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Leland Fellow

Bailey Adams

11th Class, 2021-2023

Bailey holds a Masters in Global Human Development from Georgetown University with specializations in nutrition, food security, and humanitarian emergencies. During her tenure at Georgetown, Bailey worked with the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition at USAID and served as a consultant and research analyst alongside the team leading the World Bank’s COVID-19 food security response. Additionally, as part of her graduate Capstone project, she consulted with Project Concern International and Global Communities to identify and recommend opportunities to mainstream climate action into the organization's projects and operations. Prior to grad school, Bailey served as a Global Health Corps Fellow with Jhpiego in Uganda. There, she led the New Program Development team, where she wrote winning grants from leading international institutions such as UNICEF and spearheaded the technical program design of new maternal and child health projects. She also spent two years in Rwanda promoting agricultural interventions to childhood malnutrition with Gardens for Health International. Bailey also holds a BA in International Studies and a Minor in Public Health from American University and is originally from Colorado.

Host Organization: UN World Food Programme

First Year Placement
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Bailey worked as a Nutrition Officer with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In this role, she provided technical advice and specific recommendations for nutrition integration across climate change and integrated risk management, cash transfer, social protection, and school feeding programmes. As part of her work on nutrition integration, she led the technical and programmatic design of the health and nutrition components for a successful $21M USDA McGovern-Dole School Feeding Proposal. Bailey also served as a key WFP-chaired UN Nutrition Network (UNN) and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Nutrition Accelerator member and represented WFP in national coordination forums. This included the Food Security and Nutrition Forum, Nutrition Technical Working Group, and relevant sub-working groups. Additionally, she led the production of an advocacy brief for senior Ministers on the global food price crisis’ impact on food security and nutrition in Cambodia in collaboration with other UN Agencies through the UNN.

Second Year Placement
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In the second year of her fellowship, Bailey is supporting the development of WFP Cambodia’s new five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) through the design of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities that align with national policies and priorities. She also oversees the start-up process for an innovative World Bank-funded nutrition, agriculture, and resilience project in Eastern Cambodia under the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). As part of this program, she is also leading research and evaluation efforts, including designing, conducting, and analyzing a quantitative nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) study, a participatory qualitative gender and inclusion study, and a project baseline analysis. Bailey also supports other nutrition research activities by leading the Cost of the Diet and Fill the Nutrient Gap study in collaboration with colleagues in Rome. Finally, Bailey supports the Ministry of Health with the technical management of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in Cambodia. To this end, she’s conducted extensive research on proven and effective interventions to prevent and treat MAM, presented evidence and recommendations to the National Nutrition Technical Working Group, and developed the terms of reference to establish a guideline development steering committee.

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