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Marc Theuss

Marc Theuss is a Senior Consultant within Itad, joining in September 2015. He has over 15 years of experience in international development and specialises in research, monitoring & evaluation and supporting the generation of actionable research for target audiences with a sectoral focus of health and governance. Prior to joining Itad, Marc was Regional Researcher: Asia and East Europe Region at Population Services International. In this position, he was a member of the Region’s senior team and was responsible for coordinating all research and M&E activities across the region (which was comprised of 10 countries).

Marc has broad and diverse mixed-methods M&E and research expertise, and has excellent team and process management skills and experience. Within the health sector Marc has key programmatic and evaluation expertise in HIV/AIDS issues, Reproductive Health, Family Planning, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, and Malaria and Child Survival. Marc also has significant expertise in the engagement of the private sector in the Social Marketing, Social Franchising and Total Market Approach arena. Within the governance sector Marc has expertise in research and evaluations in the accountability, transparency and conflict areas.

Marc has project managed evaluations of multi-million pound donor projects and rolled out planning, monitoring and reporting systems in two different international NGOs, as well as setting up and managing large project teams. Marc has extensive experience in the design and management of complex research plans within difficult operating environments (i.e. Afghanistan, Burma, Palestinian Territories) and across a diversity of contexts. Marc has coordinated complex gold-standard independent evaluations. Marc has managed a large number of Operational Research processes to improve programming and has extensive experience of working effectively and collaboratively with diverse research and evaluation partners (academics, research agencies, donor agencies, INGO/LNGO programmers).

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Nationality: German
Languages: English, French, Farsi, German
Country Experience:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.


1999 - 2000
MA Social Anthropology of Development (Distinction)
SOAS, University of London


2015 - Present
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

Regional Researcher (Asia Region: Burma, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Central Asian Republic)
Population Services International, Thailand
Marc provided technical advice and support to researchers and programmers across 10 countries with regard to the design of studies and processes to ensure that research outcomes are actionable compelling for specific target audiences.
2014 - 2015
Evaluation Consultant
Save the Children/Burma
Designed and implemented analysis, interpretation, dissemination of outcomes for an evaluation of a project focusing on improving child rights governance.
2013 - 2015
Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Consultant
Tanzania Social Marketing Program (TSMP)/PSI/Tanzania/Tanzania Marketing and Communications (T-MARC)
Guided TSMP/PSI-Tanzania/T-MARC’s MER strategy and activities within the HIV prevention and Reproductive Health areas.
Evaluation Technical Lead
Responsible for managing the technical dimensions of an end of program evaluation. The program includes a focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
2013 - 2014
Ethnographic Study Principal Investigator
Designing and managing an ethnographic study to generate deep insights for a USAID-funded Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Behaviour Change Communications program.
Mid Term Review Consultant
Program for Awareness and Elimination of Diarrhea (PAED)/Zambia
Managed a Mid Term Review of PAED including designing and delivering a study to assess the effectiveness, sustainability, relevance and efficiency of PAED.
Mid Term Review Consultant
Trocaire/Oxfam (Burma)
The study provided clients with a springboard for developing strategic recommendations and programmatic design to support Internally Displaced Populations in Kachin State (Burma).
Evaluation Consultant
Responsible for leading evaluations of two PSI Interpersonal Communication strategies in Dominican Republic and St Vincent. CARISMA was a significant HIV and Family Planning program underpinned by a Total Market Approach.
Qualitative Research Consultant
Responsible for analysing and disseminating research insights from a qualitative data set about Entertainment Workers relationships and condom-use behaviours with ‘Sweethearts’. The research outcomes informed the design of a HIV-prevention programme.
2011 - 2012
BBC Media Action
Developed and managed the MER and programme design process for two governance projects in Afghanistan and Occupied Palestinian Territories.
PSI/Myanmar and PSI/Washington
For PSI/Myanmar: Supporting and guiding all research (qualitative, quantitative and mapping) activities including study design formulation, data-collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination. For PSI/Washington: Technical Support in design and delivery of a range of qualitative studies in a number of PSI platforms across Asia and Africa including India, Namibia and Liberia.
2008 - 2010
Technical Advisor
Strategic Information Department. PSI/Myanmar. Yangon, Myanmar
Supported and advised the Strategic Information Director.
Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
Save the Children, Myanmar
Managed a Food Security and Livelihoods (FS&L) emergency response program with a budget of $10 million. Directly managed 15 colleagues and a department of 400 individuals as well as donor relations and reporting. Directly managed all procurement, admin, finance and HR functions within the department. Lead the process of new business development for the department (achieving a significant budget).
Evaluation Consultant
Medecins Du Monde, Burma
Programmatic evaluation for a HIV prevention/treatment program (for IDUs, MSM, FSW).
2006 - 2008
HIV/AIDS Alliance (Burma)
Formulated case studies of Alliance’s civil society partners that are engaged in HIV prevention, care and support and treatment.
2006 - 2007
Analysed the political and humanitarian context in Burma and generated scenarios for a contingency planning exercise that would be supportive of multi-sectoral programming and strategy development (Health, Livelihoods, Governance, Social Protection).
2005 - 2006
Research Coordinator
Accounting for State-Building, Stability and Violent Conflict Project. Free University, Berlin
Coordinating a team of Afghan and Tajik researchers investigating the impact of the Opium-Poppy Economy and drug supply-chains on emerging district-level political relations and governance systems.
2002 - 2005
Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Unit
AKF Afghanistan, Kabul
Responsible for establishing and building the MER Unit ($3 million multi-year research budget). This involved managing a team of 15 researchers operating across Afghanistan engaged in mixed-methods evaluation and research activities. I played a key role in new business development in the following sectors: Health, Livelihoods, Social Protection, Education and Water and Sanitation.
2000 - 2001
Research Assistant
Eldis, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Responsible for disseminating Human Development online resources through the medium of the Eldis aggregating (internet-based) gateway.