The AF-TERG

The Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Adaptation Fund [AF-TERG] is comprised of an independent group of experts in evaluation, called the AF-TERG members, who are all functionally independent of the AFB Secretariat, Board, and Board committees. A small AF-TERG Secretariat provides support for the implementation of evaluations and studies part of the evaluative work program. The implementation of workstreams and evaluative work elements takes place with the support of consultants.

 

AF-TERG Chair and members

Debbie Menezes | AF-TERG Chair | af-terg-chair@adaptation-fund.org

Debbie has 25 years of experience in international development spanning across multiple sectors. These sectors include climate change, urban resilience, regional connectivity, transboundary water, human development, governance, and gender and social inclusion. She has substantial experience in the areas of strategic planning, leadership and development of complex high value programs, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and organizational change management.

Debbie is committed to issues related to climate change and sustainable development and, as the Chair of the AF-TERG, is keen to deliver the AF-TERG’s work programme and to add value to the Fund’s work through independent monitoring, evaluation and learning. Beyond the AF-TERG she works as independent consultant with several multilateral and bilateral agencies, civil society partners, and private sector foundations.

Carroll Patterson | AF-TERG member | cpatterson@adaptation-fund.org

Carroll has 20 years of experience monitoring, evaluating and learning from social change. He is a thought leader in applying “mid-range” assessment methodologies, such as qualitative comparative analysis, social network analysis, political economy analyses, process tracing and Bayesian networks, to program evaluation, cost effectiveness analyses, and experimental design impact evaluations. His expertise spans across climate change, biodiversity, gender, health, early childhood development, nutrition, water and sanitation, education/youth, migration, rural development, government policy, peace/stabilization, aid effectiveness, and resilience.

In addition to contributing to AF-TERG, Carroll sits as a senior partner in SoCha; a MEL firm with headquarters in Mauritius. He has a PhD in Sociology with a focus on World-Systems Theory from the Johns Hopkins University.

Claudio Volonte | AF-TERG member | cvolonte@adaptation-fund.org

Claudio Volonte bio picClaudio Volonte has 25 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development investments, programs and institutions, for both the public and private sector. Adaptation to climate change is one of his personal and professional passions. He has worked for most of the major multilateral climate funds, such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Adaptation Fund, Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). His evaluation, monitoring and management leadership come from his extensive work as staff of global and regional organizations, including University of Maryland, Organization of American States, World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group and International Finance Corporation, and the GEF Independent Evaluation Office. Recently he led the team of consultants that conducted the first independent review of the GCF.

He has a master degree and doctoral courses from Clemson University and University of Maryland, respectively, on urban and environmental planning and geography.

Mutizwa Mukute | AF-TERG member | mmukute@adaptation-fund.org

Mutizwa Mukute bio picMutizwa Mukute has worked as an environmental researcher/writer, environmental educator and regional director and evaluator for nearly three decades. With an academic background in natural resource management and environmental education Mutizwa has conduct learning-oriented evaluations in agriculture and food security, biodiversity conservation, landscape management, education and climate change sectors. His diverse and multi-level consultancy background include: Oxfam, the African Biodiversity Network, the Eastern and Southern African Farmers Forum (ESAFF), Iowa State University, Southern African Development Community, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Swedish Expert Group of Aid Studies (EBA).

Mutizwa is a member of the Blue Marble Evaluation Advisory Council, the Evaluation for Transformation (E4T) working group under the SDG Transformations Forum, and the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA). He holds a Masters and PhD in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, with a strong focus on systems thinking, collective, expansive learning and transformative change in the context of sustainable development.

 

AF-TERG Secretariat

Dennis Bours | Coordinator | dbours@adaptation-fund.org

Dennis coordinates the AF-TERG Secretariat to facilitate implementation of the evaluative work programs and supports the AF-TERG Chair in the development of AF-TERG related strategies, policies and work plans. Before joining the AF-TERG, Dennis worked for the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF IEO) where he focused on adaptation, resilience, gender equality and women empowerment. He has diverse experience in change management, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), disaster risk reduction, humanitarian operations management and capacity building.

