Lauren Oing serves as the Resident Program Director for Ethiopia based in Addis Ababa. In this role, she oversees the design, implementation, evaluation, and financial management of projects which have focused on elections, civil society strengthening, youth engagement as well as peacebuilding and conflict management. Oing rejoined IRI in 2019 to oversee the newly established Ethiopia portfolio, having previously worked for IRI between 2007 and 2013. During that time, she first worked in headquarters in the Africa and Asia divisions, and subsequently as the Resident Program Director for Somaliland overseeing parliamentary strengthening and political party programming based in Hargeisa.  

Oing brings specific experience in supporting and implementing projects in fragile or politically transitioning countries.   Working on and leading programs in conflict and post conflict environments, she has honed her expertise in designing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) approaches that are meaningful, flexible, and practicable for development practitioners in challenging environments.  Prior to rejoining IRI, she served as a Director with International Business and Technical Consultants (IBTCI) in their Crisis, Conflict and Governance Practice. In this role, she served as the Project Director for MEL contracts held with USAID/Yemen and USAID/West Africa’s Regional Peace and Governance Office and provided technical expertise in support of MEL efforts to USAID’s Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and East Africa missions. Before that, Oing served as Team Leader for PACT for a United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) funded cross-border peacebuilding and conflict mitigation program focused on northern Kenya and southern Somalia. Prior to working in international development, Oing worked as a legal assistant and interned in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds a MSc. in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in History from Amherst College.

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