SIT Graduate Institute

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Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins simultaneously serves as the deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and as executive director of the agency’s task forces on Syria and Iraq. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in April 2014.

Previously, Robert served as the director of the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI); prior to that he was OTI’s acting director from 2006 to 2010 and the deputy director from 2005 to 2006. A career civil servant, he was seconded to the U.S. State Department where he served as deputy coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization at the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization in 2009. Robert also served as USAID’s acting deputy assistant administrator for the DCHA Bureau from 2008 to 2009. He first joined OTI in 1998 and has provided Washington-based support to OTI’s programs in Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, and Nigeria. 

Prior to joining USAID, Robert designed and implemented emergency relief and recovery programs with World Vision International in southern Sudan and Sierra Leone. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow he worked under Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1991 to 1993 as a liaison between the Anglican Church’s peace and justice office and township communities. His work included coordinating a network of volunteer political violence monitors and serving as an on-call independent observer, investigative monitor, and emergency crisis mediator. Robert holds a BA in history and government from Bowdoin College.