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Martina A Nicolls has over 30 years’ experience in the evaluation and implementation of development projects in post-conflict countries and in countries with emerging or transitional governments.

Served in post-conflict environments such as Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia.

Particularly adept at leading evaluation teams for high level change management.

Example: 2015 impact evaluation of USAID’s small grants interventions for youth in Pakistan that involved a treatment group compared with targeted beneficiaries, and compared with the previous year for both groups resulting in programmatic changes to the follow-on project.

Example: 2014 performance evaluation of USAID’s youth initiative in Somalia, across Puntland, Somaliland, and Mogadishu in the Federal Government of Somalia leading to programmatic change and financial accountability.

Example: 2013 final evaluation of USAID’s Sudan Transition and Conflict Mitigation program in Khartoum that aimed to mitigate conflict in Darfur and the Three Areas (border regions between Sudan and South Sudan) that led to continued support for the region.

Example: 2013 performance evaluation of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiative’s program in Sri Lanka, called the Reintegration and Stabilization in the East and North (RISEN) that aimed to improve social cohesion and civic engagement after 30 years of conflict.

Example: 2012 situation analysis of basic education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including in the disputed zones (between Kurdistan and Iraq) to determine project design and appropriate support for ministerial support, school management, pre-service and in-service teacher training, accelerated learning programs, facilities, school safety etc.

Example: evaluations of child labor programs in Africa and Asia for the United States Department of Labor and the International Labor Organization, and for AusAID in 2013 that addressed children sexually exploited in the travel and tourism industy in the Mekong Region.

Further examples are provided through the links below.

Extensive experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, data quality assessments, database management, statistical analysis, strategic planning, facilitating participatory reviews, and programming focused on gender and cultural issues.

Qualifications: Master of Science Communication, Bachelor of Education – Primary,  Bachelor of Education – Secondary, Diploma of Teaching

Membership of professional bodies: Association of Tertiary Education Management; Association of Science Communicators; Australian Engineers Association; AusAID Civilian Corps Disaster Relief Expert

Computer skillsAccess, SQL, SPSS, Statistica, Cognos Database, NVivo, MAXQDA, Excel, PowerPoint

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E): qualitative & quantitative evidence-based & results-based evaluations (RBM); performance & impact evaluations; participatory M&E; situational analysis; baselines; longitudinal studies; database design & management; data quality assessments & audits (DQA); program evaluations (emergency relief/disaster to recovery, transitional, and development); M&E capacity development/training

Education: primary/basic, secondary, higher education/tertiary; girls’ education; literacy and numeracy; leadership/management; vocational (TVET), youth employment & empowerment & public-private partnerships; teacher training; accelerated learning; educational statistics (EMIS); scholarship programs; curriculum development

Peace & Security: stabilization; reintegration; peace building; conflict mitigation; recovery; transition; positive change; social cohesion; M&E of peace-building programs; mediation and negotiation

Other: health (HMIS, institutional strengthening, capacity building), gender; child labor/trafficking; project management; small grants management; institutional strengthening; financial & resource planning; livelihoods/income-generation; community/rural development.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE:

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3. Monitoring & Evaluation (project, program, regional & country)
5. Education (basic, primary & secondary, accelerated & alternative innovations)
6. Vocational Education (TVET), Skills Development & Labor Gap Assessments
9. Gender Equity (particularly boys and girls education)