Blain joined Oak Foundation in 2007 as Programme Associate for the Child Abuse Programme in Addis Ababa. She manages the day to day grant portfolio and monitors the progress of projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Her role includes identifying new areas of grant-making in line with the programme’s strategic plan to address child sexual abuse and exploitation and provides technical support to partner organizations in programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Blain worked for a number of international NGO’s - liaising, assisting and facilitating activities and projects on migration, refugees and the trafficking of people in Ethiopia and the neighbouring countries. She holds a Masters degree in Regional and Local Development Studies.