of CTP. 

Charity Lukaya, Senior Institutional Capacity Building Officer

Charity is a partnership, capacity building and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with cross sectoral experience in development and humanitarian programming interventions. She is a Kenyan who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and is currently finalizing a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration. She joined CaLP in January 2015 as the Kenya Capacity Building Officer and brings with her more than five years progressive work experience in programme design, monitoring and evaluation, organizational and community capacity building and partnership management. Her civil society sector and consultancy work experience includes a mix of both stable/development contexts and fragile/complex humanitarian and emergency contexts.

Stephanie Roberson, Technical Team Project Manager

Stephanie has joined the CaLP as Technical Team Project Manager, where she will be responsible for providing essential project management support to the global technical team across a range of projects, donors, contracts, and partnerships.

She is originally from Colchester in the UK, and has a MSc in Humanitarian Programme from the University of Liverpool and L' Institute Bioforce in Lyon. She has five years of experience working with Oxfam GB both in the UK and overseas, and she has worked in both development and humanitarian contexts in Nepal, India, South Sudan, Iraq and the Philippines. Stephanie has spent the last two years working in the technical sector of food security, livelihoods and cash, initially on the Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines,and most recently with Oxfam's response to the IDP crisis in Iraq. 

Amandine Frisetti, CaLP West Africa Ebola Project Manager 

Holding a Master Degree in Business & Management from KEDGE in France, Amandine has been working for the last three years as a Logistician in emergency contexts. She joins  CaLP to lead a project about Cash Transfer practices following Ebola outbreak after managing  projects on  shelter construction with Handicap International in Philippines and  measles vaccination with MSF in Republic Democratic of Congo.

Svetlana Omel Duncalf, Business Support Manager     

Benter Awuor, Finance Manager  

Benter, born and schooled in Kenya, holds a BA degree in Business Management from Kenyatta University, an ACCA affiliate and is currently completing her MBA- Finance. Prior to joining the CaLP team, Benter was based at the HECA OGB region as a Finance Manager where she worked with different country programme teams including Somalia, Rwanda Pan Africa and Tanzania. She has also worked with other INGO’s in the emergency setup under different capacities.

She brings with her years or progressive skills and experience in contracts management, financial and donor compliance, budgeting monitoring and reporting 

Angel Entenza, Finance Assistant

Angel comes from Spain. He holds a degree in Business and Marketing at Oxford Brookes University and currently is taking the ACCA. Angel’s previous jobs included Account Receivable at Ocaso S.A. in Spain and Administrative at Inversegur S.L   He joined CaLP in April 2016 after completing his volunteering with Oxfam’s Payments and Treasury teams. Angel is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Joseph Rudulph, Global Administration Officer

Joseph is originally from Ethiopia. He holds Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from London Middlesex University. Joseph is an experienced, CIPD qualified, HR professional with considerable experience managing people and resources within an international development setting. As a Global Administration Officer he provides wide ranging HR,  Administrative and logistics support to CaLP’s work globally to ensure the effective and smooth running of the overall CaLP activities, working closely with the global CaLP team and specifically CaLP regional hubs and other staff from Oxfam, ACF, NRC as well as a wide range of other CaLP internal and external stakeholders.

He was also seconded to Oxfam GB as Project Officer and in another role as Human Resource Executive. Prior to joining CaLP, he worked as an Emergency HR Officer for Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontiers’ Operational Centre (MCF-OCA). Most of his work was in the field, in refugee camps based in remote parts of Ethiopia and Somalia. He helped to set up projects and field offices, and was responsible for overall recruitment and selection, staff retention, HR reporting, capacity building and change management. 

Rose Smith, Membership Officer

Rose is from Staffordshire, England.She has an Master in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford and a BA from University of Liverpool. Prior to joining CaLP she worked in administration and event management for organisations including NHS England and Serco Education.

Jack Barton, Travel Administrator

Jack Barton is the Travel Administrator for the Cash Learning Partnership, based in Oxford in the UK. Jack holds a BA (Hons) in International Development and has worked as an Academic Advisor for a municipal education department in Bangkok, Thailand. More recently, Jack worked as a Project Worker for St Mungo’s, a charity providing support to homeless people in Southern England.

Caroline Holt Interim Policy Coordinator 

In transition, Communications Manager

Giselle Miguens, Digital Communications Officer

Giselle is from Argentina. She has a Bachelor in Social Communications from the National University of Rosario, Argentina and a Master degree in International Relations awarded by Sogang University in South Korea. Prior to joining CALP she worked for the UNDP Regional Service Center for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama. Additionally, she has worked for UNESCAP in Thailand , IPC-IG UNDP in  Brazil and Oxfam International in the areas of communications and information management.

