Giorgia is a consultant in the Fragile and Conflict-Affected States theme, where she provides technical inputs to large and complex consultancy projects, particularly the Itad-Altai M&E Units for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in East Africa and in the Middle East.
Giorgia has several years of experience in qualitative research and analysis, surveys, monitoring and evaluation as well as bid writing and business development. She has a strong interest in state-building, democratic governance, security sector reform, rule of law and civil society development in fragile and conflict-affected settings, particularly in the Middle East.
Before joining Itad, Giorgia worked for multilateral donors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private companies operating in the field of international development and humanitarian aid. Past experience includes working for the European Commission (Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid) supporting the management of grant agreements implemented by UN Agencies and NGOs in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.
Giorgia holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, speaks fluent English and Italian and has a working knowledge of French.
Find out more about Giorgia in her 60 Second Interview.
|Languages:||English (fluent), French (intermediate), Spanish (fair), Italian (mother tongue)|
Albania, Belgium, Norway, occupied Palestinian Territory, United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Kenya
University of Parma, Italy in cooperation with the NGO CESTAS
ISPI International Relations School, Milan, and Joint EC-UNDP Task Force on Electoral Assistance, Brussels
King’s College London, UK
University of Bologna – Forli’ Campus, Italy
Soges SpA, Italy
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OSCE/ODIHR
European Commission, Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), Brussels
European Commission, Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), Brussels
Consulate General of Italy, Jerusalem
(UNHCR) - Survey Coordinator and Analyst
Itad conducted an evaluation of UNHCR’s role in leading the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), focussing on UNHCR’s performance as Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) at both global and country levels. The evaluation focused on exploring how the protection clusters at country level are supported by the GPC, and what lessons can be learned by UNHCR from its role as CLA in the field. The evaluation examined the achievements and challenges of the cluster at global and field level with regard to coordination, capacity building, support to the field and mainstreaming protection, and looked at achievements against the 2012-15 GPC strategy as well as provide recommendations of relevance to the current 2016-19 strategy. Giorgia coordinated this survey in three languages (English, French and Spanish) targeted at all active protection clusters and prepared an analysis of the results that helped strengthen the evidence base.
(DFID) - Research Assistant
The overarching objective of M4D is to help increase progress towards the MDGs in Nigeria. In order to achieve this, M4D aims to make policy-makers and service providers more accountable and responsive to citizens. Itad has been contracted by GRM on behalf of DFID to manage the impact evaluation of the programme. Giorgia supported the evaluation team with the analysis of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions’ write-ups for a case study on people with disabilities
(UK Foreign and Commonwealth Officer) - Consultant/M&E Support
Itad has been contracted by the FCO to deliver monitoring and evaluation services across UK CSSF programmes in East Africa. The CSSF is a funding mechanism which supports the UK Government’s work in addressing conflict and fragility globally.
Giorgia’s work to date includes: producing a research piece on military capabilities of African national forces and peacekeeping missions to inform policy discussions and decision on UK military engagement in the region; updating programmes’ results frameworks; drafting short case stories on UK political access and influence initiatives in the region; supporting a review of achievements and lessons from CSSF-funded activities to tackle illegal wildlife trade in East Africa; developing an innovative M&E system for the British Peace Support Team to assess the value of its training activities.
(Norad) - Research Assistant
This was the first ever evaluation of the TIPH and the purpose was to assess the performance of the TIPH against the objectives in the mandate, addressing outcomes and possible impact, and to put forward recommendations on how to improve the performance of the TIPH within the scope of the mandate. Giorgia analysed over 30 Periodic Reports produced by TIPH between 2006 and 2014 which contain data on incidents and violations by Israelis and Palestinians in Hebron and produced a detailed analysis of the trends on the ground over the period under scrutiny. This analysis was included in the final report as an annex.
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Giorgia provided support to the team by analysing and quality assuring the findings of focus group discussions held in the state of Zamfara on topics like state governments’ inclusiveness and responsiveness, CSOs accountability and transparency, media freedom and professionalism. This work was used by the team to write a report summarising the main findings from the SAVI Governance Index end-line Assessments conducted in Zamfara State in August 2015.
(Danida) - Survey Coordinator and Analyst
The purpose of the evaluation was to document results achieved by the Danish Strategy for Humanitarian Action during the 2012-2015 strategy period, as well as to learn lessons of what works and why with respect to implementation modalities, programme design and delivery, and linking relief and development in order to inform future strategy development. Giorgia coordinated a survey to collect additional data from Denmark’s partners in the priority crises that were not included as case studies in the evaluation and conducted an analysis of the results that was integrated in the final report.
(European Commission) - Research Assistant
The objective of this evaluation was to assess to what extent the General Budget Support and Sector Budget Support in Mozambique achieved its expected results. The evaluation focused on the impact of budget support on governance and reform, economic growth and poverty reduction. Giorgia carried out an analysis, and prepared summaries, of all the financing agreements signed by the 19 Programme Aid Partners (PAPs) and the Government of Mozambique, covering the period 2005 -2012. These summaries were included in the final report as an annex.
(Norad) - Survey Coordinator
Giorgia supported the Team Leader in the preparation and coordination of a survey of planning and managing for results in grant management in the Norwegian Aid Administration, aimed at grant management staff in the Norwegian MFA, embassies and Norad. The main focus of the survey was on how and to what extent the current regulations and practices ensured evaluability of the interventions, including results measurement. The results of the survey were used for the final evaluation report.
(UK Foreign and Commonwealth Officer) - Consultant/ M&E Support
Itad has been contracted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to lead a consortium to deliver Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF) in the Middle East and North Africa. The CSSF is a multi-year funding mechanism which supports the UK Government’s work in addressing conflict and fragility globally.
Giorgia is a team member of the Itad-Altai MEL Unit and provides ongoing technical inputs to various monitoring, evaluation and research assignments. She recently was a core team member on the Evaluation of the UK support to the Palestinian Authority Security Sector.