Richard Ojara, one of MSI’s Juba-based staff for the USAID-funded Services Under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking (SUPPORT) project, was honored last week at USAID’s Annual Awards ceremony.
The Special Act Award, which recognizes superior accomplishments for a special act or service, was bestowed on Ojara by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in recognition of the outstanding achievements he has made not only to USAID, but to the newly formed Republic of South Sudan.
USAID officially hired Ojara, born in South Sudan, as a Program Assistant in the Democracy and Governance office in USAID/South Sudan on March 21st, the day that he received his award. Attracting and retaining local talent who reflect global diversity and share the ability to be innovative problem solvers is a critical component of USAID Forward.
MSI implements SUPPORT , a three-year effort to assist USAID in outsourcing staff, sharing and organizing field knowledge, monitoring and evaluating projects, hosting dignitaries, and improving communications. The program’s experts monitored USAID projects in areas where USAID staff had limitations on diplomatic travel and assisted USAID’s partners in data quality and data systems assessments.
In anticipation of South Sudan’s historic 2011 elections and independence referendum, USAID/South Sudan received unprecedented levels of funding to implement programs supporting the country’s transition to peace while the country recovers from years of conflict.
“The contribution that Richard Ojara and the program have made while the transition was taking in place [in South Sudan] in ensuring that the Democracy and Governance team was fully able to work smoothly and effectively has been instrumental in USAID’s work in South Sudan and was also highlighted in the recent International Engagement Conference by Administrator Shah,” said Larry Cooley, President of MSI Worldwide.
To read more about MSI’s work in South Sudan, click here.