Social Inclusion and Gender Equality Specialist
Jessica Menon, MPP
Jessica is a social and gender specialist with over 13 years of professional experience working with multi-lateral donors, private companies, NGOs, and local governments across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, a Certificate of Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her academic studies focused on development economics, gender in development, gender and development in conflict zones, and econometric analysis.
Jessica has technical experience in the following areas:
Social impact assessment
Gender assessment and analysis
Resettlement action plans
Community-based participatory planning
Advocacy and capacity building
Research and results-based planning
Gender costing and budgeting
Impact and outcome evaluation
Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
Project management and oversight
Areas of her subject matter expertise as it relates to social and gender issues include:
Social and gender assessment of health, agriculture, land, water and sanitation, food security, infrastructure, and mining projects
Livelihoods and economic empowerment
Climate change and energy security
Human trafficking, child and forced labor
Gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices
HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health
Women and governance
Jessica is a native English speaker with advanced proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Spanish, and is proficient in reading French and Portuguese. She currently resides in Lusaka, Zambia (since March 2014), with her husband and four children. She has professional experience working in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Moldova, Jordan, Lebanon, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Philippines, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. She has resided for at least three months in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Jordan, India, Nigeria, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.