Phil C.


Colorado School of Mines

United States


Mr. Phil Colgan is renowned as a seasoned Team Leader and coach of best practices—especially as an expert Performance Measurement & Impact Evaluation (PMIE / M&E / MEAL) and Learning professional who utilizes state-of-the-art approaches including Qualitative Comparative Analysis in addition to Mixed Methods for data collection through 360° Participatory Techniques to derive evidence-based conclusions and to formulate rationalized recommendations concerning both wider aspects of Development Interventions as well as focused Activity Cycle Management. He has hands-on working familiarity of establishing impact indicators, setting target parameters, developing qualitative data requirements, designing surveys, gathering and validating information, plus data analysis/management systems including Access, GIS, MySQL, ODK, and SPSS in order to gain an holistic assessment so as to draw balanced conclusions regarding performance measurement, impact evaluation, activity accreditation, and lessons learned. As a former COP and Country Director, Phil is well-regarded by USAID Missions in Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia as having a thorough knowledge of contracting practices who steps up to conflicts; reads situations quickly; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to cease and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; and he faces adversity head on. Known as a results-based manager, a dynamic team leader with over 20 years of international development experience, Phil has a proven track record of successfully exceeding contract deliverables, optimizing outreach and maximizing impact with wide-ranging expertise as a practitioner of solution-to-demand-driven approaches with a stakeholder-centric focus. Recognized for extremely effective management of rapid start-ups and / or turnarounds of programs, projects and activities as well as long-term in-country leadership of development interventions that deliver fast yet resilient outcomes. At all times ensures compliance with the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), particularly: 22 CFR 226, 228, 230; and the US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), especially FAR Subchapter B—Competition and Acquisition Planning; plus Subchapter C—Contracting Methods and Contract Types; and Grants under CAs. Well-liked, respected achiever of excellence, stimulator and facilitator of universally beneficial changes that are positive in character, significant in impact, long-lasting in consequence and sustainable into the future.


  • monitoring / evaluation
  • development
  • economic policy
  • international development
  • research & development
  • united states
  • afghanistan
  • libya
  • ghana
  • egypt
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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