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Claire Hughes

Claire Hughes is a Principal Consultant at Itad, leading our monitoring and evaluation work in the areas of gender and citizen empowerment.

Claire worked for 15 years’ as a social development consultant before focusing on the monitoring and evaluation of social development interventions when she joined Itad.  Her main technical areas of expertise are: the empowerment of women and girls, including through social norms change, social accountability and strategies for broader citizen empowerment, increasing access to basic services, especially health services.  Her work is underpinned by strong social and gender analysis skills, which she applies to understand formal and informal dynamics that shape people’s lives and develop interventions that are tailored to the context. She is experienced working at policy and programme levels.

Claire has an established track record in managing projects and teams. Claire is currently Results Director on Voices for Change, which aims to strengthen the enabling environment for girls and women’s empowerment.  As such, she oversees the design and implementation of the results framework for the programme, supervises the Nigeria-based results measurement team and short-term consultants involved in key aspects of the results work.  Claire is also leading an assessment of the UN Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation which is intended to support the Joint Programme to strengthen its results measurement and value for money assessment.  Claire has experience of managing innovative evaluation methodologies, including Qualitative Comparative Analysis.

Claire holds an MA (Econ) in Social Policy and Social Development from the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester and speaks fluent French and Russian.

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Nationality: British
Languages: English, French, Russian
Country Experience:

Albania, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan

Qualifications:

1999 - 2001
MA (Econ) Social Policy and Social Development
Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester
1991 - 1995
BA (Hons) Modern Languages
University of Cambridge

Employment:

2013 - Ongoing
Principal Consultant
Itad Ltd

2009 - 2012
Voice and Accountability Technical Lead, PATHS2
Options Consultancy Services Limited
Technical Lead for work to promote citizen voice and government accountability on DFID?s flagship health systems strengthening project in Nigeria. The role involved determining the strategic direction of the work, supporting a 7 person team (5 in remote locations) to implement the strategy, commissioning and quality assuring all technical assistance inputs, monitoring outcomes and adapting implementation strategies as necessary, ensuring appropriate integration with other parts of the project and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with partners. The technical work focused on strengthening facility based committees as a platform for citizen monitoring of health services and for galvanising action for service improvements.
2003 - 2009
Senior Social Development Consultant
Social Development Direct
Provided senior level technical inputs to a range of social development consultancies (details under projects) and contributed to company marketing and business development. In later years, had a particular focus on developing the company's portfolio in access to basic services.
2002 - 2003
International Projects Manager
International Family Health
Managed two DFID supported projects in Russia to establish effective harm reduction programmes for injecting drug users and one project in Nigeria, on integrated sexual and reproductive health training for health professionals.
1999 - 2002
Social Development and Civil Society Sector Manager
Department for International Development
Provided social development support to the DFID Russia programme, with a focus on social policy, access to justice and livelihoods initiatives. A particular theme of the work was promoting citizen voice and greater state accountability in projects. As part of the role, I was member of selection committees for 3 grant schemes for NGOs to strengthen civil society, democratic institutions and to pilot innovative approaches to health and social care.
1997 - 1999
Project Officer for NGOs, Human Rights and Health
Know How Fund, British Embassy, Moscow
Co-ordinated KHF (now DFID) programmes on NGO development, human rights and health reform in Russia; member of selection committees for grant schemes supporting the strengthening of civil society, democratic institutions and piloting innovative approaches to health and social care; managed the British Embassy Human Rights Programme, including a small grants scheme for NGOs working on human rights issues; represented HMG on relevant donor co-ordination fora.
1996 - 1997
Programme Assistant
Moscow Carnegie Centre
Research assistant on migration, refugee and citizenship issues in the Former Soviet Union.
1995 - 1997
Moscow Local Representative
Euro-Teaching Services
Co-ordinating the placement of British teaching assistants in schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg, providing them with host families and support services during their stay.

