Migration, Environment, and Climate Change Program Consultant
I interned with International Organization for Migration (IOM)—The UN Migration Agency in Dakar, Senegal where I served as a migration, environment and climate change (MECC) program consultant. During the summer, I coordinated with stakeholders from the African Union Commission (AUC) and the West and Central Africa Regional Office to develop a concept note for the AUC’s Joint Labor Migration Programme (JLMP) which seeks to harmonize the priorities of the Government of Senegal towards the establishment of an integrated labor mobility governance framework for West and Central Africa. I also designed a research strategy for a diagnostic study in the Matam and Kédougo regions of Senegal to inform the development of a toolkit for mainstreaming MECC considerations into local development planning across the communes of Senegal. Additional accomplishments include developing concept notes and proposals on climate-smart migrant reintegration and renewable energy development in the country’s Kolda region; research design for the development of IOM Senegal’s Community Stabilization Index for humanitarian innovation across selected regions of Senegal; and most importantly co-leading the development of a concept note/proposal on addressing transhumance and humanitarian challenges confronting pastoralists in the Sahel territory of Senegal which was shortlisted for funding from the Norwegian Humanitarian Innovation Programme. Additionally, I had the opportunity to coordinate and lead a high-level engagement with Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Sénégal — a regional organization— which culminated in a new strategic partnership for IOM Senegal. In all these engagements, I found GHD’s practitioner-oriented courses such as GHDP 502 and GHDP 504 very instructive.