Human Resource Management Services

Ziad Abdallah

Israel   Kufor Aqab, Jerusalem, Israel


Human Resource Management Services

Ziad is a leading senior civil society and youth development expert, having served in various senior capacities on several democracy, governance and civil society projects.

An expert with over twenty five years of experience in civil society, relief, grants and project management, local governance, food security, institutional development and capacity building, health and education reform, Ziad complements his deep technical knowledge with extensive hands-on operational management experience in programs funded by USAID, UN and the EU including sub-grant management, personnel management, procurement, performance monitoring and evaluation, results reporting and project management.

He is widely respected among his peers in development leadership positions throughout Palestine and he is intimately familiar with the political, social and economic landscape, crucial ingredients in effecting policy reform at all levels.

Ziad has superb communication skills, both written and oral. His collaborative work ethic is exemplary, leading to team-oriented problem-solving in which all participants share.

Specialties: Civil society participation, grants and project management, good governance, food security, institutional and capacity development, health, child protection and youth empowerment, education reform and human rights.


Specialties: Civil society participation, grants and project management, good governance, food security, institutional and capacity development, health, child protection and youth empowerment, education reform and human rights.


Master of Science in Sociology, Iowa State University

Work Experience


I- Long Term Assignments:

Terre des hommes (Tdh), January 2019– August, 2019
Access to Justice Program Manager (A2J PM), East Jerusalem, Palestine
• Lead, guide and support all Palestine A2J programme development, strategic planning and implementation, ensuring quality project cycle management in all stages in close collaboration with Tdh team, local partners and stakeholders in country and strictly following Tdh standards.
• Work very closely and in coordination with the A2J regional team, contributing to the harmonized development and implementation of the A2J Strategy in line with regional and global programme’s goals.

IREX, April 2016 – August, 2018
Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Partnerships with Youth Program (PWY), IREX, Ramallah, Palestine
• Lead and provide overall management, strategic vision, and PYD-centered approach the $ 16 million Program.
• Ensure high level application of positive youth development (PYD) throughout program activities and positive program relationships with youth beneficiaries, YDRCs, and youth serving organizations.
• Supervise and oversee a team of technical staff responsible for implementing multi-disciplinary program activities including: grant and institutional capacity building for 11 youth-serving organizations; partnership development; innovative youth programming in employability, media, ICT, and leadership; and a vibrant youth internship program.
• Ensure that all aspects of PWY implementation meet or exceed USAID, IREX, partners and stakeholders’ expectations.
• Oversee all operations aspects of program—i.e., finance, compliance, M&E, communications, human resources.
• Foster and maintain close, productive relationships with the Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Education and Higher Education; signed memorandums of understanding with both institutions.
• Provide guidance and mentoring to partners and staff on procedures in the context of PYD, project/program implementation, good governance, organizational development, compliance and grants.
• Co-lead the development and implementation of the PWY Organizational Capacity Building Assessment Tool, to identify the areas of strengthening for partner Youth Development Resource Centers and other implementing partners.
• Develop and oversee implementation of project workplans.

Catholic Relief Services, November 2010- September 2014
Chief of Party & Deputy Chief of Party, USAID-funded Civic Participation Program (CPP), Ramallah, Palestine
• Lead and provide vision for the CPP, a four-year, $18 million USAID-funded project to reinvigorate democratic dialogue between government and citizens.
• Responsible for the overall integrity of grant-making, organizational capacity development, monitoring & evaluation, and financial management processes.
• Ensure all aspects of CPP implementation meet or exceed USAID, CRS, partners and stakeholders expectations.
• Maintain open lines of communication with USAID, civil society leaders and activists, CPP staff and other key stakeholders at the national and local levels.
• Provide guidance and advice on the socioeconomic and political context of the Program.
• Supervise and participate in the preparation for and delivery of training sessions on Project Cycle Management (PCM) for CPP partners and staff.
• Supervise and participate in the preparation for and organizing of seminars, assessments and capacity-building sessions for different types of audiences (including 50+ partner CSOs).
• Provide guidance and mentoring to CPP partners and staff on procedures in the context of project/program implementation, compliance and grant contracts.
Chemonics International, November 2009- October 2010
Director, Health Sector Management and Reform, USAID-funded Palestinian Health Sector Reform and Development Project “Flagship Project”, Ramallah, Palestine
• Responsible for managing the health sector management and reform component of the Flagship Project, a five-year $86 million USAID-funded project designed in close collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH)
• Ensured provision of technical assistance to MoH and a select group of health CSOs in reform, governance, management, health finance, human resources, health service delivery, pharmaceutical management, information systems and grants
• Managed technical support provided to support the implementation of the MOH Institutional Development Plan.

