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Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper is a Partner at Itad, working within the health and education practice, and has over 13 years of experience in international development, following a career in law and justice across a number of sectors.

Jon has key programmatic and evaluation expertise in reproductive health, global health security, health system strengthening, health advocacy and governance, and organisational effectiveness.

Before joining Itad, Jon worked at Marie Stopes International (MSI) as Country Director based in Uganda, and then as Global Director of Evidence, Strategy & Innovation. Jon has also recently worked at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Find out more about Jon in his 60 Second Interview (written in 2016)

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), Spanish
Country Experience:

Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Yemen, Cambodia, India, Albania

Qualifications:

1988
LLB Law
University of Liverpool
1989
Solicitors Final Examinations
Chester College of Law

Employment:

2016 - Present
Associate Director
Itad Ltd.

2014 - 2016
Principal Consultant
Itad Ltd

2010 - Present
Chair, Supervisory Committee
International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine

2013 - 2014
Director: Evidence, Strategy & Innovation
Marie Stopes International

2010 - 2013
Country Director: Uganda
Marie Stopes International

2009 - 2010
Regional Advisor: Asia & Middle East Team
Marie Stopes International

2004 - 2009
Head of Team: Legal, Risk & Compliance
International HIV/AIDS Alliance

2002 - 2004
Senior Legal Advisor
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

1998 - 2001
Corporate Legal Advisor
Tui Travel Group PLC

1992 - 1998
Assistant Solicitor
Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
Evaluation of Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme (WISH)
(DFID) - Project Director
Dfid has commissioned Itad and OPM to act as third-party monitoring and learning partner to this programme which aims to provide a comprehensive package of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) across Africa and Asia, with a primary focus on increasing the number of additional Family Planning (FP) users according to the FP2020 definition, alongside reducing maternal mortality and improving access to safe abortion. The third-party monitor function involves verification of results against key indicators, linked to a payment by results mechanism. The learning role involves working within the learning ecosystem of each implementing partner’s consortium to promote research uptake and adaptive management of the programme, as an embedded collaborator.
2018 - ongoing
Evaluation of Gavi’s Support to Civil Society Organisations
(Gavi) - Project Director
Gavi currently has two main mechanisms through which support is provided to CSOs. Under the first mechanism, support is provided to increase capacity and strengthen civil society engagement for immunization through the Gavi CSO Platform model. The second is through Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) grants to countries. Itad has been commissioned by Gavi to undertake an evaluation of the Alliance’s support to CSOs through these two avenues. The primary purpose of this assignment is formative: the evaluation will inform decisions on how Gavi will approach the way it engages CSO in contributing to its mission in the future.

Jon leads the workstream concerned with understanding the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the overall governance and management structure of the Gavi CSO Platform model.

2016 - ongoing
Fleming Fund Independent Evaluation Supplier
(UK Department of Health) - Project Director
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched the Fleming Fund, a £265 million One Health programme, to support 32 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, as summative evaluator and as independent learning partner working alongside the implementing partner right through the project. A particular challenge is looking beyond outputs and activities, to use case studies and theories of change to assess the conditions necessary to effect change, the likelihood of change and this projects contribution to that change. Jon has a leadership and technical role on this project.
2017 - 2018
Global Fund Thematic Review of in country programmatic assurance
(Global Fund) - Project Director
The Global Fund commissioned Itad and Euro Health Group to conduct a Thematic Review of Information Generation and Utilisation by the Global Fund for ensuring progress toward national public health goals. The purpose of the review was to analyse whether information providers and mechanisms are effectively utilized and to identify potential ways of strengthening in-country information generation and utilization processes.
2016 - 2017
The Global Fund’s 2017 Strategic Review
(Global Fund) - Project Director
The Global Fund has commissioned Itad and Euro Health Group to conduct the Strategic Review 2017 (SR2017). The SR2017 is a follow-on to the Strategic Review 2015 (SR2015) and has two overarching objectives: one is to assess progress specifically made during the final two years of the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016, and the other is to analyse how lessons learned are contributing to the readiness of the Global Fund in implementing its 2017-2022 Strategy.
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 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.

Jon helped to design the evaluation and then was the Project Director, engaging with the client and evaluation advisory group, and participating in analysis meetings and the co-creation event with MSI, Ideo and Hewlett.

