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Leland Fellow

Allyson Vertti

10th Class, 2019-2021

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Ally Vertti holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with a focus in International Policy and Management. During her Master’s Capstone team project, Ally consulted the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Malawi as a Program Associate, where she analyzed the graduation pathway in WFP Malawi’s integrated resilience program aimed at breaking the cycle of hunger. In her field work in Malawi and research on the Graduation Strategy, Ally examined the benefits and challenges of layering interventions, such as Food Assistance for Assets, Climate Services, and R4, in building resilience and sustaining long-term food security. She received the Hammad Fund International Leadership Award upon commencement for Contribution to the Global Experience, Academic Success, and Exceptional Capacity for International Leadership. Ally was most recently an External Partnerships Consultant at WFP New York, where she supported overall engagement on activities related to the UN Inter-Governmental Relations and operational coverage in the Middle East and North Africa and Central Asia regions. She joined WFP in 2018 as an External Partnership Assistant supporting operational coverage in the Latin America and Caribbean and Asia Pacific regions.

Host Organization: UN World Food Programme

First Year Placement
Quelimane, Mozambique

Working as the Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Officer for a gender- and nutrition-sensitive project in rural Mozambique aimed at improving nutrition through women and girls’ empowerment, Ally monitors implementation and provides technical support to cooperating partners facilitating the SBCC component. Activities include dialogue clubs, targeted radio messaging, community dramas, and a health services referral system. Ally participated in the initial Gender Analysis identifying gender norms and attitudes and will support the upcoming Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Study, both of which will be used to inform SBCC activities. She also produced a recipe book targeting pregnant and lactating women and mothers with children under two years of age to reinforce nutrition messages and local diet diversity. Additionally, Ally supports project management and field missions, while also acting as a liaison between the project site and country office. Later in the field placement year, she will organize a multi-stakeholder Lessons Learned Seminar on project successes and challenges.

Second Year Placement
Maputo, Mozambique