Marc S.

Chief of Party, Senior Evaluation and MEL Consultant

Doctoral DegreeUniversity of Rochester

Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary

I am a project leader and monitoring and evaluation professional with 20 years of management and technical expertise including an extensive background in research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and report writing and editing, combined with on-the-ground, cross-sectoral capacity building skills. Examples of management experience include serving as chief of party for three years through closeout of an $11.75 million mission-support contract for USAID/Nepal, where I turned around a struggling project to stabilize turnover, improve product consistency, grow the breadth of services provided, receiving complements from headquarters and the client and doubling the company’s review ratings. I opened the cross-sectoral $24 million SIMPLE Egypt project and was recruited to turn around the four-year $12 million Global Climate Change Monitoring and Evaluation Project. For both, I provided overall technical leadership and direction across all tasks as well as overseeing operations. As technical examples within SIMPLE, I oversaw technical support for the contentious development of the mission's first strategy and revision of result frameworks in over a decade, established processes for handling multiple simultaneous performance evaluations, and developed new checklists and processes for monitoring, such as M&E plan review forms to improve transparency of standards. For GCC M&E, I provided overall technical leadership for tasks that included 12 impact and performance evaluations and studies, revising agency-level result frameworks and indicators, and overseeing a complex, multi-sectoral data quality assessment across 13 implementing partners and their subcontractors across seven countries. As a director of monitoring and evaluation for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, I oversaw about $1.5 billion in projects in Asia, Africa, and Eurasia, including implementation of rigorous impact evaluations to understand effects on income and intermediate results using a variety of designs including randomized, propensity score matching, regression models. I designed and led an evaluation of $24 million four-year primary to secondary educational reform program in the Republic of Georgia. The evaluation assessed at the system and school levels quality of teaching and learning; school physical and social environments; school decentralization and consolidation; and school management and finance. I also led impact and process evaluations of the Delhi-based Global Development Network and of the Development Gateway Foundation. I served as survey/statistical consultant for CAMFED International' first baseline surveys of a complicated, multifaceted program to improve girls' education and young women's empowerment in rural sub-Saharan Africa. I also provide sampling and survey advice for the Internews Network's HIV/AIDS radio programming intervention in Africa and Asia. I have coordinated a complicated multiple-year evaluation of USAID-sponsored education projects in Macedonia, and managed a $10 million vocational education and decentralization project. I built M&E capacity for a large NGO in Guatemala for four new primary and basic educational quality projects. Other evaluation experience includes directing a $4.8 million multi-year evaluation of a governmental-related infrastructure program and leading an evaluation for the World Bank Institute Evaluation Group. I have designed and taught courses and trainings, worked on capacity building projects, and worked on research involving a variety of environmental and education-related issues. I have served for two decades as a board leader of a development NGO focused on education, health/HIV, and other issues in communities across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Experience

  • monitoring / evaluation
  • development
  • international development
  • usaid
  • climate change
  • united states
  • nepal
  • iraq
  • pakistan
  • egypt
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries

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