Rawan KhouryJordan (Org: HelpAge International)
Rawan Khoury has extensive experience in development and humanitarian projects and approaches with a special focus on technical training. Her professional experience has given her a chance to work with different target groups in different locations, with the aim of engaging local stakeholders through increasing their capacities, allowing them to embrace their responsibilities, and act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past three years, Rawan’s role at HelpAge International has increased her knowledge and skills in relation to older men and women in addition to building strong relations with international, local and government institutions to ensure that the rights of older people are being recognized, respected and protected.
Rana Abu NemehJordan (Host: Halcyon)
Rana has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with double minors in Political Science and International Marketing from the University of Jordan. While working as the Grants Administrator Specialist for SFH, her community-minded team player mentality enabled her to be the founder of many community-based initiatives. Previously, Rana worked as a Case Manager for the Danish Refugees Council. She helped raise awareness about amnesty regulations, particularly in civil legal documentation and protection. At the same time, she facilitated programs to help refugees obtain necessary civil documents and worked within a consortium with other partnering organizations on resolving various protection cases. Rana has also worked as a Technical Education Assistant with the Norwegian Refugees Council in Azraq Refugees Camp. In that role, she worked on building the capacity of the youth by guiding adolescents-led initiatives in camps. She also added to the education program by creating the Exam Anxiety Program to help traumatized children achieve better learning outcomes by overcoming their anxieties. Additionally, she refined the tools used in obtaining children’s feedback through the Child Based Complaint Mechanism scheme. Through these experiences, she has developed strong social innovation and project implementation skills, particularly in the education sphere. Rana’s positive self-starting nature in emerging entrepreneurial projects led her to take a further step towards change by establishing EnvaTechs: a startup that uses immersive technologies in Environmental Education in schools.
Host Organization: Halcyon
Role at Halcyon At Halcyon, Rana will serve as the Incubator Program Support Fellow: providing resources to early-stage social enterprises, training across portfolios, and striving to improve the organization’s impact.
Hisham AbabnehJordan (Host: Abt Associates)
Hisham has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. Most recently, Hisham worked for International Rescue Committee (IRC) as an Employment Deputy Manager, Managing a team of officers to conduct assessments to vulnerable Syrians and Jordanians and identify their economic needs and provide decent job opportunities to them by matching them with the available open vacancies, the project aims to improve the economic status of the beneficiaries and provide a more sustainable solution and to enable the beneficiaries to work and support themselves financially, Previously Hisham has worked for Community Engagement Project a Global Communities project funded by USAID as a program Manager, managing a big team to identify the needs of local communities afflicted by the Syrian crisis and help them submit proposals that will enable them to receive in kind grants from USAID, Hisham also oversaw the implementation of the project’s activities and intervention and was responsible for engaging governmental and civic organisations as well. At the same time, he engages in volunteer work with local community-based organizations (CBOs) to promote and maintain social peace and a culture of acceptance of others among local communities. . Through these years of experience, he gained strong skills in communication, effective coordination, and leadership. Hisham enjoys focusing on topics of humanitarian relief and development of refugee communities and demonstrated great efforts to improve the welfare and safety of the refugees and to empower refugee women and youth in his country to effectively contribute to restoring peace and development.
Host Organization: Abt Associates
Role at Abt Associates: At Abt Associates, Hisham will will support the SHOPS (Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector) Plus project by working with the private sector on family planning, child health, and HIV interventions. He will also support the implementation of technical activities and assist with writing technical project reports.
Hasan KilaniJordan (Host: Heartland Alliance International)
Hasan has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking Science from Philadelphia University of Jordan. For the last three years, Hasan has worked as a protection assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan. The unit coordinates with inter-agency protection sectors and provides direct support in case management for child protection, sexual- and gender-based violence, legal, detention and diversity/minorities’ caseloads. Hasan is one of the main focal points working on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) cases. He was instrumental in implementing the UNHCR Jordan LGBTI protection program, which included the development of training material and the setup of an interagency network. In this role, he has developed the ability to liaise with UN colleagues and external stakeholders on this sensitive topic with professionalism and organizational awareness. Hasan is passionate about working with marginalized groups, particularly within the LGBTI community. Traveling and meeting new people are among his hobbies.
Host Organization: Heartland Alliance International
Role at Host Organization: Hasan will work as the Sudan Taskforce Project Manager and will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of a project to support the taskforce. He will ensure that all program activities are implemented in line with the project’s work plan and in accordance with organization and donor requirements. Hasan will be responsible for oversight of all components of the project and for quarterly reporting.
Amani Al-NsairatJordan (Host: Peace First)
Amani Al-Nsairat has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a B.A. degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Hashemite University in Jordan, an M.A. degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Innovation from Amani Institute in Brazil. Amani’s work has focused on the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, a country which now hosts more than 600,000 registered refugees. Her recent work at SPARK organization focused on the implementation of two educational programmes, which address the educational needs of Syrian and Jordanian youth living in Jordan. Prior to this, she worked at Generations For Peace, implementing peacebuilding and conflict transformation programmes in schools and community centers in a number of governorates in Jordan. She focused on utilizing non-formal education tools, such as sport and art, for peace activities to foster positive behavioural change. Through her educational background and work experience, Amani has honed professional skills and key strengths in the areas of programme management, project management, content creation, field work, and facilitation. She is interested in the areas of peacebuilding, education, youth and community development. During her spare time, she enjoys meditation, yoga, reading, journaling, and taking photos.
Host Organization: Peace First
Role at Host Organization: Amani will help identify, secure and engage international partners to grow the numbers of young people who are supported to turn their ideas into real peacemaking projects. She will provide key insights to inform Peace First’s evolving international growth strategy as the organization adapts its domestic program to better serve international partners.