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Emma Mulhern

Emma Mulhern is a Senior Consultant with Itad’s health theme. Emma has over seven years of experience in international development, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and gender.

Prior to joining Itad, Emma worked in Sierra Leone where she was the Gender Advisor for Irish Aid and supported the international coordination efforts around the Ebola response. Emma also spent two years working with UNFPA in Zimbabwe, focusing on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She has experience of designing, implementing, managing and monitoring complex, multi-stakeholder programmes and working in collaboration with national and international partners.

Emma has a Masters of Law in Economic Social and Cultural Rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights and is in the final stages of pursing a Masters in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nationality: Irish
Country Experience:

Ethiopia, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe


Master of Law in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland
Bachelor of Law
University of Wales


2018 - present
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2018
Itad Ltd.

Irish Family Planning Association
Support for the development of a global advocacy strategy for sexual and reproductive health.
Coffey International
Technical revision of thematic papers (forestry, energy and adaptation) for the integration of gender into the International Climate Fund.
2014 - 2016
Programme Advisor
Irish Aid
Supporting the Government of Ireland’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia; including fulfilling coordination roles, drafting policy papers, drafting internal situation analysis. Managed Irish Aid’s gender portfolio, focusing on gender based violence, women’s rights and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Chaired the Gender Development Partners’ working group and provided technical support to national and international partners, including acting as the donor representative on the Steering Committee for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and the Writing Committee for the National Strategy for the Reduction/Elimination of FGM.
2012 - 2014
Programme Officer – Youth and Communication
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Zimbabwe
Project management of projects and implementing partners under the Adolescent Sexual and Reproduction Health (ASRH) Programme.
2011 - 2012
Youth for Sustainable Development Programme Officer
Direct youth work with young people from disadvantaged areas in Dublin.
Editorial Consultant
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), Nepal
Editing and proofreading the NGO’s annual human rights yearbook
2010 - 2011
Documentation Officer
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), Nepal
Researching human rights violations, drafting situational analyses and articles for publication and Monitoring and evaluation of district activities.


Managing for Development Results, Irish Aid, Sierra Leone
Project Planning and Proposal Writing, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Ireland
Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool, South Africa

Project Experience:

2017 - 2018
Evaluation of an Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation Programme to Accelerate POC/PITC Testing
(The ELMA Foundation ) - Evaluator
Since 2013, The ELMA Foundation has invested in the unfinished business of identifying infants, children and adolescents living with HIV and linking to them to treatment. Among this suite of investments is a 36-month grant to the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) to expand access to HIV testing and treatment in Kenya, Swaziland, and Zambia for children aged 18 months to 19 years old. The programme seeks to increase paediatric testing across all ages and improve linkages to treatment by accelerating implementation of Provider Initiated Testing and Counselling (PITC) for children and the introduction of new Point of Care (POC) Early Infant Diagnosis. Itad has been contracted to undertake an evaluation of the programme over two phases, assessing outcomes to accelerate POC/PITC testing in the three countries and inform future investments and the direction of ELMA’s HIV portfolio.

Emma is a core evaluation team member, with a focus on Swaziland. Emma supports the overall design and implementation of the evaluation and leads on the co-creation of recommendations across the evaluation with ELMA, EGPAF and the wider evaluation team.

2016 - ongoing
Evaluation of Adolescents 360
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CIFF) - Evaluator
Adolescents 360 (A360) is a $30 million programme jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to encourage modern contraceptive use and reduce unplanned pregnancy among young girls aged between 15-19 in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Itad is working in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Avenir Health to monitor, evaluate, and develop learning from the A360 programme. Data and evidence will be used to support accelerated introduction and scale-up of interventions across multiple countries. The evaluation has been commissioned to:

• Provide timely evaluation data to course correct the program during implementation as necessary, and to maximize the effectiveness and impact of efforts (the evaluation approach to achieve this objective will be further refined in collaboration with the implementing partner to ensure that the design is complementing existing efforts that the implementation partner will be undertaking during the rapid prototyping process)
• Assess the impact of the program on reducing the number of unintended pregnancies among adolescent girls
• Provide a robust evidence base on what does and does not work to reach adolescent girls at scale, cost-effectively and to what extent the program is replicable.

Emma is designing the process evaluation and associated data collection and analysis tools, supporting the design of the approach to qualitative analysis, and supporting the Team Leader on project management across components. Emma also leads on the implementation of the Engagement and Research Strategy for the evaluation, focusing on internal and external dissemination of lessons and findings from the evaluation.

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
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has made several grants in Kenya and Zambia to support a partnership between 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.

Emma supported the evaluation through desk reviews and the analysis of qualitative data. Emma also supported with key activities, such as the Recommendations Co-creation workshop.