As former REDD+ Safeguards Regional Technical Advisor for the REDD+ CCAD GIZ Program of German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Alicia worked leading inclusive collaboration with government counterparts, UN agencies, international organisations, and civil society in the 8 countries of the Central America Region. She provided technical assistance towards advancing equitable, sustainable development and ensuring effective implementation of social and environmental safeguards. Alicia also supported Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Dominican Republic to address REDD+ safeguards accordingly to Forest Carbon Partnership Facility delivery partner’s operational policies (World Bank, UN-REDD, BID). Alicia also has experience in providing technical support for the accreditation to the Green Climate Fund and implementing environmental and Social Standards (including risk management opportunities/ strategies, implementation of gender tools and policies). In 2020, she provided technical assistance to the government in Costa Rica to design and implement the first worldwide Gender Equality Award for Productive Units (CIGUP), which recognises practices that promote gender equality in productive units. Recently, Alicia has been working as a National Consultant and Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) of a Green Climate Fund’s project in El Salvador. There she has developed tools to identify risks and mitigation measures, report and monitor compliance with environmental and social safeguards on the field, the Environmental and Social Management Plan, and the Environmental and Social Management Framework.
Alicia holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the ESI School of Management, a specialisation in Project Management from Stanford University, a post-graduate degree in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Alicia is fluent in English, Spanish, and intermediate-advanced level in German and French.