Project Experience:

2016 - 2021
Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme: Understanding Social and Political Action
(Department for International Development, UK ) - Project Director
This programme seeks to learn about what works for social and political action in different contexts through operational and historical research. Claire directs Itad’s contribution to the consortium. Our role focuses primarily on understanding the role external actors such as development agencies can play in supporting social and political action.
2016 - 2024
Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)
(Overseas Development Institute/DFID) - Project Manager
Claire manages Itad’s inputs to this nine-year research programme. Itad’s inputs focus on developing an approach to measuring the cost effectiveness of different interventions seeking to empower girls’.
2016 - 2020
Nigeria Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme: Engaged Citizens Pillar
(Department for International Development, Nigeria) - Project Manager
Claire manages the delivery of Itad’s technical inputs into this innovative project which aims to promote governance reforms to improve service delivery through civil society action. Itad is responsible for the design of an adaptive management approach to programme delivery and embedding it into the programme’s technical and management systems. Claire also represents Itad, as one of the core consortium partners, on the Strategic Leadership Board, providing guidance to the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader.
2014 - 2019
Adolescent Girls Initiative Action Research Programme (AGIARP)
(DFID Kenya) - Project Director
AGI is an operational research programme testing the most effective interventions (health, education, economic empowerment and prevention of violence) to empower adolescent girls. Claire manages the cost effectiveness assessment which forms part of understanding the overall effectiveness of interventions. She also oversees routine value for money reporting by implementing partners.
2016 - 2017
External assessment of value for money, sustainability and coordination of DFID’s funding to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to end FGM
(Department for International Development) - Team Leader
Claire leads a 4 person team tasked with supporting the UN Joint Programme to strengthen its results measurement framework and Value for Money assessment. The assignment includes: preparing a Value for Money assessment of the UN Joint Programme; developing a Value for Money framework for the Joint Programme to use in future; exploring the Joint Programme’s current results measurement framework and processes at headquarters and country levels; and making recommendations to strengthen results measurement.
2013 - 2018
Child Development Grant: Cash Transfers Pilot in Northern Nigeria
(Department for International Development, Nigeria) - Project Manager and Social Development Adviser
Managing all qualitative inputs to the evaluation, including the scene-setting situation analysis and for liaising with the wider team to ensure an integrated approach. Also provides social development inputs to the qualitative methodology, ensuring they are well tailored to the local context.
2015 - 2017
Voices for Change
(Department for International Development, Nigeria) - Results Director
Voices for Change seeks to strengthen the enabling environment for girls and women. Claire provides strategic support and quality assurance to the design and implementation of the programme’s results framework. This involves overseeing: a panel survey to measure changing attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women and girls, women’s leadership and women’s role in household decision-making; a series of case studies which investigate change attributable to the programme; an internal evaluation designed to test the programme’s theory of change; an analysis of the value for money of programme interventions targeting different aspects of girls and women’s empowerment using a social norms approach; and progress against logframe targets and milestones. Claire is a member of the programme board, providing overarching direction to programme delivery.
2014 - 2017
Macro Evaluations- DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls & Women, & Policy Frame for E&A
(Department for International Development, UK) - Project Director
The macro evaluations seek to understand what works for whom in what contexts by analysing DFID’s project portfolios in the areas of empowerment and accountability and gender. The macro evaluation also includes a review of the implementation of DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women. Claire directs the design and delivery of these methodologically challenging macro evaluations. She also manages the communications component, developing communications products to encourage uptake of evaluation findings.
2014 - 2015
Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA)
(Department for International Development, UK) - Project Director
As Project Director, Claire is responsible for overseeing this evaluation, in collaboration with the Team Leader. The evaluation seeks to test MeTA’s hypotheses and to understand more widely the effect multi-stakeholder approaches can have in improving accountability.
2013 - 2014
Evaluation of EU Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
(European Commission/COWI) - Project Director
The evaluation explored the extent to which the EU has successfully delivered against its gender policy commitments in policy dialogue, budget support and programming. Claire directed the multi-phase evaluation, in collaboration with the Team Leader. This involved leading the interface with the client, the EC Evaluation Unit, quality assuring the evaluation process and deliverables and managing project resources.
2012 - 2012
Independent Review of the Programme Partnership Arrangement between DFID and International Planned Parenthood Federation
(International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ethiopia) - Reviewer of IPPF Ethiopia programme
The review investigated the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and results from DFID's core funding to the International Planned Parenthood Federation. It consisted of a survey of IPPF offices globally, interviews with IPPF regional offices and in-depth reviews in 3 countries, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

Led the review of IPPF's Member Association in Ethiopia, evaluating their work in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and results. Contributed to the synthesis report summarising the overall global review findings. Prepared data collection tools for interviews and focus group discussions; conducted interviews with IPPF Africa Regional Office; in collaboration with a national consultant, conducted interviews and focus group discussions with a range of stakeholders, including IPPF Ethiopia HQ and regional office staff, national and local government, civil society partners and beneficiaries; analysed findings and agreed conclusions with IPPF Ethiopia; drafted review report for Ethiopia; contributed to synthesis report summarising overall findings from the multi-country review.

