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Randal Joy Thompson, Ph.D, CPT

Chief of Party, USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Initiative, El Salvador

Dr. Randal Thompson is an international development professional with over 30 years of experience as both a consultant and Foreign Service Officer. She is currently ME&A’s Chief of Party (COP) for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (ME&L El Salvador) initiative  in El Salvador. She specializes in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (ME&L); human capacity development; social sector development; and civil society development. She previously served as COP on three USAID ME&L Projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Liberia, and Iraq. As a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), Dr. Thompson has conducted Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) assessments of the education sector in Morocco and Jordan, the social science research sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the social welfare and health sectors in Romania. She also helped to build the capacity of research companies in Iraq, Liberia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a USAID Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, Dr. Thompson served in Belarus; Cameroon; Moldova; Morocco; Nicaragua;  Romania; Ukraine; and Washington, DC.

Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University as well as an MBA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is currently editing a book on Leadership in International Development. She speaks English, French, and Spanish as well as basic Russian and Romanian.