Chemonics International, November 2008-October 2009
Senior Technical Advisor for Health Sector Reform & Organizational Development and Human Resources Specialist “The Flagship Project”, Ramallah, Palestine
• Assist in managing the health sector management and reform component of the Flagship Project.
• Lead the technical team in assessing the institutional development needs of the MoH.
• Lead the technical support the Project provided to develop the MOH five years Institutional Development Plan.
• Responsible for implementing the Project’s capacity strengthening activities in the Ministry of Health and a select group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
• Managed the CSOs health grants program.

Chemonics International, December 2005- July 2007
Legal Education Component Leader, Supporting Rule of Law Reform in West Bank and Gaza Project (ARKAN), Ramallah, Palestine
• Coordinated capacity building support provided to five faculties of law (Al Azhar, Al Quds, Arab American University at Jenin, An Najjah, and Birzeit universities) on a three-year, $5 million USAID-funded Project.
• Strengthened Palestinian legal education to better prepare future lawyers for real-life practice and provided meaningful contributions to the legal profession’s development.
• Enhanced the contributions of law faculties in defining and developing the future of Palestinian legal system.

Creative Associates International Inc, August 2003- February 2004
Senior Civil Society Advisor, Iraq Sub-National Governance and Civic Institution Support Program (LGP), Iraq.
• Key troubleshooter for program to strengthen local governments, civic institutions, and processes to establish, develop, and strengthen participatory democracy and deliver effective and efficient services.
• Responsible for advising on activities that respond to specific challenges faced by sub-national governments, democratic institutions, and civil society organizations (CSOs).
• Provided capacity development support to a group of newly established women and youth organizations in southern Iraq.
• Acted as the socio-political advisor to the southern Iraq regional team.

Chemonics International, September 2002- January 2003
Director, Field Operations, Civil Society and Democracy Strengthening Project (TAMKEEN), Ramallah, Palestine
• Executive manager on five-year USAID-funded project to increase participation of Palestinian civil society organizations (CSOs) in public discourse.
• Responsible for field operations and relationships with CSOs in relation to grant making, capacity building and technical assistance.
• Conducted oversight of field operations, program development, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and other duties.
• Supervised a seasoned team of civil society specialists working with Project 100+ CSOs partners.

CARE International, March 2001-September 2002
Civil Society Specialist (CSS), Civil Society and Democracy Strengthening Project (TAMKEEN), Ramallah, Palestine
• Managed portfolio of CSOs in grants making, capacity building and technical assistance.
• Ensured all aspects of the relationship with a CSO—technical, administrative, financial or managerial met project standards and were conducted in an efficient, effective and results-oriented manner.

Arab Thought Forum, May 1997- March 2001
Project Manager, Democracy Understanding and Development Program East Jerusalem, Palestine
• Managed this USAID-funded program to increase the participation of civil society institutions in public decision-making at the national and local levels, including supervision of 15-person team.
• Conducted overall planning and supervision of various program activities in accordance with the financial and technical terms of the cooperative agreement signed with USAID.
• Conducted monitoring & evaluation of program activities in accordance with planned outputs and program description guidelines in coordination with USAID.
• Wrote Quarterly Program Reports and publications as per USAID’s guidelines.
• Facilitated activities through coordination with public and private institutions, NGOs, CSOs, and citizens.

Ma’an Development and Training Center, October 1996-April 1997
Director of Programs & Projects, Ramallah, Palestine
• Supervised planning, implementation, management, monitoring & evaluation of programs & projects.
• Facilitated center activities, including preparing training manuals, organizing and conducting training.
• Supervised three Projects Coordinators and eight support staff.

