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ivan lawrence white
Project Director & Freshwater Lead , WWF, UNIDO (UN), COOPI (INGO), UNOPS/KIP (UN), UNIDO ITPO Italy (UN)
Rome, Italy
Programme Manager / Head of Operations expert with + 9 years of experience at high managerial levels (from Head of Mission to Programme Coordinator) both within the UN System and INGOs. I have served in Italy, Senegal, Malawi, Ethiopia, Viet Nam through WASH, DRR, Resilience to Climate Change, Livelihood, and Food Security initiatives. Seeking for challenging opportunity.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
Professional Experience:
I come with extensive experience in Humanitarian and Development Affairs/programmes management capacity and strategy development, while providing support/assistance to vulnerable communities and those at risk through the nexuses and approaches of sustainable development.

With a proven background of directing missions, field bases, Project/Programme Management (in respect of the Theory of Change & Project Cycle Management systems and principles), Technical and Field Operations, Data collection its analysis and monitoring (M&E systems), and Compliance activities, I have delivered quality solutions and always mainstreamed the Organization values and goals. I possess a record of success in negotiating with Donors (AICS, ECHO, DFID, OCHA, EU, AFD, FAO, WFP, UNIDO) Government Authorities and Stakeholders, and have always successfully assumed key lead roles in Team Leading, Project Design, Drafting and Reporting (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Annual and Multi-Annual Programme & Policy Framework Analysis and Development for Country operations’ strategies with the ultimate goal to achieve an equitable, fair, and dignified life for all.

In practice, I use my In-depth experience in humanitarian and development affairs to ensure all vulnerable communities and those at risk have access to basic services such as: improved livelihood, dignified jobs, safe food, sanitation, education, health facilities and water all in respect of the environment. As a humanitarian and development actor for WWF, COOPI, UNIDO and KIP International School in Senegal, Malawi, Ethiopia and now in Viet Nam, I conduct myself in a way which is acceptable to the community, hence easy acceptability of the Organization to the community and Government Authorities.

In my experience of working with cross-functional, international teams I have proved to be an independent and team worker with a reputation as a resourceful problem-solver who uses his initiative and organizational skills to get the job done. As a team leader I have learned the importance of building trusted relationships and inspiring shared project vision. When needed, I am prepared to go the extra mile with the ability to remain focused and self-directed especially in fast paced work environment.

I bring real-world experience in developing and implementing successful project plans, communicating expectations clearly, and encouraging team enthusiasm. I strongly believe that my skills match with that necessary step towards a safe and sustainable world!
Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development achieved in 2010 from MacQuarie University in Sydney. Specialized in PCM and sustainability.

Masters in Law achieved in 2007 from Paris XII University. Specialized in Adminsitrative French Law

Law degree achieved in 2009 from ROME Tor Vergata University. Specialized in International and environmental Law.
Affiliations and Achievements:
- SDG Academy Certificate on: Macroeconomics
for a Sustainable Planet (EDx)
- UN Women Certficate on: Gender and
Sustainable Industrial Development
- UN Women Certificate on: I Know Gender 1-2-
3 Gender Concepts to get Started;
International Frameworks for Gender
Equality; and Promoting Gender Equality
throughout the UN System
- University of the Witwatersrand Certificate
on Theory of Change for Development (EDx)
- UNDSS Certificate Security on the Field -
- TH Köln University of Applied Sciences &
UNEP Certificate on Disasters and
Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing
- Harvard University Certificate on Climate-
Energy Challenge (EDx)
- Wageningen University Course on Sustainable
Food Security: The value of systems
thinking (EDx)
- Curtin University Course on Environmental
Studies: a Global Perspective (EDx)
- Harvard University Certificate on
Humanitarian Response to Conflict and
Disaster (EDx)
- EU SET4FOOD Certificate on Sustainable
Energy Technologies for food in IDP &
refugees’ camps.
- COOPI Foundation Training on Head of
Mission’s role in Development Cooperation.
- COOPI Foundation Training on Project
Manager’s role in Development Cooperation.
- CIRPS Course on Development Cooperation and
Project Cycle Management and Design.
- Energia per i Diritti Umani NGO Certificate
on Develompment Cooperation and Voluntary
- WWF Volunteer since 2010. I support
advocacy on Conservation Biology thematics
& Renewable Energy.
- Since 2014 I cooperate with IDEASS for the
promotion of innovative technologies for
rural development (

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Being headhunted – make me an offer

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Italian
    Italy , United Kingdom
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