2012 - 2012
Girls' Education Challenge
(Social Development Direct, Global) - Project Concept Note and Proposal Reviewer
The Girls' Education Challenge is a DFID grant fund supporting projects that are able to demonstrate new and effective ways to expand education opportunities to marginalised girls that can be robustly evaluated to widen their impact. It does so through two funding windows: i) the Step Change Window, which funds projects, which will result in a significant 'step change' in girls' access to and achievement in education; ii) the Innovations Window, which funds innovative projects, with the potential for larger scale up, once a model has been piloted and evaluated.

Reviewed project concept notes submitted to the Step Change Window and developed a short list of those to be invited to submit full tenders. Reviewed full project proposals submitted to the Innovations Window and provided detailed scoring and analysis of each, with recommendations.

2008 - 2009
Pakistan Maternal and Newborn Research and Advocacy Fund
(British Council/DFID, Pakistan) - Programme Strategy Team Member
The Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund seeks to contribute to improvements in maternal and newborn health in Pakistan, particularly amongst poor and marginalised women and communities through improved policy and practice. It does so by providing grants to NGOs, think tanks and research organisations to strengthen the evidence base on what works for maternal and newborn health and to advocate for changes to policy and practice, in light of emerging evidence. RAF is a grant making fund with the goal to bring about transformational change by funding quality research and evidence-based advocacy that can stimulate policy and practice reform, and contribute to better maternal and newborn health (MNH) for the poor and marginalised in Pakistan. Experience shows that a strong credible evidence base that is translated into clear, relevant and achievable policy recommendations can have a direct impact on the policy uptake of research, and the development of informed and relevant strategies that can benefit the lives of the poor and marginalised.

Represented Social Development Direct on Programme Strategy Team, which was responsible for the strategic direction of the project, overseeing and quality assuring project delivery. Provided social development inputs to the design of key strategic documents for the Fund, including the Research and Advocacy Fund Strategy, the Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy and the Media and Communications Strategy.

2008 - 2008
Social Inclusion and Gender Equality Assessment of the Protection of Basic Services Project
(DFID, Ethiopia) - Team Leader
The Protection of Basic Services Project is a multi-donor initiative aimed at enabling national and local government to increase public access to quality basic services (health, education, agricultural extension, water and sanitation). It provides Local Investment Grants to local government for the provision of basic services and supports pilot initiatives to improve transparency and accountability within service provision.

Led a social inclusion and gender equality assessment of the project, with the aim of identifying entry points for improving access to services by the most marginalised groups e.g. pastoralists, girls and women. The assessment was expected to inform the design of the second phase of PBS, as well as the development of a number of other multi-donor initiatives to strengthen basic services. I oversaw a literature review; designed the assessment methodology and tools; led the in-country assessment, working in collaboration with a national consultant; liaised with DFID, the Government of Ethiopia and other international development partners; and wrote up findings in final report. I identified priority marginalised groups to focus on and proposed indicators to track progress in expanding their access to services as part of the project's M&E system. I also recommended a number of studies to deepen the evidence base on access issues and use this in dialogue with the national government.

2008 - 2008
Social Exclusion and Gender Inequality Assessment
(DFID, Nigeria) - Team Leader
The assignment was commissioned to feed into the development of DFID's new country partnership strategy with the World Bank.

The assessment involved conducting research at federal level and in two contrasting states of Lagos and Jigawa. The analysis was conducted using DFID's Assets-Voice-Rules framework. Responsibilities included: overseeing literature review; designed methodology, interview and focus group discussion tools; prepared, managed and quality assured the work of two national consultants; conducted interviews with federal level stakeholders; facilitated joint data analysis process with national consultants; drafted report; managed project and liaised with client.

2008 - 2008
Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA)
(DFID, Global) - Social Development Adviser
MeTA aims to increase access to essential medicines through progressive public disclosure of a set of core data covering the quality, availability price and promotion of medicines in countries. Multi-stakeholder fora at the national level, involving government, private sector and civil society representatives, drive the work to bring greater transparency in the medicines supply chain and increased accountability of stakeholders. MeTA is currently being piloted in Ghana, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru Philippines, Uganda and Zambia.

