Host Organization: Mercy Corps
First Year Placement
Washington, D.C. (remote)
During her first year, Lexi worked with Mercy Corps as a Program Specialist for Resilience, Sustainability & Integration. In this role, Lexi contributed to Mercy Corps’ work on the USAID Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis & Learning (IDEAL) award and the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA). Under IDEAL, Lexi collaborated to design and execute activities that support and train food security implementing partners in their efforts to improve program design, implementation, and knowledge management. Specifically, she led the localization workstream and conceptualized several knowledge sharing events on local engagement and across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus attended by participants all over the world. She also developed a report on integrating the “graduation approach” into USAID resilience and food security programming.
With ZFRA, Lexi analyzed the impacts of flooding on food security and developed policy considerations. She also collaborated with the ZFRW advocacy team to host advocacy and influencing workshops in English and Spanish to partner teams.
Second Year Placement
Lexi is currently supporting the USAID funded BHAKARI activity in Nepal as the Program Specialist for Research Learning. BHAKARI is a multi-year emergency program that focuses on short-term emergency shocks and long-term food security using a multi-sectoral approach with a strong emphasis on gender and social inclusion. In this role, she is leading the overall implementation of the BHAKARI Learning Agenda and the reasearch lead on a developing program evidence on sequencing, layering, and integration. She is based in Kathmandu with regular work in BHAKARI’s working communities in western Nepal to document learning.