Host Organization: Action Against Hunger
First Year Placement
Juba, South Sudan
Maria worked with Action Against Hunger USA in South Sudan as a Nutrition Fellow, focusing on the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts. Based in former Gogrial West county, Warrap state, Maria’s primary role was to support Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition program design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. This included donor reporting and nutrition database management, conducting supportive supervision visits to Outpatient Therapeutic Program and Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program sites, and working collaboratively with program staff to develop strategies aimed at enhancing program quality and accountability. She also participated in the January 2020 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis workshop for South Sudan to identify areas of high nutrition and food security need and inform humanitarian response throughout the country.
Second Year Placement
New York, N.Y.
For her second year placement, Maria is working with Action Against Hunger USA’s New York office. As a Project Officer, she is leading a project to map, document, and analyze modifications made to community-based and outpatient acute malnutrition treatment programs during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. This study aims to identify and share lessons learned and best practices in implementing simplified approaches to acute malnutrition treatment at scale both during the pandemic and beyond. She also supported the development of Action Against Hunger’s COVID-19 global- and country-level learning agenda. In addition to these projects, Maria is providing technical support on strategic initiatives and business development efforts.