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Kelsy Nelson

Kelsy Nelson joined Itad as a Project Officer in 2012 and became a Consultant in 2014.

Kelsy manages and conducts qualitative research on projects within Itad’s gender, social protection and livelihoods theme – including multi-year evaluations of programmes in the areas of gender, social inclusion, youth and adolescent girls. She specialises in contributing to the gender and equity components of evaluations and verification, including case studies, data analysis and programme design. She worked on the Girl Hub Global Evaluation, Research and Learning where she was co-lead on the Nigeria case study, including creating and implementing qualitative survey instruments as well as assisting in the development of context-mechanism-outcome configurations for realist analysis. She has also been directly involved in delivering support services to female survivors of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse and is highly trained in issues surrounding VAWG.

Kelsy has an academic specialisation in gender-based violence in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and received her MA in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Sussex.

Nationality: American
Languages: English (mother tongue), French, Spanish
Country Experience:

Argentina, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, UK, USA


MA Conflict, Security, and Development
University of Sussex
BA International Studies
The American University, Washington


2014 - Ongoing

2012 - 2014
Project Officer
Responsible for assisting consultants in all areas of project management, administration, logistics, contracts and technical content.
2013 - 2015
Helpline Volunteer
Survivors' Network

Employment Specialist Intern
The International Rescue Committee
Responsible for assisting refugees in resettlement cases to secure employment, networking in communities to develop relationships with local businesses, writing training manuals on employment procedures and cultural fact sheets about refugee countries.
Demand Dignity Intern
Amnesty International
Conducted policy analysis and human rights research on immigration, slums and informal settlements, corporate accountability and women’s rights, assisted with campaign strategies and tactics and summarised research reports and campaigns.
2007 - 2012
Programme Advisor
Projects Abroad
Monitored overseas programmes and project development; collected data using qualitative methods such interviews, focus group discussions, testimonials, video and photography; developed relationships with local institutions, NGOs and host families.

Project Experience:

2014 - Ongoing
Girl Hub Global Evaluation, Research and Learning
(Girl Hub) - Consultant
Contributed to the review of country-level data and participatory research methods that informed the development of context-mechanism-outcome configurations for realist analysis. She also supported the country-level context analysis to capture Girl Hub’s outcomes, achievements, progress and impact in Nigeria.
2013 - Ongoing
Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation Service Provider for the WASH Results Programme
(DFID) - Consultant
Shadow Lead Verifier supporting verification in Bangladesh and Pakistan, a member of the management team and contributes to Learning and Dissemination outputs. Assisting on the sustainability workstream to ensure that gender, equity and inclusion of marginalised groups is incorporated into programme implementation.
2012 - Ongoing
Ghana, DFID, Impact Evaluation of MVP-SADA Northern Ghana Millennium Village
(DFID) - Project Officer & Consultant
Research support to Theory of Change literature review and quality assurance oversight of quantitative data collection
2012 - Ongoing
Malawi, Independent Impact Evaluation Agent (IIEA) for Tilitonse
(DFID) - Research Assistant/Consultant
Responsible for designing research tools, data analysis, managing field research and producing case studies (including work on gender and women’s empowerment) using contribution analysis as a methodological framework.
Evaluation of DFID's International Citizen Service (ICS) Pilot Stage
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Responsible for data analysis and reporting.
Final Evaluation of the INASP Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERIii)
(INASP) - Research Assistant
Research support to five country case studies
Information to Support the Development of a DFID Southern Africa Regional HIV Prevention Programme
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Conducted a literature review of HIV prevention methods within the socio-cultural context of southern Africa