He has (co-)authored various guidance notes, evaluation reviews and MEL manuals, and co-edited the New Directions for Evaluation journal special edition focusing on adaptation and resilience MEL. Dennis holds a MSc in Sustainable Development and Technology Management and another MSc in Supply Chain Management, with a focus on climate risk management in global supply chains.

Beryl Akoth | Financial and Administrative Analyst | bonyango@adaptation-fund.org

Beryl supports the planning and monitoring of the budgets and work plans of the AF-TERG, travel and hotel arrangements, organizational work processes, and business and data analysis linked to AF-TERG’s evaluative work program. She previously worked with the KPMG International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) Africa as the knowledge sharing advisor and gender workstream lead in The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity project. Prior to that, Beryl worked for KPMG East Africa in the Advisory Services unit as a Risk Consultant.

Prior to joining KPMG East Africa, she was the society manager at CFA Society East Africa for providing operational support to the CFA Society East Africa Board of Directors. Beryl is currently finalizing her dissertation for her Master of Science in Development Finance program from Strathmore University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Business Management from Strathmore University.

 

Support across workstreams

Caroline Holo | Data Analyst | cholo1@adaptation-fund.org

Caroline Holo bio picCaroline is, as data analyst, directly supporting the implementation of evaluations and studies part of the AF-TERG evaluative work program. Before she joined the AF-TERG Secretariat she was working as monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL) coordinator in Madagascar’s largest marine protected area with coastal communities. She has worked on impact evaluations, MEL designs and planning, data analysis and outreach. She has worked in the field of MEL for agricultural policies in the Caribbean while being based in Costa Rica and for various projects in Brazil, Chile and Malawi.

Caroline is from the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean and has a degree in Political Science and a MSc in Econometrics with her thesis focusing on impact evaluations in international development. She is excited to work with the AF-TERG Secretariat as a nature lover who believes in the importance of data for conservation and adaptation.

Caroline is part of the team that works on ex-post evaluations.

Liza Ottlakán | Data Analyst | lottlakan@adaptation-fund.org

Liza is an evaluation professional with over 4 years of experience in climate change and sustainable development. Liza has previously worked with the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU). She had a central role in many of the IEU’s evaluations, including the forward-looking performance review, the evaluation of the GCF’s country ownership approach, and the assessment of the GCF’s results management framework. Prior to her work with the GCF, she worked on national and European Union agricultural and rural development, and climate policy in Hungary.

Liza holds a Master of Science degree in Climate Change, Development and Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary.

Liza is part of the team that works on the mid term review of the Adaptation Fund Medium-Term Strategy.

Mariana Vidal Merino | Data Analyst | mvidalmerino@adaptation-fund.org

Mariana has over ten years of professional experience working on climate change adaptation, sustainable rural development and natural resource management in the Global South. Her expertise lies in applying bottom-up, mixed-method approaches to identify and co-generate solutions to complex problems in the land-use sector. After her undergraduate studies in forest engineering in her home country Peru, Mariana worked several years with cooperation agencies before moving to Germany to pursue an MSc in Tropical and International Forestry at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and later on a PhD in climate change adaptation and land-use change at the Technical University of Dresden.

Mariana is a co-founder of BluoVerda e.V., a member of the Coordination Hub of PlanAdapt and a project officer for the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).

Amadeo Watkins | Organizational / team development specialist

Amadeo has over 20 years public sector experience, half of which as a UK civil servant working on government-to-government organizational development and institutional reform issues in developing countries.

He has worked as a senior advisor to various government departments on policy delivery and implementation reform as well as capacity development, leadership and communication. Over the past few years his engagements have included acting as a Ministerial Advisor on strategic reform as well as leading government Change Management Teams focusing on cross-government optimization. Most recently he led an EU project aiming to facilitating the Jordanian government’s efforts at creating a Delivery Unit and improving Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks. His current focus of work is on socio-economic sustainable development in the Post-Covid period.

