Title:Head of Program, Pakistan & Nigeria
Location:New York, NY
Language Fluency:English, French
Charmaine Brett, Action Against Hunger’s Head of Program for Pakistan and Nigeria, has worked for some of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Ms. Brett’s foray into the humanitarian sector began in 1999 while interning with UNICEF on a monitoring and evaluation project in Ghana. After graduating from Trent University in Peterborough, Ms. Brett worked with Habitat for Humanity International in Canada before embarking on a decade of work overseas. Beginning in East Asia, Charmaine worked as an educator in Taichung, Taiwan and directed a camp for teenagers in South Korea, where she remained to work as a Professor of Communications. Ms. Brett moved to Cambodia in 2006 to work with the street children’s organization, Friends International, on a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey, after which she was recruited to help Habitat for Humanity International launch an affiliate while managing the agency’s program activities, communications, and Global Village volunteer initiative.
Ms. Brett’s career shifted to the emergency medical field when she joined Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF) in late 2006, working on MSF’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in Ottawa, Canada while awaiting a field assignment. She was sent to southern Sudan in 2007 as a Human Resource Coordinator, recruiting national and international staff while liaising with MSF headquarters in Amsterdam. Charmaine continued her work with MSF in Haiti—working in one of the country’s largest maternity hospitals, with between 900-1,500 deliveries each month—and in Nepal, coordinating medical projects for two MSF hospitals while initiating the handover to Nepal’s Ministry of Health. Following a final MSF assignment in the D.R Congo—overseeing the organization’s operations, strategic planning, security, and relationship building—Charmaine accepted a Regional Program Coordinator position (East Africa) with Medical Emergency Relief International before joining Action Against Hunger in 2010.
Ms. Brett holds a Bachelor degree in International Development Studies from Trent University in Ontario, Canada, along with certificates in First Aid, Emergency Management, Security Management and Risk Management from a range of international institutions.
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