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Matt Michels

Passion.  Skills.  Experience.

Seasoned program manager with 10 years’ experience in education, youth, and peacebuilding, working at both local and global levels on development and crisis response

About Me

Education: American ‘08 & Columbia ‘11

Languages: English & French

​Technical Areas: Education, Youth, & Peace

Skills: Strategy, Programs, Capacity Building, & Partnership

I'm a service-minded individual, who believes in peace and progress. These values animate me and led me to pursue a career in international peace and development. A seasoned program manager with 10 years’ experience in education, youth, and peace initiatives, I work along the full aid, peace, and development spectrum, specializing in strategy, program design and management, capacity building, and partnership. This broad experience gives me a 360-degree perspective of the international space, how it works, and what it takes to achieve real and sustainable results.

My experience extends from the global to local level. Globally, I worked with UNICEF for over seven years on education in emergencies, child protection, and partnerships. While there, I provided support to field colleagues, developed
core skill sets, cultivated technical expertise in adolescent programs, peacebuilding, and resilience, and contributed to policy discussions with international partners. I have also worked with community groups in Kenya, Togo, Tanzania, and Uganda on projects in education, youth development, health advocacy, and gender. My portfolio also includes several evaluation efforts in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, I am a co-founder of PRYDE, a nonprofit supporting community-driven youth peace education efforts, and led their program development and M&E for six years.

This diverse experience has allowed me to have broad impact in varying contexts and to achieve results. I build this success by joining my passion for service with innovative pragmatism, broad capacity, and forward thinking. Currently consulting, I offer a wide range of
expert services, a full suite of skills, and the versatility to fill diverse roles on any team.

You can find more information about my work and accomplishments and how I can fit into your team and initiatives by reviewing my CV
here. I look forward to connecting.