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Chief of Party, Lebanon Community Support Program Rhett Gurian

Rhett Gurian is currently the chief of party of the USAID Lebanon Community Support Program (CSP). He previously served as the senior vice president of Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti region and the chief of party for the USAID Syria Essential Services (SES) project based out of Jordan. Also, as chief of party, he led an USAID/OTI earthquake recovery program in Haiti from 2010 to 2013. Since joining the company in 2003, Rhett has held a number of leadership roles and has extensive experience designing and implementing programs focusing on peace, stability, political transition, local governance, and service delivery in Africa, Haiti, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. He began his development career as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Benin. Rhett is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a B.A. in international relations, public relations, and French.

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What It Takes to Beat the Odds

In May, I had the chance to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Having previously worked on an ex-combatant reintegration project in the DRC from 2004 to 2006, I was eager to see the progress the country had made in recovering from its protracted civil war. I went to the DRC with…