Patrick Okwir is a public health professional with five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Patrick worked as Monitoring, Evaluation and Grants officer at Global Health Corps where he supported national partners in the development and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems, design and implementation of projects for health equity and social justice, fundraising, and partnership development. Patrick also worked as a Community Health Fellow at the African Union during the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Guinea; he supported data-driven epidemiologic investigations and rehabilitation programs in HIV/AIDs and reproductive health. Patrick is the founder of “Healthy Women West-Nile”, a $300,000 community-owned micro-health insurance program that has supported and inspired access to anti-retroviral therapy among 327 orphans, women and girls living with HIV/AIDs in North-West Uganda. Working at the intersection of project management, fundraising and M&E, Patrick has raised over $900,000 for non-profit projects, managed and led monitoring and evaluation of six country-wide projects, fee-for-service M&E contracts and published five medical research papers. Patrick enjoys working in data science with a passion for community-driven, and evidence-based approaches to development. He is passionate about women and girls’ empowerment and envisages a fair, equitable, and just society for all women and girls. Patrick is curious, adventurous, flexible, and fluent in English and basic French.
Host Organization: PowerPlay NYC
Role at Host Organization: Patrick will serve as the Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment and Learning (MEAL) Fellow, supporting PowerPlay NYC’s capacity to collect, process, and use information about our programs, operations, and external environment to further our mission. He will use data to drive program design and decision-making within the organization and collaborate with other staff to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the organization.