Chief of Party, Niger
Elizabeth Côté is Counterpart’s Chief of Party for the Participatory Responsive Governance Program – Principal Activity (PRG-PA) She brings to Counterpart more than 25 years of program leadership experience in Africa and South Asia, including over 16 years in West Africa. She has successfully designed, led, and managed governance and civil society strengthening, gender and social inclusion, peacebuilding, community development, and conflict prevention projects and activities.
Under her program leadership, Ms. Côté has worked to ensure that women are able to elevate their voices and engage on various levels of political participation in conflict environments. Ms. Côté encouraged and helped establish reinforced civil society networks, developing their capacity to advocate for change in fragile environments. She initiated dialogue processes which brought together government leaders, political parties, security forces and all sectors of civil society, from grassroot groups to national labor unions, all aimed at preventing conflict, building trust and understanding and improving governance.
As Chief of Party (DCOP) and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Advisor on PRG-PA in Niger, Ms. Côté provides operational and technical leadership while building exceptional working relationships with government and NGO counterparts.
Ms. Côté also served as Chief of Party for the Counterpart and USAID and UKAID-funded Congo Demokrasia program. In this role and in the context of numerous programs in West Africa and more recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal, she has supported the development of civil society through networking, communication, dialogue, advocacy, participatory development, inclusion and participation of traditionally marginalized groups. Her ability to lead and manage USAID-funded programs makes her the ideal candidate to promote a cohesive local team and deliver result-oriented programming.