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Ekaterina Shaleva

Ekaterina Shaleva is a Consultant in the Governance theme, having joined Itad in summer 2018 as a Research Analyst.

Prior to joining Itad, Ekaterina worked as an independent consultant, conducting research on gender-based violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to inform grantmaking strategy, and a grants advisor, supporting the pre-contracting stage of a challenge fund to advance sexual and reproductive health rights in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Ekaterina has also worked in various non-governmental organisations in Tunisia, in a monitoring, evaluation and research capacity.

Ekaterina wrote her Master’s dissertation on the practice of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan in partial fulfilment of the requirements for MSc Development Management at the London School of Economics, UK.

Nationality: Bulgarian
Languages: Bulgarian (native); English (fluent); French (advanced)
Country Experience:

Tunisia, Nigeria


2017 - 2018
MSc, Development Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
2012 - 2016
BA, Economics & Development Studies
Brown University


2019 - present
Itad Ltd.

2018 - 2019
Research Analyst
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2017
Project Assistant
Ubuntu at Work Inc.

2015 - 2015
Intern, Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication
Mercy Corps, Tunisia

Project Experience:

2019 - present
Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) Gender Policy 2015-2020
(WFP) - Research Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Ekaterina is responsible for supporting the core team on document collection, mapping, and desk reviews, as well as for assisting with gap analysis and data synthesis. She also coordinated and led on the survey data collection and results analysis.

WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations that addresses hunger and promotes food security around the world. The evaluation aims to assess and report on the quality and results of the 2015-2020 Gender Policy, as well as its associated guidance and activities to implement it, to draw lessons, derive good practices, and inform a potentially new gender policy.

Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) Mid-term Review
(BMGF) - Research Analyst
As Research Analyst, Ekaterina developed a country case study template for data collection and identified key themes and data gaps to support evidence-based discussions. She also assisted in interviewing and sub-contracting of national consultants to support case study country missions.
2018 - present
Monitoring and evaluation of DFID’s support to the Palestinian Authority
(DFID) - Project Manager
As Project Manager, Ekaterina coordinates an evaluation team of 5 and provides contract and budget oversight. As Research Analyst, Ekaterina has synthesised key points in AdHoC Liaison Committee (AHLC) reports and analysed logframe to identify progress towards outcomes for the DFID-funded Support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) called SSRP.

DFID support to the Palestinian Authority is provided through the Stability, Services and Reform Programme (SSRP). The overall aim of the SSRP is to support the Palestinian Authority to deliver basic services, build stability and promote reform in the OPTs.

2018 - present
Strengthening Citizen’s Resistance against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C)
(DFID ) - MEL Specialist
SCRAP-C is the pillar 2 of DFID Nigeria’s 5-year Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme. It aims to contribute to changes in expectations and attitudes towards corruption in Nigeria through social marketing to create an environment that discourages corruption, civil society educational campaigns on corruption, and citizen engagement initiatives.

As MEL Specialist, Ekaterina provides M&E and capacity building support to citizens’ groups. She has facilitated workshops on outcome harvesting, challenges, and lessons learnt and supported a mock mid-term assessment to prepare partners for DFID’s mid-term review.

2018 - 2019
Evaluation of Gavi’s gender policy
(GAVI) - Research Analyst
As Research Analyst, Ekaterina conducted an evaluability assessment, led data mapping and supported country case study research for the evaluation of GAVI Gender Policy.

GAVI is a public-private health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. The evaluation aims to assess the design, implementation and results of the application of the 2013 Gender Policy to inform the Alliance’s forthcoming gender policy and wider strategic agenda.

2018 - 2018
Provision of Monitoring & Evaluation Services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund in East Africa
(FCO) - Research Analyst
As Research Analyst, Ekaterina supported a joint analysis of conflict and stability (JACS) in Somalia for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund programme in East Africa.

The CSSF is a government fund which provides development and security support to countries at risk of conflict or instability. It has a budget of £1.28 billion and covers over 70 countries.

2018 - 2018
Evaluation of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit
(DFID) - Research Analyst
As Research Analyst, Ekaterina conducted political economy analysis of St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and supported financial benchmarking analysis for the evaluation.

DFID's support to the Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit is provided under component five of the Caribbean Anti-Corruption Programme which aims to build asset recovery capacity in the Eastern Caribbean to improve accountability and transparency over a five-year period (2015-2020).

2018 - 2018
Supporting Partnerships for Accountability and Civil Engagement (SPACE): Evidence and Learning
(DFID) - Research Analyst
As Research Analyst, Ekaterina led data mapping to construct evaluation baseline (with qualitative and quantitative data) for the DFID-funded local governance programme in Myanmar/Burma called SPACE.

SPACE is a DFID-funded programme that aims to foster effective partnerships between civil society and local government, to help public institutions become more responsive to people’s service delivery and economic needs.

2018 - 2018
Field Evaluation Programme
(Global Giving UK ) - Project Evaluator
As Project Evaluator, Ekaterina conducted 3 organisational assessment visits and supported a fundraising and communications workshop for partner organisations in Sofia. She drafted 3 evaluation reports, working collaboratively with peer evaluator.
2016 - 2017
Freedom from Violence Program
(Global Fund for Women) - Research Consultant/Grants Advisor
As Research Consultant, Ekaterina conducted research on gender-based violence in Europe and Central Asia for thematic strategy development and analysed internal and external data to help develop grantmaking portfolio. She interviewed 2 gender experts to provide specialist counsel on women’s movements in South Asia.

As Grants Advisor, Ekaterina supported 9 grantees in pre-contracting stage for AmplifyChange, a fund advancing sexual and reproductive health rights in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She worked with grassroots organisations to finalise workplan, budget, indicators, and milestones for grant agreements and communicated with women’s groups to resolve technical and financial issues.

2016 - 2016
Europe and Central Asia Program
(Global Fund for Women) - Intern
As Intern, Ekaterina assisted the drafting of regional documents and briefs to inform fundraising and grantmaking strategy and analysed survey grantee data on 45 partners for impact assessment. She identified and communicated with 3 grassroots organisations for total funding of $44,000.
2014 - 2014
Civil Society Monitoring of EU-Tunisia Privileged Partnership
(Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Partnership) - Trainee
As Trainee, Ekaterina advanced research on mobilising civil society monitoring of relations between Tunisia and EU and examined impacts of partnership with EU on country’s economic and social rights. She supported workshops and conferences on women’s rights, prison and justice reform.