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Kate Hale

Kate Hale joined Itad in 2013 and is a consultant in the Fragile and Conflict-Affected States theme.

She is currently providing support to a variety of large-scale monitoring and evaluation assignments in humanitarian and development contexts for bilateral donors. Kate provides technical support in developing and refining theories of change, logframes, monitoring systems and indicators, and is a core team member on a number of targeted evaluations on selected interventions in conflict-affected countries.

Kate has five years of experience in humanitarian aid and international development, spanning sectors including refugees and forced migration, governance, civil society participation, and education. She has a strong interest in sociology, psychology, ethics and politics in relation to development, and is experienced in qualitative methods with a focus on participation, and the use of evidence to inform policy design and decision-making. Kate’s experience ranges from programme design and implementation to policy to monitoring and evaluation, working both with state organisations and non-governmental bodies.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (Mother Tongue), French
Country Experience:

Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

Qualifications:

2009 - 2010
MPhil Development Studies
University of Cambridge
2005 - 2008
BA Hons English Language and Literature (First Class Honours)
King's College London

Employment:

2013 - Ongoing
Consultant
Itad Ltd

2013
Consultant
UNICEF

2012 - 2013
Consultant - Strategy and Programming (Pro bono)
Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence, Uganda

2012 - 2012
Consultant
Public and Corporate Economic Consultants

2011 - 2012
Stagiare - Human Rights Policy Instruments Unit
European External Action Service - European Union , Belgium

Training:

2016
Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Programmes, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
2015
Introduction to Evaluating Humanitarian Action, ALNAP and UNICEF
2013, 2015
Hostile Environment Awareness Training, Safer Edge
2013
Development Evaluation in Practice, UKES
2011
Focus on EU-UN Partnership, European External Action Service
2011
Human Rights and Democratisation, European External Action Service
2011
Human Rights and Non-Discrimination, European External Action Service
2011
Operationalising the Rights of the Child in EU External Action, UNICEF

Project Experience:

2016 - Ongoing
Evaluation of UNHCR’s role as Cluster Lead Agency for the Global Protection Cluster
(UNHCR) - Core team member
Itad is conducting an evaluation of UNHCR’s role in leading the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), focussing on UNHCR’s performance as Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) at both global and country levels. The evaluation focuses on exploring how the protection clusters at country level are supported by the GPC, and what lessons can be learned by UNHCR from its role as CLA in the field. The evaluation examines the achievements and challenges of the cluster at global and field level with regard to coordination, capacity building, support to the field and mainstreaming protection, and will look at achievements against the 2012-15 GPC strategy as well as provide recommendations of relevance to the current 2016-19 strategy.

Activities: Kate is an evaluation team member with a focus on DRC and is co-conducting the DRC country case study.

2016 - Ongoing
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Global Mine Action Programme
(DFID) - Core Team Member
Itad has been contracted by DFID to provide Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) services to the Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP) 2014-17. The purpose of GMAP is to reduce the humanitarian and development impact of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). It aims to achieve this through i) clearance and direct release of contaminated or suspected contaminated land (demining); ii) Mine Risk Education (MRE); and iii) building the capacity of partner countries to manage their national Mine Action programmes. Operations in five countries (Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) began in July 2014 as part of Phase 1 of the programme. This included a single contract to conduct capacity building activities with national and regional demining authorities. In addition to this, one single contract will be awarded in 2016 for Phase 2 of the programme which will operate in South Sudan, Somalia, Burma and Zimbabwe.

Activities: Kate is contributing to the design and delivery of the monitoring and evaluation strategies, the design of the evaluation framework, methodology and data collection tools, and working with GMAP implementers to strengthen monitoring and reporting of results

2015 - Ongoing
Provision of Monitoring & Evaluation Services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund in East Africa
(Foreign and Commonwealth Office) - Core Team Member
Itad has been contracted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to deliver monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services across UK Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF) programmes in East Africa. The CSSF is a funding mechanism which supports the UK Government’s work in addressing conflict and fragility globally, under the direction of the National Security Council (NSC).

Activities: Kate is a core team member in the M&E Unit’s provision of monitoring, evaluation and learning support to CSSF programmes working in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania and Uganda. Kate supports programme teams in devising agile results frameworks able to capture relevant and useful information about the impact of programmes on high-level objectives, supports with capacity building and evaluates specific areas of CSSF programming to enable evidence and learning to inform strategic decision-making.

