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Welcoming our new 2020 Working Group and Task Force Co-Leads

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Welcoming our new 2020 Working Group and Task Force Co-Leads

16 Mar 2020
The Alliance

The Alliance Working Groups and Task Forces regularly change leadership to encourage greater participation from various organizations.  We would like to welcome the following co-leads:

Celina Jensen, Assessment, Measurement and Evidence (AME) Working Group

Celina is a Child Protection Specialist with 14 years of professional experience working in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts, in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Georgia. She has generated experience in programme management and design, strategic planning, capacity strengthening, and technical advisory with a focus on family care issues, case management, child labour, and justice for children. Additionally, she has experience in assessment, research, and measurement, and led the revision of the measurement framework for 2nd edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standards. She holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and has co-authored several child protection publications, which have included investigating the drivers of violence against women and children in humanitarian settings, and piloting different approaches to measuring separation in emergencies.

Celina is also a certified meditation and yoga teacher, a triathlete in training (who does not like to swim), and an avid backcountry hiker. Last year she completed a Certification in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and would one day like to write a screenplay.

You can contact her at AME.WG@alliance.org.

Kristine Mikhailidi, Assessment, Measurement and Evidence (AME) WG

Kristine is a Child Protection & Participation Technical Advisor.  She provides technical support to World Vision field offices worldwide and has over twenty years of experience at World Vision International in roles that have spanned development, advocacy, and community engagement work.  Applying innovative approaches towards transformational development and contributing to improving child well-being in various contexts, she has a strong understanding of child protection programming and the application of systems strengthening to address violence against vulnerable girls and boys. Before joining World Vision, Kristine worked for Save the Children US as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Her educational background is in Social Science with key study areas including sociology, social policy and welfare reforms, and integrated community development.

You can contact her at kristine_mikhailidi@wvi.org.

Michelle Van Akin, Community Level Child Protection Task Force (CCP TF) 

Michelle is a DRM Manager, Protection Specialist at Plan International USA. She focuses on Plan’s Child Protection in Emergencies programs as well as strengthening GBV approaches. Michelle is a Protection Specialist with extensive field experience in both emergency response and protracted crises. She brings technical expertise in both protection and child protection programming as well as growing knowledge of gender-based violence prevention and response programming. Michelle has worked for various organizations in Myanmar, Iraq, South Sudan, and Jordan.

You can contact Michelle at Michelle.VanAkin@planusa.org.

Elena Giannini, Learning & Development (L&D) Working Group

Elena has been working for Save the Children Sweden for nearly five years as Child Protection In Emergencies Capacity Building Programme Manager. Elena’s responsibilities include designing and running the child protection in emergencies professional development programme (CPIE PDP)  in 3 regions.  The CPIE PDP is a 6-month blended learning programme designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and behaviors of mid-level CP practitioners. You can read more about the programme here.

Prior to this latest role Elena has been working for 2 years as national child protection coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Lebanon and several years as child protection in emergency response personnel with Save the Children including deployments to Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, South Sudan, Niger, Somalia amongst others.

Elena lives in Rome with her partner and two children and loves graphic novels in case you have any suggestions for her upcoming readings!

You can contact her at learning@alliance.org.
Finally, we would like to give a heartfelt thanks to our outgoing co-leads for their service. Thank you for your tireless effort and leadership over the years!

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