I’m a consultant on issues around aid management, PFM and governance, with a particular focus on the links between technical systems and policy processes. I have worked in Bangladesh, France, Georgia, Germany, Liberia, Myanmar, the US, the UK.
My work experience includes advocacy / policy development and technical advice in the government and non-profit sectors, as well as software development as a Python programmer. My educational background focused on economics and politics. I have experience in the following areas: aid / IATI data; climate finance; extractive industries / EITI data; IFMIS; integration of aid and IFMIS systems; procurement and Open Contracting. I speak English and German, with some French and Spanish.
Apr 2020 – Present
Supporting the Grand Bargain transparency workstream on humanitarian data, including through the development of a prototype visualisation of funding to the COVID-19 development response.
Apr 2016 – Present
Supporting the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Liberia in integrating aid projects held in the Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU) and Aid Management and Coordination Unit (AMCU) with the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). Included development of reporting utilities from IFMIS. Developed a user-friendly project database for AMCU and Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for managing external and domestic projects. Including geo-coding functionality, project development indicators and output/outcome indicators to support management, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
October 2020 – Present
Build on existing research to develop a methodology and a downloadable dataset that meets the needs of partner country data users. Present this data in Excel using an interface that automatically updates nightly.
Apr 2020 – Jun 2020
Advising on and editing a report on strengthening IATI data quality feedback processes for the IATI Data Use Task Force.
May 2019 – Jun 2019
Development of a public procurement visualisation for use by the State Procurement Agency, other procuring entities, civil society and private sector. Uses data published by SPA under the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS).
May 2019 – Jun 2019
Provided support to the Madagascar Aid Management Assessment, with a focus on mapping aid management systems to budget and other financial management systems, as well as IATI import.
Nov 2018 – Feb 2019
Assessment and prototyping of needs for an M&E / performance management system, beginning with one agriculture project, but rapidly scaling to include projects across ministries and sectors.
Aug 2017 – Dec 2018
Project managing the development of the Myanmar Aid Information Management System (AIMS). Coordinated feedback from government officials, development partners and worked with developers to implement specifications.
May 2015 – Jun 2018
Using data analytics to improve public procurement performance. In Georgia, undertook systems mapping, data analysis, meetings with government officials, translating between technical / policy levels. Supported implementation of Open Contracting in Bangladesh and Georgia. Helped develop a dashboard to provide performance analytics of Mexican public procurement data.
Aug 2017 – Mar 2018
Development of a system to capture data on climate finance projects in Bangladesh. Developed specifications in consultation with government officials, civil society. Managed a team of software developers to implement these specifications. Integrated with existing Government-owned system.
Nov 2016 – Mar 2017
Report on financing for food and nutrition security. Explored data limitations and provided policy recommendations.
Sep 2015 – Feb 2017
Successfully piloted using IATI data to improve quality of data in Bangladesh’s Aid Information Management System (AIMS) and reduce burden on government and donors from data collection. Conducted interviews with government officials and donors in Dhaka to understand context in depth. Developing methodologies and technical approaches for data exchange. Wrote tender and managed software supplier to implement technical recommendations and build software providing a sustainable process for using IATI data to supplement locally-collected data. Worked with government officials to design a context-sensitive approach. Delivered presentations on the work in international fora. The approach led to a significant reduction in burden from data collection and significant increase in data quality for participating donors. http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=57889
Oct 2016 – Jan 2017
Worked with USAID to review a range of (mostly financial) internal systems on behalf of Publish What You Fund. We substantially improved the quality of USAID’s published IATI data, allowing successful import in Bangladesh for the first time, working with the USAID Bangladesh mission. Report on recommendations.
Aug 2016 – Sep 2016
Scoping on available data and recommendations for the development of a refugee data dashboard.
Jan 2016 – Apr 2016
Evaluated and provided recommendations on systems improvements for research NGO focusing on the arms trade.
Dec 2015 – Mar 2016
Developed a database to enable data collection of French Embassy-funded projects and publication to IATI Standard.
Jun 2015 – Feb 2016
Designed and built a dashboard, working with local consultant, to visualise data on the extractives industries in Ghana. The dashboard should in the future become a template for rolling out to other country platforms.
Jan 2013 – Nov 2015
Led technical, policy and advocacy work on the IATI budget identifier as a mechanism for enabling the integration of aid with partner country budgets, including the development of visualisations, and coordinating and building consensus among a large group of donors, technical experts and partner countries.
Led a methodological review of the Aid Transparency Index to more accurately measure aid transparency and ensure the incentives in the Index were well aligned with our broader advocacy goals.
Developed open-source software to automatically assess the quality of data published to IATI and to provide a user-friendly survey tool for managing the Index process, working with consultants. Visualised aid to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Conducted technical advocacy with donors, particularly in the US and France, including holding meetings in French and German.
Engaged extensively with the open data community. Led our technical work on the IATI Standard, including on upgrades and organisation identifiers.
Sep 2010 – Dec 2012
Campaign focusing on aid transparency, based in London but with a global target audience.
Developed the first visualisation of aid mapped onto a partner country’s budget, using data from a 2007 Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report, and got coverage for the visualisation in the Guardian. Created an “Aid Transparency Tracker” as a way to monitor the aid transparency of 58 donors. Designed the original methodology and survey instrument, obtained buy-in from 48 partner NGOs, and provided analysis and text for the 2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index and subsequent iterations of the Index.
Presented Publish What You Fund’s work at conferences around Europe.
Led on our technical engagement with the IATI Standard, incorporating our advocacy asks into this process.
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012
Conceived, designed and developed a tool through which organisations could publish their data to the IATI Standard by uploading a spreadsheet of data and mapping their columns to the IATI fields. Since used by a large number of organisations, including several large governments and NGOs.
Sep 2011 – Sep 2011
Brief and presentation for Člověk v tísni on the current state of play in aid transparency in the Visegrád countries. Including analysis of the different systems available for publishing/reporting aid information, and the aid effectiveness arguments for doing so.
Jan 2011 – Feb 2011
Developed a tool and internal analysis for BOAG agencies of relationship between DFID spend and 23 data sources within 10 indicators to assess possible motivations underlying DFID allocation decisions in the Bilateral Aid Review.
Mar 2009 – Sep 2010
Wrote briefings and provided research materials, input into amendments and helped to manage coalitions of cross-party support, as well as working within party structures to develop the party’s policies. Drafted articles for publication and communicated with constituents.