Jennifer Sime is a development and humanitarian specialist with more than 22 years of experience in non-profit management, working at both the field and headquarters levels and successfully building and growing programs and infrastructure supports. In her role as PHR’s chief operating officer, she oversees all aspects of the organization’s finance, human resources, and administration activities.
Prior to joining PHR, Sime had a distinguished career at the International Rescue Committee, serving most recently as senior vice president leading three separate departments. She created the Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration department – which serves refugees, asylees, survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking, and other immigrants – and led the implementation of more than $175 million worth of programs focused on resettlement, immigration, mental health, food and agriculture, economic empowerment, and education in 26 cities in the United States and across six offices in Europe.
She simultaneously headed the Awards Management Unit, distributing more than $600 million of grants annually across the IRC’s international programs and leading a successful organizational restructure to enable the IRC to better engage with government donors, think tanks, and civil society organizations for public funding opportunities. Sime also led the IRC’s Measurement Unit, supporting the organization’s evidence-based decision making model by ensuring that its programs had the right set of data at the right time, the tools to manage the flow of data, and the ability to use the data in a timely way.
Previously, Sime served as the IRC’s senior director of business development and vice president of U.S. programs. Under her leadership from 2006 to 2013, the IRC won more than $600 million in competitive grants and contracts. Before moving to IRC headquarters, Sime held country director posts for the IRC in Georgia and for Mercy Corps in Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan.
She also worked as deputy director for programs for Catholic Relief Services in South Sudan and for the IRC in Kosovo. Additionally, she has completed assignments in Bosnia, Guantanamo Bay-Cuba, Liberia, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Rwanda, and Thailand.
Sime holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University and a graduate degree in Latin American studies from New York University. She is fluent in Spanish.