Volodymyr Kuzminskyi (Ukraine)
Volodymyr Kuzminskyi is a consultant for Oxford Policy Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Economy as well as a Master’s Degree in the Management of Organization. He has extensive experience in advising Government and NGOs in policy and services development in the child protection sphere, most recently in Zimbabwe, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Tajikistan He is skilled and experienced in child protection strategic and systems development and specialises also in the development and delivery of capacity building programmes and monitoring and evaluation. For over eight years, Volodymyr was the Country Director of an international child protection NGO taking a lead role in the development of child protection policy at national level. Volodymyr is the author of more than 25 publications addressing contemporary issues in social and economic fields. He has been serving as President of IFCO since 2011 up to date.
I would like to re-apply for the position of Board member recently opened in International Foster Care Organization (IFCO). My four years’ experience of serving as President of IFCO makes me confident of being able to continue supporting the strategic transformation of IFCO from volunteer managed to the professional organisation. I am a full-time staff member of OPM’s in-house social care services team and an experienced senior consultant with over 15 years’ experience working to strengthen government and civil society actors involved in child protection policy. I have skills and experience in strategic planning and systems development which can be utilised in order to support IFCO transformation. I have a deep knowledge of existing structures and bodies relating to social and child protection in the wold, which can be helpful for the IFCO networking. I belie that I am an experienced and competent project manager, trainer and facilitator. I am member of the advisory group to the Better Care Network (supported by UNICEF) and I am regularly invited to lecture on the Masters in Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights run by the Institute Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Switzerland.
I therefore believe that my experience and aforementioned skills together could be an asset for IFCO at the position of the Board member while my professional contacts established during my professional career and work as IFCO President will be helpful for further development of IFCO as a global network for supporting of the family-based alternative care for children all over the world.