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Kevin Ulmer

Kevin Ulmer

Atlanta, GA

International Program Manager & Consultant

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Program Officer - Middle East and North Africa

Directed and administered a $9M federally funded program portfolio ($4M contract task order and a $5M cooperative agreement) for Jordan and a $2.5M cooperative agreement for a 4 month project in Yemen. Led a project team of 7 staff based in Amman, Jordan and Washington, DC. Reviewed and approved all grant and contract activity, serving as first and last line of review before execution. Provided team leadership and technical oversight for the development, monitoring, and quality assurance of project work-plans, logistical frameworks, performance measurement plans of KPIs and deliverables, and operational and project budgets.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Introduced new project implementation approaches and methodologies to orchestrate the transition into a results-based program strategy.

• Initiated new processes and metrics for data collection that significantly improved report quality.

• Applied lessons learned of past project performance to refocus and improve IFES' program management strategies.

• Re-engineered project controls, improving IFES' Federal Contractors Performance Assessment Report ratings in all
six evaluation categories.

• Prepared quarterly budget forecast and accruals reports for operational decision-making; Applied knowledge of federal cost principles to determine allowability of expenditures.

• Secured $7.5 million in federal funding for new projects and $1M for expanded IQC task order activities.

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New View Management Group

Business Development Consulant

Supported CEO in implementing key business process improvements and workforce realignments to optimize operation workflow and capacity.

• Managed integration of a web-based client lead management system.

• Restructured and consolidated core team and staff responsibilities to optimize management
and delivery of business services.

Career

CARE

Program Advisor/Consultant

Provided consultation to identify, develop and prioritize divisional strategic objectives and operational activities for the FY11 annual operating plan.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Performed gap analysis to identify variances in division's operational objectives and initiatives
and organization's long-term strategic plan and goals.

• Identified startup capital and annual funding for 3 new operations in Accra, Cairo, and Bangkok.

• Prepared a 6 & 12 month financial forecast analysis to produce four $1M+ budgets scenarios

• Drafted 42 country office pre-departure security briefing packets to enhance staff awareness
and preparedness.

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CARE

Sr. Program Coordinator

Instrumental in developing a 5-year strategic plan to refine and refocus CARE's organizational approach to integrate, institute, and standardize risk/security management strategies/objectives into field operations and program frameworks. Defined annual operational plan objectives and tracked progress of divisional initiatives and activities. Drafted MOUs and SOW. Prepared and managed all consultant contract, service agreement, bid analysis, and procurement activities. Recruited and managed teams of international consultants.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Developed and institutionalized global standard operating procedures and policies for staff and field office operations in over 42 countries.

• Conducted operational assessment and emergency response missions in Jordan, Nepal, West Bank/Gaza, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea, and Kenya.

• Implemented multiple organizational and departmental development and capacity building initiatives that exceeded objective benchmark expectations.

• Authored, designed, and implemented one of the first comprehensive E-learning risk management training courses for global field office staff.

• Developed and monitored 4 annual operating budgets ranging from $800k to $1.6M.

• Facilitated capacity building workshops and trainings for CARE's global offices and field staff.

• Managed relationships with key service and commodity vendors; negotiated LTAs and fixed-price contracts reduced material costs and significantly expediting procurement process.

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CARE

Program Desk Officer

Served as CARE's first dual Program Officer for Middle East and Eastern Europe programs and for CARE's Security Unit. Led the start up and establishment of both units at headquarters. Served as chief liaison with US donors and federal agencies; coordinated RFA/RFP solicitation inquiries, proposal submissions, award negotiations, program amendments, and budget realignments. First and last point of review for new project concepts and proposal submissions. Audited and revised donor reports and expense report to ensure compliance with federal regulations and donor requirements Formulated and managed operational budgets and implemented costs control measures.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Received the highest merit rating for performance; awarded to less than 5% of staff across the organization.

• Contributed to the planning and development of two long-term strategic plans for MERMU and Security.

• Conducted field assistant visits to assess operational risk and provide action plans to mitigate and improve deficiencies.

• Managed and coordinated a team of 15-20 Security Consultants for rapid emergency deployments.

• Negotiated and secured fixed-price vendor LTAs reducing costs and streamlining and expediting procurement process. .

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CARE

Executive Administrative Assistant

Supported the Planned Giving Department in managing exist donors and cultivating new prospective leads

• Managed conversion of donor files into new tracking database.
• Prepared gift annuity proposals for donor leads ranging from $5000 to $1,000,000.

Career

Georgia State University

BA, International Relations and Affairs

Orebro University

International Law and Legal Studies