2015 - Ongoing
Evaluation of UNICEF’s global “Scale up of PMTCT and Paediatric AIDS care and treatment” program
(UNICEF) - Project Director
Project Director for this mixed methods evaluation of UNICEF’s global strategic programme across 77 countries, to contribute to improving UNICEF’s accountability for its performance and results and to generate evidence and learning. The evaluation aims to guide i) effective action towards the achievement of the UNICEF strategic plan HIV outcome and ii) UNICEF positioning in the post 2015 HIV agenda as guided by the UNAIDS 2016-2021 strategy.
2015 - Ongoing
Evaluation of Adolescent 360
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CIFF) - Project Director
Project Director for the impact evaluation, process evaluation and cost effectiveness evaluation of this $30 million programme aimed at scalable interventions developed through particular user centred design techniques. This innovative project is aimed at increasing contraceptive uptake amongst adolescent girls and is implemented by Population Services International, the Centre for the Development of the Adolescent Mind in Berkley and Ideo.org.
2015 - Ongoing
Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality programme
(DFID, UNICEF) - Expert Evaluator
Expert evaluator on the Evaluation Advisory Group to a mixed methods evaluation of a range of interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health (MNH) in different but overlapping geographic locations in Kenya, including training of health workers, health systems strengthening, community mobilisation, and demand-side financing. It is implemented by UNICEF, Options and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The evaluation includes an assessment of the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, equity and impact of the $70 million of support provided over five years.
2015
Evaluation of Clinton Health Access Initiative
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - Deputy Team Leader and Project Manager
Deputy Team Leader and Project Manager, a largely qualitative utilisation-focused evaluation of the implementation of CHAI’s organisational model and management approach to implementation of various interventions aimed at accelerating new vaccine introduction, enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistic systems and strengthening immunization systems.
2014 - Ongoing
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Sport
(DFID) - Project Manager
Project Manager, to monitor and evaluate sporting related interventions aimed at reducing gender based violence against women and girls. This project is centred around two intervention sites in Kenya and is being implemented over three years by the British Council in association with the UK Football Premier League, ACCORD, UN Women and others. It is measuring changes in norms amongst the communities around the intervention sites.
2014 - 2015
Evaluation of DFID-CHAI Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities
(DFID) - Project Manager
Project Manager of this evaluation of DFID’s support to CHAI in the implementation of a £35m programme entitled ‘Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities’. Itad is leading this evaluation that covers a sample of four programme areas – HIV Point of care diagnostics, HIV treatment, Malaria treatment, and Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) – and a review of one – the Value for Money in HIV spending. Our approach is based on a Theory of Change which provides the overarching framework for the evaluation. The methodology for data collection consists of a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods, including modelling, key informant interviews and most significantly, in-depth case studies in nine countries.
2014
Organisational Development Assessment of Marie Stopes Society Pakistan
(USAID, Multiple) - Assessment lead
Project description: The key objective of this evaluation is to verify the capacity of the organisation against 35 standards in seven capacity areas: technical performance, strategic management and leadership, project cycle management, financial management, governance, external relations and people & development.

Activities: Lead on a three day assessment with management team, reviewing documentation and providing scored report with technical assistance plan.

2014
Global Strategy Development
(Marie Stopes International) - Director
Project description: facilitate data driven process to set strategic direction for MSI to 2020, determining methodology for applying resources across the global partnership.

Activities: developing typologies based on seven key drivers (such as reaching a contraceptive prevalence rate ‘tipping point’), undertaking country assessments and leading development of KPIs to guide the executive team and Board.

2014
Organisational Standards and Manual
(Marie Stopes International/DFID) - Team Lead
Project description: An evaluation of MSI’s current standards and best practice, and the creation of a manual for senior managers and country directors setting out MSI’s operational ethos, operating principles, best practice and non-negotiable standards. To ensure MSI is fit for purpose and able to scale effectively to 2020.

Activities: assessment of current standards and best practice, facilitation of working group, development of sections, management of consultants, publication of manual.

2014
Metrics Working Group
(Marie Stopes International) - Chair
Project description: leading a working group to develop new metrics related policies and standards for MSI. Ensuring MSI monitors and reports best measures of impact.

Activities: develop new significant involvement policy, new measures for determining impact for provision of family planning products, new measure for high impact couple years of protection. Achieve executive team and Board approval for new measures. Liaison with Dfid, USAID, INGOs.

2010 - 2013
World Bank and KfW Reproductive Health Voucher Project in Uganda
(World Bank/KfW, Uganda) - Director
Project description: RHVP is an output based aid voucher project to encourage uptake of subsidised obstetric services at accredited private healthcare providers in Uganda. Delivery of award winning programme, and liaison with Population Council in its impact assessment.

Activities: Director responsible for delivery of the programme and leading a team of researchers to undertake a number of in country studies, to support delivery of the impact assessment.

2010 - 2013
Long Term Methods (LTM) / Accelerating the Rise in Contraceptive Prevalence in Uganda (ARC) Programme in Uganda
(DFID/USAID, Uganda) - Director and Chief of Party
Project description: Delivery of and Monitoring and Evaluation of £38 million five year LTM/ARC programme.

Activities: Director responsible for implementation of this programme. Leading research, monitoring & evaluation team in country, working with consultants and MSI’s international technical support providers to create performance management framework and logframe, and to monitor performance as well as evaluating impact of the programme.

2012 - 2013
Saving Mothers, Giving Life Obstetric Voucher Project
(USAID, NORAD ) - Director and Chief of Party
Project description: This output based aid voucher project was set up to encourage uptake of subsidised obstetric services at accredited private healthcare providers in Uganda. It worked alongside other reproductive health interventions in four district of Western Uganda aiming to cut maternal mortality by half in one year. Leading research, monitoring & evaluation team in country, working with consultants, and external evaluators at the University of Columbia to monitor performance as well as evaluate impact of the programme.

Activities: Director and Chief of Party

2009
Yamaan Social Marketing Foundation, Yemen
(KfW) - Advisor
Project description: Establish a new social marketing foundation in Yemen.

Activities: Liaise with KfW, MSI CEO, Ministry of Health to set up a new entity to receive KfW funding for a large five year social marketing programme. Draft constitution, register entity, MOU with ministry, agreement between parties.

2009
Organisational Development Assessment of Marie Stopes International in Yemen and Tanzania
(USAID, Multiple) - Assessment Lead
Project description: The key objective of this evaluation is to verify the capacity of the organisation against 35 standards in seven capacity areas: technical performance, strategic management and leadership, project cycle management, financial management, governance, external relations and people & development.

Activities: Lead on a three day assessment with management team in each country, reviewing documentation and providing scored report with technical assistance plan.