The role involved ensuring the active engagement of civil society in MeTA global and national structures and that equity issues are adequately addressed in country workplans. It also included conducting a social appraisal for the design of a research network on access to medicines, operating in support of MeTA.

2006 - 2008
Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS)
(Health Partners International/DFID, Nigeria) - Social Development Programme Technical Adviser
PATHS is DFID Nigeria's flagship health sector programme, supporting the development of the health sector at federal and in 4 States: Enugu, Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa.

As part of the programme's social development advisory team, I was responsible for mainstreaming social development aspects, particularly relating to citizen voice and state accountability, across the PATHS programme, supporting national and regional social development consultants in their assignments and reviewing visit reports.

2007 - 2007
Design of Enugu State Health Strategy, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS)
(PATHS/DFID, Nigeria) - Social Development Consultant
PATHS is DFID Nigeria's flagship health sector programme, supporting the development of the health sector at federal and in 4 States: Enugu, Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa.

Supported the Enugu State Ministry of Health and partners to develop a medium-term Health Strategy, to help the state deliver against the health related MDGs. Specific responsibilities included addressing issues of access to and equity in health services and community participation in the oversight of health services.Literature review; design and facilitation of a strategy development workshop with Enugu State Ministry of Health and other stakeholders; drafting strategy.

2007 - 2007
Punjab Devolved Social Services Program
(Asian Development Bank, Pakistan) - Social Sector Specialist
The Program focused on expanding access to quality basic services (health, education and water and sanitation). This included through the development of policy frameworks to guide public-private partnerships.

Responsibilities included conducting a literature review; holding consultations with partners; contributing to the design of a public-private partnership strategy for Punjab province, in collaboration with 2 other international consultants.

2007 - 2007
Promoting Client and Community Involvement in the Peer Participatory Rapid Health Appraisal for Action (PPRHAA), PATHS
(PATHS/DFID, Nigeria) - Lead Trainer
PATHS is DFID Nigeria's flagship health sector programme, supporting the development of the health sector at federal and in 4 States: Enugu, Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa.

Led a 3 person team in the design and delivery of a 3 day training course for national consultants on effectively integrating client and community views in the PPRHAA health systems appraisal, a service planning and monitoring tool, used in facilities, local and state government.

2007 - 2007
Review of DFID's HIV and AIDS Work in Central Asia
(DFID, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) - Social Development Consultant
DFID provided bilateral and multilateral support through the World Bank to Central Asia Republics to increase access to HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment services. This included providing grants and training to HIV and AIDS state and non state service providers for behaviour change communication, the expansion of harm reduction programmes, testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and treatment. The programme also involved working with the region's government to strengthen the policy and institutional frameworks for HIV and AIDS services.

Undertook a social development review of DFID's HIV and AIDS work in Central Asia. The review assessed progress and constraints in: increasing client access to harm reduction services, promoting client voice in the harm reduction field. It also assessed stakeholder relationships in the project management arrangements.

2006 - 2007
DFID Serbia Programme
(DFID, Serbia) - Acting Social Development Adviser
The DFID Serbia Programme provided support to the Government of Serbia through a range of technical assistance interventions designed to strengthen policy and planning systems, improve donor co-ordination, move towards EU membership and address poverty.

Over the course of a year, provided social development advisory support to the DFID Serbia programme, with a particular focus on: implementation of Serbia's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, linking policy development, delivery and budgeting processes and the implementation of Serbia's Social Welfare System Reform Strategy.

2006 - 2006
Review of Democratising Ukraine Programme
(DFID, Ukraine) - Social Development Consultant
Democratising Ukraine seeks to promote community mobilisation and promote the building of local democracy in 2 regions, Lviv and Donetsk.

Conducted an annual review of the project. Responsibilities included conducting a literature review; design of methodology, interview and focus group discussion tools; conducting all interviews and focus group discussions, some of which were in Russian; discussing key findings with project team; drafting review report.

2006 - 2006
Kaduna State Peer Participatory Rapid Health Appraisal for Action (PPRHAA), PATHS
(PATHS/DFID, Nigeria) - Social Development Consultant
PATHS is DFID Nigeria's flagship health sector programme, supporting the development of the health sector at federal and in 4 States: Enugu, Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa.

PPRHAA is a tool used by peers to appraise health facilities and health departments in local and state governments and agree action plans for improvements. The consultancy involved supporting local stakeholders through the first PPRHAA process in over 50 primary health care centres and 7 local government authorities in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria. A specific focus of the work was to ensure that the views of clients and communities were adequately captured in the appraisal process and that action plans responded to client and community concerns about health services.

