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John Ahere
Conflict Transformation Specialist , Development Project Management
Melbourne, Australia
Project management practitioner and researcher with 15 years of experience. I facilitated the conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of conflict management initiatives in the DR Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Uganda, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
• Competent business English and Kiswahili with basic knowledge of French
• Professional experience in the African peace and security sector at the continental and regional levels. Also has working experience in the Pacific Islands states
• Experienced in joint implementation (with the African Union Commission) of initiatives strengthening and operationalizing the African Peace and Security Architecture
• Experienced in field-based grassroots and national conflict mapping and analysis, including Strategic Conflict Assessment at the regional and continental levels
• Experienced in conducting conflict assessments for national/international civil society organisations as well as multi-stakeholder national peace infrastructures. Notable experience include providing country conflicts assessment reports to the African Union Panel of the Wise Secretariat, thereby also contributing to the work of the Situation Room within the Continental Early Warning System
• Part of the technical teams that organised annual retreats of the Panel of the Wise and annual African Union High Level Retreat of Mediators and Special Envoys from 2012-2016
• Experienced in programme/project conception, implementation, logistic support, Monitoring and Evaluation in Eastern, Southern, Central and Western Africa as well as the Pacific region.
• Experienced in providing mediation support to mediators appointed by the African Union and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
• Author of several policy briefs, book and book chapters, as well as journal articles covering international politics, peace and security issues in Africa
• Experience in managing major donor-funded projects including those of the EU, USAID, AU DFAT, German FFO, SIDA, among others.
*PhD in Peace Studies; University of New England; 2016-2019
* CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (QCF); Chartered Management Institute; 2015-2016
*Master of Arts (International Studies); University of Nairobi; 2009-2011
*Diploma in Project Management; Kenya Institute of Management; 2008-2009
*Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Sociology); University of Nairobi; 2000-2004
Affiliations and Achievements:
I am a pre-vetted Conflict Prevention and Recovery Expert with membership in the Experts Roster for Rapid Response at UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. I am also retained by the International Peace Institute as a core expert in their Providing for Peacekeeping Project wherein I developed and maintain the Kenya Country Profile on peacekeeping. I am also a member of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific. I am also a full member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Kiswahili, Luo, Basic French
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