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ROSA E. FRANCO
11-19 Seaman Ave, Apt 1C, New York ♦ ♦ C: ♦  
Fully US work authorized. No visa sponsorship required.
 

SUMMARY

Thirteen years of experience on implementation and consulting on capacity building and education at financial and small business specialized organizations oriented to poverty reduction and employment generation. Experience working with local communities from urban and rural areas (US and Latin American countries). Background includes needs assessment, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation with facilitation skills. Team player, planning, persistent and target oriented. Good communicational skills at different organizational levels.
 

EXPERIENCE ON PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE, Inc, New York                9/2007- Present Director of Credit Union Education      
§   Designed and implemented core areas for program implementation: monitoring of progress (including indicators), program focused areas (one-on-one counseling; technical assistance and training for clients and credit union's staff).
§   Developed a network partnership with specialized organizations on small business promotion to complement technical assistance for small business owners as part of the community development's mission.
§   Improved and increased credit union members to financial literacy and small business technical assistance. Progresses on members are referred to debt reduction, credit establishing and credit improvement, access to financial services and products among others.

COPEME, USAID, Lima, Peru                    10/2004 - 12/2006
USAID Initiative Coordinator          
COPEME is a consortium of 60 non profit organizations (NGOs) that develops small businesses across Peru; programs include microfinance services, business development services and capacity building.
§   Monitored financing projects promoting best practices in market access for micro and small business: 43 projects financed, reported with more than 4,000 entrepreneurs with over $1.5 million USD in sales increase.
§   Designed, developed and implemented a volunteering program to link university's students with small business owners: 40 volunteers recruited in one year, and 400 entrepreneurs trained across the country.
§   Coordinated and organized training programs on capacity building and small business development products and services: staff from over 70 public and private organizations across the country were recruited and trained.

COPEME - FORD FOUNDTION, Lima, Peru               10/2003 - 09/2004
Project Officer       
§   Participated on project design process of FINDER (Finance and Research for Rural Development)
§   Coordinated team of jurors in charge of project selection. Juror was integrated 13 members like Ford Foundation's regional coordinator, directors of non profit organizations and public sector representatives.
§   Developed the launching and project implementation Recruitment and selection of 12 projects across the country by public contest, with the goal of identifying best practices on financial and business development services

EDAPROSPO, Lima, Peru                    06/2001 - 06/2002
Education Specialist                         
§   Diagnosed the financial education needs of community bank's members from Lima's poverty areas
§   Designed and implemented a training program for women involved in community banks
 

CIDIAG, Lima, Peru                      05/1996 - 05/2000 Project Manager                                                        
§   Designed operative plan of activities and project staff responsibilities
§   Coordinated marketing research to introduce organic vegetables on city markets
§   Monitoring and report of project implementation, budget performance at donors request


CONSULTANT EXPERIENCE

SEEP NETWORK, Washington, DC (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua)           4/2007 - 11/2008
Consultant/Facilitator     
§   Designed learning agenda for the tourism Practitioner Learning Program (PLP); create linkages between local economies with low employment and low income.
§   Prepared “Request for Applications” to apply for the program and participating on the grant selection committee.
§   Monitored monthly progress of institutional participants in the PLP via email, phone, listserv discussions and progress of consultant specialist progresses to ensure activities are on track and focused on the learning agenda.
§   Participated in the elaboration of learning products and co - author of one them oriented to measurement of economic impacts.


ICI PANAMA, Panama                        03/2007 Consultant/Facilitator               
§   Designed and facilitated the training program « Design of Logical Framework » oriented to improve project planning process with participants of 26 Latin american organizations specialized in community and economic development

INTERMON OXFAM, Lima, Peru                      06/2000 Consultant                       
§   Designed monitoring program for the Spain Agency, to follow up projects performance and implementation


IADB - PRO Youth Program, Peru                      04 - 05/2003 Consultant                
§   Updated the logical framework of the national program, implementing a participative process, solicited and financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

PSI Agriculture Ministry - World Bank, , Peru                11/2002 - 08/2003 Consultant specialized in methodologies                      
§   Evaluated the training program implemented on 40 valleys with farmer users of water on the Peruvian coast. This program was executed by DHV - ATA - IMAR (consortium of international consultant companies) under the supervision of PSI (Sub sector Irrigation Project), which operates with World Bank financing.

PUBLICATIONS

§   “Measure the Economic Impact of Local Tourism in Central America” - Technical Note. SEEP Network, October 2008.
§   “Facilitation Techniques”. Handbook prepared for the ISO 9000 counselors of OPTIMISO Project. Published by the National Society of Industries. June 2003 (Lima - Peru)
§   Manual to Start Up your Small Business - drafted by the order of the Program of Labor Qualification CAP LAB- Swiss Technical Agency of Cooperation (COSUDE). Published on April 2001


EDUCATION
§   Executive Master on Public Administration, City University of Baruch College, 2009-2010.
§   Masters Degree on Agribusiness, National Agricultural University of La Molina, Lima Peru, 1998 - 2000
§   University is ranked in top 5% in Peru and accredited in the US by the World Education Service.
§   Masters Degree, Crop Production, National Agricultural University of La Molina, Lima Peru, 1994 -1996
§   Bachelors of Science, Agriculture, National Agricultural University of La Molina, Lima Peru, 1989 - 1994. Graduated with honors
     
TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS

§   Certificate of Financial Planner studies (still attending). Online Program. Boston University, 2008 - Present
§   Training Program “Making Markets Work for Business and Income Growth” (July 2005): Glasgow, Scotland - Springfield Centre.
§   The SEEP Network's "Using Research to Design Market Development Programs" (October 2004): Washington, D.C.
§   Facilitator in adult education techniques and methodologies: Financial Education “From Poverty to Prosperity” (Microfinance Opportunities & Freedom From Hunger Organization); “ABC Business” (ACCION International); CEFE Methodology (GTZ)
 

SKILLS
§   Languages - Spanish (Native fluency), English
§   Technology - MS Office (Proficient in Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook express and Access at basic level), SPSS.

NETWORKS AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
§   Upwardly Global ( www.upwardlyglobal.org ). Current volunteer promoting reinsertion of professional immigrants in US.
§   The Seep Network ( www.seepnetwork.org )