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Bara Sladkova

Bara Sladkova joined the Business Development team in 2014 and became a Consultant in 2017. Since then, she has worked on a number of projects across the Climate Change and Impact Investing portfolios.

Bara is an experienced evaluator with proven knowledge of monitoring and evaluation systems and methodologies, with a primary focus on qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. She has nine years’ experience in sustainable development, climate resilience, carbon finance, forestry and impact investing, gained through consulting, research, business development and project management for various employers. These include Itad, the European Commission (EC), Beijing-based consultancies and organisations in the non-governmental sector.

Over the past six years Bara has specialised in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). She has managed a contract to deliver MEL services to the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), a multi-donor initiative supported by USAID, Z Zurich Foundation, DFID and SIDA. Bara also provided technical input into some of Itad’s flagship projects, including the World Bank-funded Learning Partnership on the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, HMG Climate Change Compass and DFID’s Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

Prior to joining Itad, Bara provided policy advice to major donors in the above-mentioned thematic areas, including to DFID on the role of infrastructure projects in poverty alleviation in India and sub-Saharan Africa. After starting her career with the European Commission (EC) to coordinate EC’s work with several development banks (WB, EBRD, EIB) to draft a co-financing mechanism for promoting energy efficiency in buildings in Bulgaria, Bara joined two Beijing-based consultancy firms specialising in carbon trade and green technology transfer from Germany to China.

Bara holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex.

Find out more about Bara in her 60 Second Interview (Jan 2016).

Nationality: Czech
Languages: Czech (fluent), English (fluent), French (good), Mandarin Chinese (basic)
Country Experience:

Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Kenya, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Nepal, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Qualifications:

2012 - 2013
MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation
London School of Economics and Political Science
2006 - 2009
BA International Relations and Development Studies
University of Sussex

Employment:

2017 - ongoing
Consultant
Itad Ltd

2014 - 2017
Business Development Officer (previously Administrator)
Itad Ltd

2013 - 2014
Research Assistant
Engineers Against Poverty

2012
Project Assistant
Kerlin Energy & Environmental Technology/QCA, China

2011
Assistant to the Head and Deputy Head of Geographical Unit - Bulgaria
DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), European Commission
Team Assistant, coordinated a concept of a co-financing mechanism between the EC and external parties (the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) for promotion of energy efficiency measures in residential buildings in Bulgaria; collected evidence and assessed effectiveness of existing financial instruments for promoting energy efficiency in residential housing.

Training:

2016 - ongoing
Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences
2015
Climate Change Adaptation Monitoring & Evaluation course
2015
Training in Monitoring and Evaluation: Logframe and Theory of Change

Project Experience:

