INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CONSULTING SERVICES

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Experience

I have over 13 years of experience as a humanitarian and international development practitioner.

Proven:

  • advocate for locally-led initiatives and inclusive programming

  • strong capabilities in project management, business development, proposal development and writing, capacity building, program design and innovation, strategic planning, and systems strengthening

  • technical expertise in peacebuilding, women’s empowerment, rural livelihoods and agriculture, enterprise development, and multi-sector humanitarian assistance

  • regional experience in Eastern Africa, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

  • cross-cutting experience in gender, participatory + inclusive methodologies, entrepreneurship, mentorship + coaching

  • grants experience working with non-profit organizations to secure and manage millions of dollars in grants and contracts for the execution of a wide variety of programs

  • donor experience with U.S. Government (USAID, OFDA, PRM, and other State Department agencies); UK Government (DFID); UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP); private foundations; Canadian Government; European donors (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands)

Outside of my scope as a consultant, I’m also an entrepreneur mentoring womxn. Being an entrepreneur has equipped me with the business acumen, knowledge, skillsets, and adaptability to embrace systems-led change; share fresh (and evidence based) solutions to protracted challenges; take a continuous learning-based approach to various initiatives; work more intentionally at the intersection between development and business - social enterprise.

Philosophy

The origin point for my work in the world is the belief that radical, rippled social change begins inward - with the cultivation of self awareness, intuition, and conscious intention. I support individuals to embrace these facets of an empowered, growth-oriented, and socially conscious mindset.

I value the power of story as just as important as data when measuring social impact.

I believe that sustainable change will come from the wisdom of indigenous leaders and marginalized groups.


Services

Social Impact

  • Participatory and Inclusive Roadmapping

  • Strategy and Facilitation in Culture Shifts and Integration

  • Creative and Collaborative Ideation

  • Capacity Building + Coaching

Business Development

  • Proposal Development

  • Proposal Writing

  • Program Design

  • Budget Development

  • Partnerships

  • Donor Relations

  • Capture Strategy

  • Strategic Planning

Short-term Technical/Program Assistance

  • Technical Design + Support

  • Program Cycle Management

  • Grants Management

  • M&E Planning

  • Report Writing

Strategic Planning and Systems Change

  • Strategic Country Frameworks

  • Capacity Building (individually + organizationally)

  • Coaching/Mentoring

 

testimonials

“Meghan is a natural organizer, convener, and catalyst for positive change.

In 2012, I worked with her on a peacebuilding project in the Caucasus, where we focused on analyzing conflict dynamics and engaging in people-to-people work at the grassroots level. Since then we have collaborated on planning and ideation processes where I witnessed Meghan’s insatiable desire for quality and true collaboration.  

She is a trusted and valuable partner in the international development and humanitarian space and know will add true value to any team. Meghan is a great communicator, talented writer, and is highly adaptable to local contexts and cultivates relationships from a place of empathy and partnership, whether as a staff member or in a consulting role.”

-Monica Curca

Founder, Activate Labs


“Between 2014-2015, Meghan provided business development and proposal writing support to my field office portfolio (Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe). It was a real pleasure working and collaborating with her on different projects. My field colleagues and I were very impressed and pleased with her dedication, expertise and professionalism.

Meghan demonstrated great leadership in business development, at the country level and organization-wide. Meghan took the lead in facilitating communications with donors and helped local and HQ teams cultivate relationships and prospective partnerships. Moreover, she conducted training with staff to build their capacities on key elements of strategic business development and program development processes. Meghan spearheaded and supported the development of strategic country programs and institutional frameworks that highlighted each mission’s competitive advantages and aimed to strengthen operational systems. While working at the HQ level, Meghan led strategic discussions about the organization’s business development systems and priorities.

Meghan is a great person, colleague and strategist. She works seamlessly across various cultures and contexts. She bridges well initiatives between the field and HQ. She will be a great asset to an organization committed to strengthen their business development systems and initiatives.”

-Margot Bokanga

Program Manager, United Methodist Committee on Relief


“I had a chance of working with Meghan during her time as Program Manager at UMCOR. She was always willing to offer her assistance and had an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by our office including beneficiaries, employees, and other stakeholders.

My latest experience with Meghan was on a freelance basis, she was assisting our company in writing a proposal on “Access to Healthcare for Vulnerable Population.” Meghan has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized and able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done.

She is a very highly qualified professional who wants as many details as possible in order to deliver the right outcome. She was one of the very few freelancers that everyone in our office actually enjoyed doing work with. Besides our company benefited from her creative problem-solving, tireless work ethic, and willingness to do whatever it takes to create an outcome that will translate the project objectives into reality. I have no doubt that she will be an excellent freelancer for any company.”

-Viktoria Avakova

Health and Trafficking Project Coordinator at UMCOR-NGO Armenia