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Jo Chaffer
Global Consultant & Adviser , Government agencies; peak bodies; INGOs; Higher Education
Kathmandu, Nepal
A senior global advisor, researcher and consultant with 25 years’ experience in challenging and shifting existing thinking to develop and enable systemic transformation, my offering is the ability to fuse multidisciplinary expertise to drive critical and high impact social and economic development outcomes. Deep expertise of Higher Education transformation
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Government, Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
With a career centred on Higher Education (HE) and leadership development, I have facilitated generational change globally. I have brought stakeholders together in comprehensive strategic re-sets, leading the deep dive conversations and discussions that identify and resolve obstacles to delivery, while advising on the evolution of organisational structures and ways of working at Ministerial level. Working with/influencing international SMEs, multiple governments and NGOs on policy and the design of key development programs critical to delivery, I have accelerated and provided structure to large scale administrative reform.
My strength is my ability to see right across and beyond silos and systemic roadblocks in the context of unique and varied cultures and political contexts, understanding the entire landscape of change. I put a strong focus on deep diving the problems that are absolutely critical to resolve to ensure successful delivery. I achieve this by building relationships at all levels with utmost respect, integrity and longevity, drawing together high-performing, richly diverse teams and generating strong platforms for discussion and negotiation that build consensus and accelerate change.
• Enabled a number of systemic transformations with focus on developing leadership capability in the Higher Education (HE) space, for example Uzbekistan’s and Myanmar’s HE transformation including establishment of National Institute for Higher Education Development and its first professional development team.
• Recent OD and leadership development experience includes challenging the RAAF to shape its organisation and shift senior leadership thinking to help the organisation evolve in a complex, volatile landscape, and co-directing DFAT supported Bangladesh program for senior leaders in the Government of Bangladesh.
• Designed scalable, modular leadership development programs for Advance HE and localised a UK-centric ‘Top Management’ program to meet ANZ Higher Education sector needs.
• Drove the development and roll-out of Researcher Connect, now Newton Fund supported in 15 countries and has three regional trainer hubs and a VLE with partner, Epigeum.
PhD - leadership practices around psychological safety, refocusing on relationality. Case studies with South Asian organisations.
MA Counselling - wilderness therapeutic conversations.
MA Development Training - experiential learning and deep facilitation. Thesis - cultural collision in a Nepalese firm.
INLPT coach practitioner
B.Sc(Hons) Biology - conservation ecologies
Affiliations and Achievements:
Africa Educational Trust/UNICEF, Southern Sudan & Somaliland

Invited to conduct a ground assessment and repair capability in teacher training and English Language training initially in huge Sudan, subsequently Somalia, working in an active war zone to facilitate educational outcomes.
• Designed and facilitated teacher training and English Language teaching course in three locations across immediate post-conflict southern Sudan and then on to Somaliland, including resource development.
• Shifted approach to inclusive, locally generated educational, autonomous content to drive improved outcomes, with the pilot subsequently cited as a model for similar schemes by UNESCO in S Asia.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, German Nepali
    United Kingdom
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