Alanna Shaikh: Resume



Senior manager with extensive experience in managing large budgets and multi-national teams. Technical skills include monitoring and evaluation, health system strengthening, HIV and maternal and child health.

Employment Experience

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Quality Health Care Project / Abt Associates. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 2010-present.

  • Develop monitoring and evaluation framework for $70 million USAID-funded HIV/Tuberculosis project
  • Manage team of M&E specialists and integrate monitoring and evaluation into all program areas
  • Identify topics for operational research and oversee research projects
  • Present evidence-based data to host government officials to assist in good health policy decision-making
  • Serve as member of project senior management team, providing strategic and technical guidance

Health Sector Consultant, Abt Associates, ZdravPlus Project

Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2009-present.

  • Provide technical input on integration of tuberculosis into primary health care
  • Oversee project close-out events and relevant reporting
  • Manage 4-country tuberculosis infection control assessment


Assistance Coordinator and Health Point of Contact, US Department of State, Macfadden Associates / Office of the Coordinator for Assistance to Europe and Eurasia

Washington, DC 2007-2009.

Health Point of Contact

  • Serve as health specialist on monitoring and evaluation team
  • Provide technical input into health and social sector programs in the countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Coordinate with USAID and other assistance implementers on the design and evaluation of health and social sector projects


Assistance Coordinator

  • Develop and allocate country and regional budgets for the countries of Central Asia; responsible for approximately $100 million in country budgets
  • Design new FSA programs and refine existing programs to meet changing U.S. assistance priorities and country needs
  • Brief senior government officials and Congress on US assistance
  • Successfully increased funding to Tajikistan by seeking out and advocating for alternate funding sources

Senior Desk Officer for East Africa and the Middle East, International Medical Corps

Washington, DC. 2006-2007.

  • Managed $48 million portfolio of nine countries, including Iraq
  • Wrote and edited winning proposals at a rate of approximately two proposals per week; secured funding to establish IMC offices in two new countries
  • Directly supervised Country Directors and their management teams and oversaw all country program finances
  • Provided technical input into program evaluation and monitoring

Deputy Regional Director, Project HOPE, Healthy Family Project

Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 2004-2006.

  • Responsible for technical quality, monitoring and evaluation, and donor relationships for a four country maternal and child health project with a budget of eighteen million dollars
  • Served as liaison with national and regional Ministries of Health
  • Oversaw expansion of project to an additional country


Country Manager, Abt Associates, ZdravPlus Quality Health Care Project

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2002-2004.

  • Began as Program Manager and was progressively promoted to country manager for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
  • Managed fifty local and expatriate employees of USAID-funded project in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
  • Responsible for financial management of project, including developing annual budgets
  • Oversaw program monitoring and evaluation

Consultant, United Nations Population Fund

Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 2000-2001.

  • Developed grant proposals
  • Helped design and evaluate reproductive health interventions

Program Assistant, Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Boston, MA. 1998 – 1999.

  • Backstopped projects and assisted with proposal writing
  • Edited educational materials on hygiene and antibacterial resistance

Special Assistant to the President, The American University in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt. 1997 – 1998.

  • Researched special issues for the president, assisted with projects, and coordinated meetings of the Board of Trustees


  • Boston University School of Public Health

M.P.H., International Health, January 2001.

  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

B.S.F.S., Middle East Studies, December 1996.

Language Skills


  • Native speaker of English.
  • Proficient oral and written French.
  • Intermediate oral and written Arabic.
  • Intermediate oral and written Uzbek.
  • Basic Russian and Urdu.