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Bara Sladkova

Bara Sladkova joined the Business Development team in 2014 and became a Consultant in 2017. Since then, she has worked on a number of projects across the Climate Change and Impact Investing portfolios.

Bara is an experienced evaluator with proven knowledge of monitoring and evaluation systems and methodologies, with a primary focus on qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. She has over six years’ experience in sustainable development, climate resilience, carbon finance, forestry and impact investing, gained through consulting, research, business development and project management for various employers. These include Itad, the European Commission (EC), Beijing-based consultancies and organisations in the non-governmental sector.

Over the past four years, Bara has specialised in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and is now managing a contract to deliver MEL services to the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), a multi-donor initiative supported by USAID, Z Zurich Foundation, DFID and SIDA. Bara also provides technical inputs for the World Bank-funded Learning Partnership on the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, and DFID’s Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

Prior to joining Itad, Bara provided policy advice to major donors in the above-mentioned thematic areas, including to DFID on the role of infrastructure projects in poverty alleviation in India and sub-Saharan Africa. After starting her career with a Beijing-based consultancy specialising in carbon trade, Bara joined the EC to coordinate their work with several development banks (WB, EBRD, EIB) to draft a co-financing mechanism for promoting energy efficiency in buildings.

Bara holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex.

Find out more about Bara in her 60 Second Interview (Jan 2016).

Nationality: Czech
Languages: Czech (native), English (fluent)
Country Experience:

Bulgaria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Vietnam


2012 - 2013
MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation
London School of Economics and Political Science
2006 - 2009
BA International Relations and Development Studies
University of Sussex


2017 - ongoing
Itad Ltd

2016 - 2017
Business Development Officer
Itad Ltd

2014 - 2016
Business Development Administrator
Itad Ltd

2013 - 2014
Research Assistant
Engineers Against Poverty

Project Assistant
Kerlin Energy & Environmental Technology/QCA

Assistant to the Head and Deputy Head of Geographical Unit - Bulgaria
DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission


2016 - ongoing
Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences
Climate Change Adaptation Monitoring & Evaluation course
Training in Monitoring and Evaluation: Logframe and Theory of Change

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
The Second Phase of Providing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support to the Global Resilience Partnership
(GRP - UK; the Netherlands; Vietnam) - M&E Officer
Delivery of MEL support to GRP grantees via online MEL help desk and in-person MEL clinics; Coordination and hosting of interactive webinars; Coordination of Management Information Systems (MIS) design and development; In-country collection of monitoring data; Coordination of Itad-led MEL support team; Project management and client /partner liaison.
2017 - 2018
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)
(DFID, UK) - Consultant and Evaluator
Applied Realist Evaluation approach to Portfolio Synthesis; Co-developed a coding scheme for data analysis; Coded Final Evaluation reports produced by BRACED Implementing Partners; Analysed project-level data using ICMO configurations; Contributed to report writing.
2017 - 2018
Learning Partnership on the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
(World Bank, UK) - Evaluative Researcher
Collected qualitative data using semi-structured interviews; Delivered data analysis and document review; Developed DGM’s Institutional History (a narrative that records how DGM’s arrangements and processes have evolved over time and how the mechanism enabled/contributed to IPLC’s engagement in decision making about allocation of grants under the Forest Investment Programme) at the global level and country-level Institutional Histories for six of DGM pilot countries; Performed context mapping and co-delivered comparison of DGM to similar funding mechanism; Contributed to report writing.
2017 - 2018
Impact Audit of Nesta Impact Investments
(Nesta Impact Investments, UK) - Consultant
As part of a three-member core delivery team: Conducted review and analysis of the investment portfolio, including investment due diligence documentation, investees reports and NII’s reports to the Investment Committee, as well as Nesta’s communications to the public and partners; Identified inconsistencies and areas of improvement; Contributed to the final Impact Audit Report; Supported presentation of preliminary findings to the client in sense checking workshop.
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Sport
(British Council, UK) - Consultant
Used project monitoring tools to deliver a document review; Captured and coded evidence of changing attitudes and behaviours among young people.
Portfolio Review and Design of a Theory of Change
(Argidius Foundation, UK) - Research Assistant
Mapped of over 40 grants as part of a portfolio review that informed the re-design of the portfolio-level Theory of Change (ToC).
HMG Climate Change Compass
(DFID, UK) - Research Assistant
Supported the evaluation team with summaries of ToCs of all programmes funded by the ICF that aimed to promote low-carbon development.
2014 - 2016
Evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s (CIFF) Contribution to the 2015 International Climate Negotiations
(Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)) - Research Assistant
Conducted two extensive portfolio reviews of climate policy investments (applying OECD-DAC criteria) evaluation and performance assessment of CIFF’s 2015 international climate negotiations initiative in the lead-up to the Paris COP in November 2015 and beyond.
Infrastructure Topic Guide 12: Maximising the Benefits to the Poor from Infrastructure Programmes aimed at Increasing Growth
(DFID/Engineers Against Poverty) - Research Assistant
Researched and drafted two sections the benefits of infrastructure to the poor: (i) ICT infrastructure, and (ii) access to electricity. Assisted the lead authors with the development of a Theory of Change and establishing assumptions. Helped to identify transmission links and potential risks to the poor. Put forward additional measures to ensure the poor benefit.
Carbon trading and certification of CDM projects
(Quality Carbon Assets, Beijing) - Project Assistant
Researched the area of EU ETS, established contacts for carbon credit swaps in Europe and Japan, and assisted with business negotiations. Contributed to the purchase of carbon credits from Europe and their sale to Japan. Assisted with the approval of CDM projects by National Designated Authorities in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
Clean Technology Transfer between China and EU member states
(Kerlin Energy and Environmental Technology, Beijing) - Project Assistant
Liaised with clients in the area of trade with clean technology between Europe and China. Advised clients on EU co-financing and national subsidy schemes related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric mobility.
2012 - 2013
Support to LSE Student Union Energy Society
(London School of Economics and Political Studies) - Officer for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (volunteer)
Organised panels on Biofuels and The Future of Renewable Energy in Europe. Researched, identified, contacted and liaised with participants. Designed conference programs, managed budgets, wrote press releases and contacted media.
Co-financing mechanism for improving energy efficiency in residential housing in Bulgaria
(DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission) - Assistant to the Team
Coordinated a concept of a co-financing mechanism between the EC and external parties (WB, EIB, EBRD) for promotion of energy efficiency measures in residential buildings in Bulgaria (implemented in 2012). Collected evidence and assessed effectiveness of existing financial instruments for promoting energy efficiency in residential housing.
Support to negotiations of the 2014-2020 programming period
(DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission) - Researcher
Drafted a “Country Profile”, an outline of Bulgaria’s progress in the absorption of EU funds, which became one of the DG’s negotiation mandates for the 2014-2020 programming period. Collected primary data through over 20 interviews, analysed findings and put forward recommendations.