Karen Stephenson, Technical Lead

Karen Stephenson Technical Lead, UK Aid DirectKaren is the Technical Lead on UK Aid Direct for MannionDaniels and is based in the Bath office, UK, where she is responsible for managing the technical work of the fund. UK Aid Direct is DFID’s central funding mechanism for awarding grants to small and medium sized UK and International Civil Society Organisations working to reduce poverty overseas and achieve the Global Goals. Karen is a public health specialist with an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has specific expertise in the Horn of Africa. Karen has recently worked for DFID on resilience, social protection and livelihoods issues, as well as focusing more recently on SRH, maternal and child health and FGM issues. Her current portfolio includes advising DFID on areas of strategic focus for UK Aid Direct, technical oversight of the fund’s interventions and managing the fund’s learning, monitoring and evaluation strategies. In addition Karen is working with UNICEF Somalia on developing the capacity of local government Social Affairs Departments.