Illustrative List of Evaluation Assignments

I have conducted many evaluation assignments over the past 15 years. They span local to global initiatives, primarily in the Global South, with a special focus on Africa and Asia. The following examples demonstrate the scope of my work.

2018 Impact of science on development. Team leader for an External Evaluation of the Strategic and Socioeconomic Impact of grant portfolios in the Astronomy and Food Security knowledge domains in South Africa. Commissioned by the National Research Foundation (NRF).
2017 Decent work. Team Leader for the Independent High Level Evaluation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Country Programme Strategies and Actions in the Mekong sub-region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
2016 Disaster risk science, programming, positioning and organisation. Team Leader for the Strategic Review of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme, a 10-year, interdisciplinary research initiative sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR).
2015 Disaster risk science, network and consortium. Team Leader for a Summative Evaluation of the third phase of Partners Enhancing Resilience to People Exposed to Risks (PeriPeri U), a USAID supported programme involving a consortium of 11 universities across Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.
2014 Socioeconomic impact and value for money. Team Leader for an External Evaluation commissioned by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa of the socioeconomic impact of five key research grant portfolios on the South African System of Innovation (the Centres of Excellence; South African Research Chairs Initiative; National Equipment Programme; Thuthuka for emerging scientists; and the Human Capital Development Scholarship Programme).
2012/2014 Research quality. Member of a two-person team commissioned by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada to (i) conduct a Strategic Evaluation of IDRC’s approach to, and performance in cultivating excellence in international development research, and (ii) design what is now known as the ‘Research Quality Plus’ (RQ+) Assessment Framework.
2010 Evaluability. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist to conduct an Evaluability Assessment of the overall strategy of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a Pan-African programme based in Nairobi, Kenya supported by multiple funders, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2010 Information and communication technology for development. Member of a panel commissioned by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada to conduct a Summative Review of the Communities and the Information Society – Africa (Acacia) Programme, a research support programme in the Information and Communication Technologies domain, implemented in many countries across Africa and the Middle East over a period of fifteen years.
2009 – 2013 Empowerment of women in science. Contracted to provide expert advice and guidance for the design and implementation of an empowering theory-of-change based M&E system for the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program, a comprehensive leadership and career development initiative for women scientists implemented in 11 African countries.
2009 Research and policy influence and impact. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada, to do an External Evaluation of the Impact of the policy influencing work of LIRNEasia, a regional information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation capacity-building organisation active across the Asia-Pacific region.
2008 – 2009 University research and internationalisation strategy. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist by the University of the Free State in South Africa to conduct External Evaluations of the implementation of (i) the Five Year Research Strategy (2004-2008), and (ii) the Internationalisation Strategy, and to assist with the design of the next phases.
2008 Research and knowledge product use, influence and impact. Team Leader for the External Review of the use, influence and impact of the flagship output, the Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4), produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with 54 partner organisations.
2008 Global development programme. Senior Evaluator in a team for the Summative Evaluation of the Global Programme (GCF-III) of UNDP, a framework with a complex mix of components comprising 121 global projects and programmes, 75 policy advisors, numerous strategic partnerships, support to the management of the Thematic Trust Funds (TTFs), the development of knowledge products, networks and communities of practice, and associated management dimensions (withdrew from team during final write-up).
2008 Managing for impact. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome, Italy, to conduct a learning-oriented evaluation of the Regional Programme to Strengthen Managing for Impact in Eastern and Southern Africa (SMIP) – an initiative in support of research, knowledge management and learning in IFAD funded projects in these two regions.
2007 World Food Programme evaluation function. One of four international panel members assigned to conduct a Professional Peer Review of the Office of Evaluation (OEDE) of the World Food Program (WFP), commissioned by the OECD Development Assistance Committee and the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).
