In 2018, I decided to take a break from full-time employment and reflect on how I could capitalise on experiences, skills and knowledge acquired over a decade at international organisations such as Deloitte, UN, British Embassy, OSCE, Danish Refugee Council and Thomson Foundation. Freelancing makes it possible for me to invest time into learning and expand my expertise in specific areas of interest, for instance, project monitoring and evaluation.
In the heated debate over the efficiency of international aid, I side with its proponents. I saw lives of dozens and hundreds of people changed through effective policies and programmes introduced and implemented with the help of international donors. And I for myself have experienced the pros of international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government while studying in the US as a Fulbright scholar. The impact of Fulbright scholarship on my life, my career growth, and hopefully my community is difficult to exaggerate (Fulbright has taught me to give back, and I participate in volunteer initiatives to share my knowledge and expertise.)
Along with successful international projects, I also saw failing initiatives and waste of taxpayers money. For this reason, I continuously strive to learn as much as possible about tools and methods available to ensure international aid effectiveness. Profound knowledge of the country's context, elaborate project development, including taking into consideration grassroots ideas, and an agile approach to the project implementation are the main pre-requisites for effective outcomes and long-term impact.
In my work, I follow the above principles. The projects I am involved in include media capacity building and monitoring adherence of journalistic standards, education plan development etc. US Embassy, Thomson Foundation, Memo98, Shevchenko Scientific Society in the US, are among my recent clients.