2014 - Ongoing
Reinforcement of Monitoring and Learning Capacities for Tostan
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - MERL Advisor
Tostan’s mission is to “empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights”. Tostan works in eight African countries, primarily in West Africa implementing and refining its Community Empowerment Program (CEP), the goal of which is to provide holistic, participatory, non-formal education to adults and adolescents who live in rural African areas and have not had access to formal schooling.

Itad’s role is to work with Tostan’s core team to strengthen and refine the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) efforts of Tostan in West Africa, to create a system that will enable effective capturing and demonstration of results, improved internal and external learning and advocacy, and stronger, evidence-based management decision-making which will strengthen Tostan’s position and work for years to come. Our methodology recognises two separate focus areas for this assignment – human and systemic capacity development – although in reality these two areas have significant overlap and both have elements that are functions of the interaction with the other.

Activities: Kate is a member of the core team on Tostan, and inputs to date have included participation in the Theory of Change workshop, qualitative fieldwork, and consultation with Tostan staff and communities in rural Senegal. Kate will participate in the upcoming workshop on developing the Results Framework and is currently researching alternative methodologies for monitoring the Tostan programme itself, as well as its’ results.

2014 - 2015
Child Development Grant: Cash Transfers Pilot in Northern Nigeria
(DFID) - Researcher
Description: Malnutrition is endemic in Northern Nigeria and has complex inter-related causes associated to food security, caring practices, and health services and health environment. In recognition of the need to address this problem, the UK Department for International Development is supporting the State Governments of Jigawa and Zamfara to pilot a cash transfer programme. By providing knowledge on nutrition and health, as well as a regular payment of £14 per month to pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2, the programme focuses on removing the financial and knowledge barriers to improving child nutrition and health. To understand impact and scale-up the programme, DFID has commissioned a multi-dimensional evaluation, which will include an experimental impact evaluation design, complemented by in-depth qualitative research and continuous programme data collection.

OPM, Itad and its partners are leading an evaluation of the 5 year cash transfer pilot to determine its impact on household food security and child nutrition and the core elements of a successful intervention. Findings from the evaluation will inform decisions on whether and how the programme will be scaled up. Using a mixed methods approach including in-depth contextual analysis, a process evaluation, a randomised control trial and a qualitative longitudinal cohort study, we are generating a rigorous measure of impact, coupled with a detailed contextualised understanding of how and why registered changes have come about. The work is not only expected to have far reaching effects on social protection policy and practice in Nigeria, but also to contribute to strengthening the international evidence base on the impacts of cash transfer programmes.

Activities: Kate assisted in the design of the qualitative data collection methodologies, and in the training of field researchers in Northern Nigeria ahead of the baseline study. Kate also supervised the synthesis and coding of interview transcripts from the field, using qualitative software.

2013 - 2015
Evaluation of EU Support to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
(European Commission) - Researcher
Description: Itad is leading an evaluation of EU support to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women and girls make up the majority of the worlds poorest. They are under-represented in governments and decision-making bodies, have fewer opportunities within labour and financial markets and can be exposed to gender-based violence.

The EU recognises that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development and has made numerous high level commitments to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. It translated these into the Gender Equality Action Plan 2010-2015 (GAP). This evaluation takes stock of progress in implementing the Action Plan in selected Member States and in the European Commission’s development cooperation and seeks to draw lessons to enhance future action in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The evaluation comes at a particularly important time when the EU is developing a successor to the GAP internationally the Sustainable Development Goals are being debated. Findings from the evaluation are expected to inform the EU’s position on both of these.

Activities: Kate assisted in preparing a quantitative mapping of the European Commission's spend between 2007 and 2013 on gender equality and women's empowerment-related initiatives. The mapping illustrates the size, sector and distribution of disbursements, and compares what was spent against the intervention logic. Kate also undertook document review and synthesis as part of the Desk and Field Phases.

2013 - 2014
Evaluation of the European Union co-operation strategy with Yemen
(European Union ) - Desk Researcher
Description: The European Union is due to formulate its next long term programming strategy for Yemen in 2015, and the EU has commissioned a country programme evaluation of the last Country Strategy in order to inform the process. The evaluation has two objectives: 1) to provide the relevant external co-operation services of the EU and the wider public with an overall independent assessment of the EU's past and current co-operation and partnership relations with Yemen and 2) to identify key lessons and to provide recommendations in order to improve the current and future strategies, programmes and actions of the European Union.

Activities: Conducting desk research, document analysis and information synthesis