2007 Child labour. Team Leader for the Joint Independent Mid-term Evaluation of the National INDUS Child Labour Project piloted in five states in India, commissioned by the Government of India, US Department of Labour and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
2007 Fellowship programmes. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist by the CGIAR Gender and Diversity Programme based in Rome, Italy, to conduct a Joint Comparative Evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of two Pan-African fellowship programmes aimed at African women scientists supported by USAID, the CGIAR Gender and Diversity Programme, and the Syngenta and Rockefeller Foundations.
2007 Impact of HIV/AIDS. Commissioned by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) as Evaluation Specialist to conduct an Independent Mid-term Review of the project Measuring the impact of HIV/AIDS on electoral processes and national budgets in Africa, implemented in 10 African countries as part of a regional focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS on governance.
2006 Country programme evaluation. Team Member for the Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in Bhutan, aimed at evaluating the positioning of, and contributions to development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in that country.
2006 Child labour. Team Leader for the Independent Mid-term Evaluation of a strategic initiative to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, commissioned by the International Labour Organisation and the US Department of Labour.
2005 Policy work. Team Leader commissioned by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to conduct an External Review of IUCN’s Policy Influence from global to local levels – aimed at understanding IUCN’s policy work, the factors driving and shaping the policy activities, the mechanisms for policy influence, and the relationship between the intended outcomes and the organisational mission and strategies.
2004 Knowledge networks, and the use and influence of knowledge products. Team Member for the External Review of the six Commissions of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the IUCN’s knowledge networks of eminent scientists, at the time consisting of around 10 000 members worldwide. The Review included an assessment of the use and influence of 11 of the most significant knowledge products of the IUCN.
2003 Organisational systems and performance. Team Member for the External Review of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) based in Gland, Switzerland – covering their programming, global positioning, organisational systems, governance system and finances. IUCN is a highly complex organisation, at the time with a Secretariat staff of 1,000 in nine regions and 63 countries around the world, six specialist volunteer Commissions of more than 10,000 scientists, and an institutional membership of 70 governments, nearly 300 government agencies and more than 700 NGOs.
2003 Empowerment policies and strategies. Team Member for an External Evaluation of the empowerment policies and strategies of the National Department of Agriculture in all provinces in South Africa, and to develop a relevant monitoring and evaluation system based on the findings.
2003 Business process systems. Contracted as organisational development and evaluation specialist in a consortium tasked to assess all institutional business process systems for the National Research Foundation (NRF), a South African national science council responsible for funding university research programmes and capacity strengthening efforts.
2003 Network on land and resource rights. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist for the External Evaluation of the Pan-African Programme on Land and Resource Rights Network (PAPLRR) in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt, aimed at developing and articulating a Pan-African voice and expertise on land and resource rights, policies and advocacy.
2002 – 2003 Policy influence. One of 10 international consultants worldwide engaged by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) based in Ottawa, Canada, for a Strategic Evaluation of the Influence of Research on Public Policy, and the role of gender within these projects, with (i) responsibility for South Africa, Mozambique and Uganda, and (ii) including a comparative analysis and synthesis of all the case studies conducted in Africa.
2002 Secondary education. Commissioned as External Evaluator by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Rapid Formative Review of the Mpumalanga Secondary Science Initiative (MSSI), an in-service, school-based teacher training programme in 350 schools in the Mpumalanga district of South Africa.
2002 Community-based natural resource management. Team member for the Summative Evaluation of the Regional Programme of Analysis and Communication on Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, a regional initiative jointly managed by the Universities of the Western Cape and Zimbabwe.
2000 – 2001 Research for development. Commissioned as Internal Evaluator for the SA-Netherlands Programme for Alternatives in Development, which aimed to build research capacity among black and female university staff in South Africa and The Netherlands in key areas for development, i.e. New Approaches to Economic Development; Natural Resource Use; Social Development for Empowerment; Governance for Democracy; and Culture, Society and Identity.
2000 – 2001 Rural development. Commissioned as Evaluation Specialist by the Regional Coordinating Intermediary of the WK Kellogg Foundation in Southern Africa to conceptualise and design a multi-cluster, multi-level programme for nine impoverished rural districts in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, and to develop coordinated programme management systems for M&E, organisational learning, networking, technology use, communication and social marketing.