Project Staff

The LIFT II team is comprised of professionals with world-class leadership and complementary academic backgrounds, skills, technical expertise to cover the wide range of sectors interwoven in the LIFT II project and experience implementing USAID programs focused on economic development, food security and health. LIFT II is implemented by three core partners—FHI 360, CARE and World Vision.

For more information on the various ways that LIFT II works with projects across a range of technical areas, please visit our Collaboration page.

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Carlo Abuyuan – Health and Livelihoods Coordinator // Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow

Carlo Abuyuan joins the LIFT II team through a fellowship with the Congressional Hunger Center from October 2015-September 2017. He will be based in Zambia supporting implementation of the project in country during his first year and will return to support the home office in Washington, DC during the second year of the fellowship.

Zach Andersson – Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor

Zach Andersson is LIFT II’s Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. He first joined the LIFT II team through a fellowship with the Congressional Hunger Center from October 2013-September 2015. He was based in Malawi supporting implementation of the project in country during his first year and returned to support the home office in Washington, DC for the second year of the fellowship before joining the team full-time. Mr. Andersson has four years of international experience collaborating at the grassroots level with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in-depth exposure to the complexities of data collection and analysis in integrated risk reduction and post-disaster recovery programming throughout Haiti. He holds a dual Master’s in Public Administration and International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Meredith Cann – Program Officer

Meredith Cann is a Program Officer with FHI 360’s Livelihoods Division found within the Social and Economic Development Unit. She works with the entire LIFT II global team to provide operational and programming support, ensuring sound reporting, logistics and communication, as well as directly backstopping LIFT II activities in multiple countries. Ms. Cann also has experience at FHI 360 working in workforce development and SMEs in Latin America. Before joining FHI 360, Ms. Cann interned at a non-profit in Pittsburgh, working on international exchanges and volunteer coordination. Ms. Cann holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Duquesne University.

Mwaka Chilinya – Site Coordinator, Zambia

Mwaka Chilinya joins the LIFT II team as the Site Coordinator in Mkushi, Zambia. He oversees the day-to-day management of referral activities and stakeholder collaboration within the Mkushi site. He has 7 years experience in HIV/AIDS work in the areas of prevention, care and management and has also worked extensively in rural communities in the areas of Behavioral Change Communication, Counseling and Testing Services, referral networking as well as training of community volunteers. Mr. Chilinya holds a Primary Teachers Certificate, Diploma in Project Planning and Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Transformative Community Development at Mulungushi University in Zambia.

Samuel Daka – M&E Officer, Zambia

Samuel Daka is LIFT II’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Zambia. Based in Kitwe, he supports data management of all referral network activities in Zambia. Mr. Daka is no stranger to the FHI 360 family – prior to joining LIFT II, he spent 8 years supporting two other FHI 360 HIV/AIDS projects, Zambia Prevention, Care and Treatment (ZPCT) and Corridors of Hope III. In these roles, he managed data on antiretroviral therapty (SmartCare), PMTCT, HIV counseling and testing, behaviour change and reproductive health including data collection, compilation and analysis as well as data quality assessments/audits. Mr. Daka holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration minoring in Development Studies from the University of Zambia in Lusaka as well as two Diplomas – one in Information Systems and Programming from the National Institute of Public Administration, Lusaka and the other in Project Management from the University of Zambia.

Claire Gillum – Technical Officer

Claire Gillum is a Technical Officer on the LIFT II project, within the Livelihoods Division of FHI 360’s Social and Economic Development Business Unit. Her role focuses specifically on strengthening the collection, management and utilization of data across LIFT countries in order to assess and enhance the operation of LIFT-established referral networks. Prior to joining FHI 360, she worked on several global public health programs in the areas of project implementation and research coordination. She also has four years of domestic experience in the area of non-profit management. Ms. Gillum holds a Master of Science in Public Health with a focus on International Health – Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, U.K.

Patricia Gomez – Finance Manager

Patricia Gomez is a Finance Manager in the Livelihoods Division of FHI 360’s Social and Economic Development Unit. She brings more than 10 years of experience of providing support to NGOs and for-profit organizations in the management of their USG-funded awards. She has worked on a variety of agreement mechanisms and served as Finance Manager on a large leader with associates mechanism. She currently supports the LIFT II as well as other associate awards under the FIELD-Support Leader.

Phanuel Mweene – Technical Specialist // Country Coordinator, Zambia

Phanuel Mweene is LIFT II’s Country Coordinator in Zambia. He has rejoined the FHI 360 family, having previously served as a Provincial Coordinator for the FHI 360 ZPI project. He brings 11 years of experience in supporting the development and integration of innovative HIV prevention and impact mitigation activities and implementing and coordinating household economic strengthening activities using GROW and Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) approaches. He is committed to community based partnerships in health and education service delivery, has established strong government relationships with aligned government departments and implementing agencies, has mobilized communities for activity implementation using Participatory Learning Action (PLA) tools. Mr. Mweene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, diploma in Sociology, diploma in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and he is currently a candidate for both a Master’s in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s in Law.

