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Mandie Taljaard
Senior Partnership Specialist UNICEF NY HQ , United Nations (Currently UNICEF)
Barberton, South Africa
Bilingual (English/Afrikaans)M&E and Humanitarian Operations/Emergency Specialist more than 10 years professional progressive work experience across 28 countries. Seeking assignments in humanitarian operations and emergency response. Stationed in Baghdad for 5+ years, Sudan and Myanmar 3 + years seeking new challenging opportunity . Cuttrently a Senior Partnership Manager UNICEF New York HQ.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
As a well-seasoned Programme Development, Emergency and M&E Specialist, I established skills in organizational development, development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and reporting systems, and country strategic development in emergency and humanitarian settings. I possess the knowledge, skills and the ability to not only give technical assistance and field oriented technical support, but to facilitate the development and strengthening of local and regional strategic emergency M&E field structures and processes for scaling-up and mainstreaming of humanitarian interventions in resource poor settings. I demonstrate due consideration to the diversity of the not only the Africa and Middle East regions, but also global programmes and multi-country interventions as funded internationally.

Over the last 10 years, I provided specialist advice and technical programme management support to Donors, UN counterparts, Project Managers and Project Coordinators in the areas of project governance and control mechanisms, policy and programme development, country strategic development, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and change management as it relates to the management of project planning, implementation and Results Based Management (RBM) in humanitarian and emergency responses.

Currently, I am the National Emergency Specialist for UNICEF Iraq, and I’m required to provide strategic and technical backstopping to the Regional Office, Chief of Field Operations, programme field staff and UN peers, in the delivery of emergency preparedness, response and programme activation interventions. I further assume the national coordination of 3 key projects, namely; (1) the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), (2) the implementation of winterization activities across all sections of UNICEF Iraq (WASH, Education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, and Cash Assistance), and (3) contingency planning and emergency response across the 18 governorates of Iraq.

In my previous position as Regional M&E Specialist for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a position that I held in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office (RO) for 3 years covering 13 COs, and as Monitoring and Evaluation and Emergency Officer in the Iraq Mission (Baghdad based) for 4 years, I directly facilitated and provided technical assistance towards the development of twenty-eight (28) country strategic, humanitarian and M&E frameworks, and regional strategic frameworks for East and Southern Africa (2 revisions) and the Strategic Regional Migration Dialogue for East and Southern Africa (1 revision). I was the first regional M&E officer appointed in IOM in 2009, and spearheaded the development of the existing M&E and project development guidelines for East and Southern Africa in 2010.

This experience includes more specifically:
10 years professional progressive work experience in M&E, project management, and social research and assessments
15 con
1. University degree in Social Sciences (BA Psychology) – North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
2. Advanced Masters Degree in Humanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management – University della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (MASHOM) – Magna Cum Laude
3. National Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes - University of Tshwane, Pretoria, South Africa
4. Certificate in Results-Based Management – IML International, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation – IML International, Cape Town, South Africa
6. National Diploma in Personnel and Training Management – Damelin Business Management School, Randburg, South Africa – Cum Laude
7. Programme Management Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – MASHOM, Amman, Jordan – Magna Cum Laude
8. Thesis in fulfillment of Advanced Masters Degree, “BRIDGING THE GAP: A NEW PARADIGM FOR HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS TO TRANSITION BETWEEN EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND POST-CRISIS PROGRAMMES” - Nominated as best Thesis for the academic year at the University della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland in 2014, Magna Cum Laude.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Afrikaans
    South Africa
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