Anna Foxley, Funding and Partnership Coordinator

CaLP Regional Focal Points

Nathalie Cissokho, West Africa

Nathalie holds a Master’s degree in political science and international relations with a major in conflict analysis. She also holds an academic diploma on the Arabic World. Working for the Institute on Research and Negotiation of ESSEC Business School, she managed a program that was implemented in post conflict areas and fragile states, strengthening capacities of government representatives, civil society organizations and conflict stakeholders in negotiation and dialogue. She contributed to facilitation processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also took part in the creation of pedagogic materials and led training activities for European and African Institutions, European universities and private companies. She has been working for a French NGO for several years in Central Africa where she had the opportunity to design and follow up on the implementation of cash transfer programmes in both emergency and development contexts, in various sectors (WASH, shelter, livelihood). She then joined the CaLP first as capacity building officer before taking on the role of Regional Focal Point for West Africa.

In transition, Asia

Karen Peachey, East Africa

Karen joined CaLP in January 2017, bringing with her with many years of experience in the development and humanitarian sectors.  Karen has extensive programme experience and has engaged in policy development and research work.   She has worked as the Regional Representative for the British Red Cross; International Director for THET; Regional Programme Manager for HelpAge International and a variety of other roles.  Karen is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jenny Coneff, North America

Jenny has been working in international relief and development since 2002 in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the U.S. As Regional Focal Point for North America, she is responsible for revitalizing the community of practice in the region, researching region-specific gaps and needs regarding CTP funding and institutionalization, and advocating for greater uptake of CTP from the region. Before joining CaLP, Jenny worked as an Analyst and Advisor for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), supporting analysis for West Africa, for the 2011 Somalia famine, and for livelihoods. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin 2002-2004, Guatemala 2007). Jenny received her M.Sc. in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, and a graduate certificate in Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Boston University. Jenny is based in Washington, DC.

CaLP Regional Support

Esther Mbogho, Administration and Communication Officer - East Africa

Esther was born and raised in Kenya and joined the CaLP team in Nairobi in September 2014. Esther graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2011 after completing a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology. Esther has worked for a number of development organisations namely the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD Kenya), NEPAD Kenya secretariat, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and Compassion International. Through her work in development Esther has gained experience in research, grants management and programme management as well as obtaining a Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise (Delf A1) certificate and becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to section 3. Alongside her work with CaLP Esther recently completed a  Master's in Sociology at the University of Nairobi.

Thérèse FayeAdministration and Communication Officer - West Africa

Therese is from Senegal, she holds a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield in England. Prior to joining CaLP, Therese worked for UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar, on capacity building projects for teachers in Burkina-Faso and Niger. She also has international experience with an internship in Germany and volunteer experience with Oxfam, as well as local NGOs in Senegal.

In transition , Administration and Communication Officer - Asia  

Keith V Preciados, Administration and Communication Officer - North America

Keith is originally from Miami, Florida in the United States. For over eight years, he worked in a number of different administrative and communications-based roles, including serving as a contracts manager in the field of education and overseeing outreach efforts for the National YoungArts Foundation and Gordon Diaz-Balart, a U.S.-based public relations firm. Previously, he served as a consultant for Heifer International Philippines, assessing the activities of their community animal health workers. Keith received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Miami and is currently finishing his master’s degree at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

CaLP Capacity Building Officers 

Abdoulaye Hamidou, West Africa Capacity Building Officer

With an Agricultural Techniques engineer acquired at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (Niger), Abdoulaye developed his professional career of more than ten years mainly on food security and livelihoods in emergency as well as in long-term actions. He brings with him a great experience on cash transfer programming, design, implementation and coordination. Apart from having worked with national organizations, governmental structures and international organizations, he worked for Oxfam over four years on both the humanitarian and development team including advocacy, networking and managing partnerships relation with national organizations. Additionally, Abdoulaye was in charge of coordinating the Cash Working Group in Niger from 2013 to 2014. 

Ali Mansoor, Asia Capacity Building Officer

Ali has 11 years of experience in Cash Transfer Programming, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL), Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Microfinance. Most recently, he was the Cash Operations Coordinator for Oxfam in Nepal for the 2015 Earthquake response. He has been part of designing and implementing cash-based interventions; building capacity of staff, partners and other stakeholders; developing training materials and context-based guidelines for teams in Nepal and Pakistan. With various NGOs, Ali has been part of several emergency response programs in Pakistan including: the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (PEFSA), Pakistan Floods response (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012) and Pakistan Drought Response (2013 and 2014) in both technical and management roles. Ali holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Shah Abdul Lateef University Khairpur Sindh Pakistan and received a Diploma degree in Business Management from SZABIST Pakistan.

Blake J Stabler, North America Capacity Building Officer

Blake has been working in international relief and development, primarily in agriculture and food security, since 2003. Before joining CaLP, Blake worked as a Market Analyst and a Food Security Analyst for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), supporting analysis for East Africa and Central Asia. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Russia 2000-2002). Blake received his master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School. He is based in Washington, DC.