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Lydia Bezeruk
First Secretary Development Cooperation (Head of Post) , Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
Development professional with 20 years experience with Australia's overseas aid agency in Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Currently Head of Post managing a $60 million regional program in the Caribbean. Expertise in policy dialogue with partner governments and stakeholders, program development and management, quality assurance, risk management, team building & mentoring, knowledge management.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
For nearly 20 years I have represented the Australian government as a diplomat in the Asia, Pacific and Caribbean regions, managing the Australian government's overseas aid program. My work experience spans Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tonga before being appointed to Head of Post positions in two Pacific country programs (Nauru and Kiribati) as well as the Caribbean region. My responsibilities include a whole range of program and administrative related functions, including: relationship-building and policy dialogue with partner governments and regional organisations/forums; strategic program development consistent with aid effectiveness principles, including participating in peer review appraisals; monitoring and reporting on all program activities; undertaking risk assessments and developing risk mitigation strategies; analysis and reporting on economic management and development planning in partner countries; all aspects of administration and corporate management, including financial management, human resource functions with a focus on learning and development, service level agreements, and assets management. I have experience in the health, education, workforce development, climate change, infrastructure, economic and legal sectors, as well as cross-cutting areas such as governance and gender. In addition, I have developed partnerships and networks with partner governments, other donors, multilateral development banks, UN agencies and NGOs with a view to consulting on sector-wide approaches, collaboration and leveraging of funds.

Prior to working in international development, I worked for the Australian Prime Minister's Department to develop and implement Australia's national campaign to Stop Violence Against Women. This included managing a national advertising campaign, a community grants program and conducting Australia's first national survey on violence against women.

In a previous life I was a social worker, working in both the juvenile justice and mental health sectors where I was involved in establishing services for disadvantaged groups. I therefore have skills in rights-based advocacy and representation, counselling and provision of support services.

I have a:
1. Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services/Social Health) completed in 1992 from the University of South Australia
2. Master of Artis (Public Policy) completed in 2001 from the University of New England
3. Master of Information Management (Knowledge Management) completed in 2010 from the University of Canberra.
Affiliations and Achievements:
In addition to the above, I have provided:
• Strategic management services to Transparency International Malaysia - As a consultant I prepared successful funding proposals (regional econometric research program in relation to privatisation of state-owned enterprises; and development of core ethics modules within business management schools of the tertiary education sector of Malaysia); undertook a review of the organisation’s strategic plan and developed an annual work program with a particular focus on evaluating the impact of organisational activities; redesigned the donor reporting system; computerised the office financial management system; established transparent recruitment practices and rewrote employment contracts to meet legal obligations;
• Editorial and research services to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Regional Reporting Service, Kuala Lumpur); and
• Database and research services to the Australian Museum's Pacific digital collection.

In summary, I have:
• demonstrated people management and team building skills through leading and motivating staff;
• a commitment to the principles and practices embodied in workplace diversity, workplace health and safety and employee participation policies;
• strong program/project design and management skills with a determination to adopt best practice in the management of resources and contracts;
. long-standing policy development and dialogue skills with proposed responses based on research, need and evidence;
• the ability to convey information orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner, as well as good representational and negotiation skills;
• broad ranging management skills, including strategic and annual planning, budget and financial planning, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation;
• a strong sense of developing and sustaining partnerships; and
• a commitment to quality assurance and aid effectiveness.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Ukrainian
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