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Project Implementation Unit

  • Debra

    Team Leader – Debra Stevenson

    Debra first worked in the health sector in Kosovo from 2000-2006 before returning in March 2015 as Team Leader during the inception phase of the AQH project. She has 15-years experience as a senior manager in the UK National Health Service and since 2000 she has worked in with government, non-government, and civil society organisations in more than 20 countries as a Health Systems Specialist supporting all aspects of health systems strengthening and health sector reform. Her areas of expertise include building health sector management capacity; improving service delivery; health policy development and implementation; monitoring and evaluation; as well as programme management. She has a Masters in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care from the University of Leeds, UK.

    E-mail: debra.stevenson@aqhproject.org


  • QamileRamadani

    Deputy Team Leader – Dr. Qamile Ramadani

    Qamile is General Practitioner/Epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience working in the health sector in Kosovo and Albania.  She has held senior positions with seven health and social services development programmes in the last ten years focussing on health reform and health management, statistical reform and decentralised service provision. In addition she has held the positions of Director of Mitrovica Regional Institute of Public Health and Professional Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health. Qamile has successfully completed training courses on Decentralisation, Health Sector Reform, Sustainable Financing and Quality Improvement in the Harvard School of Public Health.

    E-mail: qamile.ramadani@aqhproject.org

  • GencYmerhalili

    Outcome 1 Lead – Dr. Genc Ymerhalili

    Genc is the AQH project lead for Outcome 1. He is a Family Medicine doctor and the former Director for the Centre for Development of Family Medicine in Kosovo where he played a lead role in developing the Family Medicine Training Programme, which has been internationally accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK. The Royal College awarded him Honorary Fellowship in November 2016.

    E-mail: genc.ymerhalili@aqhproject.org

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    Outcome 2 Lead – Dr. Bajram Maxhuni

    Bajram is a Family Medicine Specialist with nearly 20 years experience in managing and coordinating development projects and programmes, mainly in Family Medicine/Primary Health Care and Mother, Child and Reproductive Health. He has worked with many international NGOs as well as UN Agencies and consultancy organisations. As the Outcome 2 Lead, Bajram is responsible for developing managerial capacities of the PHC leaders in the12 project municipalities.

    E-mail: bajram.maxhuni@aqhproject.org

  • ElviraRasimi

    Outcome 3 Lead – Dr. Elvira Rasimi

    Elvira is a General Practitioner who has worked for 16 years with different national and international organizations including: HandiKos; IOM; UNICEF/MoH; UNFPA; and Save the Children Kosovo. During this time she has implemented projects/ programmes related to disabilities, migration, reproductive health and family planning, and civil registration and she has contributed to building the capacities of local NGOs and government stakeholders on issues such as case management and disability. Her experience in working with RAE NGOs and marginalized groups is particularly important for her role as the Outcome 3 Lead for the AQH project.

    E-mail: elvira.rasimi@savethechildren.org

  • ArianaBytyci

    Project Assistant – Ariana Bytyci

    Ariana has previously worked in managing and implementing different projects funded by UNDP and EU. She is a dental hygienist who graduated from New York University (NYU), whereas her Master in Public Health is from University of Pristina in cooperation with several Universities in EU through a Tempus Program. During 2010, she was part of a research study conducted by NYU-Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion. Ariana joined the AQH project in April 2016 and she supports 3 Project Outcomes and is also involved in Monitoring and Evaluation. She is the nominated gender focal point for the project.

    E-mail: ariana.bytyci@aqhproject.org

  • HyrijeRashiti

    Administrator – Hyrije Rashiti

    Hyrije has 17-years experience in project and programmme implementation, including working with EU, USAID and DFID programmes in the health, social services, education and justice sectors. She joined PIU in November 2016 and in her role as Administrator she is responsible for the management of the project office. As well as providing administrative support to the PIU team. Hyrije coordinates all the arrangements for visiting consultants.

    E-mail: hyrije.rashiti@aqhproject.org

  • AlmaKabashi

    Finance Officer – Alma Kabashi

    Alma joined PIU as Finance Officer in March 2017. She has 19-years’ experience in finance and budget management, most recently working with USAID in Kosovo. Her previous experience includes working for the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo which followed a 2 year period where she was a volunteer Finance Officer for the UN Mission in Sierra Leone. As Finance Officer Alma supports the AQH Team Leader with all aspects of work related to the management of project finances and she works closely with the AQH Senior Accountant in Swiss TPH in Basel.

    E-mail: alma.kabashi@aqhproject.org

  • LirakKelmendi

    Logistics and Procurement Officer – Lirak Kelmendi

    Lirak has worked in the areas of logistics and procurement since 2000 and has previously worked with organisations including the Norwegian Red Cross, Care International and Save the Children. He joined PIU in April 2016. As well as being responsible for procurement for the PIU office, Lirak also works closely with the Outcome Leads on all aspects of logistics and procurement for the implementation of project activities.

    E-mail: lirak.kelmendi@aqhproject.org

  • SalihVehapi

    Support Officer – Salih Vehapi

    Salih supports PIU to ensure that the logistics and transportation for all of our project activities are in place. He has previously worked with Care Norway and Save the Children and he joined PIU during the inception phase of the project.

    E-mail: salih.vehapi@aqhproject.org