Nancy MacPherson | Strategic advisor

Nancy MacPherson bio picNancy MacPherson is the former Managing Director for Evaluation at The Rockefeller Foundation where, from 2008-2018, she established and managed the Foundation’s M&E system at program, strategy and governance levels. At the Foundation she was responsible for major M&E field building grants including the establishment of the Resilience MEL Community of Practice, MERLTech, and BetterEvaluation, Impact Investing M&E field building, and Slum Dwellers International’s Know Your City Data system. Prior to her work in philanthropy, she established and managed the Monitoring and Evaluation system for IUCN in Switzerland, and before that she lived in South Asia and Africa where she worked with a variety of organizations and social movements.

Post-Rockefeller Foundation, Nancy is pursuing her passion and commitment to strengthen the evidence base for investments and innovations in resilience, equity and impact investing, as well as supporting The South to South Evaluation Initiative (S2SE) to reverse asymmetries of power, knowledge, evidence and capacity between the Global South and the Global North.

 

Evaluation activities support

Judith Friedman | Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Judith is a skilled evaluator and organizational development consultant with over 13 years’ experience working with multilateral organizations on development effectiveness and organizational development. Over the past five years, she has conducted MOPAN (Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network) assessments for WFP, IADB, UN Women, and has worked closely with the MOPAN Secretariat to update MOPAN’s methodology. Judith has worked on strategic initiatives with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, the Global Partnership for Education, and Water.org. Judith has conducted evaluations of programs and partnerships within the bilateral, multilateral and NGO sectors including a recent Evaluation of Finland’s Fragile Country Strategies, and a mid-term review of the NDC Partnership. Judith brings sectoral knowledge of gender and equity mainstreaming, human rights, climate change, and partnership dynamics.
Judith holds a Master’s degree (LL.M) in International Law and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish.

Judith leads the team that works on the mid term review of the Adaptation Fund Medium-Term Strategy.

Peter Weston | Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Peter is a professional evaluator with over 20 years of international development experience. The last ten have been specialized in monitoring and evaluation of government-grant-funded projects, especially for international NGOs. Peter has personally conducted over 30 evaluations funded by bilateral and multilateral donors across Africa, Pacific Islands and the Middle East. He has also led M&E Departments for World Vision in the Pacific and Australia. His sectoral foci are sustainable rural livelihoods and land use, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, WASH and health. As well as being a veteran evaluator, Peter is an accomplished author, trainer and presenter. Peter holds a Master of Environment and Sustainability, a Graduate Diploma in International Health and a Bachelor in Commerce/Economics. He is a member of the Australian Evaluation Society, the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia, the Research for Development Impact Network and co-founded the Solomon Islands Evaluation Network.

Peter leads the team that works on the review and revision of the Adaptation Fund Evaluation Framework.

Jindra Cekan/ova | Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Jindra Monique Cekan/ova, Ph.D. has 34 years of experience in international development, using participatory and mixed methods to learn from villagers and ministers in 27 countries. A political economist, has designed and evaluated socio-economic global development projects primarily focused on food security and livelihoods with a resilience and gender focus. She has worked with donors, non-profits, and for- profits Since 2013, she has focused on ex-post-project evaluation and what it can teach about sustained and emerging impacts. Her team at Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC has participatory feedback, collaborative learning and advocacy for locally-led development at its core. She also is a mother, a Buddhist, and loves giraffes.

Jindra will work jointly with Meg Spearman on a Fund-specific approach to ex-post evaluation, three to five years after project closure. The rationale for ex-post evaluations is that the Fund wants to know whether its desired impact is (expected to be) achieved, being aware that adaptation takes time to resolve and often will only be visible years after projects have closed. Is adaptive capacity enhanced, resilience strengthened and the vulnerability of people, livelihoods and ecosystems to climate change reduced? And with longer term impact, is there sustainability? What has remained and what has perhaps disappeared, and can drivers of sustainability be identified?

Margaret [Meg] Spearman | Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Margaret (Meg) Spearman has over a decade of experience in environment and development, with core competencies in evaluation and capacity development for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her work has mainly focused on design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems for climate change projects and programs, performance measurement for national climate change policies, as well as various thematic, project, and program evaluations. She has a BA in environmental studies and a Master’s in Public Policy, specializing in environment. When she’s not working, she likes to spend time outside and enjoy the splendid curiosity and energy of her toddler.

Meg will work jointly with Jindra Cekan on a Fund-specific approach to ex-post evaluation, three to five years after project closure.