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Webinar 32: Monitoring, Evaluating, and Learning from Multisectoral Approaches to Build Resilience to Conflict and Violence

Webinar Date and Time: Friday, November 20. Click here to view the webinar recording.

Webinar Description: USAID’s programming in complex environments takes a multisectoral approach to build resilience to shocks and stresses that emerge from conflict and violence. This webinar will explore USAID’s work in Ethiopia and the Sahel to reduce risks to violence and conflict, including evidence about what has or hasn’t worked to improve individual- and community-level resilience. Panelists will also share lessons learned about the approaches, challenges, and opportunities to monitor and evaluate risk and resilience through a multisectoral lens, and tools used to generate evidence. Panelists include Dr. Jessie Anderson (Senior Conflict Advisor, USAID Center for Resilience), Stephanie Ullrich (Disaster Risk Management Officer, Acting Highlands Resilience Lead, USAID/Ethiopia), and Dr. Zeric Smith (Deputy Mission Director, USAID/Senegal/Sahel Regional Office). Claire McGillem (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, USAID Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention) will moderate the discussion.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Jessie Anderson is a Senior Conflict Advisor with the Center for Resilience in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. She has been a researcher and practitioner on issues related to aid, conflict and displacement for nearly 15 years.

Stephanie Ullrich is a Crisis, Stabilization, and Governance Officer with USAID Ethiopia and the Project Lead for a resilience program in the highlands of Ethiopia called Transition into Graduation through Enhanced Resilience (TIGER). Stephanie previously worked on climate change adaptation with UNDP and on emergency response and disaster risk management with IOM, ShelterBox, and other NGOs. She has a BA. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MPA. in Sustainable Development Practice with a focus on Complex Emergencies from Columbia University.

Dr. Zeric Smith has 30 years of development experience. Currently serving as the Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Senegal with responsibilities for the Sahel where he leads all technical, program, humanitarian assistance, and business support services for USAID teams and activities in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Cape Verde, and Chad, and provides leadership and support to the stand-up of USAID/Niger (Sept. 2020 – Present). He provides technical direction and management support for 39 staff in these countries with an annual budget in excess of $700M. 

Previously at USAID/Senegal, he was the Director of the Sahel Regional Technical Office (SRTO), a multi-sectoral team and concurrently served as the Regional Resilience Coordinator for the Sahel (2017 – 2020).  In that role, he led the development of the Sahel Development Partnership, and the design and launch of Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE 2) program.  

He previously served USAID in DRC heading the Eastern Congo Office (2015-17), Indonesia where he was Deputy, and then Director of the Democracy Rights, and Governance Office (2011-15), Afghanistan serving with ISAF in Kabul and on the PRT in Badakhshan Province (2010-11), and in Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development where he was the Bureau’s Conflict Advisor (2005-2009). 

After getting his BA at Brigham Young University, Dr. Smith began his career as a PCV in Mali (1989 -91) followed by graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991 – 97) where he earned an MA and PhD in Political Science. Dr. Smith was a Visiting Research Professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia (1997 – 99). Between 2000 and 2005 he worked for Management Systems International as a Senior Political Scientist where he consulted extensively for USAID and other government clients. 

He speaks fluent French, basic Indonesian, and remedial Bambara. 

Claire McGillem is a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist with USAID/CPS/CVP where she provides technical assistance on MEL for conflict and violence prevention, including the utilization of complexity-aware and adaptive approaches. Previously, Claire has provided expertise on program design, monitoring, and evaluation through her work in USAID’s Africa Bureau and for INGOs in conflict-affected settings. Claire has an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School and a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.


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