(U) Mr. John Dunlop is a member of the Senior Foreign Service recently assigned as the new Mission Director for USAID/Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as of August 2022.
(SBU) After serving in Peace Corps in the Central African Republic, Mr. Dunlop worked for Catholic Relief Services in post-genocide Rwanda and eastern DRC for two years on refugee, reconstruction, and reintegration issues. He then moved to Southern Sudan, where he worked in Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)-controlled areas on issues related to development and emergency response. Mr. Dunlop joined the USAID Regional Mission in Nairobi in 1998 to work on nutrition and food security issues across East and Southern Africa. He joined the USAID Foreign Service in 2001 and was assigned to USAID Tanzania as the Supervisory Health Officer, where he began the PEPFAR program. In 2005, he transferred to USAID/Rwanda to serve as the Supervisory Health Officer there for three years. He then moved to Baghdad to work as the Senior Development Advisor and USAID Representative to the U.S. military’s ePRT -1 in southwestern Baghdad. In 2009, Mr. Dunlop transferred to the USAID Office of Military Affairs, where he served as the Plans Division Chief and as the Senior Development Advisor to the Pentagon. During that tour, Mr. Dunlop participated in the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cholera responses as the medical logistics chief and was also charged with coordination of communications and planning between USAID and the U.S. military’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Mr. Dunlop then moved on to become Senior Governance Policy Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2015 he completed a tour as the Supervisory Democracy and Governance Officer for USAID/Jordan, and then transitioned to the post of Deputy Mission Director in Iraq. Assignments as director of Staff Care at USAID headquarters in in Washington, DC, and then for four years as Mission Director of USAID/Madagascar, followed.
(U) Mr. Dunlop graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Neuropharmacological Psychology and has published in that field. He received his master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus on disaster management and refugee health care, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene and Public health.
(SBU) Mr. Dunlop is the recipient of two State Department Medals for Heroism for his actions in the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya and for his actions in the 2009 Doura Market suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq. For that same action, he was awarded the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service. He is also a recipient of several Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from USAID and the Department of State.
(SBU) Mr. Dunlop originally hails from Marblehead, Massachusetts. He has been married to Angelique Dunlop, from Rwanda, for the past 25 years. They are the proud parents of Malaika and Jimmy, as well as two adopted children, Mignone and Francine.