Andrew Farrand is field director of World Learning's office in Algeria, managing day-to-day operations of in-country education, employment, and exchange programs that help prepare young Algerians for success in the modern economy. His work includes a particular focus on aligning World Learning's employability and vocational training offerings with the needs of Algerian employers; capacity development of staff and local partners; and organizational development, including effective use of information technologies. Farrand joined World Learning in 2015 after seven years at the National Democratic Institute, including two years advising Algerian political parties on integrating public opinion research into policy-making and training young civic leaders in political organizing and communication techniques. He also previously worked on a major literacy project in Morocco funded by the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, and has consulted for Oxford Business Group, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and Search for Common Ground. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. A firm believer in the power of intercultural exchange to transform young lives, Farrand credits a high school exchange program to France for sparking his passion for international education. Farrand is proficient in French, Algerian colloquial Arabic, and Modern Standard Arabic.
Expertise: employability; intercultural exchange; project and personnel management; program monitoring and evaluation; field-based data collection; knowledge management
World Learning's WorkLinks Approach: Case Study & Research Findings from the Youth Employment Project in Algeria