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John Ahere
Conflict Transformation Specialist , Development Project Management
Armidale, Australia
Vastly experienced researcher and project management practitioner. I have conceived and facilitated the implementation of projects in Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo DR, and South Africa. I have completed my PhD thesis in Peace Studies. I also hold an MA (International Studies), Diploma (Project Management) and BA (Political Science & Sociology).
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
In the last dozen years, I have facilitated the conceptualisation and implementation of conflict management projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland and Uganda. I possess solid conceptual understanding of the linkages between, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding as well as the national, regional and international frameworks that underpin them. Based in Armidale in Australia, I am currently a Doctoral Researcher and Casual Academic at the University of New England. In this role, I am conducting research on the role of political parties in political violence in Kenya and South Africa. In my immediate previous role, I was the head of the Peacebuilding Unit at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) wherein I advised on all peacebuilding programming besides directly managing a continental project with a focus on Liberia and South Sudan. I also ensured that financial management of the project was in line with policy requirements as well as agreed deliverables.

I have tenacious grasp of the broad dynamics of conflicts and their drivers, especially in Africa. My in-depth knowledge of some specific contexts is partly informed by my past assignments when I oversaw the conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of conflict management projects across many flashpoints. In past work, I led and was part of teams working towards the achievement of identified objectives. Notably, I have experience in peacebuilding projects grants management which involved not only working with other organisations to achieve a broad programme objective but also building the capacities of the partner entities. A crucial component of grants management included frequent project site visits for purposes of providing training, monitoring and evaluation as well as conflict analysis. I have in the past been able to work independently with limited supervision while still able to deliver on stringent deadlines.

Apart from being published in respected journals/publications covering peace, security and development issues in Africa, I have written several analytical academic papers as well as comprehensive programme reports. I consider that I am not only a good writer but also one that can explain issues in a clear and analytical manner. I possess excellent command of the operations of MS Office, the internet and reliable understanding of computer hardware.
Education:
*PhD in Peace Studies; University of New England; 2016-2019 (Thesis finalised and awaiting graduation)
* CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (QCF); Chartered Management Institute; 2015-2016
*Master of Arts (International Studies); University of Nairobi; 2009-2011
*Diploma in Project Management; Kenya Institute of Management; 2008-2009
*Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Sociology); University of Nairobi; 2000-2004
Affiliations and Achievements:
I am a pre-vetted Conflict Prevention and Recovery Expert with membership in the Experts Roster for Rapid Response at UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. I am also retained by the International Peace Institute as a core expert in their Providing for Peacekeeping Project wherein I developed and maintain the Kenya Country Profile on peacekeeping. I am also a member of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English, Kiswahili, Luo, Basic French
    Nationality:
    Kenya
    LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/johnahere
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