Director of Operations

Mr. Aldrich has over 30 years of experience in numerous aspects of program implementation, technical assistance and training, and program management.

After graduating from Bentley College with a degree in management, he began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin in 1986 as the leader and trainer of a multidisciplinary team, on secondment to a USAID funded water and sanitation project. At the end of his Peace Corps service, he was hired by the project as the Financial and Administrative Manager, also providing input to the SBCC team. After this assignment, he performed short term consultancies for various projects in the West African region. In 1994, he was hired by MCDI to conduct a two-month training course for the provincial health directorate in Sahr, Chad.

After the mission to Chad, MCDI hired him for the water and sanitation program in Niassa Province, Mozambique, where he was in charge of both the SBCC component as well as the financial and administrative management of the project. After the successful conclusion of this project, he continued on as the head of community based SBCC on the subsequent child survival project, as well as the Financial and Administrative Director. Concurrent with these roles, he provided technical assistance to MCDI’s team working on an EU funded micro credit and livestock program, as well as supporting a pilot HIV/AIDS prevention program. In 1998 he was named Country Representative and in 2000 became the Project Director on the child survival program upon the departure of the previous director.

After the conclusion of the program in Mozambique, MCDI hired Mr. Aldrich to go to Madagascar, where he once again led and trained a multidisciplinary team in community based SBCC in support of the implementation of a water and sanitation program financed by the African Development Bank, as well as managing the administration and finances for the project.

In 2008, MCDI asked Mr. Aldrich to fill in as Project Director for the Equatorial Guinea Malaria Control Initiative in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, and subsequently to fill in as the Administrative and Financial Manager on the EGMCI’s sister project, the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project, financed by the Marathon Oil Corporation, the Government of Equatorial Guinea, and other partners. In 2009, he was appointed permanently to the position of Financial and Administrative Officer for the BIMCP in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

During his time in Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Aldrich also provided support to the various project components as well as the human resources development initiatives; he was also the Acting Chief of Party for a good deal of the time he was in Equatorial Guinea.

In 2012, MCDI asked Mr. Aldrich to return to MCDI’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he became Senior International Manager for Malaria and WASH. While serving as the Deputy Director to Dr. Chris Schwabe for the programs in Equatorial Guinea, he also provided technical assistance and financial oversight to the Global Sanitation Fund program in Madagascar, financed by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council through the U.N. Office for Project Services.

In 2015, Mr. Aldrich became the Director of Finance and Administration for the International Division, charged with the oversight of all of the International Division’s programs as well as the administration both in the US and in MCDI’s overseas offices.

In 2017, he was subsequently promoted to the role of Director of Operations for MCD, overseeing both the domestic and international divisions’ administration and operations.


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