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Ben Harris

Ben Harris joined Itad in June 2017 as a consultant in the Social Protection and Livelihoods theme. Ben’s main interest is in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Ben has experience as both a practitioner and researcher in the WASH sector, and in particular the challenge of delivering sustainable WASH services, and the support needed to maintain them. Ben’s experience includes undertaking research to understand the institutional and financial performance of water services and applying this research and knowledge in practice to improve service delivery.

Prior to joining Itad, Ben worked with Concern Worldwide in Northern Uganda. He managed community development and behaviour change components of a WASH programme across two districts and supported water sector reform at the district level, including establishing long-term district-led monitoring programmes.

Ben has an MSc in Community Water and Sanitation from Cranfield University, where he gained significant research experience in India, contributing several case studies to a major AustralianAid-funded research project exploring successful community-managed water supplies. Ben previously worked for a non-departmental public body on higher education funding.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), French (intermediate)
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda

Qualifications:

2014 - 2015
MSc Community Water and Sanitation
Cranfield University
2003 - 2006
BSc (Hons) Physics
Imperial College, London

Employment:

2017 - Ongoing
Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2017
WASH Sustainability Manager
Concern Worldwide, Pader, Uganda

2015 - 2016
WASH Programme Support Officer
Concern Worldwide, Pader, Uganda

2013 - 2014
Project Officer
Sustrans Cymru, Caerphilly

2010 - 2011
Funding Round Adviser
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

2008 - 2010
Higher Education Policy Adviser
HEFCE

2007
Postgraduate and Faculty Union Coordinator
Imperial College Union

2006 - 2007
Deputy President (Education and Welfare)
Imperial College Union

Training:

2016
Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies. Eawag (online course)
2015
Designing for behaviour change: Social and Behaviour Change Communication. Concern Worldwide, Uganda (internal training)

Project Experience:

2017 - ongoing
Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation Service Provider for the WASH Results Programme
(DFID) - Deputy Verifier (South Asia Wash Results Programme) and Programme Management Support
The programme aims to improve poor peoples’ health through sustained access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene services across 11 countries. Itad leads the monitoring and verification of the programme, including the verification of Payment by Results achievements.

Ben is the Deputy Verifier for one of three implementing partners (covering Bangladesh and Pakistan), involved in the detailed design and implementation of the verification approach. Ben also provides technical and programme management support to the project leadership team, including specific inputs on sustainability.

2014 - 2015
Community Water Plus in India
(Cranfield University/IRC) - Research Assistant
Documented successful community-managed rural water supplies in three states in north-west India. Ben's roles included water service level indicator development and mixed method evaluation. Encompassed 10 weeks fieldwork, working closely with local research partners, overseeing data collection, and analysing data. Final outputs comprised three detailed case studies and one synthesis paper exploring underlying trends and identifying success factors.

Publications:

  • Gravity-fed water supply in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh. (2016)
    Cranfield University/MNIT/IRC.
    Harris, B., Brighu, U., Poonia, R.

  • Community-managed water supplies in rural Jaipur: the Swajaldhara scheme 15 years on (2015)
    Cranfield University/MNIT/IRC
    Harris, B., Brighu, U., & Poonia, R.

  • 24x7 water supply in Punjab: international funding for local action (2015)
    Cranfield University/MNIT/IRC
    Harris, B., Brighu, U., & Poonia, R.

  • Determining success in community managed rural water supply using household surveys (2015)
    Cranfield University/IRC
    Amin, J., Denis, J., Harris, B., Ibenegbu, N., Javorszky, M., Maillot, E. & Tripp, S.