Jodie Fonseca currently serves as Chief of Party for USAID’s Early Grade Reading Program in Nepal. EGRP is a five-year (2015-2020) program of technical assistance to the Government of Nepal to improve children’s reading outcomes in grades 1-3 of primary school. In this role, Ms. Fonseca is responsible for overseeing all aspects of project implementation, technical quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation. This includes managing government and USAID relationships, representing the project to external audiences, and ensuring timely, high quality deliverables in line with contract and compliance requirements. As Chief of Party, she is also responsible for managing a team of 115 staff across 16 districts in four regional offices and the central office in Kathmandu, coordinating support from RTI home office management and technical staff, and overseeing three subcontractors, 10 grants under contract and more than 1,000 small grants to schools.
Ms. Fonseca has 22 years of professional experience in international development. Prior to joining RTI, she served as Chief of Party for the LEARN Project–a program that tested accelerated school readiness models for marginalized ethnic minority children in Laos, implemented by Plan International. Ms. Fonseca also worked with Save the Children in the role of Africa Education Advisor, providing technical support to education, early childhood development and orphan and vulnerable children programs across 13 countries.
Ms. Fonseca is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia, India, Laos, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Uganda, and Vietnam.