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  1. 1. MARGARET HALL – CURRICULUM VITAE NATIONALITY: USA BIO-DATA CURRENT ADDRESS: 753 ELM ST. SEGUIN, TEXAS 78155 HOME NR: +1 (830) 379-8828 MOBILE: +1 (830) 305-8828 EMAIL: MFH20002000@YAHOO.COM MARGARET.HALL@UNDP.ORG PROFESSION Project Manager/Administrator ACADEMIC Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Texas A&M University, USA (1991) QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor of Arts – History, Schreiner College, Kerrville, Texas, USA (1987) LANGUAGES English, mother tongue; French, basic; Dutch, some knowledge. COMPETENCIES Development of information management systems, policy analysis and decision support for international organizations, government agencies, statistical agencies, CSOs/NGOs, private sector. Practical Skills: team and project management; technical background in computer assisted and thematic mapping; the development and use of data, statistics, indicators; mentoring and coaching for information management processes and products. IT SKILLS General database development, support in development of publications, previous programming and use of GIS; software environments: GIS (ESRI ARCINFO, MapInfo, etc.), MS Office software packages (including MS Access, MS Excel), PC Oracle (some knowledge), strong internet research skills. WORK HISTORY 2008 - PRESENT CHIEF OF SECTION, INFORMATION ANALYSIS SECTION, BANDA ACEH (INDONESIA) Heading up the Information Analysis Section (IAS), the technical branch of the Office of the United Nations Recovery Coordinator (UNORC), Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Also acting as the recovery affairs advisor (post-tsunami) on matters related to developing data, information and analysis products that inform on the progress and sustainability of the recovery effort. Managing a project staff of 12-25 persons, including database technicians, statisticians, thematic experts and ICT support services. The main aim of IAS is to provide technical support to stakeholders in a post- tsunami and post-conflict environment. The head of IAS is tasked with directing the development of data, indicators and other information and knowledge products relevant to the recovery and reconstruction process in Aceh and Nias in a post-tsunami and post-conflict setting as well as attending to cross cutting issues such as gender and the environment. The scope of project activities range from delivering technical solutions (e.g. databases, monitoring and evaluation support, development of training manuals) and providing advisory services for information management issues to senior level decision makers in the provincial government as well as the national body for reconstruction and recovery (BRR). The IAS work plan was developed to ensure the recovery community wide access to existing data and information relevant to the recovery and reconstruction in the region. Key IAS project deliverables: publication of AcehInfo (database application built on the UN-backed DevInfo platform), indicator- based publications, development and support for web-based projects, the development and launching of the Communities of Practice network (Solution Exchange Aceh and Nias). Managing the project includes responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the project, networking and coordination (UN, IOs, NGOs, national and local government, donors), supervising day-to-day activities of the project and staff, monitoring to ensure that the project is delivering on its mandate, logistics, operations, human resource management and any other administrative matters. 1/6
  2. 2. 2006 - 2007 MANAGER, UNDP CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, LIBERIA Manager of the National Information Management Centre (NIMAC), a unique technical assistance and capacity building project developed jointly by the National Statistical Office of Liberia (LISGIS) and UNDP to respond to the data and information needs of the government and broader development community in Liberia. In concert with its partners, NIMAC worked to: build information management capacity within the government, in particular the LISGIS as well as within the wider National Statistical System; support government with information management services and products; promote common standards and best practises; support the monitoring and tracking of progress of key development frameworks within Liberia (e.g. CCA, UNDAF, PRS, NSDS). Manage a project staff of 20 persons, including technicians and support services. Project activities focused on technical skills transfer and training and support to different stakeholders, with an annual project budget of about 1.2 million USD. The scope of activities ranged from developing/delivering technical solutions and the deployment of applications to providing advisory services to senior level decision makers. As manager my tasks included leveraging existing resources in order to promote, develop and harmonize the widely disparate approaches to information management in Liberia. The work required regular contact and collaboration with various offices in the Government of Liberia as well as the humanitarian, development and donor communities, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations and the re-emerging private sector. Project management included over-all responsibility for the operational strategy of the project, supervising the day-to-day activities of the project and staff, monitoring to ensure that the project is delivering on its mandate, as well as logistics, operations, financial management, human resource management and any other administrative matters. 