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Marco Maragno

Marco Maragno joined Itad in autumn 2019 as a consultant in our health theme. He has over two years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian and development programmes.

Marco’s recent work has been leading the design of monitoring & evaluation projects at JaRco Consulting in Ethiopia. In this position, he also carried out complex field research in projects such as the 2019 UNICEF Ethiopia Country Program Evaluation and Gender Programmatic Review. He has previously managed the implementation of a sustainable livelihoods projects in Colombia, coordinating field teams and working with indigenous communities on agroforestry, nutrition and water management. He also has field experience with displaced communities, having volunteered full-time in Greek refugee camps, in particular working closely with child refugees.

Marco holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been trained in protection frameworks for child refugees, as well as for children with additional needs or disabilities. He is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and Greek.

Nationality: British, Italian
Languages: English (Native), Italian (Native), Spanish (Proficient), Greek (Proficient), Arabic (Elementary), French (Elementary)
Country Experience:

Colombia, Ethiopia, Greece

Qualifications:

2016 - 2018
MSc Anthropology & Development
The London School of Economics and Political Sciences
2008 - 2011
BA International Business & Economics
University of Greenwich

Employment:

2019 - present
Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2018 - 2019
Program Development Officer
JaRco Consulting, Ethiopia

2017
Humanitarian Volunteer
Habibi Works, Greece

2017
Volunteer Clown Doctor for child refugees
The Flying Seagull Project, Greece

2015 - 2016
Program Implementation Officer
Mundo Nuevo, Colombia

Project Experience:

2019
Ethiopia Country Program Evaluation and Gender Programmatic Review
(UNICEF) - Research design and evaluation
This multi-sector evaluation involved studying programmes on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, public health systems strengthening, nutrition, and food security.

Marco was involved in all stages of the programme, from research design to quantitative and qualitative tool development. He carried out the evaluation in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, conducting research with multiple stakeholders. In particular, Marco interviewed staff at UNICEF, implementing partners and government departments, and conducted FGDs with adolescent boys and girls in remote pastoralist communities.

2019
Assessment of the effect of PICS bags on household (HH) income
(USAID) - Research design and project management
This study explored the effects of using Purdue Improved Crops Storage Bags (PICS) on household income in rural areas of Ethiopia, part of the Feed The Future Ethiopia programme.

Marco designed the research methodology, which included a mapping exercise to develop a sampling frame and two rounds of quantitative data collection. He was also responsible for project management, including assembling field teams and acting as the main client contact.

2019
Cost benefit analysis of hydroponic fodder production
(USAID) - Research design and project management
As part of the Feed The Future Ethiopia programme, this study aimed to gather information on the economic viability of hydroponic fodder production, and collect data that could be compared to other types of fodder, including field green forage production, and using concentrates.

Marco designed the research methodology, which involved conducting KIIs and FGDs, as well as an analysis of primary and secondary data on the nutritional characteristics of hydroponic fodder. He was also responsible for project management, including assembling field teams and acting as the main client contact.

2019
Assessment of the effect of FTFE VCA support on coffee nursery seedling
(USAID) - Research design and project management
This study aimed to measure the effect of the Feed The Future Ethiopia programme on coffee nursery seeding sales.

Marco designed the research methodology, which included a nursery level quantitative survey as well as FGDs and KIIs to assess whether improvements were made in nurseries regarding nursery operations and management, record keeping, quantity and quality of seedlings produced. He was also responsible for project management, including assembling field teams and acting as the main client contact.

2019
Baseline, Midline and Endline Evaluations for Improving Access to Education in Ethiopia for Most Marginalised Girls Project
(People in Need) - Research design and project management
This multi-year assignment for People In Need (PIN) involved carrying out all evaluation stages for the DFID-sponsored Improving Access to Education in Ethiopia for Most Marginalised Girls project.

For this project, Marco designed a research methodology that included extensive qualitative and quantitative data collection in Afar, Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regions. He was also the main point of contact with the client and team lead.