Derek Tobias serves as Program Manager at the Center on Conflict and Development, where he is responsible for development, program implementation, and creating on-campus and international partnerships to advance the Center’s mission. Derek secured funding for and now manages two university partnerships under USAID’s Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP), which are designed to promote youth development and the strengthening of local institutions through curriculum revision and capacity-building training workshops. In this role, he has designed and delivered over 400 hours of professional development training to the faculty and administration of Kandahar and Jawzjan Universities.
Before joining ConDev, Derek was an Instructor at the College of Micronesia – Federated States of Micronesia where he developed a Community Health Science curriculum that focused on the issues faced by his students. He also worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, providing backstop support for USAID-funded democracy development programs in Central and West Africa.
Originally from the Great Lakes Region, Derek received a BA in History from the University of Michigan and his MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC. When he is not advancing the political science field through cutting-edge research and program implementation, Derek can usually be found on a disc golf course..