Charles Jakosa

Chief of Party

Charles Jakosa is Chief of Party for DI’s Promoting Peace and Justice (PPJ) Activity in Bangladesh. An experienced senior manager of rule of law and justice sector support development programs, Mr. Jakosa has more than 15 years of international experience in project management, design and implementation of programs, evaluations and assessments, technical assistance, institutional development, and grants. He has implemented complex, multi-million-dollar projects in the governance and rule of law sector, overseeing budgets and project administration and managing large and diverse international teams for a variety of donors, including USAID, U.S. Department of State, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Italy, and Canada and multilateral organizations including the International Development Law Organizations (IDLO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Mr. Jakosa has held numerous senior positions as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, and equivalent senior leadership positions with USAID and other international donors, serving as the senior most position responsible for the management, leadership, and administration of development projects worldwide, in many instances in high-threat security environments. He is a former legal aid attorney on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, working for disabled children. He then served as a public defender where he represented over 600 clients. Subsequently, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, bringing enforcement actions against law enforcement and correctional institutions for systemic violations of civil rights. Internationally, he has worked to support legal aid systems in Syria, the Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Mr. Jakosa holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minnesota and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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