60 Seconds with…Robbie Gregorowski

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Robbie had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

I lead the Climate Change theme at Itad, and I have recently been appointed as an Associate Director – I first joined Itad in 2009.

What does that involve?

I manage and lead Itad’s team working on our portfolio of Climate Change monitoring and evaluation (M&E) projects, and my role as an Associate Director is still to be fully defined but I anticipate playing a broader strategic leadership role in supporting the growth and general direction of the company.

How did you get into the field?

I spent time in South Africa when I was a child and developed an interest in poverty and inequality through that experience and quite typically I did my MSc in Development at SOAS. Then by chance I found a job working on a DFID natural resources research programme, and went into consultancy from there!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety! In terms of evaluation tools and methods, but also more broadly in terms of managing and delivering multiple projects, clients and teams.

What new innovations or methods have you noticed in your sector?

Generally a greater focus on capacity development as the key development goal, and our work for the Global Environment Facility on defining Capacity Development 2.0 has contributed to this I hope. And in my field, debates around measuring resilience and how you better assess results in strengthening resilience remains a big issue.

Recent highlight or job wins?

Yes 2! DFID BRACED, which is a £150m resilience-building programme where Itad leads the M&E across the programme, and then more recently the International Climate Fund (ICF) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is a really high-profile project working across 3 government departments; DFID, DECC and DEFRA; where we are responsible for supporting the M&E across all £3.9billion worth of British climate funding.

Most interesting question you have been asked recently?

Something around ‘how can we better measure abstract concepts like climate resilience?’ and we’re still working on the answer!

Favourite place you have visited as part of your job?

Can I have 2?! I went to Seattle for some meetings, which was fantastic, and Kathmandu (and Nepal generally) is a lovely place to work.

Robbie Gregorowski, June 2015