Host Organization: NCBA CLUSA
First Year Placement
Natalie worked as a Gender and Research Fellow with NCBA CLUSA, supporting the USAID Feed the Future Kawolor program in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of this program was to improve nutrition and food security through Nutrition-Led Agriculture. Natalie’s primary role was supporting gender integration in the program activities. As the program was in its final year, Natalie also conducted a qualitative study to better understand the program’s impacts on women’s empowerment. In conjunction, Natalie documented the program’s gender integration approach so that it could both be used by NCBA CLUSA in other programs and institutionalized by the Senegalese government in their economic development initiatives.
Second Year Placement
Natalie Petrulla works as a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist with NCBA CLUSA based in Washington, D.C. Natalie’s primary role is leading gender equity and youth integration, and social inclusion across the organization’s project portfolio. This includes leading the organization’s Gender Equity and Social Inclusion working group as well as providing technical assistance to current projects and technical inputs on project design. She also developed an internal Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Strategy and is working closely with teams across the organization to advise them on implementing the strategy in their work.