About Jen Ross

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Professional Summary

Jen Ross is an international development and social impact consultant with 15 years experience leading high value projects, managing systems and policies, engaging stakeholders, driving business development, and growing teams. 


Jen's social impact career began with an AusAID volunteer assignment in Samoa working on private sector sponsorship and accelerated while interning at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Jen's experience at Grameen whet her appetite for the role of the private sector in creating scalable social impact. 

Over the last decade Jen's geographical focus has been Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tuvalu.

Jen has dynamic cross-sectoral experience across a diverse range of projects. Jen has worked across education, governance, innovation, law and justice, sports for development, and women in business projects with funders including the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank.  

Examples of her work include:

  • Shaping innovative food-focussed  grant projects for delivery in the Pacific for the Innovation Resource Facility;

  • Designing and pilot testing a baseline cocoa and coffee farmer survey in Papua New Guinea for the World Bank;

  • Coordinating an African dryland farming course for multi-site delivery in Australia, Ethiopia and Tunisia;

  • Backstopping a large scale Afghanistan teacher training program and a scholarship project;

  • Building capacity, mentoring and coaching counterparts at the Laos Businesswomen's Association;

  • Scholarships management in Papua New Guinea and team leadership for Fiji and Tuvalu.

Jen is skilled across all aspects of social impact management, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E), child safeguarding, community engagement, procurement and risk management, and gender, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI).  Jen loves writing and has strong experience producing a range of high quality reports. 

Skills and Experience

ESG  Project Management  Community Engagement  Analysis & Reporting 

Communications & Public Diplomacy    Safeguarding   Strategic Planning

Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion  Monitoring and Evaluation / Metrics 

Training, Capacity Development  Workshop Facilitation



Graduate Certificate in Evaluation

University of Melbourne, Australia


Master of Social Science (International Development) with Distinction

RMIT University, Australia


Bachelor of Commerce Honours

University of New England, Australia


(Micro) Impact Investing - more social bang for your buck!

Jen's been micro-investing her own money in small businesses around the world through the organisation Kiva since April 2017. With a deposit of $539, Jen has lent those funds almost 3 times over, with loans of $1,475 made to 56 borrowers in 24 countries across 12 sectors, with a low default rate of 6.39% (only $49.55 defaulted in 3.5 years). 

Travel and the outdoors

Jen loves the outdoors, travelling and trying new languages. She lived in Hokkaido, Japan for 3 years in her 20s, but has since hung up the snowboard boots :). She continues to enjoy hiking and camping. Highlights include climbing Mount Fuji's old pilgrim route in 2008 and Spain's Camino Way in 2016. She now has her sights set on the Larapinta Trail and then maybe the Kokoda Track.