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