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Ignacio Torrano

Ignacio Torrano joined Itad in February 2018. He is a consultant in the Human Development practice, which is made up of our Health and Education themes.

Ignacio provides monitoring, evaluation and learning support across a number of projects. In health, he is currently working as a Junior Evaluator on the Fleming Fund evaluation that Itad is carrying out for the Department of Health and Social Care. For this project, he is in charge of conducting desk-based analysis to pre-populate the Theory of Change document for a number of countries as part of contribution analysis. In education, he is part of the team carrying out the Global Partnership for Education evaluation, playing the analyst role in the elaboration of three of the prospective evaluations (DRC, Mali and Nepal).

Before joining Itad, Ignacio led a small impact evaluation of the retail activity of a social enterprise in Western Kenya, which involved both quantitative and qualitative methods. He also gained experience working in the finance department of a leading consulting company in Brussels, before deciding to change his career to focus on international development.

Ignacio holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia. For his dissertation, Ignacio focussed on assessing how the free trade agreement between China and Peru has impacted these countries’ trade infrastructure. Ignacio holds a BSc in Business Administration from the Public University of Navarre.

Nationality: Spanish
Languages: Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), French (Intermediate), Italian (Beginner)
Country Experience:

Belgium, Kenya, Laos, Spain, UK, Vietnam

Qualifications:

2016 - 2017
MSc Development Economics
University of East Anglia
2009 - 2013
BSc Business Administration
Public University of Navarre

Employment:

2017 - present
Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2017
M&E Advisor
Bidhaa Sasa (Kenya)

2014 - 2016
Financial Controller
Everis (Brussels)

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
Fleming Fund Independent Evaluation Supplier
(UK Department of Health and Social Care) - Consultant
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched the Fleming Fund, a £265 million One Health programme, to support low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim of the Fleming Fund is to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of AMR in LMICs through a one health approach: building capacity to collect drug resistance data; enabling the sharing of drug resistance data nationally, regionally and internationally; collating data on AMR; and encouraging the application of these data to promote the rational use of antimicrobials. Itad has been contracted to deliver an independent evaluation of the Fleming Fund country and regional level projects.

Tasks: Work close to the contribution analysis leader, supporting a number of country visits including Uganda, Laos, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. This involves document reviews, pre-populating the ToC template, support preparation of country visits, conduct remote interviews with Regional coordinators as well as Country Assessment Team members, etc.

2018
Evaluation of the Global Partnership for Education – 2017-2020 Country Evaluations
(Global Partnership for Education Secretariat) - Consultant
Along with its consortium partners, itad was in charge of design and implement the country-level evaluation component of GPE’s M&E Strategy over the period 2017-2020 in order to evaluate (i) GPE contributions to strengthening education systems and, ultimately, the achievement of education results within GPE developing country partners (DCPs) in the areas of learning, equity, equality and inclusion; and hence (ii) the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of GPE’s theory of change and country-level operational model.

Tasks: Support the Team Leader to develop the Baseline and first annual reports of five countries, which include a wide range of tasks such as: conduct literature reviews, contribute to build the ToC as part of the contribution analysis for the five countries, liaise with country evaluators, etc.

2018
Thematic Review of the Global Fund’s country-level technical support partnership (TSP) model - 2020
(GF Technical Evaluation Reference Group (TERG)) - Consultant
Itad was commissioned by the TERG to undertake a Thematic Review of the Global Fund’s country-level technical support partnership (TSP) model. The review is currently ongoing and the findings will be obtained from four case studies (Georgia, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Cote d’Ivoire) and eight spotlight cases, which will study the performance of several Technical support partnerships across different countries.

The objectives of the review are to:
1) Develop a greater understanding of how and to what extent TSPs have contributed to improved program outcomes at the country level.
2) Generate learning to contribute to ongoing improvements in the Global Fund’s partnership models and working modalities.
3) Develop a ToC for how partnership models should work at the Global Fund.

Tasks: Support the drafting of the Inception Report, contributing to the desk-based case studies approach. Provide research support to one case study (Georgia) and three spotlight cases, which involves desk reviews and support preparation for key informant interviews. Undertake several project management tasks, such as building the workplan, organising team meetings, adapting data collection tools and undertaking document management.