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PETER McCAFFERTY
Project Manager / Disaster Manager

With more than 20 years project management experience in NGO, government, security, transnational organised crime, and construction sectors, Peter is a positive and engaging team player with a keen willingness to learn new skills and evolve. He has a strong track record of managing and delivering projects with values up to $25mn. As an excellent communicator with strong stakeholder and people management skills, including coaching and mentoring, Peter has proven capable when problem solving and managing risk. In the last 8 years, Peter has gained substantial overseas experience living and working in Denmark and Colombia as part of the British Diplomatic Community, including working within British Embassy settings and working bilingually in Spanish.

He prides himself on his self-motivation and abilities to seek out opportunity in foreign places; to persevere against difficulties; especially when job-hunting in non-English speaking job markets. While his career path is disjointed due to supporting his spouse and his family, he has always felt the need to contribute, and that drives him forward.

Peter returned to the UK in August 2019 and is keen to find exciting and challenging employment.

KEY SKILLS:
Project leadership, management and delivery: qualified Prince2 Practitioner, experienced with many project management processes and applications with a proven track record of delivering successful, diversely scaled, high-quality projects against demanding timescales and financial targets. Accustomed to working under time and resource pressures, and prioritising resources and tasks in line with business needs.

Effective Communication: clear communicator with developed facilitation and negotiation skills. Able to communicate clearly and concisely using many methods, in English and other languages. Proficient at delivering presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences at all levels, from boardroom to community and individuals. Able to condense arguments and convey key messages, he has honed his writing further having worked for a Colombian crime analysis unit.

Strong relationship management skills: able to build and sustain team, client and stakeholder relationships in diverse, multi-cultural environments in academic, commercial, public and I/NGO settings. Evidenced by successful delivery of a project at UNICEF, Denmark.

Problem Solving: proven experience of identifying issues and minimising risks throughout lifecycle of projects; able to incorporate those lessons into future projects. Calm and practical approach to resolving issues, and providing solutions for teams and stakeholders. Experienced with the cost saving advantages that anticipating and resolving problems can deliver. Here, being creative while seeing the big picture is key.

 

EMPLOYMENT:
Senior Project Manager, Insight Crime, Colombia 09/2018 – 05/2019
Responsible for managing 4 teams across Central & South America, investigating transnational organised crime and illegal eco-trafficking for a Latin American NGO sponsored by various governments and state agencies. Operating in Spanish and English, responsibilities included: management and delivery of projects against tight timescales; recruitment and management of staff remotely; open source and investigatory work; editing and writing content for the website; building and managing stakeholder relationships.

Learned how best to co-ordinate team efforts with tele-working staff spread across the region and developed greater range in communication methods to keep teams engaged and productive.

Peace Support Officer, British Embassy, Colombia 04/2018 – 07/2018
Part of Embassy’s Political Team supporting Colombian Government’s efforts to secure and maintain Colombia’s peace accord, and strengthen bilateral ties with the UK. Responsibilities included: organisation of international peace symposium which involved securing and managing participation of senior political figures; facilitation of reviews of HMG funded post-conflict projects in Colombia; liaison with national and international stakeholders involved in the Colombia peace process; and the organisation for the UK Government of a “Conflict, Security and Stabilisation Fund” regional conference in Bogota. Learned more about UK Government objectives overseas and how best to approach sensitive political issues.

Father and volunteer, Bogotá, Colombia 09/2016 – 03/2018
Cared for 2 young children while Foreign and Commonwealth employed partner maintained a career pathway at British Embassy, Bogota. Focused on improving Spanish to C1 level and volunteering at local charities.

Principal Lecturer & Course Co-ordinator, Univ. de Los Andes, Bogotá 03/2016 – 08/2016
Designed, planned and delivered a Masters level course titled ‘Intelligent Disaster Management’. Tasks included: preparation and presentation of course materials in Spanish and English; identification of and securing the participation of local and international experts in Disaster Management; and the mentoring of students.

Used Project Management tools to effectively plan and deliver course, including identification and mitigation of delivery risks. Gained a better understanding of Colombia and the political system.

Technical Carpenter, MSecure, British Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark 03/2013 – 04/2014
Part of the UK construction team delivering the secure refurbishment project at the British Embassy under challenging circumstances. Mainly involved in manual, complex carpentry tasks but had opportunity to learn about the approach to managing secure British Government building projects overseas; the supply chain; and stakeholder management.

Construction Consultant, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen 08/2012 – 12/2012
Designed, organised and led a review project of UNICEF’s construction procurement. Led consultation with broad range of UNICEF staff and stakeholders globally; collected data and research material; presented findings in written and oral format; and implemented improvements to procurement guidelines, staff development and knowledge sharing tools on the UN Global Marketplace procurement platform. Gained experience and knowledge of working in a large, multinational organisation and project delivery – from concept design through to implementation.

Senior Project Architect, (own Design-Build company & others), London 2000 – 2011
As an RIBA registered architect, led teams in differing projects, both on-site and in the design studio in own practice and for large London Architecture firms. Projects ranged from residential and commercial through to education, faith buildings and health clinics, in both public and private sectors with budgets up to $25mn. Experience included: management and delivery of projects; financial management; trouble-shooting and revision of projects; client and stakeholder management; and Public Relations.

EDUCATION:
Certificate in Business Crisis Management, Global Edulink, UK, 2017
Masters in Disaster Management (MDMA), Copenhagen University, Denmark, 2016
Prince2, Project Management in Controlled Environments: Registered Practitioner, APMG, 2011
Masters in Architecture & Postgraduate Certificate (RIBA Parts II & III), Kingston Univ. UK, 1997
BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part I), Westminster University, London, UK, 1987.

SUPPLEMENTAL:
Software: Languages: Other:
MS Office suite, MS Project, CAD, GIS, Imaging and Remote Working softwares. English (native); French, Danish and Spanish (C1 level);
Full and clean driving licence;
Learning Open Source Intelligence gathering and Deep/Dark Web investigation; Colombia: International Election Observer;
Coaching and developing rowing as a new sport in Colombia; Global politics & economics; architectural philosophy;
Being a dad.

Education

Masters in Disaster Management

University of Copenhagen
2014

Masters in Architecture

University of Kingston
1998

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