Senior Program Officer, Nigeria
Andréa Ferrand is a social and behavior change practitioner and a seasoned program manager who comes to The Challenge Initiative with over a decade of experience working on various sexual and reproductive health programs. For the past five years, she worked at USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health managing a $500million portfolio of state-of-the-art social and behavior change and knowledge management programs spanning family planning and reproductive health; maternal and child health; HIV/AIDS, malaria; and emerging pandemic threats in nearly 30 countries worldwide. In this role, Andréa led the financial and administrative oversight for all awards and served as the primary backstop for USAID/Nigeria’s social and behavior change portfolio, providing technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring, and management of investments. Additionally, she provided primary technical oversight of activities pertaining to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and human centered design.
Andréa brings nearly 20 years of applied experience in organizational capacity strengthening and training design, including participatory facilitation, coaching and mentorship, curriculum design, strategic planning, and co-creation. She lived and worked in Lesotho for four years. With PSI/Lesotho, she implemented social and behavior change programs that increased HIV testing among adult men. With GTZ and the Peace Corps, she supported a range of government employees to operationalize strategic plans. Andréa has a Master’s degree in Public Health from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and History.