WHO Versoix VAW curriculum care core training of trainers
Project Management (Jhpiego)
HIV and Social and Behavior Change Communication (University of Denver, Colorado training for CDC South Africa)
Human-Centered Design (Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University)
Working proficiency in Portuguese
Working proficiency in French
Working proficiency in Hindi
Joya has 16 years of expertise on gender-based violence; gender-transformative programming; reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health; and HIV and AIDS. Her work in the management of complex qualitative and quantitative research studies in several countries lends global experience and insight to our research team.
In addition to publishing a number of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, Joya has a broad array of field experience in 14 low- and middle- income countries, most substantively in India, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Rwanda. Over the course of her diverse career, she has worked as a program implementer, quantitative and qualitative researcher, policy specialist, grant-maker, fundraiser, and non-profit founding director. She recently concluded a five-year contract as a senior technical advisor on gender at Jhpiego, an international organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, helping the organization to build its gender portfolio and an international team of 40 gender advisors and focal points in 22 countries. Joya's main project was the five-year $500 million USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program, where she worked on improving reproductive, maternal, and child health through transforming harmful gender norms, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, engaging men as partners, and empowering female health workers. Prior to joining Jhpiego, Joya worked on gender, reproductive health, and development issues at positions including, but not limited to, UNFPA; CDC South Africa; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in India and Chile; a corporate social responsibility organization, GBCHealth; and an international, UN-supported NGO that she co-founded and ran, the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS.
Joya holds a BA in Human Rights and Political Science (cum laude) from Barnard College of Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.