Career

Summary

Freelance Consultant (2007-present)

Since 2007, I have worked mostly as a freelance consultant, with periods of employment to undertake specific challenges.  During this time I have worked within the UK bilateral aid programme, as well as the UK NGO sector.

 

Over the last few years I have enjoyed managing a broad portfolio of tasks. This has included:

  • establishing ICS youth volunteer programmes in Ghana, South Africa and Malawi

  • evaluating a Comic Relief funded projects supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia

  • providing mentoring support to a knowledge management officer in a DfID funded programme focused on girls education in Nigeria

  • supporting the development of an organisational gender strategy  in a university in Tanzania

 

Full details of consultancy assignments can be found in my cv. (See grey button on the left.)

 

Project Lead- Student Learning and Teaching Services, University of Reading, UK.  (2014)

Responsible for the planning and delivery of a six-month research project to explore patterns of progression and attainment amongst UK-domiciled Black and Minority Ethnic students at the University. 

 

Director of Learning and Development, Lattitude Global Volunteering, UK.  (2010-2012)

Supported an organisation-wide programme of strategic change involving regionalisation, decentralisation and development of in-country capacity to manage youth volunteer programmes; improving organisational learning through monitoring, evaluation and impact analysis, and establishing quality standards. 

 

Lecturer in International Development Studies, University of Reading, UK.  (1997-2008)

Programme Director for MA in Applied Development Studies and, from 2007, Deputy Head of Department. Taught a wide range of postgraduate modules focused on social development theory, policy and practice. Responsible for supervision of Doctoral and Masters research programmes. 

 

Social Development Adviser, Department for International Development. (1988-1996)  

Facilitating improved service delivery through enhancing participation of key local stakeholders and understanding of the needs of marginalised service users.                      

  • Wenchi Farming Systems Development and Training Project - Ghana. (1994-1996)

  • Pakhribas Agriculture (Research) Centre - Nepal. (1991-1994)  

  • Embu-Meru-Isiolo (EMI) Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Development Programme  (1988-1991)

 

Commonwealth Universities Research Scholar, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone. (1983-5)

Carried out ethnographic fieldwork in northern Sierra Leone.  The research focused on exploring social and economic change among Fula cattle herders and traders, with a particular emphasis on the challenges faced by women-headed households. The results were published in my doctoral thesis.

Country Experience

 

In addition to the UK,  I have worked in Albania, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Donkin Sesay

Kabala,Sierra Leone: 1983-1985