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Léa Valentini

Léa is an independent consultant with over ten years of experience in the aid sector. After receiving an MA in Globalisation from Dublin City University in Ireland, she joined Trócaire, one of Ireland’s leading development and humanitarian aid agencies. Léa has lived and worked in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi where she held senior management positions developing expertise in programme design and management across multiple sectors. She returned to Ireland to join Trócaire’s Programme Team in its Head Quarters and led the organisation’s work on Governance and Human Rights, Women’s Empowerment and its broader integrated approach to programming.

Since 2019, Lea is working as an independent consultant, providing support and advises to INGOs and national/local CSOs on organisational development, programme design and delivery and monitoring and evaluation.

Most recently, she has joined the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) as an auditor and will be undertaking audits and verifications of quality management systems to ensure that organisations meet accountability commitments under the Core Humanitarian Standard.

French and English

Learning, improvement and accountability

A large part of my work in the development sector has supported citizens in holding their government to account. I strongly believe that anyone or any organisation in a position of power or authority should act with integrity in the stewardship of all resources and be accountable to the people it serves and this is no different for organisations working in the humanitarian sector. The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) is a comprehensive tool that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. Working as an auditor for HQAI provides me with the opportunity to contribute to sectoral learning and improvement, aiming at strengthening accountability to men and women supported by humanitarian actions.