Mission Director – Mozambique
On August 10, 2017, Dr. Jennifer Adams was sworn in as the USAID Mission Director for Mozambique. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Jennifer Adams was USAID’s Acting Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Global Health. She managed USAID’s global programs in Population and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Systems and Infectious Diseases. She had responsibility for strategic planning, procurement, human resources, project design, monitoring and evaluation and communications.
Previously, Dr. Adams headed USAID’s Office of Donor Engagement. Her duties involved analysis, communication, and collaborative efforts to generate joint understanding and action on key development priorities with both bilateral and multilateral donor partners around the world.
Jennifer Adams was appointed the first USAID development counselor to China in September, 2008. Before her post in Beijing, she was the Mission Director for USAID in Brazil.
Dr. Adams has worked for USAID for over 20 years, in the Central Asian Republics, Senegal, Brazil, and Washington, D.C. Her positions included economist, and managing social sector portfolios, including health, education and environment projects. In Brazil, she initiated a successful public-private partnership, Mais Unidos, which engaged the 50 largest American companies to support social entrepreneurship.
Dr. Adams graduated from Johns Hopkins University, has a Master of Philosophy degree from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University.