Maria Wrabel holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and an MS in Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. While in graduate school, she focused on multi-sectoral programs addressing to food insecurity and undernutrition in humanitarian contexts. As part of her degree she completed an internship with Action Against Hunger in northeast Nigeria where she coordinated an effectiveness and sustainability study of a community-led WASH program throughout Yobe State. While at Tufts she worked as a research assistant with the Feinstein International Center, supporting case studies of the challenges and constraints of information and analysis in classifying food insecurity and declaring famine. She also managed the Research Engagement on Food Interventions for Nutritional Effectiveness (REFINE) project of the USAID/FFP Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR). Prior to beginning the Leland Fellowship, she worked as an assessment officer with the REACH Initiative in Iraq, leading research to inform the cash and livelihoods responses of humanitarian actors. Originally from Connecticut, Maria holds a BA in Global Development Studies from Stetson University.
First Year Placement
Juba, South Sudan
Maria is currently working with Action Against Hunger USA in South Sudan as a Nutrition Fellow, focusing on the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts. Based in former Gogrial West county, Warrap state, Maria’s primary role is to support Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition program design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. This includes conducting assessment and supportive supervision visits to Outpatient Therapeutic Program and Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program sites, and working collaboratively with program staff to develop strategies aimed at enhancing program quality and accountability. She will also participate in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis workshop for South Sudan to identify areas of high nutrition and food security need and inform humanitarian response throughout the country. Finally, she will work with Action Against Hunger’s assessment and emergency response teams to conduct Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transition (SMART) nutrition surveys.
Second Year Placement
New York, N.Y.