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Leonora Evans Gutierrez

Leonora is a Senior Consultant in the Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS) Practice at Itad with eight years’ experience working in international development and fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Leonora is currently a core team member for the Itad/Altai external MEL Partner providing monitoring, evaluation and learning support across UK Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF) programmes in Eastern Africa and North Africa, where she has worked with CSSF teams to strengthen programme design, delivery, evidence gathering and reporting. Leonora is experienced in developing theories of change and results frameworks, as well as applying a range of qualitative evaluation methods.

She has worked across a range of thematic areas including; P/CVE, conflict prevention, security and justice, serious organised crime, SGBV, FGM/C, and has a strong interest in community empowerment approaches and social norms change.

Recent work has included producing two case studies as part of an evaluation of UNICEF’s coverage and quality in complex humanitarian situations; and conducting a study of Political Access and Influencing (PAI) of the CSSF Caribbean programme.

Prior to joining Itad, Leonora worked in South Sudan for a year where she managed a number of research projects and evaluations, including: the DFID-funded Evaluation of South Sudan Textbook Project and a Formative Study of What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls in South Sudan for Global Women’s Institute.

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

Ethiopia, Gambia, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda


2011 - 2013
MA Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (Distinction)
University of Sussex
2004 - 2008
BA French and Geography
University of Liverpool


2019 - ongoing
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2019
Itad Ltd.

2015 - 2016
Project Officer
Forcier Consulting, South Sudan

Team Leader
ICS Raleigh International, Nicaragua

2013 - 2014
Marketing, Appeals, and Programmes Assistant
Renewable World

2011 - 2013
Communications, Advocacy, and Research Intern
Orchid Project

2009 - 2011
Contracts Coordinator
Alternative Travel Group

Project Experience:

2018 - present
Provision of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) services to the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in Eastern Africa (Phase 2)
(UK FCO) - Core Team Member
Itad has been contracted to lead the consortium providing MEL support to CSSF Eastern Africa, covering 10 countries and 5 CSSF portfolios (East Africa, Somalia, Sudans, Africa Peace and Security, Great Lakes). Our MEL support includes strengthening programme, portfolio and regional MEL systems; strengthening programme monitoring including through third-party monitoring, conducting research, reviews and evaluations at programme, thematic and regional level; and supporting learning and knowledge sharing across portfolios and the region.
2018 - present
Provision of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) services to the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in North Africa
(UK FCO - DFID) - Core Team Member
Itad has been contracted to lead the consortium providing MEL support to CSSF North Africa (also known as the North Africa Good Governance Fund – NAGGF), covering 5 countries and 7 programmes (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Regional Fund, Technical Assistance Facility). Our MEL support is focused on three areas: 1) designing and conducting an evaluation of the NAGGF regional portfolio; 2) designing and conducting thematic evaluations of NAGGF support to inclusive economic development, inclusive governance, influencing and education; and 3) providing MEL mentoring support to programme teams at Post.
2017 - present
Evaluation of UNICEF’s coverage and quality in complex humanitarian situations
(UNICEF) - Core Team Member
Itad has been commissioned by UNICEF to conduct an evaluation of the coverage and quality of UNICEF response in complex humanitarian situations. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide a deeper, more systematic and objective analysis, across country contexts, of the extent to which UNICEF is succeeding or failing to reach affected populations with principled and high-quality programming in complex humanitarian situations; and to generate practical solutions for the improvement of the coverage and quality of UNICEF response to crises in complex humanitarian situations.

Leonora is a core team member contributing to the evaluation of two case studies which will involve; a desk-based document and literature review, conducting interviews in both French and English, conducting fieldwork and community engagement, (co)-authoring two case study reports.

2015 - present
Provision of Monitoring & Evaluation Services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund in East Africa
(Foreign and Commonwealth Office) - Core Team Member
Itad has been contracted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to deliver monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services across UK Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF) programmes in Eastern Africa. The CSSF is a funding mechanism which supports the UK Government’s work in addressing conflict and fragility globally, under the direction of the National Security Council (NSC).

