Erma Manoncourt

Dr. Manoncourt is a former United Nations official who periodically works as a senior management and development consultant. She specializes in leadership and management training, with a focus on ethics and diversity, and serves as a coach/mentor for middle and senior managers working in international development organisations. She has also been involved in developing and evaluating behaviour and social change interventions that incorporate designing participatory methodologies to engage individuals and communities. A specific focus has been on facilitating change at organizational levels via change management strategies and systems strengthening approaches.  During her 16-year tenure in UNICEF, she held the following senior positions: Country Representative in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Deputy Representative in India, and Chief, Programme Communication/Social Mobilization at UNICEF Headquarters in New York.  Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Manoncourt taught at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana USA where she headed the Health Communication Unit in the Applied Health Sciences Department. Additionally, she has worked over 30 years in international development providing technical assistance in management/leadership, strategic planning, training and facilitation skills, communication for development, and research, monitoring and evaluation.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of three non-governmental organisations with international programmes/projects.  A social-behavioural scientist by training, Dr. Manoncourt holds a Ph.D. in Health Behaviour from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill,  USA with a specialization in Health Behaviour. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  


1. Amaya M Gillespie, Rafael Obregon, Rania El Asawi, Catherine Richey, Erma Manoncourt, Kshiitij Joshi, Savita Naqvi, Ade Pouye, Naqibullah Safi, Ketan Chitnis, Sabeeha Quereshi. “Social Mobilization and Community Engagement Central to the Ebola Response in West Africa: Lessons for Future Public Health Emergencies,” Global Health: Science & Practice, Dec. 23, 2016, 4(4).p. 626-646.

 2. Laverack, G. and Manoncourt, E (2015). “Key experiences of community engagement and social mobilization in the Ebola response,” Global Health Promotion, Vol. 23, No. 1 2016.

 3. Manoncourt, E. “Accelerating Action on NCDs: Understanding and Applying a Social Determinants of Health Framework”, In McQueen, David (Ed). Global Handbook on Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.  Springer Publishers, 2013.

 4Musoko, A., Scoppa, C., Manoncourt, E. (2011).  Leçons Apprises: Dialogue Communautaire et culture: appuyer les jeunes filles pour un avenir meilleur, published by USAID, Child Fund Senegal and World Vision.

5. McKee, N., Manoncourt, E., Yoon C., & Carnegie, R. (2008). Involving People, Evolving Behaviour: The UNICEF Experience. In J. Servaes (Ed.) Communication for Development and Social Change, Editor: Jan Servaes, New Delhi: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd. Do:

6. McKee, N. and Manoncourt, E. (eds). Involving People, Evolving Behaviour. Southbound Publishers, Malaysia, 1999 and the following chapters:  Manoncourt, E. “Why Do People Behave the Way They Do?” and “Behaviour and Beyond: An Evaluation Perspective.”

7.  Freudenberg, N. and Manoncourt, E. (eds). Special Issue: Community-Based Health Education for Urban Populations, I & II. Health Education and Behaviour, Volume 25, February/April 1998.

8. Manoncourt, E. (ed). Working Paper: Social Mobilisation at the Grassroots: Experience from West Africa by S. Ammassari.  UNICEF Publication (1997)

9. Manoncourt, E. (editor and writer). Handbook on Programme Communication and Social Mobilisation. UNICEF Publication (1998)

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