Francois is the Resident Program Director at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Burkina Faso.
Previously, Francois was the Democracy and Governance Program Specialist with the United States Agency for International Development Mission for Guinea and Sierra Leone. As such, he was responsible for the design, planning, management, implementation and monitoring of democracy and governance activities in USAID/Guinea and Sierra Leone mission. He also advised on and made determinations of work priorities and decisions on activity implementation matters, identified and resolved all issues and programs pertaining to democracy development, such as elections, media, local governance and decentralization, anti-corruption, civil society, human rights, rule of law, institutional capacity building as it relates to good governance, and community based development.
Francois coordinated, managed and provided technical supports to USAID’ s Democracy and Governance implementing partners including Guinea government, IFES, NDI, Search for Common Ground, UNDP, American Bar Association and local NGOs; coordinated USAID Democracy and Governance implementing partner’s weekly meeting; and represented USAID and took lead intervention to Guinea donors’ and international agencies and diplomatic meetings on democracy and governance related issues. He was also responsible for providing grants, initiating, follow up and monitoring the grants procurement process to implementing partners.