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Stefanie Wallach

Stefanie Wallach is a Principal Consultant in the Organisational Effectiveness theme at Itad. She has 20 years’ experience managing health, HIV/AIDS, social marketing and community development programmes, including 8 years based in Latin America and Asia.

Stefanie has high-level experience developing cross-cultural country platforms for international development organisations, leading organisational change and restructure, and establishing and improving organisational systems. Stefanie’s management experience includes leading country platforms for international development organisations with a staff of between 40 – 130 people, and overseeing annual budgets of over £20M of restricted and unrestricted donor funds.

Since joining Itad, Stefanie has led and supported a number of evaluations, including her role as the Organisational Capacity expert for an evaluation of the Hewlett Foundation’s strategy to apply human-centred design to improve family planning and reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Stefanie is also the Team Leader for developing a MEL framework for the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) and building capacity in the iDSI network to apply the MEL tools. Additionally, Stefanie was Deputy Team Leader for the team that undertook a mid-term evaluation of iDSI. The evaluation focused on five different levels of iDSI’s work, including the approach of iDSI towards initiating and delivering country level practical support and the effectiveness of this support.

Before joining Itad, Stefanie was Head of Team Contracts and Agreements at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance). She had responsibility for team management, donor relations, ensuring financial and performance targets were met, and strengthening cross-team collaboration. Prior to that, Stefanie worked for eight years with Marie Stopes International (MSI). This included three years spent as Country Director of MSI’s platform in Cambodia leading a team of 130 local staff to increase the supply of high quality health services through running MSI/Cambodia’s clinic network and mobile outreach teams, building the capacity of government and private health providers, and increasing demand for services through community education and media campaigns. During her time as Associate Director Executive Projects at MSI’s London office, Stefanie developed and rolled-out MSI’s first Organisational Development Assessment tool used to track comparative development and achievement of operational standards of MSI’s Country Platforms over time.

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Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (basic), French (basic)
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam

Qualifications:

2002
MA International Relations/International Economics
Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
1995
BA Mathematics/Spanish Language and Literature
Binghamton University
1992
Diploma, Estudios Hispanos
Universidad de Salamanca

Employment:

2015 - 2016
Head of Team Contracts and Agreements:
International HIV/AIDS Alliance

2014
Asia Health Markets Advisor (based in Cambodia)
Marie Stopes International

2012 - 2014
Country Director
Marie Stopes International Cambodia

2010 - 2012
Associate Director, Executive Projects
Marie Stopes International

2007 - 2010
Executive Project Manager
Marie Stopes International

2006 - 2007
Programme Officer Latin America and the Caribbean
International HIV/AIDS Alliance

2005 - 2006
Deputy Regional Representative for Central America (based in Honduras)
Population Services International

2003 - 2004
Technical Advisor for Honduras (based in Honduras)
Population Services International

2002 - 2003
Associate Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (based in Washington DC)
Population Services International

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
AVANTI – advancing knowledge for agricultural impact
(International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), multi-country) - Project Director
Project Description: Itad, in partnership with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, has been awarded a grant to by IFAD for AVANTI to develop and implement an approach that will enable national governments to self-assess, identify strengths and gaps and develop action plans on how to strengthen capacities to measure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Activities: Oversight of delivery of the work stream to develop and roll-out the Ag-Scan self-assessment tool including leading and participating in technical teams to apply the Ag-Scan at the country level. Provide strategic leadership for building stakeholder engagement and relationships. Ensure contractual compliance.

2017 - 2018
Evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Research and Development Advocacy Portfolio
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Germany, Australia, EU) - Deputy Team Leader
Project Description: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) commissioned Itad to evaluate its investments during the period 2014-17 in global health research and development (GH R&D) advocacy across five grants (framed as a portfolio) to non-government organizations (NGOs) based in Australia, Germany and the EU which are engaged in highly targeted, strategic advocacy to promote public investment in GH R&D. The purpose of the evaluation was to review the performance, strengths and weaknesses of the portfolio, to understand the grantees’ roles and contributions to increased funding and improved policy environment for GH R&D. In addition, the evaluation examined the wider landscape of other organizations working in the same sphere and the G-FINDER project, a data repository of previously unavailable information on investments in global health R&D.

