Area of expertise, interest, main activities...:
About you (please use English):
I have more than 20 years of experience working on gender equality including developing and developing training programs, tools and documents as well as integrating gender and human rights considerations into policy and programming documents. I am currently working as a gender expert for UNICEF Burundi and for ASSP, a project of World Health IMA in the DRC ASSP to develop a gender action plan focused on reproductive health and SGBV. I worked on a three-year project in South Africa on maternal and child health with a focus on adolescent health and am currently supporting adolescent male and female researchers in the DRC to gather data on the drivers of early marriage and transactional sex. I am also working part-time for Hivos Southern Africa managing a regional project on sexual and reproductive health that is focusing on child marriage, safe abortion and Gender-Based Violence.
About you (other languages):
I am fluent in French and have some ability to speak German, Spanish and Portuguese. I have worked in the DRC and Burundi in French and have worked in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda) and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi) as well as in Brazil, Guyana, and Indonesia.
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Area of Gender Expertise:
South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia
Skills and track record:
Over the past 25 years, Ellen Hagerman has worked as a technical expert in areas including gender equality, civil society engagement, governance on community engagement and mobilization in Africa, Asia and South and North America in a wide range of areas that called for the need to integrate the gender perspective including maternal and child health, food security, HIV/AIDS and sustainable forestry. To do so, she conducted stakeholder mapping and scoping of programs to identify different stakeholder needs for men and women. She has expertise in the use of participatory methodologies and has developed consultation guides and data collection tools that are adapted to the capacity and literacy level of stakeholder groups and are disaggregated to accommodate the specific concerns of women and men as well as girls and boys. She has designed and facilitated training sessions using participatory approaches on gender equality, human rights and intercultural communications in French and English. Ellen has a Masters Degree in Communications from l'Université du Québec à Montréal that is based on conducting participatory research living in an Amerindian community affiliated with an international forestry project which included a focus on the issues of women involved in the project. Ellen Hagerman has 17 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and managing contracts of multi-year donor programs and in managing multi-disciplinary teams in a wide range of areas, including sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, governance and accountability, Human Rights, gender equality, food security, social and economic development. Ellen has considerable experience and unique insight of good practice and developments of both the demand and accountability with a specific understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent and youth girls and boys in Southern Africa and Central Africa. She has experience in capacity building of health authorities, communities and CSOs on demand, accountability, community mobilization, participation, and equality to improve public sector management and service delivery; she has developed tools to undertake multi-stakeholder consultations and how to develop case studies and policy briefs. . She also has expertise in health communications including health, behaviour change and intercultural communications. She managed and provided expertise advice for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)'s regional programming for Southern and Eastern Africa, including ensuring the integration of gender equality considerations and developing stand-alone gender programming.