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UDOL graduate works with Oxfam Response Team to tackle Ebola

Jeff Juaquellie "I wanted to know whether strategic plans were relevant during emergencies and particularly during the Ebola crisis” Jeff Juaquellie:

Date posted: 10 February 2016

A University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) graduate has been working as part of the Oxfam Response Team to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Jeff Juaquellie has been working as a Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning (MEAL) Coordinator, having recently graduated with a Masters in Strategic Management from UDOL.

During his independent study module, Jeff moved to Sierra Leone to work with the Oxfam Response Team. His dissertation (part of his independent study) titled ‘Barriers to implementing Oxfam Country Strategic Plan amidst the Ebola Crisis with focus on decision making’ enabled him to learn key skills while working in a crisis situation and studying part-time online.

Jeff, 30, from Liberia said: “The research I did as part of my dissertation focused on the effectiveness of strategic planning during emergencies and how it affects decision making. I wanted to know whether strategic plans were relevant during emergencies and particularly during the Ebola crisis.”

When Jeff was in Sierra Leone his role was to support the response team strategically in order to develop a logical framework, which involved: supporting with donor reports, developing data collection tools and providing analysis for the team in order for them to make decisions.

Talking about his role, Jeff added: “During my time in Sierra Leone it was a period of abnormal living conditions. There was a state of emergency for more than seven months making the living conditions extremely difficult.

“I also developed performance management frameworks for all the programme to ensure accurate monitoring and evaluation. This meant that I had to travel to different project locations under extreme difficult circumstances.”

Dr Cedric Nkiko, Academic Lead for Strategic Management at UDOL, said: “Jeff’s success on the programme is attributed to his understanding of his working environment. He was an active researcher in Sierra Leone where his experience and research findings should help Oxfam to be more strategically responsive to emergencies in its bid to achieve its mission of an end to poverty for everyone.”

For further press information please contact Jenny McNicholas, University of Derby Press Officer, on 01332 592279 or email: J.McNicholas@derby.ac.uk