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Departmental Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who is each person categorised as Head of Profession as referred to in his Department’s Annual Report 2008, chapter 10, point 10.7; and what (a) professional qualifications and (b) work experience each has in relation to international development. (246922)

The following gives the professional qualifications and work experience in relation to international development of the current Heads of Profession in DFID:

Head of Profession Economics: Sue Holloway

BSc Economics

5 years small business development in Latin America

10 years in Government Economic Service including 18 months in DFID as regional Economic Adviser for Latin America

Acting Head of Profession Education: Jo Bourne

MA Education and International Development Education

7 years teaching overseas

10 years experience with DFID as Education Adviser including period as acting Head of Office

Head of Profession Environment: Ian Curtis

BSc Civil Engineering

Professional Affiliations: Chartered Environmentalist, Member of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), Member of Institute of Chartered Engineers (ICE), Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS)

15 years development work overseas (Africa and Asia) with the private sector, an NGO, DFID and the Swiss Government (SDC)

Over 30 years professional experience on water and environmental management issues

Head of Profession Governance and Conflict: Mark Robinson

MA Agrarian Studies and PhD Comparative Politics

21 years experience as research fellow in development including with the Ford Foundation in India

Acting Head of Profession Health: John Worley

MSc Demography

10 years experience in global health with NGOs

14 years experience as Health Adviser in DFID

Head of Profession Infrastructure: Yusaf Samiullah

PhD Environmental Science and Ecotoxicology (London)

Professional affiliations: Chartered Biologist, Institute of Biology (M I Biol); Chartered Member, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM); Member, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA); Principal, Environmental Auditors Registration Association (EARA); Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE)

29 years professional and relevant experience (7 in the private sector) in dozens of countries

10 years experience overseas for DFID in Africa, Middle East and Asia

Head of Profession Livelihoods: John Barrett

PhD in veterinary economics, MSc in agricultural economics and MSc is Pharmacology

16 years long-term experience working in developing countries

30 years professional involvement in development, including work in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and the Far East

Head of Profession Private Sector Development: Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi

MPhil—Development Studies and MPhil Political Economy

2 years experience as a political economy researcher

12 years experience as Private Sector Development adviser in DFID

14 years professional development experience on economic growth issues in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia

Head of Profession Social Development: Ellen Wratten

MSc Environment Planning and professional qualification in Urban and Regional Planning

8 years experience in planning in the UK and overseas

5 years experience as lecturer in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries and working as part-time development consultant

13 years experience as Social Development Adviser with DFID

Head of Profession Statistics: Heidi Grainger

PhD Sociology

5 years work with indigenous peoples in various parts of the world

10 plus years teaching of research methodology (especially quantitative)

8 plus years teaching of colonial/post colonial issues

Written various academic papers

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase its recruitment of people with disabilities in line with targets for the Civil Service for 2008-09. (259474)

The Department for International Development (DFID) holds the Job Centre Plus Two Ticks disability symbol which offers a guaranteed interview to applicants who declare a disability and meet the minimum standard for the post.

DFID is currently reviewing its recruitment strategy for reaching a diverse audience. Over the last two years, DFID placed adverts in the ‘Disability Now’ publication. We are in the process of analysing the results, exploring alternative opportunities and consulting with other Government Departments.

The civil service has set a target of 5 per cent. disabled staff within the senior civil service over the next five years. DFID will aspire to meet 4 per cent. by 2011. DFID continues to monitor and analyse disability through its annual diversity report. The 2008-09 report will be published in April.