Rural Development Specialist , Independent Consultant
Ms. Timmerman has more than 25 years of experience in the global development field, including 10 years of experience in program coordination. Most recently, Ms. Timmermann has served as a program manager with Africare in the International Programs and Agriculture and Food Security units. As results reporting specialist, Ms. Timmermann also guided initiatives to upgrade data and reporting quality, reviewed performance indicator data, project reports and evaluations, and gave special support to the agriculture portfolio.
Prior to joining Africare, Ms. Timmermann served two years with International Development Enterprises (IDE) as a HQ project coordinator supporting IDE’s livelihood approach of micro-irrigation, high value crops, and value chain development, which included business and proposal development. As deputy program manager with an USDA Food for Progress project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ms. Timmermann oversaw cassava and food crops activities in five western provinces. She also reprogrammed USDA Food for Progress micro-credit, vocational, and livelihoods activities in the Republic of Congo. Previously, she directed an USDA food aid project in Guinea Bissau and an USAID Food for Peace program supplying food rations to HIV and TB clinic patients in a South Africa township.
Ms. Timmermann undertook multiple assignments assisting World Bank lending managers for a total of five years and teaching economists at the IMF Institute for over a year. She has consulted with various clients regarding an appropriate technology website, a micro-credit study, a USAID women’s training center proposal, women-focused research and studies, written articles and conference proceedings, and development events planning. Early on, she applied her political science background as a legislative aid in Oregon’s state legislature.
Ms. Timmermann attained her master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she specialized in economic and political development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, which included a semester of French language and culture studies at the University of Grenoble in France. Ms. Timmermann grew up and worked on her family’s wheat farm in Eastern Oregon. During high school, she was selected to participate in a Rotary exchange program to Brazil. Ms. Timmermann is fully proficient in French and Portuguese.