Head of Department-Livelihood
Sevinc Demirci leads our Livelihood program department and its project in 5 locations, Dohuk, Khanqin, Shirgat, Baiji, and Basra.
Sevinc has worked for more than a decade in the humanitarian and development field in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, S.Sudan, Zambia, Tanzania, Myanmar, and Jordan with various international NGOs (ACTED, ACF, MADERA, MSF, WFP, UNDP....).
Her expertise is various: FSL, livelihood and economic recovery, community development, Agri and rural development, environment and climate change adaptation, health, and education.
She gained cross-cutting knowledge through study in different countries with fellowship; community empowerment and participatory development study in National Rural Development Institute (NIRD) of India. Gender, social justice, and citizenship study in University College of London and Conflict resolution and management study in Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and the USA. She likes all outdoor sports.
Ola Abdelnour is the Project Manager for the above livelihoods project, implemented in partnership with UNDP. She is working with teams in Shirqat and Baiji to provide livelihood opportunities to vulnerable communities in both districts. These activities include Cash incentives for Vocational training, job placements, Cash for Work (rehabilitation of public infrastructure), asset replacement, and business grants, covering various skilled-labour fields, as well as the agriculture sector.
Ola has been involved in the humanitarian sector since 2019, working with Mercy Hands first in logistics, then proposal writing, and now in project management. She has experience across various fields, from healthcare to tourism and hospitality, and has lived and worked in 4 different continents. She is addicted to coffee.