Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Barry Reed is the Chief of Party for USAID’s ENGAGE Activity in Mindanao, Philippines. He has over 25 years experience in decentralization, local government, civil society development, advocacy, parliamentary strengthening and economic development, both in the US and in developing countries. He recently served as Chief of Party for RAMP UP West in Afghanistan. RAMP UP West developed critical capacities in western Afghanistan municipalities to better engage with and serve their citizens. It helped citizens buy into government structures through more voice and better performance. It targeted public services for improved performance (streets, sidewalks, drainage, parks, etc.). It updated administrative activities (human resources management, archiving & filing, inventory control and asset management). It also introduced other transparent practices (e.g. public hearings, community planning sessions) for the first time. It also helped communities plan economic development.
He was Chief of Party for the Responsive Governance Project in Yemen. He was the chief technical advisor on all decentralization and local governance activities to Deloitte’s Emerging Markets Division. He served as Chief of Party for the successful Effective Municipalities Initiative in Kosovo, a high profile USAID project to help the Republic of Kosovo start a local government system and utilize decentralization to minimize ethnic conflict. He provided technical assistance in developing key decentralization legislation and assisting existing local governments to operate effectively under the new legal framework. He also provided assistance to the Ministry of Local Government Administration as a special advisor to the Minister. He spearheaded US Government assistance in establishing new municipalities in the Kosovo Serbian minority areas. He served in Pakistan on USAID’s Districts That Work Project as the Senior Local Governance Advisor and Acting Chief of Party. He was responsible for all technical assistance activities in facilitating Pakistan’s devolution scheme, including work in budget, financial management, economic development, strengthening of District Councils, citizen participation, engagement of civil society, health and education administration and improvements to public services.
As Chief of Party for USAID’s Local Government and Decentralization in Albania (LGDA) project, he directed technical assistance to decentralize fiscal and administrative authorities and strengthen capacity and accountability of local governments through improved service delivery. He oversaw establishing and operating four regional offices providing technical assistance and training to about fifty local governments. As Chief of Party for USAID’s Long-Term Local Governance Program (LLGP) project in Zimbabwe he provided technical assistance to local authorities in streamlining and improving local government operations, small grants to civil society organizations and assistance to the Government and Parliament on decentralization and local governance reform. As Resident Advisor to USAID’s Local Government Reform Initiative in Georgia he was responsible for delivery of budgeting, financial management and local economic development technical assistance to all partner municipalities. He also served as Senior Program Officer for a USAID-sponsored local governance, citizen participation and economic development program in Samara, Russia.
Prior to his overseas work, he served as a Local Government Manager in North Carolina and West Virginia, also serving as Budget Officer, Personnel Officer and Purchasing Agent. He directed all day-to-day activities of these full service local governments, providing a full range of public services to citizens. He managed all capital finance and borrowing for many different capital projects. He also worked on inter-municipal arrangements for providing different public services and utilized PPPs for different services. He is an outstanding advisor for local officials in addressing constraints and in facilitating implementation and execution of improvements in local management and service delivery.