Jerome Hansen joined the Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) in September 2020 as Senior Fellow. He has over 20 years’ experience in the strategic development and implementation of peacebuilding and governance projects, with country expertise in Liberia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Jordan. He has experience in the critical components of project design and delivery including political and conflict analysis, research, training, as well as project and personnel management. He has a strong background in the thematic areas of civil society development, democracy, reconciliation, good governance, and human rights and has overseen the delivery of over $35m in grants to civil society for USAID, UNDP, US Department of State and DFID.
His successful start-up of projects include two USAID civil society grants and capacity development projects in Sri Lanka, a country office for International Alert in Sri Lanka, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund in Liberia all with a strong emphasis on civil society peacebuilding and civic participation. While working with International Alert, he supported private sector approaches to peacebuilding in the Philippines and Sri Lanka and served three years as their Country Director in Sri Lanka.
Prior to joining ROLC, he advised on democracy and conflict efforts at MSI for over ten years in the areas of program strategy, implementation, and business development and acted as technical director for numerous projects in Sri Lanka, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has a master’s degree from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Catholic University of America.