I'm Sovatha Ann

Mid-Career Political Specialist

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Mid-Career Political Specialist

Availability: Full Time
10 Years of experience
Sovatha Ann started his career as an intern at a local non-profit organization, Gender and Development for Cambodia in 2002 before getting a full time job as a Research Assistant for a policy research program at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute in 2003.  In 2006, he came to Northern Illinois University on a Fulbright scholarship for his Master degree in Anthropology.  He was accepted to a PhD program in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2008 through a grant from the East West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship.  He taught Anthropology classes as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for three semesters in Hawaii before returning to Cambodia as an All But Dissertation candidate in 2014.  Upon returning, he was engaged with a number of organizations in Cambodia doing project evaluation, university teaching, and news reporting/editing before landing on a full time job at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh as a Political Specialist, covering domestic politics and political-military diplomacy.  He immigrated to the U.S. in March 2017 and is currently a finalist of the Los Angeles County Management Fellow while serving part time in the California Army National Guard as a Chemical Operations Specialist.

Work Experience

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh Political Specialist 02/2015 - 03/2017 Full Time - Served as local employee lead on political development involving political parties, the National Assembly, electoral issues, democracy, corruption, and external affairs. - Draft talking points and briefing check list - Maintain a wide range of contacts among various government institutions, UN bodies, civil society, political parties, and other organizations. The Khmer Times Editor / Columnist 10/2014 - 02/2015 Part Time Responsible for producing the weekly Khmer Insert for the Khmer Times. Translate and adapt English news articles into Khmer print, write opinion pieces both in English and Khmer focusing on empowering youth and the younger generation, amend and approve layout of the Khmer insert. WaterSHED Asia Project Manager 08/2014 - 10/2014 Full Time Assess the long term impact of a water and sanitation project among elected commune councilors, measuring their knowledge and capacity especially in achieving goals in promoting the use of latrines in rural Cambodia and dealing their fellow councilors from different political parties. University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/2013 - 06/2014 Part Time Assist in teaching upper level undergraduate and introductory courses in Anthropology and Southeast Asian culture. Lead weekly group discussion and serve as liaison between students and the professors. Through holding regular office hours, mentor and motivate students in their progress of the course. Courses assisted include: Anth 446 Southeast Asian Cultures, Anth 463 Anthr of Global Aid and Development, Anth 152 Culture & Humanity, Anth 151 Emerging Humanity. Cambodia Development Resource Institute Research Associate 01/2012 - 12/2012 Part Time Conduct policy research in urban governance looking at the roles of elected local government council in the overall governance framework, the design mismatches between policies and realities, and the political dynamics in the sub-national democratic development. Participate in conceptualizing and developing proposal, supervise field interviews, analyze data, and writing report. Maintain correspondence with government officials and experts. Cambodia Development Resource Institute Research Assistant 05/2003 - 07/2006 Full Time Conduct field interviews and write up reports, conduct literature reviews, compile bibliographies related to Decentralization and Deconcentration, translate document from English into Khmer and vice verse, assist project manager in managing annual work plan and program outputs, assist in coordinating researchers' tasks and field work activities, facilitate correspondence between the research team and the government stakeholders.

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Additional Languages
Cambodian

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Conduct field interviews and write up reportsconduct literature reviewscompile bibliographies related to Decentralization and Deconcentrationtranslate document from English into Khmer and vice verseassist project manager in managing annual work plan and program outputsassist in coordinating researchers' tasks and field work activitiesfacilitate correspondence between the research team and the government stakeholders.

Education & Awards Honors

2017 - 2008 University of Hawaii at Manoa PhD, Cultural Anthropology Honolulu, HI 2008 - 2006 Northern Illinois University M.A., Political Anthropology Dekalb, IL 2004 - 2000 Royal University of Phnom Penh B.Ed, English Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2006 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Dekalb, IL 2008 East West Center Degree Fellowship Honolulu, HI

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