2005 - 2006 SENIOR GIS OFFICER, HUMANITARIAN INFORMATION CENTRE (HIC) LIBERIA As the Senior GIS Officer and as part of HIC management staff, duties and functional responsibilities included the following: Delivery on coordination activities, information management and technical support services to the humanitarian community. Provide lead within the HIC to develop and produce maps and other information products to support the work of the centre and the wider humanitarian community; Work closely with clients to help them to identify their needs and advise on the GIS products and services; Develop links with other GIS actors in Liberia to promote coordination and information-sharing; Participate in sector working groups and provide technical support; support the IASC Secretariat and Cluster Leads by responding to their information needs; Provide training and develop national skills in GIS; Identify requirements for spatial analysis, data and products relevant to activities of the humanitarian community; Liaise with other information providers and primary data creators on spatial data issues; Represent the HIC at various technical and planning meetings; Develop in-house project and product management strategies that are based on good information management practices; Strategic planning and technical advise specifically to support the transition of HIC-Liberia into a UNDP project. 2004 - 2005 DATA BASE DEVELOPER AND EXPERT CONSULTANT FOR GIS AND SDI Short-term business consultancy work including the development of a relational database for a small- medium sized enterprise (SME). Tasks included business process analysis, providing support tools for field crews, database design, developing automated data entry and invoicing applications, product coding and labelling, generating regular productivity analysis and financial reports. Expert consultant for Lux-Development S.A., contracted to prepare a plan for a municipal information management system to be realized in Novi Pazar, Serbia. The work included a field mission, extensive on site interviews with local stakeholders, review of users’ needs and detailed system assessments, drafting of field reports, recommendations and preparation of Terms of Reference documents for technical needs (IT) and service requirements (expert technical and programme support). 2002 - 2003 EXPERT CONSULTANT FOR GIS AND SDI Expert to the European Commission in GIS and the use of spatial data in government policy decisions. Two key projects were undertaken: 1. The State of Play Study for Spatial Data Information in Europe which had a main goal to determine the presence of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) for 32 countries across Europe and to provide a synthesis report to the European Commission on SDI in Europe and suggesting policy considerations with regards to establishing a European level SDI. 2. The study on Territorial Effects of the Structural Funds aimed to study and measure the territorial 2/6
  3. 3. impacts of a major policy and developing ideas for spatial indicators at the European scale. The project was within the European Spatial Observation Network - ESPON Programme. The work included and extensive review of the spatial (territorial) impacts of regional development policies within countries in the European Union. National and regional programme proposals and reports were analyzed for the spatial dimension/expression of EU policies at the local level and the impacts for beneficiaries. 2000 - 2001 INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, UNITED NATIONS (UN MISSION IN KOSOVO) Regional Officer responsible for UN support to the overall revision and implementation of government’s labour and employment policies in the Region of Pristina, and an area covering seven municipalities. Key policies/activity areas such as employment, vocational training, labour law, labour intensive public works. The work load was subject to situations often politically charged, and included a wide range of tasks such as: recruitment of mixed ethnic staff for municipal employment offices; General management of the municipal facilities in all aspects (i.e. location, rents, refurbishment/repair, equipment, security); Served as a member of the vocational training centre management board (Pristina Region); Managed and prepared the survey and assessment report of Micro- and Small Enterprises in the region; Facilitated the development of employment generation networks; Regular work with micro-credit organizations, NGOs & other international organizations offering employment generating support to small businesses; Collaboration with the European Union’s department of trade and industry, private sector development unit; Fostering good working relationships between the Central Department for Labour and Employment and seven municipal administrations within the region. Local Civil Administrator assisting to establish and oversee participatory structures in the local government and to conduct basic administrative functions at the local (city) level. Civil Affairs Officer in Pristina Municipality. Work included co-ordinating UNMIK activities & maintain close liaison with KFOR with respect to security and law and order matters at the municipal level. Main tasks/functions in my responsibility: Civil affairs & documentation; Emergency planning and civil protection; GIS & Information Technologies; Environment; Health & Social Welfare; Project design and implementation; Liaison with humanitarian actors and international security forces, etc. 1996 - 2000 SENIOR GIS PROJECT MANAGER (LUXEMBOURG) Project manager for GIS and IT based projects and working for Geographic Information Management. Key functions: feasibility studies; strategic and implementation planning; budget projections; organizing and facilitating workshops and seminars; analysis of information flows within and between organisations; data gathering and analysis; development of data, statistics and indicators as part of technical support projects; writing technical and analytical (policy oriented) reports and publications; drafting project proposals for technical and financial specifications; evaluation of calls for tender; establishing project consortia and network building; IT product testing; GIS user support and training. 1993 - 1996 GIS SUPPORT STAFF – GISCO PROJECT / EUROSTAT (LUXEMBOURG) GIS technical staff working for the GISCO project – Geographic Information System of the Commission of the European Communities. Key functions: GIS and mapping support to EUROSTAT (the European Statistical Office); publication support for annual statistical reports, statistical bulletins such as Statistics in Focus, other technical reports; data management; geo-spatial indicators; preparing and delivering official presentations; technical specifications relevant to procurement of software, hardware, equipment and supplies; technical environment included working with UNIX and PC-based GIS software as well as versions of Oracle; GIS product evaluation and analysis; user support, ‘Help Desk’ services, technical trouble-shooting. 1992 - 1993 GIS SPECIALIST AND PLANNING CONSULTANT – MENS EN RUIMTE (BELGIUM) 1989 - 1991 EMERGENCY PLANNING – HAZARD REDUCTION AND RECOVERY CENTER (TEXAS) 1988 - 1989 RESEARCH CARTOGRAPHER WITH COMMERCIAL MAPPING COMPANY (TEXAS) 3/6
