Christian Schunk is a contracts and compliance specialist with over seven years of international development experience in grant making, government contracting, senior level project management, field based program support in Latin American and Africa, and providing technical assistance in grants and organizational management. As the Director of Contracts and Risk Management, Mr. Schunk is responsible for enhancing the quality of contract and sub-contract management by providing high-level support, guidance, expert interpretation, and training in key areas of contract management including contracts, subcontracts, grants under contracts, procurement, allowances, and cost and pricing. He also takes a lead role in project start-up and oversees risk management for the organization, including security and safety concerns and audit issues.
Before joining CNFA, Mr. Schunk worked at FHI 360 as a Contract Specialist and at Chemonics as a Grants Manager. In these roles, he provided leadership support for interpreting regulatory requirements and laws, conducted short-term field assignments and trainings on best practices for sub-award management, and oversaw of a variety of assistance and acquisition award mechanisms. He has extensive experience managing multi-donor portfolios, including USAID, the Gates Foundation, the Drosos Foundation, and the World Bank Group. Prior to these positions, Mr. Schunk served in long-term field assignments with Habitat for Humanity International in Costa Rica and Catholic Relief Services in Madagascar and later Chad, where he managed an emergency food security program for South Sudanese refugees and IDPs. Before working in international development, Mr. Schunk spent two years as a senior legislative aide to the County Council in Montgomery County, Maryland.
A native Spanish speaker and also fluent in French, Mr. Schunk holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service.