The discussion is a rapid recap of Dr. Jalbert’s last two years in Afghanistan from April 2018 to April 2020. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Promote: Women in Government project shook up gender norms and engendered tremendous strides toward equity in the civil service. The project provided the Government of Afghanistan with a strategic opportunity to advance women’s inclusion in the public sector.
Susanne E. Jalbert, Ph.D., is a gender equity advocate, economic development activist, and a women’s rights political strategist with over 25 years of experience on 85+ assignments with 35+ USAID implementers in about 50 countries on 4 continents. Dr. Jalbert is often at the nexus of conflict working toward peace and stability. Currently, she presently serves as Senior Advisor for Chemonics International. Dr. Jalbert designs strategic policy models for economic escalation pertaining to the equitable inclusion of women into growing economies. In Afghanistan 2018-2020, she served as the Chief of Party for USAID-Afghanistan Promote Women in Government program. She also served as Chief of Party for the USAID-Moldova Anti-Trafficking Initiative and conducted ground-breaking research to counter human trafficking.
Dr. Jalbert publishes and speaks on the vital role of women in the economy, as well as efforts to STOP! trafficking of human beings, contributes to peace processes, gender lens leadership, and female roles in nation building. Dr. Jalbert holds a master’s and Ph.D. in education and human resources from Colorado State University and a B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.