Natalie Jackson Hachonda manages the intervention side of Population Council’s rigorously evaluated adolescent girl programs in Zambia. Working with both the program and research teams, Jackson provides technical input on the program design, site selection, pilot and rollout strategies, and curriculum development while managing government and implementing partner engagement, staff preparation, mentor training, and community mobilization. Currently, Jackson manages the day to day operations for GirlsRead! as part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, and she managed the program implementation of the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) prior to that. Jackson works to deliver the highest quality of programming possible alongside randomized controlled trials.
Prior to joining Population Council, Jackson worked on a range of international development programs in areas of community based health, women’s human rights, conflict resolution, and leadership. She has lived and worked in Africa for over 16 years managing programs in Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Liberia and Zambia. Jackson holds a dual BA degree in International Relations and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, speaks English, French, and Nyanja, and is based in the Council’s Lusaka office.