Activities: Technical management of G-Finder evaluation, and support to the Australia case-study and the Landscape analysis; Engagement with evaluands and high-level stakeholders to conduct interviews and focus-group discussions. Led on writing specific sections of the final reports and presentations.

2016 - 2018
Evaluation of the Hewlett Foundation's Strategy to Apply Human-Centred Design to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health services in Sub-Saharan Africa
(The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenya, Zambia) - Organisational Capacity Expert
Project Description: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has made several grants in Kenya and Zambia to support a partnership between IDEO.org and service delivery provider Marie Stopes International to apply HCD to improve contraceptive uptake and reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Itad was commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation of this strategy.

Activities: Developed and applied the analytical framework for identifying the organisational enablers and barriers to applying HCD; conducted Key Informant Interviews; provided support to the team in the development of the overall methodology and analysis; conducted Key Informant Interviews and provided strategic support to stakeholder engagement and informing audiences around evaluation findings.

2016 - ongoing
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) MEL framework
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, Global with specific focus on Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam) - Team Leader
Project Description: Developing and rolling out a MEL framework for iDSI, including conducting country-level capacity development workshops and providing support to iDSI partners to apply the MEL tools. IDSi aims to build effective partnerships at country, international and network levels. These partnerships provide practical support and knowledge products for use in evidence informed decision-making at local, national and international levels. Through the delivery of these support and policy-informed knowledge products, iDSi helps build stronger country level institutions working in health policy. The MEL framework tracks iDSI work at three levels – international, country and network.

Activities: Conducting country-level capacity development workshops and providing support to iDSI partners to apply the MEL tools; supporting iDSI to develop the systems needed for data collection for the MEL including on-line platforms and standard templates; reviewing, analysising and synthesising of the data collected for the MEL framework and facilitating annual learning reviews with iDSI partners to reflect on progress and make evidence based decisions on course correction.

2016 - ongoing
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) Med-Term Evaluation
((Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Global with specific focus on India, Indonesia, South Africa and Thailand) - Deputy Team Leader
Project Description: The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the performance of iDSI to date and to identify lessons for how the network can further strengthen and improve what it does. The evaluation focuses on five different levels of iDSI’s work, including the approach of iDSI towards initiating and delivering country level practical support, the effectiveness of this support and the extent to which iDSI’s engagement contributes to country-level policy change to support evidence-informed priority setting for health.

Activities: Conducting key information interviews (KIIs) with global and in-country stakeholders. Leading on the case study for Indonesia including document review, KIIs, focus group discussion, engagement with high-level stakeholders, and analysis and synthesis of data. Leading on the evaluation of iDSI’s governance and management structures to assess the extent to which they are suitable for iDSI to achieve its strategy, the strengths and gaps in the core competencies most valuable for the network, and how the network structure enables and inhibits communication, collaboration and knowledge exchange.

2016 - ongoing
Post-hoc quality assessment (PHQA) and annual summary report services
(World Food Programme, multi-country) - Project Director
Project Description: Following on from WFP’s new Evaluation Policy in 2015, Itad was commissioned by WFP to design and apply a new, integrated PHQA system for WFP. The Itad team is applying the customised PHQA template to assess up to 50 evaluation reports annually and provide an annual report to WFP which summarises PHQA assessment findings across centralised and decentralised evaluations, highlights comparability across quality criteria; and provides recommendations for how to strengthen the quality of WFP’s centralised and decentralised evaluations.

Activities: Oversight of delivery PHQA services, including design of the approach, providing strategic leadership for building stakeholder engagement and ensuring contractual compliance.

2016 - ongoing
Evidence and Knowledge for Development, K4D
(DFID, Global) - Evaluation Manager
Project Description: The objective of this programme is to strengthen the exchange and uptake of evidence and knowledge for learning within DFID and with partners. It will share evidence and learn from it with partners; develop and maintain a high level of capability and excellence in DFID staff; and support the timely delivery of high quality policy and programme business needs. The K4D consortium also undertakes learning on shared development challenges with DFID’s partners and ensures that our evidence and learning products remain relevant to UK priorities.

Activities: Overall responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of K4D, supporting the Team Leader, and providing technical direction to the team. Direct oversight of the monitoring of the Learning Journeys including designing and applying the technical approach, conducting key information interviews, data analysis and leading on report inputs.