Palestinian Economic Council for Development & Reconstruction (PECDAR), Sept 1994 - Sept 1996 Coordinator- UN Specialized Agencies, Department of Coordination & Facilitation with NGOs & UN Specialized Agencies, East Jerusalem, Palestine
• Coordinated and facilitated programs and activities of UN Specialized Agencies working in development & reconstruction in the West Bank & Gaza, including monitoring & evaluation.
• Served as Coordinator-Emergency Employment Generation Program-NGO Component, with the World Bank, and PECDAR Representative to the Steering Committee of the IFAD Agriculture Development Program, and the Advisory Board for the UNDP Local Rural Development Project.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency, February 1989 - September 1994
• Relief Services Assistant, UNRWA HQ (Vienna), Austria & UNRWA UHB (Amman), Jordan.
• Field Eligibility & Registration Officer, West Bank, UNRWA Field Office, East Jerusalem.
• Assistant Field Welfare Officer, West Bank, UNRWA Field Office, East Jerusalem.

Bir Zeit University
• Lecturer, Philosophy & Cultural Studies Department, October 1985 - January 1989,
• Assistant Personnel Officer, May 1982 - July 1983

II- Consultancies:
Self Employed, September 2014 - April 2016
Civil Society, Capacity Building and Good Governance Advisor, Palestine
• Provide high quality advice and guidance on issues related to Palestinian civil society and good governance. Support civil society organizations (CSOs) to design and implement quality capacity development solutions. Also, provide pro bono consulting services to civil society organizations. Recent clients: NIRAS NATURA AB – Sweden, on a short-term consultancy in occupied Palestinian territory to develop the capacity of the Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law Secretariat team and partner CSOs in Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA); and Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) in a short consultancy to develop a community fund to improve social services with Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs for the European Commission Technical Assistance Office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Diakonia, April -September 2008
Institutional Development Consultant, Jerusalem, Palestine
• Provided technical assistance and capacity building interventions to support the organizational sustainability of the SIDA/NAD funded Community Based Rehabilitation Program in West Bank/Gaza
• Worked closely and in a participatory manner with Diakonia/NAD team to strengthen the ownership and commitment of 15 partner organizations to the CBR program in the future.

Ma'an Development Center, September- December 2005
Free Lance Consultant, Ramallah
• Led a team of Palestinian development experts to research draft and publish an EU funded Manual on Food Security in Palestine (see publications).

European Commission Technical Assistance Office, November 2004- August 2005
Senior Facilitation Expert, (freelance consultant), Food Security Programme, Ramallah, Palestine
• Regularly assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of stakeholder groups’ modus operandi, and proposed improvements
• Supervised and participated in the preparation for and organizing of seminars, assessments and capacity-building sessions for different types of audiences
• Provided full support to help stakeholders develop the National Food Security Strategy (NFSS), which was endorsed by the PNA Cabinet in mid-August 2005

Ma’an Development Center, August- November 2004
Institutional Development Specialist, Ramallah, Palestine
• Conducted a consultancy in organizational development for a Palestinian NGO and assisted in developing an organizational development assessment tool for the Ma'an Center.

Welfare Association Consortium for Management of the Palestinian NGO Project, Mar-Aug 2004
Director, NGO Sector Support Program, Al Ram, Palestine
• Managed World Bank-funded program's four components to facilitate a more professional association with the NGO sector, through information exchange, networking, strategic policy dialogue and supporting a culture of learning; to support the role of NGOs in policy articulation and in development; to support the role of NGOs in devising mechanisms of resource mobilization, and strengthening relations and coordination with the PNA; and to support the NGO networks, by developing their strategic plans, staff training, manuals for member NGOs, and organizational development

Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), May- July 2003
Project Manager & Chief Technical Consultant, Local Infrastructure & Capacity Building Project (LICP), Ramallah & Jerusalem, Palestine
• Managed the LICP project, implemented with the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government for investment in LGU services, municipal investment programs, and municipality management

Arabic- Mother Tongue (read, written & spoken): Excellent
English (read, written & spoken): Excellent
Hebrew (read, written & spoken): Fair

• Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy & Cultural Studies Department, Bir Zeit University, West Bank
• Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
• Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria
• Fulbright Scholar
• Co-Founder (1991) & General Assembly Member of the Ma’an Development Center, Ramallah, Palestine

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Ziad Abdallah

Category: Management & Finance
Rate: $60/ Hour / Monthly