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Chief of Party Jeff Ratcliffe

Jeff Ratcliffe is an adaptation and resilience expert with over 20 years of experience, including 10 years as country director or chief of party on USAID and other donor-funded activities in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. He is currently the chief of party on the USAID Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity. His expertise includes establishing M&E systems, building capacity through grants, and working with and through local counterparts in insecure and rural areas. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Ratcliffe served as the country director for the Niger portfolio at Helen Keller International. Prior to that, Mr. Ratcliffe served as the country director for the USAID/OFDA-funded Response, Recovery, and Resiliency in Mali project, which targeted over 90,000 food-insecure beneficiaries. He has managed grants funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC, and private foundations, and backstopped grants in the Philippines, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guinea, and the Gambia. A former Niger Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Ratcliffe holds a M.A. in humanitarian services administration from the University of Connecticut, and a M.P.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Utah.

Blog Posts by Jeff Ratcliffe

Where Are the Barriers? Studying Climate Change Adaptation in Mali

Climate change makes life even harder for subsistence farmers and marginal populations. In the development field, we need to learn how to address tangible problems that block adoption of improved mechanisms. USAID’s Climate Change Adaptation Activity (CCAA) in Mali — a two-year intervention in the Mopti Region — has such an opportunity. In conjunction with…