Program Manager - International Development


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Program Manager - International Development

International development professional with background in non-profit organizations, excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills. Multilingual (English, French, Spanish) team player who thrives in environments requiring the ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects. Experience in program management and implementation of projects in both developed and developing countries. Demonstrated ability to interact and coordinate with a wide array of constituencies (indigenous and community leaders, NGOs, governments, donors, international organizations, private sector actors, etc.).


Full Name

Claire Biason-Lohier


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Masters in International and European Affairs / Diploma in Political Science

"Sciences Po" - Institute of Political Science, Aix-en-Provence, France - 2005-2009

Courses: International relations history; NGOs, cooperation, international projects management and funding; International negotiation; Political science; International economic governance; International and European law; Geopolitics and country risk analysis; Nation-building and post-conflict reconstruction; Knowledge management; Sociology; Anthropology; Quantitative data analysis.

Thesis on “The Spanish reconquest of Latin America at the turn of the XXI century”.

Founded in 1956, Sciences Po Aix is one of the ten Political Studies Institutes in France, and the only one situated on the Mediterranean coast. It is a "Grande Ecole" in the university and combines a culture of excellence and multidisciplinary ambition, resolutely pointing towards firms, high-ranking civil service and research.

Literary Higher School Preparatory Classes - "Hypokhâgne" and "Khâgne"

Lycée Masséna, Nice, France - 2003-2005

2 years specializing in Modern Literature and Spanish

The classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) consist of two very intensive years which act as a preparatory course with the main goal of training undergraduate students for enrollment in one of the grandes écoles. The literary CPGEs are focused on a strong pluri-disciplinary course, including all humanities: philosophy, literature, history, geography, foreign languages, and ancient languages (Latin and Ancient Greek).

Work Experience

Washington, D.C., USA March 2011 – Present

Senior Manager, Coalition and Networking Support - May 2016 - Present

Manager, Networking Support Program - February 2014 - May 2016

Senior Associate, Networking Support Program - February 2013 - February 2014

Manage program, annual budget of ~US$900k, and team. Develop annual strategy and work plans. Strengthen engagement with relevant existing indigenous, community, and women’s networks through outreach and relationship building and build new networks. Manage MegaFlorestais, a global network of top forest agency officials.

Manage the Secretariat’s relationship with Core Partners, Affiliated Networks and Fellows of the RRI Coalition (since January 2016).

Develop and lead the implementation of projects and events (ranging from 20 to 200 people) in collaboration with partners all over the world to promote community land rights and engage policy makers.

Contribute to reports and briefs.

Report on activities and contributing to an intensive annual monitoring and evaluation process.

Associate, Global Programs - March 2011 – February 2013

Worked with RRI’s 150+ coalition members to implement program activities. Organized international events and seminars. Provided support to indigenous, community, women and government networks.

Provided administrative, financial, communications and research support.

RRI's mission is to support local communities and indigenous peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting greater global commitment and action towards policy, market and legal reforms that secure their rights to own, control and benefit from natural resources, especially land and forests.

Washington, D.C., USA September 2010 – March 2011

Intern, Global Health Security Program

Conducted research on global health issues and wrote notes and reports, with a focus on Latin America and Africa. Led new website design project.

Provided administrative and communications support.

Marseille, France March – July 2009

Intern in charge of Public Affairs, Communication and Fundraising

Produced notes, reports, communications and outreach materials. Organized and implemented fundraising campaign for the organization.

Contributed to the creation, evaluation and management of programs.

Madrid, Spain September 2006 – May 2007

Intern, Press and Communication Department

Wrote reports and analyses, in collaboration with the diplomat in charge of Latin America. Provided support for presidential and ministerial visits.

Monitored the Spanish press and summarized articles for daily press reviews.


Professional Skills

Proactive, dependable, and adaptable team player

Excellent interpersonal communication skills

Attention to detail, organization and prioritization

Adaptability and problem solving


Meeting planning and facilitation

Language Skills

Fluent in English and Spanish

Native French speaker

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite

Google Apps Suite

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Use of social media platforms

Use of several CMS and basic knowledge of HTML


Effective Facilitator training course (2014)

Media/Messaging Training (2014)

Spokesperson Training (2015)


International experience

Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, DRC, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK


Smyle, Jim, Collins, Sally, Biason, Claire. Rethinking Forest Regulations: Overcoming the challenges of regulatory reform. Rights and Resources Initiative. April 2016.

Biason, Claire. La reconquête de l'Amérique latine par l'Espagne au tournant du siècle. Editions universitaires européennes. 2008.

Volunteer work

Volunteer for (1st French website talking about Green IT) since May 2007:

Free-lance journalist: see articles on the race for raw materials violates the rights of local populations (in French), how to decontaminate the work environment with plants (in French), e-health in Africa, protecting forests with ICTs (in French)

Communications consultant: participated in the creation of the website

Hobbies and Interests

Traveling, Latin dancing, biking, Latino-American literature



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Washington, D.C. - USA


+1 301 219 0984


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