Ely Melendez


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MobileNumber: 301-219-3838

ProgramManagement Profile

DedicatedEconomist with sound experience in quality gender and development adocumented record of growing opportunities for women, the poor, andthe marginalized groups in the less developed nations, and extensiveexperience working with local and international non-governmentalorganizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank and TheWorld Bank. Has authored publications touching on gender-basedviolence, health, and education, and is passionate about rights-basedinternational development and gender equality. Melendez is alsofluent in Spanish and English, and is a member of The Aspen GlobalLeadership Network (AGLN), which is supported by The Aspen Institutein Washington DC.


¨StrategicPlanning ¨CurriculumDevelopment ¨Training&ampDevelopment

¨Grant&amp Proposal Writing ¨Activismand Advocacy ¨Genderequality ¨Programmanagement ¨Monitoringand evaluation ¨ResearchSkills

ProfessionalExperience and Significant Achievements


CommunityClinic, Inc. (Silver Spring, MD) 2013-Present

Responsiblefor developing and managing a gender equality program focusing on thehealth insurance needs of the low-income Central American familieswithout legal immigration statuses in the US, with specific emphasison women and children. Three components underpin the program:research, health services, and training.

  • Fundraised $21,300,000 in 2015

  • Ensured budgets were maintained by updating forecasts, tracking spending, reviewing P&ampLs, establishing processes to ensure all financial transactions are done according to donor and CCI regulations.

  • Identified and worked together with key stakeholders based in both the US and countries of operation as well as maintaining relationships with organizations, governments, participants, and individuals.

  • Develop all-encompassing program strategies and carrying out research to maintain future designs.

  • Plan, create, and monitor programs to enhance access to services and resources to fight sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and undesirable conventional practices that affect immigrant women and girls.

  • Organize and execute Community Clinic, Inc.’s approach methodologies and attention model, which is disaggregated by gender.


InclusionSocial and Equity Consulting (Santiago, Chile and Tegucigalpa,Honduras) 2010- 2013

Studiedthe economic challenges that faced the Central American women in theworkforce. The research identified various problems and opportunitiesand recommended policies and actionable items that informed a programthat was financed jointly by the IDB and the World Bank. Also, Icoordinated and supervised a team of 14 researchers with theobjective conductthe study in 64Afro-descendants and indigenous communities located in 7 countries.

  • Monitored budgets that touched on specific projects and expenses to make sure they complied with internal and funders’ guidelines.

  • Developed technical guidelines and notes, in addition to making technical recommendations touching on topics covering health, domestic violence, productive development, education, financial and productive development, and the infrastructure of the indigenous populations and Afro-descendants sidelined by gender.

GenderProgram Coordinator

Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank (Tengucigalpalpa, Honduras) 2005 – 2010

Coordinatedthe health portfolio, education programs, and economic empowerment tointegrate gender equity, recommended strategies, and collaboratedwith country directors, youth program officers, and gender equityadvocates to make progress on issues bordering on gender equity.

  • Played a key role in the development of a national gender equality strategy, and promoted institutional capacity building in gender analysis and data collection.

  • Helped bring men on board, as partners in development, by sponsoring campaigns such as HIV prevention among the youths, Together for Girls and Boys and Padres Giving Life.

  • Coordinated operations to foster access to resources and services, fight domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual abuse in the workplace, and unfriendly conventional practices.

  • Helped develop practical tools and guidelines that were used to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of projects carried out in five Central American nations. These tools placed emphasis on gender equity.

  • Enhanced the institution capacity of the IDB, and its partners (USAID and UN), to react to the needs of men and women more effectively, in addressing gender equality problems and inequities, with consideration placed on the mandated areas of service of these institutions.


TheWorld Bank (Tengucigalpapa, Honduras) 2001 – 2005

Created,organized, and carried out programs for the World Bank’s staff andHonduran government officials to sectorial and regional trainingefforts, in a bid to bring together social and gender inclusionaspects to light in the Caribbean and Latin America.

  • Synchronized project monitoring with the help of the Project Implementation Unit located at the Headquarters.

  • Offered technical aid In addressing issues bordering on gender in a large-scale poverty eradication, water and sanitation operation in Honduras.

  • Worked together with the field finance administration, and program staff to ensure budget tracking and financial backstopping have been realized.

  • Participated in evaluating the impact (on gender) of operations that revolved around productive and financial development,


TheAfro-Descendant People of Honduras: Socioeconomic Analysis. ElyMelendez and Alejandra. Faundez

SocialInclusion and Equity Consulting and the Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank (IDB)http://www.inclusionyequidad.org/publicaciones?cat=All&amptid=All&ampkeys=Honduras

Womenof Indigenous and African Descent: Honduras’ Experience

Presentationat Casa America, Madrid Spain 2011.



B.A.,Economics, Gender and Development. National Autonomous University ofHonduras. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Credential Evaluation andAuthentication Report issues by WorldEducation Services (WES).