Robert has over 30 years of technical programme management and applied research experience as a development anthropologist and programme manager, specialising in South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Caucasus, with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, IFAD and UNDP.
Robert’s core expertise is developing and managing complex large-scale development initiatives around effecting behaviour change which leads towards sustainable livelihoods, environmental and natural resource efficiency. For example, in his role as Chief of Party for a USAID-run progamme in Jordan, Robert oversaw the engagement of more than 55 community-based organisations in environmental change programmes, and reached more than 5 million Jordanian stakeholders using social marketing to promote changes in behaviour leading to more efficient use of water and energy, and greater protection of the environment.
Robert’s expertise extends to behaviour change in governance, accountability, rural development, and public services provision. Most recently, Robert led a major 4 years USAID initiative in Nepal that achieved greater food and water security, in large part through community stakeholder action and consumer behaviour change.