Leonora is a core team member in the M&E Unit’s provision of monitoring, evaluation and learning support to CSSF programmes working across the East Africa region. Leonora has worked closely with a broad range of CSSF stakeholders within the region, notably CSSF programme teams and HMG implementers. Work to date includes: supporting CSSF programme teams and HMG implementers with strengthening results frameworks, theories of change and results reporting; running and facilitating programme refresh workshops with CSSF teams to help strengthen programme design and develop theories of change based on evidence of what works and programme learning; running M&E and risks workshops with CSSF teams and HMG implementers; supporting an assessment of the contribution of each regional portfolio to UK strategic objectives; contributing to the development of an M&E toolkit for use by CSSF programme teams; conducting evaluations and reviews CSSF programmes and projects; assessing the political access and influence (PAI) achievements of CSSF programmes and contributing to the development of a compendium of PAI case stories.

2016 - 2017
Evaluation of UNHCR’s role as Cluster Lead Agency for the Global Protection Cluster
(UNHCR) - Consultant
Itad has been contracted to conduct an evaluation of UNHCR’s role in leading the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), focussing on UNHCR’s performance as Cluster Lead Agency (CLA), at both global and country levels. The evaluation will focus on learning how the protection clusters at country level are supported by the GPC, and what lessons have been learned by UNHCR in field CLA situations. The evaluation will examine the achievements and challenges of the cluster at global and field level with regard to coordination, capacity building, and support to the field and mainstreaming protection, and will look at achievements against the 2012-15 GPC strategy as well as provide recommendations of relevance to the current 2016-19 strategy.

Leonora is an evaluation team member supporting with developing the Evidence Assessment Framework; conducting a document review and in the country study for Honduras.

External assessment of value for money, sustainability and coordination of DFID’s funding to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to end FGM
(DFID) - Researcher
The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme (UNJP) to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) seeks to promote the abandonment of FGM/C in 17 African and Middle Eastern countries. The programme combines work with legislators, policy makers, law enforcers and the judiciary to pass and implement legislation prohibiting FGM/C, and communities to change public attitudes to the practice. DFID, a contributor to the UNJP, has commissioned Itad to assist the two UN agencies in strengthening their results and value for money (VfM) measurement on the programme. DFID intends to use the recommendations resulting from the external assessment to inform the next phase of its investment to end FGM. Leo is supported the document review.
2015 - 2016
Research, Capacity Building and Team Management in South Sudan
(Forcier Consulting) - Project Officer and Researcher
Project Management – responsible for managing and implementing research projects of varying scopes throughout the country. This entailed simultaneously managing multiple projects at different stages of the project cycle.

Capacity Building and Team Management – trained researchers and enumerators in data collection techniques, sampling methodology and computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). Managed teams of researchers and enumerators, providing supervision and ensuring their security whilst in the field.

Client Communication – developed and maintained good client relationships. Liaised regularly with clients regarding project design and implementation, and to provide progress updates.

Contract Management – monitored contract deadlines and coordinated with different departments to ensure deliverables were met according to the set timeline. Quality

Assurance – oversaw project activities, undertook field-level checks, monitored data collection and troubleshooted problems in order to ensure project completion to schedule and a high standard.

Translation – managed the accurate translation of research tools and questionnaires into local languages.

Research and evaluation design – worked with colleagues to design and develop qualitative and quantitative tools and evaluation strategies.

WASH Project Management
(ICS Raleigh International, Nicaragua ) - Team Leader
Reporting – produced high-quality reports throughout the duration of the programme, including project proposals and monitoring and evaluation reports. Project Management and Implementation – oversaw project activities and ensured their completion to schedule and a high standard; managed project expenses; produced and assigned report-writing on a regular basis. Team Management – led a team of volunteers aged 17-24 from around the world, with diverse backgrounds, providing strong leadership and excellent project management to enable them to develop personally through their experiences on ICS Raleigh. Provided 1:1 support and coaching to the young people, resolving conflict and providing motivation where necessary, developing strong crisis-management skills.

Partnership Development – maintained and developed a strong working relationship with the local project partner and relevant stakeholders to manage the project over 3 months.