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Phil Vernon

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Peacebuilding & Development consultant


Over thirty years development, peacebuilding and humanitarian experience, operational in diverse geographic contexts, and at organisational leadership and policy level.

Services provided:

• Strategic analysis and programme design in peacebuilding and development, in fragile or conflict-affected contexts:

o Background research and analysis
o Organisational, thematic or country level strategy design
o Programme and project design or adaptation

• Implementation guidance, training and support for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian projects

• Guidance on integrating conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding into development and humanitarian programmes

• Project and programme evaluation

• Research on specific peacebuilding topics or contexts to inform policy and/or policy advocacy

• Writing and editing

• Advice to businesses on their societal relations, including how to operate in conflict-affected contexts, at policy or project level

• Short-term interim management, and management/leadership advice.


I consider my strengths to be:

Analysis, strategy, programme design & evaluation.
Leadership and leadership advice.
Research, writing and editing.
Policy analysis, advocacy and advice.

I enjoy working on:

I worked for a combination of development, humanitarian and peacebuilding NGOs from 1985-2017, starting as a forester in Sudan and ending as director of programmes for International Alert. Since January 2018 I have been working as a self-employed consultant.

2004-2017: Director of Programmes, International Alert (Acting CEO, August-November 2015)

2000-2004: Country Director, CARE Uganda

1998-2000: Programme Coordinator and Deputy Country Director, CARE Togo/Ghana/Benin

1995-1998: Programme Coordinator and Deputy Country Director, CARE Mali

1994-1995: Assistant Country Director for operations, CARE Mali

April-September 1994: Rwanda Disaster Operations Coordinator, CARE Rwanda

1992-1994: Projects Manager, CARE Rwanda

1988-1990: Manager, Community Forestry & Agricultural Management Project, CARE Lesotho

1987-1988: Forester, Kordofan Agroforestry Extension Project, CARE Sudan

1985-1987: Volunteer forester (Voluntary Service Overseas).

1976-1985: Worked in agriculture and forestry in England and Scotland

Phil's skills

  • Influencing
  • Policy
  • Institutional Capacity Building
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluations
  • Project Design & Development


  • Rural Livelihoods
  • Value Chain
  • Conflict Prevention & Response
  • Economics and Peacebuilding
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction

Cross cutting expertise

  • Conflict Afflicted
  • Gender


French: speak and read well enough for most professional situations; written French more suited to short emails, etc.
  • English (native)

Geographical Expertise

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Burundi
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Philippines
  • Lesotho
  • Benin
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Sierra Leone
  • Georgia

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