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Sarah Cohen Wood is now a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Dec 12, 2012

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Ms. Wood, a Conflict and Civil Society Specialist, most recently served as Chief of Party (previously Deputy Chief of Party) for the USAID-funded Nepal Government Citizen Partnership Project (NGCPP) in the Terai region of Nepal. Previously, Ms. Wood worked for USAID in the Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau (DCHA). From 2003 – 2006, Ms Wood worked with the former Office for Private and Voluntary Cooperation (USAID/DCHA/PVC) and collaborated with partners on a USAID-funded NGO Sector Strengthening Program that was active in seventeen post conflict countries in Latin America, Africa and the Near East. In her career with USAID, Ms. Wood also served as the USAID liaison for the State Departments Office for the Coordinator of Stabilization and Reconstruction (S/CRS) and worked on the Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ISAF) and also worked directly with the Director of the Office of Conflict and Mitigation (CMM) and the Deputy Administrator for DCHA to provide technical guidance on the Interagency Management System (IMS). Ms Wood has worked on interagency coordination in stabilization and conflict environments. She has served as a conflict specialist for the Office of Conflict Mitigation and Management as well as a strategic planner for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Ms. Wood has served on response management teams (RMTs) and disaster assistance response teams (DARTs) for the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and helped to design one of the first transition planning processes for OFDA’s disaster response management division.

Sarah Wood has 17 years of experience focused on local governance, institutional strengthening, conflict prevention and conflict mitigation in international development, with more than eight years of direct overseas experience in conflict-affected countries. An anthropologist by training, she is experienced in conflict sensitive project design and planning, and emphasizes the use of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) principles in the planning and design process, as well as during program implementation and impact evaluation. Ms. Wood is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist who specializes in conflict sensitive M&E systems, designing the first conflict-sensitive monitoring and evaluation course for USAID field staff and partners. She is an adjunct faculty member at American University in Washington, DC, and has conducted regional trainings in Africa and Southeast Asia. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wood has focused on the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in preventing and mediating conflict, and has provided direct technical assistance, enabling them to increase their organizational capacity to design, implement, and monitor early recovery, transition and development programming.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, USA, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Civil Society and Conflict
How many years professional experience do you have ?
11-15
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Swahili
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Society, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Gender, Human Rights, Peacebuilding, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
CIDA, DFID, SIDA, USAID
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Capacity Building in Conflict Affected and Fragile States

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