USAID Twiyubake Chief of Party 

Samson RadenySamson Radeny is a prolific international development professional with over 20 years of experience in the management of strategic and innovative programs that address the health and social change needs of a wide range of audiences. Samson holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Sociology.

Dr. Radeny has resident and extensive technical assistance experience in over 10 sub-Saharan African countries and has provided leadership to highly successful large and complex multi-sector programs on HIV prevention, care and support, child protection, youth reproductive health as well as gender and development.  At the early stages of his career, Dr. Radeny supported a number of organizations to develop innovative programs to address youth reproductive health needs and cultural practices that affect women and girls in particular.  Due to his efforts, the alternative initiation or Right of Passage strategy, which has since been adapted in several African countries where female genital cutting (FGC) is practiced, was developed.  This approach has been documented extensively in international journals as the most effective strategy for reducing the incidence of FGC.  In the past 10 years, Dr.  Radeny’s work has focused on building capacity of organizations, communities and households to create sustainable positive change, particularly in community health, HIV prevention, care and support as well as treatment, and sustainable economic growth.  His passion for social change, particularly among vulnerable and most at risk communities has enabled him to work with households and individuals at various stages, including those in destitution, to bring about new sense of hope and human dignity.

Currently, Dr. Radeny works for Global Communities as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Integrated Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) program.  Prior to joining Global Communities, Dr. Radeny worked for Pact Inc. as Chief of Party for the large and complex USAID/PEPFAR-funded Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) in Ethiopia. Working collaboratively with Ethiopian Government, UNICEF, two international and over 40 local organizations, the five-year program aims to reduce vulnerability among HVC and their families by strengthening systems and structures to deliver quality essential services and increase resiliency among vulnerable children and families throughout the country.

Before joining Pact, Dr. Radeny worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as Chief of Party for a four-year PEPFAR/USAID-funded Global Development Alliance program in Malawi.  The Integrated Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) Program aimed to improve wellbeing of orphans and highly vulnerable children and expand care and treatment services to people living with HIV in the country, working collaboratively with other international PVOs, national NGO and FBO partners as well as private sector actors.   

Prior to joining CRS, Samson worked for Save the Children USA, serving in a similar capacity of Chief of Party for a large and complex national care and support program for orphans and vulnerable children at the Ethiopia Country Office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that Samson was Country Representative and Regional Program Advisor for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Center for Communication Programs (CCP) based in Nairobi, Kenya.  He has previously worked for Medical Assistance Program (MAP) International as Program Director and for one year served as Regional Director for east and southern Africa.  Before joining MAP International, he was Senior Program Officer with Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH).  He has previously taught sociology at Nairobi and Daystar universities in Kenya. In all these previous positions, Samson played a pivotal role in promoting organizational visibility and strengthening capacity to develop and manage integrated health and social development programs.








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