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Julia Hamaus

Julia Hamaus joined Itad in Spring 2015 as a consultant in Itad’s Governance and Gender themes.

Julia designs, manages and conducts qualitative research on projects including TilitonseVoices for Change and Mobilising for Development. Julia has over six years of experience in international development in the areas of gender, governance and civil society. She is experienced in applying a range of monitoring and evaluation methods, in particular qualitative approaches to impact evaluation, contribution analysis, and systematic cross-case synthesis methods. Julia has successfully developed several qualitative case studies, evaluation reports, as well as tailored knowledge and learning briefs.

Julia previously worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in project management, research, and knowledge uptake. She managed the BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme during its final phase, ensuring maximum global uptake and impact, supported Voices for Change (V4C) in the conceptual framing of the Gender Hub, a multi-faceted online resource with the aim to strengthen gender expertise and its application in Nigeria, and led the synthesis of key findings on the role men can play in supporting women’s political participation of the research project Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality (EMERGE).

Prior to her appointment at IDS, Julia was an Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Zambia, supporting the Civil Society Participation in Governance Reform Processes and Access to Justice programmes. In particular, Julia designed, managed and evaluated projects on strengthening the collaboration between civil society and state actors in the multidisciplinary management of gender-based violence cases. Julia has an MPhil in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies.

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Nationality: German
Languages: German, English, Spanish, Italian
Country Experience:

Germany, Guatemala, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, UK, Spain, Zambia


2007 - 2009
MPhil in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies
Universidad Jaume I, UNESCO Chair, Spain
2003 - 2007
BA in Languages and Literature
Università di Bologna, Italy


March 2015 - Ongoing
Consultant - Governance and Civil Society
Itad Ltd., UK

2014 - 2015
Gender Convenor
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

2012 - 2014
Gender and Legal Aid Advisor
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Zambia

2011 - 2012
Junior Advisor in Gender Analysis and Gender Mainstreaming
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Zambia

Human Resource Senior Assistant
Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), Spain

Ayuda en Acción, Spain


Using Outcome Mapping to enrich your monitoring and evaluation data, Outcome Mapping Learning Community, Brussels, Belgium
Personal Security for Field Staff, Clarity, Kettering, UK
Training cycle on facilitating change processes in development cooperation, Ingenious People’s Knowledge (IPK), Lusaka, Zambia
Training on Capacity Works, GIZ's management model for sustainable development, GIZ, Lusaka, Zambia

Project Experience:

2014 - Ongoing
Voices for Change
(DFID) - Consultant (Itad) and previously Gender Convenor (IDS)
Project description: Voices for Change seeks to strengthen the enabling environment for girls and women by building their self-esteem and self-confidence, changing society’s discriminatory attitudes to women and girls, and by the way women and girls are treated under law. Itad is one of four partners in the consortium managing V4C for DFID, providing technical leadership on programme monitoring and evaluation, including development of the V4C logframe, and M&E Strategy, and a theory-based internal evaluation.

Activities: At Itad Julia supports the design, analysis and synthesis of qualitative case studies and works on the design and implementation of the programme evaluation. At IDS, Julia was supporting the conceptual framing of the Gender Hub, managed the knowledge production component, and created content for e-learning courses. The Gender Hub is a multi-faceted online resource that aims to strengthen the cadre of gender expertise and its application in Nigeria.

2015 - Ongoing
Independent Evaluation Manager for the Mobilising for Development Programme, Nigeria
(Palladium, DFID, Nigeria) - Consultant
Project description: Itad has been contracted to manage the impact evaluation of the M4D programme. The programme has been designed to contribute to improved access to basic services in targeted local government authorities in three northern Nigerian states: Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa. By building capacity of supply- and demand-side stakeholders and identifying better-fit approaches to service delivery, the programme combines detailed political economy assessments with the latest thinking on improving governance in Africa. Particular emphasis is placed on improving delivery of basic services to women and adolescent girls, as well as to people with disabilities.

Activities: Julia leads the design, analysis and write up of longitudinal case studies, a central component of the IEM evaluation design. This involves applying a contribution analysis approach. Julia is also leading the design of briefing notes on common findings and lessons prepared at key points during the evaluation, incorporating a cross-case synthesis and comparative analysis and integrating and triangulating findings against other sources of M&E information.

