Chief of Party, Niger

Idriss is an agronomist with more than 20 years of experience conducting programs that focus on agriculture and livelihoods, community development, health and nutrition, as well as resilience. For almost 10 years, he led USAID-funded Title II programs. Most recently, Idriss served as deputy chief of party for the USAID-funded CARE SPIR program in Ethiopia, a complex food security and nutrition program. Prior to that, he spearheaded USAID’s Title II Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) Harande as chief of party. Idriss has managed technical objectives and delivered results on USAID’s Food for Peace Sawki program, an integrated, multi-sector, Title II DFAP in Niger. He worked across multiple technical sectors and provided management oversight for the strategic objective implementation team. Prior to Sawki, he worked with Mercy Corps and CARE International in Niger, where he managed program implementation and coordinated community activities, including training for women’s micro-credit groups and income-generating activities. Having worked in various sectors, including agriculture; health; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and disaster mitigation, Idriss brings extensive expertise to USAID Advancing Nutrition. He earned a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership, from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomic Science in Alger, Algeria. Idriss is a native speaker of Haoussa and Djerma and is fluent in English and French.

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