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Patricia Thomas
Consultant , International non-profit; Engineering firm;
Québec, Canada
Bilingual Gender Equality/Social Inclusion Specialist with over 20 years international experience in West/North Africa and Middle East seeking short term assignments. Available beginning 2017.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Have worked in international development for over 20 years, specializing in women’s rights, gender equality and social inclusion.

My expertise includes: social and gender analysis; development of results-based policy, strategy and projects; project management, development/delivery of gender training/coaching; research; technical backstopping and project oversight.

Priority issues of recent consultancies at policy and field level include:
-Gendered rights/ access to land and land security: obstacles posed by legal and traditional practices and identification of practical solutions.
-Women’s access to improved agricultural land and production: the importance of ensuring control over assets.
-Obstacles to women’s work in factories/industrial parks; the business case for addressing obstacles through social services and infrastructure.
-Integration of gender concerns in results-based planning for long-term programming (policy, strategy and implementation).
1987 MA Sociology (Specialization: International Development

1977 BA Studio Art, Psychology
Chapel Hill, N.C. USA
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Canadian International Development Agency: 2008 President’s Award for Achievement in Promoting Equality between Women and Men (for work on Egypt Program)
- Étude sur le passage àl’âge d’adulte chez les jeunes jeunes filles (10 à 25 ans) dans les pays en dévéloppement’ (Study on Adolescent Girls’ transition to adulthood: Education; Employment; Reproductive Health; Violence), Ministère des Affaires étrangères française and Plan, France. 15 Nov., 2013 (Research Team Leader and contributing author)?
- Because they are Girls: Mapping Plan’s experience in improving the lives of girls, Plan, 2010. (Team Leader of Desk Study; co-writer of this publication).
- Promoting Gender Equality through UNICEF-Supported Programming in Basic Education: Operational Guidance, UNICEF, 2010
- ?Lead Author: Draft Implementation Toolkit: UNDP's Eight Point Agenda for Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP, 2009
- Training Manual for CIDA's Egypt Program: Advanced Course in Gender Analysis for Policy and Programs, 2008-2009
- Training Manual: Formation à l'Intégration Transversale du Genre, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), 2008
- Mainstreaming Gender Equality in the Egypt Program: Process, Progress and Lessons Learned, CIDA, 2007 (Co-Author)
- Gender Equality Orientation Package: CIDA Egypt Program, 2004 (Lead Author)
- Gender Equality Strategy for CIDA's Egypt Program, CIDA, 2004 (Lead Author)
- Gender and Environmental Management Training Package, Egypt Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, April 2002
- ?Gender Equality Strategy: Egypt Environmental Information System Project: Gender Equality Program, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, and CIDA, January, 2002?
- Gender Equality in Practice, Facilitator Manual and Participant's Training Guide, CIDA, 1999.
- Basic Human Needs: A Participatory Approach for Strategic Planning, CIDA, Policy Branch: Political Science and Social Policies Division, 1998 (contributing author)
- Gender Training Package: USAID, Morocco (for ICRW), 1992

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Bambara
    Canada , United States
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