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Ainsley Hemming
Senior Program Manager , Government Agency and NGOs
Sunshine Coast, Australia
A development professional with skills in program design, management, human resources, financial management, monitoring and evaluation. Experience in Asia and the Pacific regions in health systems, program design, local economic development, urban planning, education, gender analysis, strategic planning and research.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
Over the past 6 years I have worked for AusAID, most recently in the Indonesia program. For the past 3 years I have been the Senior Program Manager for the Health System Strengthening (HSS) Program based in Jakarta, Indonesia. HSS is a $50 million dollar initiative to support reforms within Indonesia’s complex health sector. This requires the management of a varity of activities across a broad range of technical areas including National and District Health Accounts, human resources for health, health financing and service delivery. This position is also responsible for contract management, financial management, quality reporting and a redesign process for the program. Integral to management of the program are the relationships built and maintained across a variety of Indonesian government departments, academia, donor community, NGOs and internally across the AusAID’s program in Indonesia. In conjunction with locally engaged staff I am responsible for responding to briefing requests, contribute to policy analysis on topics including maternal and neonatal health and HIV/AIDs for the development of a health sector delivery strategy.My other positions with AusAID were in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) country program. Work on the PNG Sub-National Strategy (SNS) involved the review and re-design of the Bougainville Strategy, while also working on regional engagement, decentralisation, service delivery, fragile states policy, post-conflict analysis and the management of Australian Government interest within the international donor community. I was responsible for linking SNS with other programs across AusAID focusing on decentralisation and conflict prevention to maximise learning and communication across broad geographic areas. My pother position was in the Education unit which involved supporting program operations including the provision of policy advice. Duties also included providing briefings, undertaking research and analysis on priorities areas such as universal accesses to elementary schooling, curriculum development; retention and increasing net enrolments especially for girls. I contributed to negotiations with the Government of PNG and donor partners to establish a Sector Wide Approach in the sector.
Prior to Australian Government employment, I was a Development Planner with Sevanatha Urban Resource Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. My role was a mix of fieldwork, report writing, planning; building organisational and strategic capacity and administrative tasks. Projects involved the upgrading of informal settlements through infrastructure (private and public) improvements and establishing links between communities and local level government. My role was to build the organisation’s capacity to develop strategic plans for urban upgrading that successfully incorporated informal communities into government planning and service delivery processes.
Master of Social Planning and Development (Professional)-University of Queensland 2004
Focusing on: strategic planning, urban planning (informal settlement upgrading and integration into urban management frameworks), poverty alleviation through local economic development, integrated poverty reduction strategy development, livelihoods, institutional capacity building, urban housing policy formulation, land tenure issues in a range of settings (formal and informal land management systems) , post conflict reconstruction, indigenous health and education, social impact assessment, participatory development practices, program management, risk analysis and management, monitoring and evaluation, demography, statistics.

Bachelor of Arts-University of Queensland 1999
Majors in Sociology and Psychology
Including: government studies, indigenous studies, Australian and Pacific history, linguistics, early childhood development, organisational behaviour, gender studies.

Short Courses
Pro Edge Manufacturing Excellence Program, Social Protection, Effective Gender Analysis and Strategies for International Development, Appreciative Inquiry and Capacity Building, Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans, Theory of Change in program design.
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Indonesian (conversational)
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