2005 - 2006
Design of project to support the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy (MOLESP) to implement its Social Welfare System Reform Strategy
(DFID, Serbia) - Team Leader
As part of its work to address poverty in Serbia, DFID was keen to support the Government to implement the country's social welfare reform strategy. The assignment focused on first scoping and then designing DFID support in this area.

The assignment was conducted in two phases. The first phase focused on scoping out opportunities for DFID support, including appraising the opportunities and challenges in using the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) as a platform for piloting innovations in social services. The appraisal developed a project concept note, which recommended that DFID support MOLESP, the SIF and other partners to implement the new Social Welfare System Reform Strategy, thereby taking forward commitments made in the PRSP. In the second phase, the project detailed design was developed, in partnership with local partners. Specific responsibilities included: conducting a literature review; conducting consultations with MOLESP, SIF and other partners in collaboration with a national consultant; developing the preliminary scope for the project and the case for supporting it, and presenting it to partners and DFID; leading further consultations with partners to inform the design of the project; preparing all project documentation; project management and client liaison.

2005 - 2005
Mid-Term Review of the Social Services Delivery Project
(DFID, Albania) - Social Development Consultant
This joint DFID/World Bank project sought to assist the Government to develop a sustainable decentralised social services system in Albania, with a particular emphasis on community based services.

Represented DFID in a mid-term review of the project, working alongside World Bank staff. The role involved working with other team members to review project progress against agreed targets and to develop a shared vision of the future for the project between the funding agencies and the Government of Albania. Through my contribution, I was able to identify important lessons for DFID influencing of the World Bank and its country level operations. I also led in the design of technical assistance for the next phase of the project, identifying opportunities to support the implementation of Albania's national social exclusion strategy.

2004 - 2005
Design of Gender and Education Support Unit
(DFID, Pakistan) - Team Leader
To accelerate progress in achieving gender parity and equality in primary and secondary education in Pakistan DFID proposed to establish a Gender and Education Support Unit within UNICEF Pakistan. The intended purpose of the Unit was to build the evidence base of what works and disseminate best practices through diverse networks active in the education field, including state, private and civil society actors.

Led a 3 person team in the detailed design of the Gender and Education Unit. Facilitated team processes to develop a robust methodology for the design, to hold consultations with a range of stakeholders and to draft a project memorandum and logframe for DFID approval.

2004 - 2005
Poverty Impact Assessment of EBRD's Microfinance Facility
(DFID, Tajikistan) - Project Manager
DFID provided financial support to EBRD's microfinance facility to expand access to credit for small and medium entrepreneurs in Tajikistan.

Managed the design and implementation of an impact assessment to assess the potential impact on poverty of EBRD's microfinance programme. The consultancy team identified the likely impact of the programme on poverty in Tajikistan and provided recommendations on how this impact might be enhanced. Responsibilities included project, team and budget management; client liaison; quality assurance of project implementation and outputs; support to research team during in-country visits.

2004 - 2004
Supporting Women's Empowerment in Iraq
(DFID, Iraq) - Social Development Consultant
DFID was keen to provide targeted support to the women's movement in Iraq to enhance women's political and public participation. This assignment scoped out opportunities for doing so.

Conducted a scoping study of national Iraqi women's organisations, including conducting participatory visioning training for them. Produced a report with recommendations on how DFID could support the development of these organisations to promote women's participation in the post-Saddam Iraq.

2004 - 2004
DFID HIV/AIDS Policy Division Team
(DFID, Global) - Acting Social Development Adviser
DFID's HIV/AIDS Policy Division Team co-ordinated the implementation of DFID's HIV and AIDS policy and strategic commitments.

Provided social development advisory support to the team's work. Specific responsibilities included: providing policy advice on key social development issues such as gender, rights, vulnerable groups as they relate to AIDS; taking forward the UK Government's commitment to children affected by AIDS, with a focus on social protection strategies; lead interface with UK civil society

2003 - 2004
DFID Education for All Policy Division Team
(DFID, Global) - Acting Social Development Advisor
DFID's Education for All Team was the policy lead on education and led DFID's global dialogue on education issues with multi-lateral institutions.

Provided advisory support on gender to the Education for All team for the development and implementation of its programme of work. Specific responsibilities included overseeing DFID support to the UN Girls Education Initiative, to the World Bank and to civil society partners; representation of DFID at global meetings on gender equity in education; commissioning and managing research work on girls' education, organising workshops, and coordinating the dissemination of research outputs.