2018 - 2019
The Second Phase of Providing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support to the Global Resilience Partnership
(GRP - UK; the Netherlands; Vietnam) - M&E Officer and Acting Project Manager
Responsible for four streams of work: (i) project management: coordinated Itad-led MEL support team, liaised with clients and partners to clarify objectives and reflect learning needs in service delivery, managed project delivery; (ii) learning: delivered MEL support to GRP grantees via an online MEL helpdesk and in-person MEL clinics; coordinated and hosted a series of webinars, managed the design and development of an online Management Information System (MIS), led an in-person interactive workshop in Kathmandu to elicit grantees’ feedback on Itad-designed MEL tools and guidance, used the feedback to inform a synthesis report; (iii) data verification: conducted verification visits to two GRP project sites to collect qualitative monitoring data in KIIs and FGDs, wrote site-visit reports, (iv) portfolio synthesis: led a small research team to collate, quality assure and code output and outcome-level evidence reported by GRP grantees, GRP staff and external consultants, analysed quantitative and qualitative data, wrote a portfolio-level synthesis report.
2019
Ideas to Impact (DFID Innovation Prizes for Environment and Development)
(DFID) - Consultant
Supported the I2I action-research programme that designs, implements and tests innovation prizes with qualitative data collection on the subject of climate information. Conducted remote KIIs with participants of the Climate Information Prize (CIP). Collected data informed the I2I CIP evaluation report.
2019
Realist Evaluation Case Study on Policy-Influencing work of PROGRESS-X as part of BRACED-X Realist Synthesis
(DFID) - Consultant
Delivered a wide-ranging review of academic literature and project documentation; identified policy-influencing theories to be tested in realist interviews; designed data collection instruments; conducted 10+ realist interviews (KIIs and FGDs) remotely and in Wajir, Kenya; coded and analysed qualitative data; wrote the case study report.
2018 - 2019
Extension to Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED-X)
(DFID) - Consultant
As part of the Evidence Synthesis and Support team, delivered two sets of activities: (i) quality assurance of BRACED-X Implementing Partners’ (IPs) Final Evaluation (FE) Inception Reports by providing feedback on the application of a realist approach to evaluation design, sampling, data collection and analysis; (ii) programme-level evidence synthesis: analysed output and outcome-level evidence of policy-influencing activities of selected IPs; applied the realist lens to the programme-level analysis and synthesis of wider evidence reported by IPs; provided written inputs into the FE Extension Synthesis Report; made a presentation on the application of the realist approach to evidence synthesis and transformational change evaluation at the 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly conference in the Czech Republic.
2018 - 2019
HMG Climate Change Compass
(DFID) - Consultant
Responsible for a large-scale review of programme documentation of interventions funded by the International Climate Fund (ICF) which informed the programme sample for PE3; applied a realist lenses to data coding and analysis; delivered country-level political economy analysis and stakeholder mapping to inform evaluative case studies; contributed to inception and interim report writing; trained in the use of MaxQDA software and realist interviewing.
2018
Results Measurement for Adaptive Management
(Mercy Corps) - Researcher
Contributed to a research assignment on how data from existing M&E systems can be used to support adaptive management and validate programme modifications in real-time. Delivered an extensive document review of Mercy Corps’ programmes and measurement approaches; conducted KIIs with Mercy Corps’ programme staff; analysed primary and secondary data; presented initial findings at the 13th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference in Greece.
2017 - 2018
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)
(DFID, UK) - Consultant
Applied Realist Evaluation approach to Portfolio Synthesis; Co-developed a coding scheme for data analysis; Coded Final Evaluation reports produced by BRACED Implementing Partners; Analysed project-level data using ICMO configurations; Contributed to report writing.
2017 - 2018
Learning Partnership on the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
(World Bank, UK) - Evaluative Researcher
Collected qualitative data in semi-structured interviews; delivered data analysis and document review; developed the DGM’s Institutional History (a narrative that records how DGM’s arrangements and processes have evolved over time and how the mechanism enabled/contributed to IPLCs’ engagement in decision-making about allocation of grants under the Forest Investment Programme) at the global-level as well as for six DGM pilot countries; performed context mapping; co-delivered comparison of the DGM to similar funding mechanism; contributed to report writing.
2017 - 2018
Impact Audit of Nesta Impact Investments
(Nesta Impact Investments, UK) - Consultant
As part of a three-member delivery team, reviewed and analysed NII’s investment portfolio, incl. investment due diligence documentation, investees' reports and NII’s reports to the Investment Committee, as well as Nesta’s communications to the public and partners; identified inconsistencies and areas of improvement; contributed to the Final Impact Audit Report; supported presentation of preliminary findings to the client in a sense checking workshop.
2017
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Sport
(British Council, UK) - Consultant
Used project monitoring tools, delivered a document review; captured and coded evidence of changing attitudes and behaviours among young people.
2016
Portfolio Review and Design of a Theory of Change
(Argidius Foundation, UK) - Research Assistant
Delivered a desk-based mapping of over 40 grants as part of a portfolio review results of which informed re-design of the portfolio-level ToC.
2016
HMG Climate Change Compass
(DFID, UK) - Research Assistant
Providing MEL from the ICF, identified, collated and summarised ToCs of ICF-funded programmes intended to promote low-carbon development.
2014 - 2016
Evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s (CIFF) Contribution to the 2015 International Climate Negotiations
(Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)) - Research Assistant
Conducted two extensive portfolio reviews of climate policy investments (applying OECD-DAC criteria) evaluation and performance assessment of CIFF’s 2015 international climate negotiations initiative in the lead-up to the Paris COP in November 2015 and beyond.
2013
Infrastructure Topic Guide 12: Maximising the Benefits to the Poor from Infrastructure Programmes aimed at Increasing Growth
(DFID/Engineers Against Poverty) - Research Assistant
Researched and drafted two report chapters on the benefits of infrastructure projects to the poor in the areas of: (i) Information and Communication Technology and (ii) renewable energy; assisted the lead authors with development of the ToC and underpinning assumptions; contributed to recommendations on measures to promote benefit of the poorest.
2012
Carbon trading and certification of CDM projects
(Quality Carbon Assets, Beijing) - Project Assistant
Responsible for: (i) research of business opportunities with companies compliant under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS): built a contact database, identified opportunities and established business relationships for carbon credit swaps with the EU as well as Japan; (ii) administrative support to certification of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects by National Designated Authorities in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
2012
Clean Technology Transfer between China and EU member states
(Kerlin Energy and Environmental Technology, Beijing) - Project Assistant
Liaised with clients in the area of trade with clean technology between Europe and China; advised clients on co-financing from the European Union (EU) funds and national subsidy schemes related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric mobility.
2011
Co-financing mechanism for improving energy efficiency in residential housing in Bulgaria
(DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission) - Team Assistant
Coordinated a concept of a co-financing mechanism between the EC and external parties (the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) for promotion of energy efficiency measures in residential buildings in Bulgaria; collected evidence and assessed effectiveness of existing financial instruments for promoting energy efficiency in residential housing.
2011
Support to negotiations of the 2014-2020 programming period
(DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission) - Researcher
Drafted a “Country Profile”, an outline of Bulgaria’s progress in the absorption of EU funds, which became one of the DG’s negotiation mandates for the 2014-2020 programming period; collected primary qualitative data; analysed findings; put forward recommendations.