  4. 4. Curriculum Vitae – Margaret Hall KEY PROJECTS THEMATICALLY GROUPED Policy Assessment & Decision Support Spatial Data Information for Europe / SDIE (2002-2003). Main responsibilities: subcontractor in a study to determine the state of play for geographic information initiatives (also known as Spatial Data Infrastructures - SDI) in Europe. The results would provide support for the European Commission’s INSPIRE project. The project included a study of 32 countries, case studies supported by detailed visits to a number of countries, the formulation of policy and implementation recommendations regarding the future European SDI. Client: European Commission (EUROSTAT and DG Environment) The territorial effects of the Structural Funds (2003-2005). Main responsibilities: project partner for Luxembourg and part of Belgium. The project was within Action 2.2.1 of the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) Programme. Project work included: Elaboration of a methodology for territorial impact analysis of EU policies; Presentation of Structural Funds policies with reference to the territorial dimensions and the governmental level responsible; Development of a set of indicators and a data base for characterising the Structural Funds polices and their spatial effects. Analysis of results of Cohesion policy in relation to a balanced territorial development. The analysis is intended to result in policy recommendation in view of implementation of Structural funds in relation to measure, eligible areas and delivery mechanisms. Client: European Commission (ESPON Programme) European Spatial Development Perspective – ESDP (1998-2000). Main responsibilities: Representing the European Environment Agency (EEA) in workshops and meetings supporting the development of a high level policy document; contribution to policy discussions, review of ideas for the visualisation of policy using GIS and other satellite data. Client: European Environment Agency Environmental reporting and European policy assessment (1998) Main responsibilities: Coordinator for chapters in the report “Environment in the European Union at the turn of the century – 1998”; guiding development for thematic issues: Urban, Rural, Coastal and Marine, Mountain, and Land Cover and Land Use; integrated EU policy assessment; organizing and leading work-shops; organisation of consultation round for draft versions. Client: European Environment Agency Multi-media product design/development for the education sector (1997). Main responsibilities: Information gathering and analysis of Education and IT policies across the EU; product branding and marketing research; editing content and project reports. Client: European Commission (Information Society) LOCAL GOVERNMENT & CAPACITY BUILDING Manager, UNDP/NIMAC, a technical (IT/IM) capacity development project in Liberia, West Africa. Main responsibilities: managing a staff of 20 persons and ensuring the Client: UNDP Liberia and the Government of Liberia. Integrating computing and data base technologies within a municipal administration. (2004) Main responsibilities: Developing an implementation plan that would set in place an information management system within a small municipality in Serbia. Client: Lux-Development SA. UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Central Department of Labour and Employment, Regional Officer for a large area covering 7 municipalities. 4/6
  5. 5. Curriculum Vitae – Margaret Hall Main responsibilities: Implementation of employment policy. Multi functional job, including: recruitment of staff (multi-ethnic); co-ordination of Central, Regional and Municipal Offices for Employment; assessment report on Micro Enterprises; development of employment generating projects in Public Works; overseeing the provision of the Department’s services to vulnerable populations; participation in the Labour Force survey inception plan for Kosovo; vocational training issues (2001). Client: Local Administration and Government, Kosovo. UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Civil Administration in a large Municipality. Main responsibilities: assisting to establish and oversee participatory structures in local government and to conduct basic administrative functions at the local level. Multi functional job including: Emergency planning and civil protection; Cadastre, geodesy and property ownership; Environment; Health, Social Welfare and Housing; Statistics and databases; Liaison with other key player (i.e. KFOR military, UNMIK police, UNHCR, OSCE, EU, donors & NGOs); interim Chief of Staff for the UNMIK municipal staff (2000). Client: Local Administration and Government, Kosovo. DATA, STATISTICS & INDICATORS DevInfo application customised for Aceh and Nias (2008). Main responsibilities: Strategic direction to brining the AcehInfo product into a policy relevant setting responsive to the recovery and reconstruction needs for statistics and indicators. Data and indicators are linked to key policy frameworks (e.g. MDGs, TRIAMS) and to economic and thematic sectors. Bi-lingual product, desk top and web based delivery, training materials and cookbook. Client: (UNORC and Government of