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Paula Uscátegui - Consultant

Ms. Uscátegui is a Political Scientist with nine years of experience in international development, program implementation, and sustainability. She helped lead implementation of two USAID local development projects and site-specific/corporate level social responsibility programs for the oil and gas industry. Her area of expertise is social risk management and sustainability toward building social development alternatives, with an emphasis on human and communal development.

Professional Experience

Acorn International – Consultant, Houston, TX, June 2014 - present
Ms. Uscátegui has recently joined Acorn International and brings key skills in the areas of:

  • Human rights Training and Evaluation
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Project formulation, implementation and M&E
  • GRI /IPIECA API and other reporting

At Acorn International, Ms. Uscátegui focuses on supporting and monitoring implementation of community development programs required as part of oil and gas industry activities overseas, as well as performing social performance assessment, social baseline and impact assessment, social risk assessment, community engagement planning, and stakeholder mapping / engagement programs within affected communities. She brings the critical experience and knowledge of applying the IFC Performance Standards for Environmental and Social Sustainability, along with other good international industry practices applied in her role on the CSR team of an international oil company.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation – Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, Houston, TX (2011-2014)

  • Supported domestic and international business units in the design, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of social responsibility programs that respond and uphold corporate and legal standards.
  • To standardize the SR program throughout all business units, Ms. Uscátegui designed, sought approval and rolled out SR-related standards and procedures that seek to normalize social responsibility practices throughout domestic and international business units.

Occidental de Colombia, LLC. – Social Responsibility Coordinator, Bogota, Colombia (2010-2012) / Community Affairs Coordinator, Arauca, Colombia (2011)

  • Participated in the design, implementation and consolidation of the Social Management Plan for Oxy Colombia. Ms. Uscátegui’s role included the identification of social responsibility programs and continuous interaction with ground-based communities and organizations to ensure the success of local development and investment plans.
  • Oversaw compliance with local and corporate social responsibility guidelines to avoid or minimize risks and negative impacts on human rights issues, community relations, environment, and responsible practices in the workplace, enabling the accomplishment of corporate set goals.

USAID’s Municipal-Level Alternative Development Program -ADAM- – Programming, Budget and M&E Unit Assistant, Colombia (2007) / Producer Group Specialist, Colombia (2007-2010)

  • Formulated, assessed, followed-up and evaluated almost 300 ground-based organizations.
  • As part of the Alternative Development department, Ms. Uscátegui helped develop participatory training and learning methodologies for community-based organizations located in municipalities with high violence rates, incidence of illegal armed forces, and with a propensity for illegality.

USAID’s Democratic Local Governance Program -DLGP- – Report’s Officer, Colombia (2005-2006)

  • Drafted monthly and quarterly analytical and performance reports and supported M&E evaluation and impact workshops with Program beneficiaries.
  • Developed training and capacity-building activities to foster individual and associative capacities and decision-making skills of community-based organizations (with special attention paid to youth groups and beneficiary communities involved in Program Initiatives).


Universidad Sergio Arboleda – Social and Environmental Management for the Oil and Gas Industry, May 2011

Rotary Center at Chulalongkorn University – Full grant recipient for the Peace and Conflict Study Program, 2009

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – M.A in Latin American Studies, course completed in 2007
Graduation pending submission of M.A Thesis

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – BA, Political Science and International Affairs, 2005


Spanish (Native)
English (Fluent)


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