Joanna is consultant with 15 years experience in the development sector and a Masters in Social Science (Policy and Management/International Development). Joanna has experience working for NGOS and Government (including on a short term consultancy basis). She has worked in a range of development contexts (including emergency and post-conflict) and has demonstrated expertise in program management, community development, social inclusion, gender equality, peace building, capacity building, facilitation, training and participatory monitoring and evaluation. She has specialist skills in gender analysis and mainstreaming, particularly in the WASH sector, after having spent the past four years as Gender Advisor on the AusAID RWSSP/BESIK program in Timor Leste.
Joanna has experience with long and short term assignments. The last eight years have seen Joanna's work primarily focused on working to AusAID's gender equality policy of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in a number of different development contexts.
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Joanna has experience with long and short term assignments. The last eight years have seen Joanna's work primarily focused on working to AusAID's gender equality policy of advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in a number of different development contexts. Other examples include: gender analysis training and gender audit capacity building for NGOs in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands respectively, supporting a range of women's empowerment programs (civic literacy, savings and livelihoods, disaster response and recovery, trauma healing, leadership skills development, capacity development) in Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands and Thai-Burma border, and conducting various trainings and workshops for partner organisations and other projects (in-country and in Australia) on such topics as: team building, gender equality, participatory M&E, leadership, peace-building, non-violence, and conflict resolution.
Joanna's experience in popular education methodologies and adherence to adult learning principles has meant she has successfully facilitated workshops and evaluation processes, and undertaken presentations in a range of settings (in-country and in Australia), and with a diverse range of people (people with low-level literacy, professionals, adult migrant people and refugees, government staff and NGO staff). Joanna has demonstrated her ability to engage effectively with people from different cultures through her learning and operating in the local language where she has lived for a number of years, namely: Tetum in Timor Leste (nearly 4 years) and Spanish in Nicaragua (2 years).