Please share a short bio for yourself. This should be no more than 3-4 short paragraphs.
John Williamson is Senior Technical Advisor for the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) of USAID, which supports programs for especially vulnerable children, including those affected by armed conflict, on the street, or without family care. He is one of the organizers of the Better Care Network, the Children and Youth Economic Strengthening Network, and the Washington Network for Children and Armed Conflict. He collaborated in writing: “Families, Not Orphanages” ( Better Care Network), “The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers: social and psychological transformation in Sierra Leone” (Intervention) A Generation at Risk: The Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (Oxford University Press), “Psychosocial interventions or integrated programming for well-being?” (Intervention), Conducting a Situation Analysis of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (USAID), the Children on the Brink series (USAID), and Action for Children Affected by AIDS (UNICEF/WHO). He has worked as a consultant and been on the staff of the Christian Children’s Fund and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you have direct and significant expertise
Sub-Saharan Africa and some countries in South and Southeast Asia
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Technical advisor to the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund of USAID
What are your main skills/expertise?
• Situation analysis and strategy development from national to project levels
• Policy review and development
• Mobilization and facilitation of collaborative, inter-organizational working groups
• Program planning, implementation, and assessment in social services, community development and emergency fields
• Technical writing
• Program and staff management
• Workshop planning and implementation
• Management of grant making
What are Your expertise areas/sectors when it comes to youth