Sarah Eckhoff

Sarah Eckhoff

Technical Advisor for Gender


Sarah Eckhoff is Pathfinder's Technical Advisor for Gender.

Sarah Eckhoff has over five years of experience in reproductive health and family planning programming. Sarah has worked at both the headquarters and field level across a myriad of different project implementation areas, including program management and systems, and across technical areas including adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health, gender, and sport for development.

Sarah has worked with adolescent girls in Thailand, Uganda, and Kenya through sport-based programs and continues to seek opportunities to bring a gendered-lens to sport-based development programming. She has provided technical assistance through documentation, project close-out, strategy development, and operations management in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After receiving her Master of Arts degree in International Development and Global Health Affairs with a concentration in Gender Issues at the Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver, Sarah worked domestically to assess barriers among school-aged Colorado children in accessing government-supported food assistance programs.

In addition, she has conducted forecasting exercises projecting the potential impact of public health interventions on a wide array of development outcomes based on data from family planning and malaria projects. Recently, Sarah returned to Pathfinder International as the Technical Advisor for Gender where she works to address gender-related issues including sexual and gender-based violence, gender inequality and power dynamics, and related outcomes including early marriage and HIV throughout Pathfinder’s portfolio of projects.


Areas of Expertise: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender, Sport for Development

Education: BA in International Affairs at Northeastern University, MA in International Development and Global Health, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver

Previously lived and/or worked in: Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Mozambique

Languages: Spanish, Swahili

Joined Pathfinder in: 2009

What's your favorite part about working at Pathfinder?

Collaborating with colleagues in the field to identify the best interventions and solutions to meet the needs of the populations that we're working with in-country and globally.

What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I played Division I Field Hockey at Northeastern University and held several State Championship records in jump-roping as a child.


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