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Aoife Murray

Aoife Murray joined Itad’s Governance, Empowerment, Accountability and Gender themes in Autumn 2016. She has over 5 years’ experience in the areas of Governance, Civil Society, Gender, Economic Empowerment as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.

Prior to joining Itad, Aoife was a Manager at Coffey International Development. Her work involved providing technical support in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as undertaking evaluation and research assignments.

Aoife has previously worked at Irish Aid supporting the implementation of results based management systems in Civil Society Funding and has spent two years working for UNDP in Zambia focusing on Governance and Gender. She has experience in applying qualitative monitoring and evaluation methods, designing results frameworks and theories of change in a range of thematic areas. Aoife has an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Nationality: Irish
Languages: English
Country Experience:

China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Zambia

Qualifications:

2009
MPhil International Peace and Conflict Studies
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2008
BA Politics and Public Administration
University of Limerick, Ireland

Employment:

2016 - Present
Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2014 - 2016
Manager
Coffey International Development

2012 - 2014
Development Officer
Irish Aid

2010 - 2011
Policy Analyst
UNDP

Training:

2016
PRINCE2 Practitioner, APMG
2016
PRINCE2 Foundation, APMG
2014
Protection in Emergencies (ProCap) UN-NRC, Kenya
2014
Hostile Environment Awareness, United Nations Training School (Defence Forces, Ireland)
2013
Managing for Development Results, MDF, Netherlands
2012
SPHERE International Humanitarian Standards, Ireland
2007
National Youth Council of Ireland - Accredited Child Protection Awareness Trainer

Project Experience:

2016
Global Poverty Action Fund/UK Aid Direct
(DFID) - Evaluation Consultant
As an Evaluation Consultant, Aoife carried out field based research on projects in India, Kenya and Ethiopia identifying themes about what works, why, for whom and under what conditions. The purpose of the research was to gather evidence of learning contributing to a wider fund level evaluative exercise across a sample of projects. UK Aid Direct is a DFID funded competitive facility for small and medium-sized UK and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to reduce poverty through service delivery in areas covering livelihoods, empowerment, accountability, peace building, security and justice.
2016
Gender and Climate Change Sectoral Reviews
(International Climate Fund ) - Technical Reviewer
Technical Reviewer for a number of climate change adaptation papers on forestry and energy, including ICF funded case studies. The ICF is a cross-departmental fund, managed by DFID, DECC and Defra. The ICF promotes growth and resilience through development that makes it easier for people to respond to climate changes and shocks. It also helps governments avoid long term lock-in to high carbon investments, as well as tackling deforestation.
2015
Global Effectiveness Review
(Misean Cara ) - Kenya Country Lead
As Kenya Country Lead, Aoife led participatory field based research and analysis across five projects under the governance and human rights component of the review. Misean Cara is an Irish faith-based membership organisation whose vision is to improve the lives of the most poor and marginalised populations in countries around the world. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland (Irish Aid), Misean Cara provides grants and capacity building support to its religious and lay members working across the thematic areas of education, health, income generation and livelihoods and human rights and advocacy.
2015
Mid-Term Review - Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development Project Ethiopia
(Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ) - Consultant
Aoife designed the review methodology, applying participatory based field research methods in cooperation with a Sustainability Specialist. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the programme is jointly implemented by the Amhara Women’s Enterprise Association and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction in seven locations in the Amhara Region by increasing the incomes of 4000 women through sustainable entrepreneurship initiatives.
2015
Growth and Employment in Market States 4 (Wholesale and Retail Sector) - Nigeria
(DFID) - Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor
As Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor, Aoife designed the GEMS4 Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy which is currently under implementation, provided Women's Economic Empowerment team training and co-designed the project gender integration tool. GEMS4 is UK DFID funded large M4P programme focused on the wholesale and retail sector in Nigeria. She developed the WEE approach to programming across the GEMS4 programme, including the addition of a WEE specific outcome area on the log frame as well providing on-going support to the in-country team.
2015
Mid-Term Review of Irish Aid Programme Grant – Ireland
(Irish Aid) - Research Consultant
As a Research Consultant, Aoife providing results based analysis of the grant management process and systems as well as conducted key primary research. The purpose of the review was to further understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Programme Grant Mechanism, how the effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme Grant can be improved and how Irish Aid can learn from the experiences of other donors. The recommendations are being used for modifications to the performance- based Resource Allocation Model (RAM).
2014 - 2015
Framework to Strengthen Results Delivery of PSD and Market Development Programmes – Ethiopia
(Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ) - Consultant
Aoife managed the framework of support and provided results based management technical support for Sida’s current portfolio of PSD interventions in Ethiopia. The team was tasked with identifying ways in which current initiatives may be enhanced and future opportunities for empowering women be prioritised using a Market Systems approach. She designed monitoring systems and results frameworks for beneficiary partners that capture women’s access to opportunities and provided strategic support to grantees in Ethiopia.
2014
Annual Gender Equality Monitoring Report
(Irish Aid) - Gender Equality Consultant
As a Gender Equality Consultant, Aoife produced Irish Aid’s Annual Gender Equality Monitoring Report 2013. This involved a comprehensive review of Country Strategic Programme evaluations, Key Partner Country Reports, Ireland’s Mid-term Progress Report on the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325; Ireland’s Multi-Lateral Engagement on Post 2015; cross departmental reports and civil society partners to extract gender equality policy outcomes, results and identify common challenges.
2012 - 2014
Civil Society Programme Grant
(Irish Aid) - Consultant
Aoife provided results based management support to Irish Aid’s Civil Society Section portfolio of programme partnerships totaling €167 million. She designed results based management tools for partners and provided technical assessments for partners. She also managed partner grants, carried out extensive short term evaluative assignments in partner countries, worked across Irish Aid to share lessons learnt and represented Irish Aid on Working Groups at the national and European level.
2010 - 2011
Joint Gender Support Programme – Zambia
(UNDP) - Consultant
Based at UNDP Zambia Governance and Gender Team, Aoife provided policy input and guidance to the Gender in Development Division (GIDD) Government of Zambia; UNDP strategic planning, research and analysis; donor sector coordination as well as project management. She contributed to all aspects of the management and delivery of large projects, including guiding the implementation approach of the project, donor liaison, management of the workpla, risk and financial management.