Current Position: Currently serving as Chief of Party, CARE International in Ghana after 7 years in the same capacity in the Democratic Rep of Congo (DRC). Michael also worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC during which he served as Parliamentary Consultant in leading a study that reviewed the performance of the Parliament of Ghana.
Michael Alandu has over 15 years program management and technical experience in post conflict early recovery, stabilization and development: designing and managing cross-sectoral projects, civil society strengthening, decentralization, peace building, and land conflict management for improved agricultural production, alternative livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment programs. He has extensive experience in managing multi-stakeholder and multi-donor funded projects, including USAID, DFID, Dutch MOFA, foundations and private donors ranging from USD $6 – $22 million.
In 2012, Michael played a lead role in designing the governance component of a project on stabilization in eastern DRC that received a 22.7 million USD grant and which he later led as Chief of Party. Prior to this assignment, Michael provided oversight support to country office strategic development including acting as Country Director in the DRC. His advocacy work in Washington, DC, involved meetings with 11 congressional offices, the White House, USAID, and a bipartisan workshop involving over 30 staffers. Michael has demonstrated knowledge management experience including research on program design, management and evaluation. Over the course of five years, Michael developed CARE International’s governance portfolio in the DRC to include several major projects. Michael is trained on USAID Rules and Regulations: Grants and Cooperative Agreements and Procurement Planning and Execution. Michael is exceptionally proud of his education in IUJ saying “I received a rigorous foundation in international relations and a unique opportunity to nurture a solid cosmopolitan outlook in the 2 years that I lived and studied with citizens of multiple countries some of whom have become life-long friends. Above all, IUJ drilled in me the value and respect for time. Taken together, the education and training from IUJ has equipped me to better navigate my professional path whether I am dealing with colleagues with different backgrounds or brainstorming on the global crisis of underdevelopment. “