Frederick (Rick) Williams, Principal Associate
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Illinois
M.A. Political Science, University of Illinois
Dr. Williams’ career includes 35 years of experience in international affairs and development cooperation. He served as Director of Evaluation Services at a number of United Nations organizations and U.S. federal agencies, including directing the IAEA evaluation program, the planning and evaluation unit of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, and the evaluation office of the U.S. Peace Corps. In addition, Dr. Williams led numerous program management and organizational reform initiatives for other multilateral and bi-lateral organizations. At the U.S. Department of State, he led a team that established and institutionalized a department-wide strategic management process for planning and coordinating foreign affairs policies, programs, and resources for overseas missions and embassies as well as geographic and functional bureaus.
Dr. Williams has worked extensively in project and program management at the State Department, the Agency for International Development, and various federal departments. His areas of expertise include result-based management, program management and evaluation, and training and organizational development. In addition, Dr. Williams has been involved in staff training and human resource development during most of his career.
He has consulted with numerous international clients since leaving the United Nations, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and various regional development networks in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Williams has taught Political Science at the University of Virginia, Evaluation of International Policies and Programs at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), and Strategic Management and Planning at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, currently known as the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.