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Antonella Garofalo
Programme officer , International non-profit
Solarino, Italy
An experienced and highly motivated multilingual (English, French, Italian, Croatian) international development professional with over ten years of experience in managing human migration-related programs and projects, with a specific focus on social protection and vulnerable persons.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
1. Freelance Translator at the Court of Justice of Siracusa, Sicily (Sep 2019 - Ongoing)

Worked for the provincial level of the Italian Ministry of Justice.
Translated legal documents and court proceedings, ensuring confidentiality and accuracy.
2. Programme Officer (Social protection) at NGO Pink House, Floridia, Sicily (Sep 2016 - Aug 2019)

Spearheaded efforts against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and fostered resilience for vulnerable individuals.
Influenced social protection policies, conducted GBV analysis, and drove monitoring and evaluation for GBV programs in municipalities like Solarino and Siracusa.
Analyzed violence against women data, authored funding proposals, and led advocacy events.
3. Programme Officer for HIV/AIDS prevention project at Hospital Umberto 1st of Siracusa, Italy (Mar 2015 - Sep 2016)

Led advocacy initiatives, including creation of multimedia content for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Enhanced knowledge sharing in secondary schools and steered high-level meetings on HIV/AIDS prevention.
Secured and managed grants while promoting inclusivity and preventing sexual exploitation and abuse.
4. Volunteer at the Protection Section of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Bujumbura, Burundi (Aug - Sep 2013)

Participated in the refugee registration process, supported database reorganization, and identified vulnerable households.
Conducted field visits and attended pivotal meetings addressing refugee concerns.
5. Camp Manager and Humanitarian Coordinator at the Reception Centre for vulnerable migrants “Cenacolo Domenicano”, Solarino, Italy (May 2008 - Jul 2013)

Managed a reception center aiding over 400 migrants, coordinating with partners like IOM and ICRC.
Advanced gender-responsive approaches, standardized operations, and collaborated on Refugee Status Determination processes.
Coordinated migrant rehabilitation projects, combated human trafficking, and conducted training sessions on migration matters.
6. Volunteer-Manager at Associazione Amici Malati AIDS, Hospital Umberto 1st of Siracusa, Italy (Sep 2008 - Jul 2013)

Raised HIV awareness and championed the rights of affected individuals.
Administered treatments like HAART and provided transcultural therapy counseling.
7. Finance Officer at Italian Caritas of Siracusa, Italy (2009 - 2013)

Conducted community initiatives for the vulnerable, oversaw budget management, and reported to the Board Committee.
8. Intern at the American Military Base in Comiso, Ragusa, Italy (Jul 1999)

Assisted in reintegrating 6,000 Albanian refugees and contributed to logistical refugee management.
9. Humanitarian Operator at Luciano Lama (NGO), Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia (Jun 1998)

Supported unaccompanied minors and children, participated in international humanitarian missions, and arranged safe passage for Balkan minors to Italy.
Throughout these roles, the consistent theme has been advocating for and providing essential services to vulnerable populations, with expertise in legal translation, HIV/AIDS education, gender-based violence interventions, and migrant assistance.
Post Graduate Degree in Education (June 2020 - May 2021) from Universita degli Studi Link Campus. Key courses:

Educational methods and technology
General and social pedagogy
Cultural Anthropology
Post Graduate in Immigration and Multicultural Society (June 2012 - January 2013) from University of Catania. Core subjects:

Sociology of Migrations
Refugees’ Protection
Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (November 2006 - September 2007) from University of LUMSA, Rome. Essential subjects:

International Relations
International, European, Italian Conventions/Agreements
Bachelor and Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Oriental Studies (September 2000 - December 2005) from La Sapienza University of Rome. Areas of focus:

East Asian and African Cultures, Religions, Peoples
Japanese Literature and Language
Professional Certifications:

June 2021: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) - Università degli Studi Link Campus
January 2019: BSAFE - UNDSS; Immigration Detention - UNHCR
December: Human Rights (including Protection of Civilians) - POTI - CANADEM
November: Civilian Studies - POTI - CANADEM
October: Military Studies - POTI - CANADEM
April: Police Studies - POTI - CANADEM
March: Gender Awareness, COI, Effective Writing, Evaluation Process in Emergency Situations - POTI - CANADEM,, Protection Induction Programme - UNHCR
November: International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed conflict - POTI - CANADEM
October: Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Africa - POTI - CANADEM
May: End Child Labour in Agriculture - FAO and ILO
2016: Statelessness - The European Network on Statelessness
2015: Urban Refugee Learning Program (URLP) - Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)
October: Prevention of Harassment, Workplace Misconduct - United Nations, Resettlement Essentials, Protection Induction - UNHCR
May: Migrants adaption in Cities - Jesuit Refugee Service, Leading Change, M&E, Human Resources, and Logistics - USAID
March: European Red Cross Standard “First Aid” - Italian Red Cross
2012: Social Safety Nets - World Bank – FAO, Project Cycle Management, Management of Anxiety and Stress - ISPI Milan, Misericordia Augusta
2011: Assisted Voluntary Return - RIRVA
2010: Healthcare for asylum seekers, Combating Human Trafficking, Work exclusion for Victims of Trafficking - Refugee Status Commission, Siracusa, Gruppo Abele, Torino
2009: Cultural Diversity - National Association of Immigrant Families, Reception of Migrant Children - Save The Children, IOM, UNHCR
2007: Strategy to Communicate the International Cooperation - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
    Burkina Faso , Italy
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