Humanitarian Director of Practice, Partnerships & Innovation, CARE USA
Tamara has 15 years of experience in development and humanitarian operations in different roles worldwide. Prior to joining CARE, Tamara worked for the government organization and a private trading company managing international relations. She joined CARE in 2003 in the Caucasus and served as a Program Director for an innovative partnership with British Petroleum. She also served as a Program Lead for CARE International assessment mission in Kyrgyzstan, deployed to Haiti for the Earthquake and Cholera related CARE’s mass-scale operations. Continued as a Deputy Director of Disaster Programs in Haiti, served as a Deputy Chief of Party (nominated by USAID-Haiti as “a Pioneer of Mobile Money development”) and led a USD 35mln portfolio in Haiti mission as a Deputy Country Director-Programs.
She holds a Bachelor Degree (with Honors) in Public Administration from the State Technical University of Republic of Georgia and Master of Arts (with Merit) in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John’s University, UK.
In her current role as a Director of Practice, Partnerships and Innovation – Tamara provides extensive support towards operationalization of the humanitarian strategy and programming, leads CARE USA’s cash engagement and operationalization of CARE’s ambition in Gender in Emergencies; as part of her engagement internally and externally – she works to identify and scale innovative opportunities, partnerships, promote localization agenda and humanitarian-development nexus programming aspirations.
She speaks English, French, Russian and Georgian languages. Tamara is based in Washington, DC and deploys to the humanitarian crises to support the operations as necessary.