Senior Development Specialist, Democracy and Governance
Don Seufert creates legitimate governments in the most difficult nations of the world, transitioning from liberation movements, regime changes, and similar conflicts to delivering services and economic opportunity to their citizens. With more than three decades of experience with national and international governments and multi-national organizations he builds and leads effective project teams of national and international advisors and staff. Few in leadership roles have worked in the challenging conflict and post-conflict locations with very nascent and evolving political processes as Don has the past 10 years: Iraq, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.
He has extensive experience with complex stabilization, community-based development, decentralization and sub-national governance programs. He was part of the National Coordination Team that trained and stood up the first 10 provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq. Mr. Seufert is currently Chief of Party for USAID’s local governance program in Northern Nigeria implemented by RTI International. The project draws on community-based approaches to strengthen local government transparency and responsiveness, and promote basic service delivery and revenue mobilization policy reforms, premised on creating partnerships between CSOs and communities and their local governments.
From 2010 – 2011 he was the Lead Advisor for USAID’s pilot program to enhance sub-national project management capacity at the provincial level as well as national and sub-national intra-governmental relations through the agency’s Afghanistan Civil Service Support project implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP.
In advance of South Sudan’s 2011 sovereignty Mr. Seufert was Chief of Party for USAID’s Core Institutional Strengthening project in South Sudan implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP from 2007–2010. He led a team of international experts and local advisors implementing a broad array of foundational initiatives establishing the executive function, legal framework, financial services, and access to capital needed to carry out the 2005 CPA between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan. Working with key ministries and institutions the project implemented government-wide FMIS, treasury management and budget expenditures reporting, banking regulatory framework, anti-corruption strategy and action plan, macroeconomic policy, census (2008), civil service reforms, and legislative drafting, plus locality-based strategic planning, civil service, and economic development initiatives in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.
Mr. Seufert was Chief of Party for USAID’s Iraq Strengthening Local and Provincial Governance Project (LGP2), implemented by RTI International, from 2005–2007. LGP 2 put into practice the concept of “by Iraqis, for Iraqis,” building the capacity of LGP Iraqi staff to train and advise provincial officials, mentoring these officials in planning and conducting holding major conferences and meetings, including the 2006 Lake Dokan Conference (Sulymaniyah) where provincial officials from all 18 provinces drafted a new local government code, in advance of the Provincial Powers Act, and formed the first Iraqi Local Government Association to represent the interests of provincial governments before the Council of Representatives and central ministries. He also served as Regional Team Leader for LGP’s south central region (Babil, Najaf, Karbala, Wassit, and Diwaniyah) 2003–2005.
Within the UN system Mr. Seufert’s clients include World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UNFPA, and others plus Biodiversity International, CGIAR’s research institute for agricultural and forest diversity. In the USA Mr. Seufert’s consulting clients have included the U.S. Senate, Federal Judicial Center, National Center for State Courts, Minnesota Judicial Branch, and numerous cities, counties, and state governments, plus serving as an expert witness in federal and state courts on HR and FLSA litigation.
Mr. Seufert began his career as a conciliator and mediator of EEOC disputes between employees and employers about discriminatory practices. He served as a hearings officer on administrative appeals to disbar vendors from doing business with the State of Oregon for procurement law and code violations. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and graduate degree in business/law from Willamette University.