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Susan Abbott
Consultant , International Non-Profit
Denver, United States
Civil Society, democracy and governance, media development professional, with more than 15 years of experience with grant writing, monitoring and evaluation, research and learning, and organizational capacity building experience. Seeking opportunities to work on democracy promotion, civil society, and promoting independent media. Experienced with USAID, State Dept, and private foundations.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
* Over 15 years of experience in the international development sector working with non-profits, universities, and think tanks as a project manager, researcher, trainer, grant writer, evaluator, and institution builder

* Work closely on matters of fundraising and business development, program monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building of CSOs, especially on advocacy and human rights related work

*Significant experience in the areas of civil society, digital rights, governance/accountability, journalism, media, communication, and international development

*Facilitated and directed workshops, summer schools, conferences, and events for academic and non-profit institutions around the world in locations such as Amman, Budapest, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

*Experience working with a variety of donors, including: Open Society Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, the US State Department, World Bank Institute, Gates Foundation, and Ford Foundation

*In-Country experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Jordan, Mozambique, Serbia, and Somalia
Master of Arts, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1999 Major: Political Science (graduated with merit)
*Concentration: Politics and the Political Economy of the Post-Communist Transition

MA Thesis: “From Constitution Making to Rights Enumeration: A Post-Communist Perspective”

Bachelor of Arts, American University, Washington, D.C., 1996
Double Major: Interdisciplinary Studies (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government) and
Philosophy (focus on political philosophy)
*Semester abroad: American University’s European Union Program in Brussels, Belgium
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United States
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