Samuel Mayinoti –  Regional Technical Specialist

Samuel Mayinoti is a Regional Technical Specialist providing support to several LIFT II countries. Based in Namibia, Mr. Mayinoti’s support focuses on cross-country learning, and he is also involved with providing trainings, developing study protocols, and lesson sharing at a global level.  He initially joined LIFT II as Economic Strengthening and Livelihoods Specialist/Country Coordinator in Namibia, where he managed LIFT II’s technical assistance to the Government of the Republic of Namibia NACS program and implementing partners to improve the access of NACS beneficiaries and their households to effective economic strengthening activities.  Mr. Mayinoti has a vast range of work experience that includes education, NGO networking, livelihoods training and research. He holds a Master’s in Development Studies from Free State University

Nsajigwa Mpombo – Site Coordinator, Iringa, Tanzania

Nsajigwa Richard Mpombo is LIFT II’s Site Coordinator for Iringa. He has been in the field of public health for five years, with a focus on HIV & AIDS prevention, care and treatment as well as impact mitigation among PLHIV. Prior to joining the LIFT II team in January 2015, he spent three years building project management experience with the MCC/MCA-T/FHI 360 ROADS II project. He has also been featured in research and community development projects in the Tanzanian context. Mr. Mpombo holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies preceded with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Public Administration, majoring in International Relations, both from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Clinton Sears – Project Director

Clinton Sears is the LIFT II project’s Project Director. He has 12 years of experience in global development and education in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with a wide range of foreign governments, USAID, the US Peace Corps, and CARE. Mr. Sears has designed and administered public health surveys, created nutrition assessment tools, edited and published educational guidance, and collaborated in the development of M&E indicators for HIV and nutrition. His areas of expertise are program evaluation, survey design, nutrition and food security, complex survey data analysis, strategy development, and rights-based approaches to health. Mr. Sears holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health with a focus on public nutrition.

Mandy Swann – Health Specialist

Mandy Swann serves as an International Health Specialist with FHI 360’s Livelihoods Division. She provides technical leadership in the health and HIV/AIDS aspects of the LIFT II project, and provides programmatic support and management to a large capacity building project in South Africa that strengthens community-based responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ms. Swann has over nine years of experience in international development policy and program implementation focused on innovative approaches to HIV prevention and impact mitigation. She holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sonja Horne – Knowledge Management Officer

Sonja Horne is a Program Officer with the Livelihoods Division of FHI 360’s Social and Economic Development Unit. She leads the implementation of LIFT II’s knowledge management and learning activities on a global level. She also provides operational and management support through directly backstopping project activities in several LIFT II countries. Before joining FHI 360, Ms. Horne worked as an integrated development specialist at Louis Berger with a focus on economic impact and gender integration. She holds a joint bachelor’s degree in biology and history from Guilford College.

Lilian Tarimo – Economic Strengthening and Livelihoods Specialist // Country Coordinator, Tanzania

Lilian Tarimo is LIFT II’s Country Coordinator in Tanzania. She is a seasoned community development professional with over 15 years of expertise working with communities in the fields of gender, microfinance, health and education. Prior to joining the LIFT II team, Lilian was the country coordinator of FHI 360 – Improving Girl’s Education and Employment Opportunities Project in Tanzania, where she was responsible for the management and implementation of the project activities in the country, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and overall oversight of the project portfolio. Ms. Tarimo holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Kimmage Manor, and she speaks English and Swahili.


Henry Mtende Swira – Regional Technical Advisor

Henry Mtende Swira is a Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor with CARE USA’s Food and Nutrition Team, with substantial cross-sectoral expertise in maternal and child health, nutrition, climate change, and inclusive financial systems. Mr. Swira serves as a Regional Technical Advisor for the LIFT II project. He has over 10 years of senior management experience providing oversight and technical direction to numerous programs for nine international donors in Malawi and a few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, supporting high quality technical designing, implementing, and managing of food security, livelihoods and multi-sectoral programs. Mr. Swira specializes in development quality assurance and capacity development and has pioneered the development and implementation of CARE’s community score card as a key strategy to develop sustainable and scalable community programs across Africa. He holds an MBA with a focus on International Trade and Development and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.


Dan Norell – Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Development

Dan Norell works as a Senior Technical Advisor in Economic Development for World Vision, Inc., providing technical services to grant acquisition for US government and foundation funding in microfinance, enterprise development, economic strengthening, economic recovery, and other economic development interventions. He provides technical services to World Vision National Offices in economic development programming. He also provides technical services to VisionFund International in microfinance. Mr. Norell holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Social Work. He has seven years overseas experience and 15 years in head office providing technical backstopping to World Vision Economic Development projects.