Indonesia) DevInfo application customised for Liberia (2006-2007). Main responsibilities: Strategic direction to brining the LiberiaInfo product into the work plan of the national statistical system in Liberia. LiberiaInfo offered the only viable publication and dissemination platform for data and statistics in the country. Provided decision-making support to the National Statistics Office to develop the first operational version of LiberiaInfo and to roll it out country-wide. Training support and the development of advocacy materials. Client: (UNCT and Government of Liberia) Experimental urban statistics database (1998-1999). Main responsibilities: Project manager coordinating technical expertise in database design, data management and use of GIS; preparation of statistical publications; managing flows of information. Client: European Commission (EUROSTAT – Regional Information) Research on statistical and territorial boundary issues of administrative regions in the EU Member States (1997- 1998). Main responsibilities: Project manager coordinating the use of GIS related to the management of local area statistics; data gathering; literature review; questionnaire design, implementation and analysis of responses; writing a synthesis report on the creation and use of statistical variables. Client: European Commission (EUROSTAT – GISCO Project) Preparing statistical reports on transport and environment (2000). Main responsibilities: Project manager coordinating contents of statistical publications, data gathering and assessment, development of basic transport statistics supporting for indicator-based reporting. Client: European Commission (EUROSTAT – Transport and Environment) Coordinating technical support for an annual environmental indicator-based report (2000). Main responsibilities: Project manager leading the preparation of base indicators; design indicator fact sheet model; developing socio-economic indicators; coordinating data contributions, indicator development, draft versions of chapters; organisation of consultation round. Client: European Environment Agency 5/6
  6. 6. Curriculum Vitae – Margaret Hall GIS & IT Data base developer (2004) Main responsibilities: Develop a relational data base for a small wholesale agri-business in South Texas. Tasks included business process analysis, developing automated data entry and invoicing, labelling, generating regular productivity and financial reports. Client: Cajun Farms L.L.C. Spatial Data Information for Europe / SDI-E (2002-2003) See description under “Policy Assessment & Decision Support” IT decision support (1996) Main responsibilities: Study to determine the role of GIS in a large and complex (public) organisation; review requirements to integrate GIS solutions into the organisation; reporting. Carry out a users’ needs analysis, attention to encourage user participation and a broad based support. Client: European Commission (Transport) GIS technical staff with the GISCO project – Geographic Information System of the Commission of the European Communities (1993-1996). Main responsibilities: GIS and mapping support to EUROSTAT (the European Statistical Office); publication support; data management; spatial indicators; reporting; presentations; procurement for software, hardware, equipment and supplies; UNIX and PC-based GIS software; GIS product evaluation and user support; technical trouble-shooting, licence management, etc. Client: European Commission (EUROSTAT – GISCO project) GIS technician in a small Urban Planning Office (1992) Main responsibilities: GIS technician; project support for urban & regional planning and transport planning (1992). EMERGENCY PLANNING Recovery Affairs Advisor in Banda Aceh (2008): the work focused on providing technical support to stakeholders in a post-tsunami and post-conflict environment. Support activities included leveraging technical resources in the Information Analysis Section (IAS) to develop data, indicators and other information and knowledge products relevant to the recovery and reconstruction process in Aceh and Nias in a post-tsunami and post-conflict setting as well as attending to cross cutting issues such as gender and the environment. The scope of project activities ranged from delivering technical solutions (e.g. databases, monitoring and/or evaluation support, development of training manuals) to providing advisory services for information management issues to senior level decision makers in the provincial government as well as the national body for reconstruction and recovery (BRR). The recovery community was thus ensured access to existing data and information relevant to the recovery and reconstruction in the region. A proposal was also made for basic analysis to support other thematic experts in their work to determine the sustainability of the recovery achieved. Client: (UNORC and the Government of Indonesia). University level research in emergency planning issues and especially the study of natural and technological hazards and the preparedness of local and regional governments to cope with these emergencies; thesis work on the strengths and weaknesses of natural hazard mitigation components in city government comprehensive plans. The work done through the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Centre required and likewise further developed a strong analytical capacity as well as interviewing and fact finding skills. The research undertaken examined the structures of emergency planning and emergency response of multiple organisations and at different governmental and administrative levels. An important emphasis was placed on the sociology of the organisations and communities that would be facing large-scale disasters, aiding planners and decision makers to make the best preparations possible for these events. Research-based work relevant to planning work and other security-related issues. Strong analytical background developed. Texas A&M University (1989-1991). CARTOGRAPHY Map maker for USA road maps (national, regional and local levels (1988-1989). 6/6