During an international career of over thirty-five years with UNHCR and Non-Governmental Organizations, Alan Vernon has extensive managerial, organizational development and training experience with particular strengths in strategic planning, program development and organizational design.
With UNHCR, he held a variety of senior management positions including Country Representative and Director of Organizational Development and Management. He has also led and played a key role in change management processes for UNHCR including strengthening of the organization’s results-based management system and development of the organization’s program management software, Focus.
Alan’s emergency management experience includes leading UNHCR’s emergency response to the Tsunami Disaster in Aceh, Indonesia. Alan brings specialist skills and competence in change management, organizational development and training. He developed training programs in emergency team leadership on behalf of the Interagency Standing Committee as well as program management training for UNHCR. As a skilled facilitator and writer, he has successfully completed a wide range of internal consulting assignments including strategic plans, program and staffing reviews, evaluations and assessments.
Alan has done post-graduate study in urban design and planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and holds a master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Most recently, he has served as Project Lead for UNHCR’s Connectivity for Refugees Program. Alan is a native speaker of English and speaks Thai and basic French.