Theophiilus Saah Kiah, ILiberia
Theophilus Saah Kiah, I is a Career Development Coach, as well as a development scholar and researcher. He is the founder and Executive Director of Career Development and Life Coaching Inc. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Liberia and is a senior student at a Master of Public Health degree at the Cuttington Graduate School with a specialty in Epidemiology. Theophilus has also obtained post-graduate diplomas and certificates in monitoring and evaluation, and project management. He is currently studying a Master’s program in Development Management at Ruhr University in Germany. Theophilus has over nine years of professional working experience in the non-profit sector with both local and international organizations in Liberia. He has a solid experience in monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, project management, strategic planning, and human and institutional capacity development. He has worked on projects funded and implemented by the following institutions: Action Against Hunger, FHI360, UNDP, USAID, EDUcare, Academic Consortium to Combat Ebola in Liberia. Over the years, Theophilus has developed skills in research, event and program planning, facilitating project activities, community mobilization, stakeholder engagement, system thinking and approach, and team building for sustainable impact. Theophilus is interested in developing a concept for effective project monitoring and evaluation that could impact the sustainability of donor funded projects in developing countries. He is also interested in youth and institutional development, local governance, and knowledge management.
Swaliho F. KamaraLiberia
Swaliho F. Kamara is an experienced program monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning professional with approximately ten years of practical implementation experience in development programs. Swaliho has amassed professional experience with international and multilateral development organizations in many sectors including health, agriculture, education, governance, and more. He is a good communicator with advanced coordination skills working with the government, private sectors and civil societies. He has strong knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation implementation, protocol development, ethical review process, program quality assurance, and knowledge management and adaptation. He has worked on programs funded by donors such as USAID, PMI, DFID, UKAID, EU, DANIDA, KFW, KOICA, SIDA, and IRISH AID. Swaliho is a highly motivated team player dedicated to the ethics of integrity, professionalism, and respect for gender, cultural diversity, and human rights.
Janice Cashia PrattLiberia (Host: Worldwatch Institute)
Janice has five years of experience in the nonprofit, media, and governmental sectors, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Stella Maris Polytechnic in Liberia. While studying for her college degree, she volunteered with Population Services International as a Youth Coordinator where she managed a radio show on sexual reproductive health, and planned outreach activities for young people. Janice has developed youth related brochures and IECs materials for several groups including UNICEF and UNAIDS. Her advocacy has progressed to include programs in girls’ rights, youth and gender empowerment, and poverty reduction. Through these experiences, she developed strong research, leadership, and report writing skills. Janice enjoys focusing on the topics of economic reform and population need. She has a strong passion for creative arts and hopes to one day use it as a unifying tool for social justice.
Host Organization: Worldwatch Institute
Fellow’s Role at Worldwatch Institute
Janice will serve as Research Assistant to the President. In this position she will be primarily responsible for assisting in research by the President in three areas of substance: Gender, reproductive health and population, Sustainable agriculture and food production and Climate change and sustainable energy for all. Additionally she will aid various Worldwatch teams seeking to: Improve our outreach on research results for optimum impact in our mission of promoting a rapid transition to sustainable societies that meet human needs Develop and expand networks of likeminded organizations around the world.
Luther Dorbor JekeLiberia (Host: Creative Associates International)
Luther has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia. In his most recent capacity at iLab Liberia as the Director of Training, Luther and his team have provided more than 1,250 Liberians the opportunity to use iLab’s computer lab and gain new technology skills. Previously, Luther worked as Training Director of Ushahidi Liberia, a nonprofit tech camp that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Luther served as an exemplary leader in the Monrovia crisis, and partnered with the United Nations, the Government of Liberia, NGO’s and civil society on using technology to map conflict and instability in Liberia. Luther is passionate about using technology for social good, particularly in the areas of using Crisis Mapping Technologies (Ushahidi, Crowdmap, SwiftRiver, basic GIS) to prevent conflict.
Host Organization: Creative Associates International
Role at Host Organization: Luther will provide support to the Technology for Development (T4D) unit in the Cross-Functional Group (CFG), which is responsible for incubating new ideas of how to use technology interventions. He will also work as a development agency contractor by learning about the latest in information and communication technologies for development and contributing innovative ideas that have potential for funding.
Lawrence YealueLiberia (Host: Accountability Lab)
Lawrence received a BA in Human Resource Management from Wisconsin International University College in Ghana, as well as certificates of training in: securities trading; banking; analytical problem solving; organizational leadership; team playing and report writing; public speaking and presentation skills; international youth leadership; HIV/AIDS; conflict management and mediation; peace building; and a peace ambassador. He most recently worked as the Assistant Project Coordinator of the Business Start-Up Center Monrovia (BSC). Previously, he served as Electoral Commissioner for the Liberian Student Association-Ghana, National Coordinator for the World Youth Spirit Council, Project Director for the Rotaract Club of Wisconsin, and a volunteer for Africa Peace’s HIV/AIDS Education & Peace Initiative in Benin. He also founded and directed Liberian Youth for Peace & Development (LIRYPAD), and worked as a teacher, dean, and HR personnel for community schools in Ghana.
Host Organization: Accountability Lab
Role at Host Organization: Lawrence will serve as coordinator for Accountability Lab for its activities in West Africa, conducting research, developing project ideas, building relevant networks, and conducting outreach.