2015 - 2016
Malawi, Independent Impact Evaluation Agent (IIEA) for Tilitonse
(DFID, Malawi) - Consultant
Project description: Tilitonse is a multi-donor pooled fund designed to support governance work conducted by civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi. It provides grants to CSOs with the aim of improving the accountability, inclusivity and responsiveness of local and national governance. Itad was appointed as the Independent Impact Evaluation Agent (IIEA) to measure the impact of Tilitonse.

Activities: Julia supported the design, analysis and write up of in-depth longitudinal case studies, a central component of the IIEA’s evaluation design. This involved applying a contribution analysis approach, analysing endline data, and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data sources for the IIEA Endline Report, using a systematic cross-case synthesis method.

2014 - 2015
Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality (EMERGE)
(DFID) - Gender Convenor
Project Description: Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality (EMERGE) was a two-year project to build an openly accessible basis of evidence, lessons and guidance for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. A consortium of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Promundo-US and Sonke Gender Justice collaborated in reviewing and analysing existing evidence, in documenting lessons from the field and in developing guidance for improved learning, policy and practice.

Activities: Julia supported the conceptual framing, contributed to the writing of the project's evidence report and was leading on communications and knowledge uptake.

2014 - 2015
BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme
(Sida) - Gender Convenor
Project description: The BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme was one stream of the IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality programme. The programme has championed a collaborative approach, with a strong advisory group and actively involving communities of practice, made up of over 150 activists and scholars from a range of global regions to exchange ideas and co-construct knowledge on the importance of gender-just social movements. This collaborative approach provided the key evidence for the programme, informing its direction and the content of its outputs.

Activities: Julia managed this programme during its final phase, ensuring maximum global uptake and impact. She managed the production of policy briefs, conducted an evaluation and presented the programme at international conferences and regional events.

2012 - 2014
Continuous Learning and Tracking of the Communication, Cooperation and Coordination Initiative
(GIZ, Zambia) - Gender and Legal Aid Advisor
Project description: The Communication, Cooperation and Coordination Initiative (CCCI) emanates from the Zambian Access to Justice Programme. The aim of this initiative is to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system targeting insufficient coordination between the five criminal justice institutions (CJIs). CCCI Chapters were established on district level to provide a platform of communication, cooperation and coordination for the CJIs and to enhance the interaction amongst them. In order to grasp the success stories of the CCCIs, this project introduced a monitoring and evaluation mechanism focusing on continuous observance of activities and processes, constant feedback loops and on-going refinement of activities.

Activities: Julia supported the project design and implementation, facilitated networking between and capacity building of civil society organisations and governmental institutions. Julia was also leading the production of a film illustrating this change process.

2012 - 2013
Gender Based Violence Case Flow Management Project
(GIZ, Zambia) - Gender and Legal Aid Advisor
Project description: With technical support from GIZ, this project was led by the Paralegal Support Programme of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola (Zambia), which trains and engages paralegal advisors and runs a women shelter in the Zambian Copperbelt Province. The project’s aim was to promote the continuous exchange of experience and knowledge, as well as the effective collaboration on the multidisciplinary management of GBV cases amongst service providers.

Activities: Julia was leading the project design and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation.


  • BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme: Stories of Influence (2015)
    Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.
    J. Hamaus

  • Public and Political Participation (2015)
    Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality, EMERGE Evidence Review; Edström, J.; Hassink, A.; Shahrokh, T. and Stern, E. (eds)
    J. Hamaus and J. Edström

  • Continuous learning and tracking of CCCI activities – Access to Justice (2013)
    GIZ fact sheet, Lusaka, Zambia
    J. Hamaus and N. J. Schroeder

  • Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (2012)
    Development matters: Africa, Uganda, and the Rwenzoris, Yearbook of the School of Business and Management Studies 2012, Mountains of the Moon University, Vol. 3. F. Meier zu Selhausen (Ed.)
    J. Hamaus and F. Meier zu Selhausen

  • Desigualdades interrelacionadas: género, migraciones y el papel del cuidado (2012)
    Migraciones y género: una perspectiva desde el norte y el sur. C. Benlloch Domènech (Ed.)
    J. Hamaus

  • La percepción del inmigrante y del país receptor. Ilusiones, manipulación e intereses políticos y económicos (2009)
    Migraciones, conflictos y cultura de paz. V. Martínez Guzmán & E. A. Sandoval Forero (Eds.)
    J. Hamaus