Born and raised in France, Tunisia and Central Africa, Frédérique Lehoux is a graduate of the Lycée Bouchardon, University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her 16 years of experience in the management and coordination of relief and development programs, includes over eight years in field postings with sectoral expertise in disaster risk management and conflict resolution.
She most recently served as the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission Project Manager supporting disaster risk reduction in the Pacific Overseas Countries and Territories. From 2005-2009, she was the Oxfam Australia, Pacific Humanitarian Coordinator managing all of their human security program (budget of A$ 3 million) with provision of technical advice to Oxfam’s Pacific country offices/head office and civil society organizations in disaster management and conflict resolution. Following the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami, she developed financial and activity monitoring systems to ensure adequate monitoring, reporting, and donor accountability. Prior to that, she worked for CARE USA for the Congo in Action for Peace Program, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In her capacity as Grants Manager for their peace and reconciliation program, she worked at removing obstacles to reunification of DR Congo and facilitating transition towards democracy. Funded by the United States Office of Transition Initiatives, she managed a portfolio of grants totalling in excess of US $6 million grants to local and international organizations to ensure good working relationships with key stakeholders including Congolese civil society groups, donors, government officials, rebel movement leaders, and the private sector.
From 2001-3, she functioned as the International Rescue Committee’s, Umbrella Grant Manager, in Bukavu, DR Congo, where she developed and managed a two-year war recovery & civil society strengthening program in South Kivu Province with participation in relief and recovery efforts following the 2002 eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in Goma. For CARE USA In Port-au-Prince/Gonaives, Haiti, she served as Assistant Regional Director, managing and coordinating CARE programs with an annual budget of US$ 7 million with 250 staff and 8,000 metric tons of food. As a member of CARE Haiti’s Senior Management Team, she led the development of CARE Haiti’s Disaster Preparedness Plan. As Fellow/Program Officer for CARE USA in Madagascar she developed a five-year food security/water & sanitation program, began a start-up of field activities which included the set-up of a sub-office in the capital’s urban slums. She also coordinated gender training for CARE Madagascar staff with inclusion of gender-sensitive programs and contributed to the development of CARE Madagascar’s five-year strategic plan. Her earlier positions included: consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, Office of Evaluation and Strategic Planning in New York and research intern for the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, Foreign Policy Department in Prague.