2002 - 2002
Review of a Social Development Grant Scheme on Mining Community Regeneration Project
(IMC/DFID, Romania) - Social Development Consultant
The project focused on supporting the regeneration of communities affected by mine closure and staff retrenchment, including through the provision of training, small and medium enterprise development and support to civic initiatives.

Assessed the impact of supported sub-projects on community well-being and based on these, made recommendations for strengthening the scheme in preparation for large-scale World Bank funds.

2002 - 2002
Romanian Social Development Fund
(IMC/DFID, Romania) - Social Development Consultant
The Romanian Social Development Fund (RSDF) provides small grants to rural communities for civic initiatives and social, economic and infrastructure projects. It forms part of the Romanian Government's poverty reduction strategy.

Provided technical assistance to the Fund's senior management and Steering Committee to enhance linkages between the work of the Fund and Government of Romania policy priorities for poverty reduction. Conducted a review of social funds in the region to draw out good practice in making the links into policy. Inputs were part of a DFID technical assistance project, in support of a World Bank loan to the Government of Romania for the Fund.

2002 - 2002
Scoping of DFID social protection project in Nizhnii Novgorod Oblast
(NI-CO/DFID, Russia) - Social Development Consultant
As part of its poverty reduction efforts in Russia, DFID provided support to selected regional governments for the reform of social protection systems. This was a new project, which focused on reforming the benefits system in Nizhnii Novgorod Oblast, ensuring it targeted the poorest and most disadvantaged.

Conducted an in-depth scoping study of the existing and proposed legislative, institutional and policy frameworks for social protection to vulnerable citizens in the Nizhnii Novgorod Oblast region of Russia. The study contributed to the design of a DFID project to support the Regional Administration to improve the targeting of social assistance to the most needy.

2002 - 2002
Social impact assessment
(ERM/EC, Uzbekistan) - Team Leader
This social impact assessment formed part of a wider environmental assessment to understand the implications of a proposed irrigation and drainage system in the Amu Darya Basin/Aral Sea Basin, Uzbekistan. Findings from the assessment were expected to inform a planned World Bank loan to the Government of Uzbekistan for the infrastructure development.

Team leader in social impact assessment of an irrigation and drainage system in the . The work involved developing the social impact assessment methodology, training a team of local consultants in PRA methods, overseeing participatory consultations with nomadic herders, analyzing outcomes from the consultations and drafting the report.

2002 - 2002
Situational analysis of TB control system in Kemerovo Region
(HLSP/DFID, Russia) - Social Development Consultant
The project focused on strengthening TB services in Kemerovo Region, Russia. TB was a particular problem in the region, partly as a result of the significant prison population in the region, and inadequate services for people affected by TB, both in prisons and in the community.

Conducted a situational analysis of the TB control system in the Kemerovo Region, with a particular focus on understanding barriers to access to TB services. Based on the outcomes of the assessment, provided recommendations to HLSP, managers of the DFID project to improve TB services in the region, to address the shortcomings in the provision of social services to vulnerable TB patients

2001 - 2001
Review of community development small grants scheme
(Conciliation Resources/DFID, Abkhazia/Georgia) - Social Development Consultant
This community development grant scheme formed part of a larger peace building initiative in the conflict affected region of Abkhazia (Georgia). The grants scheme aimed to promote community development following the cessation of hostilities in Abkhazia.

Conducted a review of a small grants scheme to understand critical achievements and challenges being encountered by grant recipients. Through the review, provided consultancy support to NGO grant recipients to assist strategic thinking and project implementation. Based on the findings of the review, provided recommendations to Conciliation Resources, manager of the DFID project on how the grants scheme and the wider project might be used to better address the support needs of the NGO sector as part of a process of conflict transformation.

1997 - 1997
Writing a chapter for "Working with the Non-Profit Sector in Russia" (Legendre et al., 1997)
(Charities Aid Foundation, Russia) - Researcher/Writer
Writing of a publication "Working with the Non-Profit Sector in Russia" (Legendre et al., 1997) aimed at international organisations considering working in Russoa.

Researched and wrote a chapter on establishing an office in Russia for foreign NGOs. Translated a second chapter on the legal framework of NGO activity from Russian to English.

Membership of professional associations:

  • UK Evaluation Society