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Kyle Hiebert
Strategy & Research Advisor , Non-profit
Winnipeg, Canada
A professional editor, researcher, communications specialist and analyst with a Master’s degree in social policy and 10 years combined experience in policy research and report development, communications and strategy, government relations and advocacy, stakeholder collaboration and good governance. Experience working in areas of migration, conflict, food security, inequality and climate change.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Extensive insight into contemporary international political, economic and social dynamics – evidenced in part through Master’s studies in the UK; research and management experience in multinational contexts with an Africa-based international consultancy; and advocacy work in my current position at an NPO, engaging all three levels of government in Canada.

Proven skill set:

- Several years of experience in remote working arrangements across continents and time zones; proficient in a range of digital/online collaboration tools to maximize remote working productivity

- Team management, program management

- Strategic communications

- Research and report development

- Digital content production

- Critical thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal skills

- Analytical writing and editing

- Policy analysis and development

- Drafting of grant proposals, speech writing

- Advocacy campaigns; social media and website management

- Interviews and research

- Data analysis and presentation



RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PREVIOUS COLLEAGUES - *from LinkedIn profile*


“Kyle brought so much to our company during his years with us, playing various roles and positively impacting everyone that worked with him. His move back to Canada was a huge loss to us, and a massive gain to whoever he decides to work with in future.”

– Jonathan Mundell, CEO, In On Africa (IOA) and founder of Voices Unite


“I worked under Kyle as a researcher in 2015 and he remains one of the best managers I've had, especially given as we worked remotely across time zones. Kyle's ability to draw together the political, social, economic, and martial elements of a given country or area was very instructive to me, and I have no doubt that his analysis and communication skills will be a great asset to his employer.”

– Dominic Naish, Humanitarian Affairs and Advocacy at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


“Kyle was particularly excellent at involving the externally-based consultants in the day-to-day life of the organisation – often a difficult task for companies working with large teams of external analysts. I would therefore recommend Kyle across multiple lines of work, from research, to consultancy, policy, advocacy and management more broadly.”

– Alex Waterman, Research Fellow in Security, Terrorism & Insurgency at University of Leeds


“I had the privilege of working with Kyle on a few research products for multinational clients. Kyle was a reliable source of expertise when it came to producing content, editing and creating a polished product I was proud to get behind. His involvement in our projects gave us a differentiating edge and provided me with a great sense of confidence. He is a pleasure to work with and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

– Tapfuma Musewe, Founder and CEO, Eschaton Solutions


“As an editor, Kyle kept his team up-to-date and actively involved. His deft ability to weave together the analysis of multiple writers into a cohesive whole each month further demonstrates his strengths as a writer, editor, and publisher. I cannot recommend Kyle highly enough for any position he chooses in the future, especially those in writing, communications, research, and leading people.”

– Jefferson Seth McIntyre, Policy and Program Analyst, US Department of Housing and Urban Development


CURRENT POSITION

Strategy and Research Advisor at the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU), a $16 million organization and one of Canada's leading student unions.

In-depth experience researching, analyzing and advocating on issues of sexual violence and gender equality; sustainability and divestment; international student flows and talent migration; future skills and labour market demands; mental health; open source learning materials; and student debt and affordability.
Education:
Strategic Public Relations Certificate | University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, 2019-2020

• Lasting project: founded PegCityExpats.ca - a website celebrating expats in Winnipeg. Features long form, first-person profiles detailing how the immigrant experience has shaped subjects' sense of self and identity, and motivated their contributions to their adopted community.

M.A. – Global Citizenship, Identities, and Human Rights (Social Policy) |
University of Nottingham, 2012-2013

• Thesis: 'Growing the Community' – A critical look at the political economy of food localism in the UK as a largely defensive reaction against globalisation.

• Awards and scholarships: Graduated with distinction; received the Canadian Masters and Making a Difference scholarships.

• Activities and societies: Member of Nottingham Oxfam Society and Enactus Nottingham's Kusaidia Mombasa project facilitating community entrepreneur biomass fuel projects in eastern Kenya

B.A. – Sociology | University of Manitoba, 2009-2011

• Thesis: 'Foregoing the Obvious to Attempt the Unfathomable' – An analysis of the implications of geoengineering and the political and social issues underpinning the growing advocacy for its use.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Past positions:

ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF THE AFRICA CONFLICT MONITOR (ACM)

Led content development and production of ACM, an 80+ page monthly digital report offering insightful analysis of the political, economic, and social dimensions of conflict and terrorism across Africa. Subscribers included media outlets such as BBC News, CNN International, Media24, and RFI; and top universities, financial institutions, and government departments around the globe.

Wrote all the quick-hitting news coverage and country profiles, providing country-by-country risk assessment and analysis of conflict, as well as political and economic developments in each African region.

Also produced visual look of the report - sourcing all photos, building original charts - and conducted feature interviews with a different Africa-focused political expert each month. Coordinated and oversaw production and marketing processes, acting as the hub for content and communication exchanges between all team members, including managing and evaluating a team of 4-6 postgraduate student research associates at any given time across Africa, Europe and North America.

SENIOR PRODUCER, CONTENT MARKETING REPORTS FOR IN ON AFRICA (IOA)

Created concept and structure, wrote/compiled material, conducted interviews, and directed designer on development of these reports:

- ‘Redefining African development: Meeting targets or creating change?’ – An examination of the dilemma of apolitical development agendas.

- ‘The future of African food security: Seeking solutions to nourish nations in the face of climactic and developmental uncertainty’ – A study into the current state of African food security amid more extreme weather and growing populations.

- ‘Brightening Africa’s Prospects’ – An overview of the disparity of energy supply vs. demand across Sub-Saharan Africa and strategies to achieve universal access to electricity by 2050.


RESEARCH ANALYST FOR IOA:

Conducted interviews with experts and dozens of respondents on given subject before transcribing, collating, and analysing the responses. Key findings and trends were then presented in a final report for the client.

Past projects included:

- A risk assessment of international terrorism and its possible impact on South Africa’s financial sector.

- Evaluation of retail banks’ presence, brand reputation and performance across Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi and Swaziland.

- Research into market opportunities in commercial and residential power generation in Nigeria and South Africa.

- Country-by-country continental review of the presence of Japanese auto imports in African markets.

- Study of brand strength and consumer perception of Nigeria’s leading financial institution.

- A comparative analysis of medical insurance services in South Africa from the perspective of corporate clients, service providers, insurance brokers, and government liaisons.

MANAGER OF GLOBAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROGRAM FOR IOA

Was responsible for marketing of the program and recruitment, building networks and contact databases, evaluating applications, and taking on research assistants for 6-month internship positions.

RESEARCHER AT IMPUMELELO SOCIAL INNOVATIONS CENTRE

Researched and wrote a volume of 21 case studies on best practice of community-based models of service delivery for children in South Africa's townships, with policy overview and recommendations. Conducted extensive field research via dozens of project site evaluations and interviews with staff and beneficiaries.

Also assisted on day-to-day basis with fund-raising efforts, drafting of grant proposals, speech writing for executive director and gathering demographic data on projects’ beneficiaries for international donors and partner organisations.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships
  • Being headhunted – make me an

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English
    Nationality:
    Canada
    LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-hiebert-49a3a160
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