Sara Al-Utaibi is the chief of party for the USAID Takamol program in Jordan.
Sara collaborated with the team to spearhead the change in the program’s strategic approach after it was granted a two-year extension. Her emphasis on sustainability and institutionalization of gender mainstreaming in the public sector has translated into tangible efforts with various governmental counterparts, including ministries and national institutions.
Sara is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience for a variety of organizations, including USAID-funded programs and UNHCR. She served as the assistant to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s advisor on childhood and public health. Most recently she managed multimillion-dollar programs in the fields of legal reform, electoral assistance, democracy, governance, gender, inclusion, and youth, funded by USAID through cooperative agreements and contract mechanisms.
She also has experience working in Jordan and the Middle East & North Africa region with a wide variety of stakeholders, including senior government officials, international donor organizations, international organizations, domestic implementing partners, and civil society organizations. Her specialized skills include program development, management and evaluation, procurement, financial management, training, civic education, and outreach programming.
Sara initiated and brought into effect the first memorandum of understanding between an international organization and the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior, and later the first memorandum of understanding between an international organization and the Independent Election Commission in Jordan. Over the span of two decades, her work has been recognized by the donor and the Government of Jordan through certificates and official letters including the “Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Leadership and Teamwork that Has Significantly Advanced U.S.-Jordanian Cooperation in Jordan’s Strategically Important Elections Program” from USAID.
Sara is a BRIDGE-accredited facilitator and speaks fluent Arabic and English. She has a master of arts in education from the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, and a bachelor of arts in law from the University of Jordan, Jordan.