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Dominic d'Angelo


Dominic d'Angelo

Dominic d'Angelo has a wealth of international experience both as an information and communications adviser and as a senior-level programme manager in fragile and conflict affected states for nearly 10 years. The bulk of Dominic's experience has been gained with the Department for International Development (DFID), including positions in Afghanistan, Iraq, India, and the UK.


He has also worked as an adviser to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul, Afghanistan, on behalf of the World Bank.


Dominic has a formidable track record of successfully managing and implementing major projects and programs, and in providing strong leadership to teams of international advisers in demanding environments. He has successfully delivered against major responsibilities for strategic development, budget and resource management and leadership, project design, delivery and monitoring, communications policy and media development.


Most recently, Dominic has been based in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Programme Support Adviser to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). A critical part of his role has been to provide policy and strategic advice to the Minister and Deputy Minister for Programmes, supporting the Ministry to achieve greater cohesiveness, complementarity and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of its national programmes. He has also provided capacity building support to Afghan staff within the Ministry on both an individual and collective basis.


Prior to this engagement, Dominic acted as a Deputy/Acting Programme Manager for DFID in Afghanistan, (DFID/FCO Joint Programme and Results Team), where his duties included oversight of a team of 11 international advisors, programme managers, and Afghan staff. He aided successful delivery of a £178m annual programme and held lead responsibility for ensuring performance quality, value for money, and corporate compliance. He was also responsible for the performance oversight of £68m annual Conflict Fund (British Embassy-wide) programming.


Between 2009 and 2011, Dominic performed a similar role with DFID's Growth and Livelihoods programme, working with a team of 14 international advisers, programme managers and Afghan staff, and providing support and mentoring for Afghan staff. In this role, Dominic was effective in ensuring the design and delivery of a £150m high performing portfolio, delivering results and value for money in support of UK Government development objectives. He was also engaged at Ministerial level to provide advice on programme management and implementation and the development of strategic approaches.


Between 2005-2008, Dominic was a Senior Deputy Programme Manager / Resources Manager for DFID India where he led on the strategic development and delivery of UK development objectives in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, including the design, launch, and delivery of the £35m Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project. As Resources Manager, Dominic held HR responsibility for 70 UK and Indian staff, playing a lead role in negotiations with the British High Commission and Government of India on relocation, and internally on payroll reform and the initiation of office-wide healthcare provision.


From 2003 to 2005, Dominic held two senior positions for DFID in Iraq. Firstly, between 2003-2004, as Director of Press and Public Affairs for the Coalition Protection Authority (CPA) in Basra, he was principal spokesperson for the civilian administration in southern Iraq. Following this, (2004-2005) Dominic was appointed Head of DFID Basra, where he managed DFID's development programme in southern Iraq, leading a team of 30 international and Iraqi advisers and delivering a £60m programme of investment across four provinces. He also oversaw completion of $140 million of projects initiated by CPA, was responsible for promoting media development, and supervised donor co-ordination in southern Iraq.


Prior to embarking on his international career, Dominic spent nearly a decade running his own consultancy, providing project management support to major cultural and arts organisations in Scotland. He retains a keen interest in cultural management and promotion, and is also an experienced copyrighter and editor.

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