Mr. Genci Pasko graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Tirana University and received his postgraduate diploma in Computer Analysis and Programming. He is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Economics of Tirana University. During the year 1999, Mr. Pasko received a four month intensive training program on NGO Management, Strategic Planning, Leadership and Media and Public Relations training from ORT/USAID. Joining the third sector in1998, Mr. Pasko has performed in the capacity as a training consultant and expert by providing numerous training programs and consultancy services to an enormous number of NGOs, CSOs and Public Administration Institutions on Organisational Development and Management, Project Cycle Management, Leadership and Coaching, Public and Media Relations, Advocacy, Lobbying and Networking, Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, European Integration etc. Mr. Pasko has a track record of working for small grassroots organisations, sometimes focusing on marginalized and disadvantage people, larger NGOs, international NGOs and donor organisations. Mr. Pasko’s training is often combined with on-site Technical Assistance (TA) for individual adjustment and organisational development/change. During his consultancy career, Mr. Pasko has acquired in-depth knowledge and experience in more theoretic issues, such as, needs assessments and impact assessments. He is currently involved in EC funded projects aiming to strengthen CSOs’ sustainability and increasing their capacities to manage their development programmes. He has a vast experience with the planning and implementation of CSO related projects. His broad experience with the above topics has resulted in numerous joint undertakings with the EU, USAID, UNDP, NOVIB, SDC, International NGOs and other UN agencies not only in Albania, but also in other countries in the region, Kosovo, Montenegro and East Timor.
Ornela Xhera is working as the Administrative and Financial Officer for the TACSO project. Her duties comprise financial project accounting and follow-up, liquidity forecasting, monthly reporting, administrative support for the organisation of activities, translation of materials and other duties regarding the assistance in public relations and communication. She has obtained a diploma from the Faculty of Foreign Languages, English being her major, and has also obtained a Diploma in Economics - preparing for Master Studies on European Economic Integration. She has extensive experience in financial management and administrative assistance, both as a trainer and applied in various projects such as preparing financial and narrative reports, newsletters, bookkeeping, translating and preparing informational leaflets, posters, presentations, books and other training materials, organising fundraising events and coordinating training activities.