Peace Corps Director Jeffrey Goveia
Goveia returned to Peace Corps after serving as a Chief of Party for Save the Children directing a comprehensive girls’ education initiative in Malawi. This project included constructing 11 secondary schools, life skills programming, identification and training of female education advisors, in-service teacher training for secondary school mathematics and science educators, provision of scholarships and female hygiene products to at-risk students, and development of support groups for fathers who support educating their daughters. The project served as a pilot initiative and provided technical advice and guidance to a World Health Organization project that built five secondary schools and a much larger USAID project now working to construct approximately 200 new secondary schools throughout Malawi.
Goveia’s career in international development began in Tanzania in 1993 when he was sworn-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer secondary school science educator. Goveia’s tenure with Peace Corps includes his volunteer service, training positions in Tanzania and Namibia, service as Associate Director for Education and Health in Uganda, Director of Programming and Training and Country Director in Moldova, and expert consultant leading the recruitment and training processes for all of the agency’s Country Directors.
In addition to his work with Peace Corps, Goveia manage USAID education projects in Namibia and Malawi. He also led an 18-country USAID initiative to promote the use of technology to support education. During his extended tenure in Moldova, Goveia served as Deputy Resident Country Director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation where he directed the rehabilitation of 10 large-scale, Soviet-era centralized irrigation systems and supported farmers to transition to higher value agricultural production.