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George Bowles

George joined Itad in February 2018 and is a consultant in the fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) theme, with three years of experience conducting international development research. In that time, he has provided research support on a number of M&E projects for Itad, across the FCAS, health and organisational effectiveness themes.

George is a team member on the Itad/Altai M&E Unit for CSSF Eastern Africa providing monitoring, evaluation and learning support across a number of CSSF programmes, including the Countering Violent Extremism and criminality programmes, and the Africa Peace and Security portfolio. He has also worked on Itad’s evaluation of DFID’s Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems programme and conducted qualitative data analysis for our post-hoc quality assessment, as well as the annual summary report services project for the World Food Programme.

In 2016, George completed a Research and Engagement internship with Peace Direct, a London-based NGO who work to support local peace-builders in fragile and conflict-affected states.

George holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development, with Distinction, from the University of Sussex. For his dissertation, he explored the historical relationship between natural resources and violence in Liberia.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (native), French (intermediate), Welsh (intermediate)
Country Experience:

Australia, Cameroon, France, New Zealand, UK

Qualifications:

2016
M.A. Conflict, Security, and Development (Distinction)
University of Sussex, UK
2013
BSc Politics and International Relations (1st Class Honours)
University of London, UK

Employment:

2018 - ongoing
Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2018
Research Analyst
Itad Ltd.

2015 - 2018
Research Assistant
(Independent)

2016
Research and Engagement Intern
Peace Direct

2013 - 2014
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher
St Giles International, and Independent

2012
English Teacher
United Action for Children, Cameroon

Project Experience:

2015 - ongoing
Provision of Monitoring & Evaluation Services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund in East Africa
(Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), UK) - Research Analyst
Conducting research and analysis for the M&E Unit. The Unit works alongside CSSF programme teams to generate information about the impact of programmes in East Africa on high-level strand objectives and cross-cutting regional UK goals in order to inform design and prioritisation of future programming. Produced literature review on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to inform a redesign of the CVE programme within the Eastern Africa portfolio. Produced impact assessments of the Africa Peace and Security (APS) programme and Eastern Africa portfolio in relation to National Security Council (NSC) objectives. Provided contextual research to support the development of more robust Theories of Change for the CSSF criminality programme in Tanzania and Kenya. Collated evidence for the development of case studies of Political Access and Influence (PAI) achievements by CSSF programmes in East Africa.
2017 - ongoing
Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) Evaluation
(DFID, UK) - Junior Evaluator
Conducted six desk reviews to evaluate SRKS performance and achievements at country level in: Ghana, Nicaragua, Somalia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. This involved reviewing programme documentation, conducting key informant interviews, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and writing the reports. Wrote report on cross-programme communications and advocacy activities and achievements. Contributed to synthesis of findings from evaluation desk reviews, case studies, cross-programme studies, and the drafting of final report.
2016 - 2018
Post-hoc quality assessment and annual summary report services for the World Food Programme
(World Food Programme (WFP)) - Research Assistant
Reviewed PHQA reports on WFP evaluations, produced summary documents, and conducted comparative qualitative and quantitative analysis of the PHQA reports to inform the Annual Summary Reports. Compared and synthesised findings from 2017 and 2018 for the 2018 Annual Report.
2016
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) Mid-Term Review - Global
(NICE International; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Itad) - Research Assistant
Worked on Mid-Term Review of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) led by NICE International, aimed at strengthening and advancing provisions of Universal Health Care across the developing world. Conducted literature review on best practice in governance of inter-organisational networks, and comparison with governance structure and practices in iDSI network. Desk-based research on the competencies of the four iDSI core partners. Developed database cataloguing knowledge products published by the iDSI network. Conducted quantitative data analysis on the database. Conducted in-depth interviews with key stakeholders in the iDSI network.
2015
Evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s (CIFF) Contribution to the 2015 International Climate Negotiations
(CIFF) - Research Assistant
Reviewed programme documentation to inform contribution analysis and identify which CIFF grants and approaches have proved the most effective in contributing to the positive outcome of the COP21 climate change negotiations.
2016
Insight on Conflict: Support and advocacy for locally-led peacebuilding strategies
(Peace Direct) - Research and Engagement Intern
Produced internal report on UK government policy towards local peacebuilding, informed the development of the organisation's new advocacy strategy. Created a new section for the Peace Direct website on the thematic area of atrocity prevention, including a detailed overview of the field and a guide to further resources on the topic. Researched and wrote a detailed analysis on the conflicts in Northern Nigeria, for use as an introduction to a report on Peace Direct's 'Peacebuilding Exchange' event in Northern Nigeria in July 2016. Produced case studies on locally-led and international peacebuilding interventions in Somalia/ Somaliland and Democratic Republic of Congo for use in the organisation's new communications strategy.
2012
Jamadianle Elementary Education Programme
(United Action for Children - Cameroon) - English Teacher
Delivered English lessons to large classes and led one-on-one tuition at an NGO-run school in Buea, Cameroon. Oversaw running of the school library and managed school P.E. programme. Organised and taught in the School on Wheels programme, an initiative in which teachers travelled to rural areas in the evening to teach to children who otherwise had no access to education.