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Greg Gleed

Greg Gleed joined Itad in the Autumn of 2014 and is a senior consultant working in the area of capacity development and organisational effectiveness.

Greg has worked in the development and humanitarian arena since 2009, and has a proven track record in providing technical assistance, facilitating learning, and conducting evaluations. His current responsibilities include project management, bid development, and delivering complex multi-country evaluations and MEL support as part of multi-disciplinary teams.

Prior to joining Itad, Greg worked as Accountability Adviser for Save the Children UK and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, and also as researcher for HAP International and Landmine Action. He has an MSc in Social Development and Health and speaks fluent French.

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

Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe

Qualifications:

2008 - 2009
MSc (with distinction) Social Development and Health
Institute for International Health and Development, QMU, Edinburgh.
2004 - 2007
BA (Hons) Psychology
Sussex University, Brighton

Employment:

2018 - ongoing
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2014 - 2018
Consultant
Itad

2013 - 2014
Accountability Advisor
Save the Children UK

2011 - 2013
Accountability Advisor
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2011 - 2011
Regulatory Services Officer
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2010 - 2011
Research and Communications Assistant
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2010 - 2010
Research assistant
Landmine Action

2009 - 2009
Team assistant
SGS

Training:

2015
Beyond Surveys and Experiments – Other Approaches to Impact Evaluation
2014
Hostile Environment and Awareness Training, SaferEdge

Project Experience:

2018 - Present
MEL Capacity Development for the Global Fund Advocacy Portfolio
(The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - MEL Consultant
Building capacity for Measurement, Learning and Evaluation across a portfolio of Global Fund advocacy grantees.

Greg's role includes designing a bespoke framework for understanding the role of MEL for advocacy across organisations of varying sizes and foci, as well as an approach to MEL capacity development to integrate with existing processes and culture to support long-term adoption of new MEL practices.

2017 - Present
Post-hoc quality assessment and annual summary report services for the World Food Programme
(World Food Program) - Consultant - Data Analyst
WFP’s new Evaluation Policy and Strategy, requires the Office of Evaluation to conduct post-hoc quality assessment (PHQA) of both centralised and decentralised evaluations. With growing demand for evidence on the results of WFP’s policies and programmes, centralised and decentralised evaluations play an important role in telling the story of what WFP’s investments are achieving. As such, WFP wanted to design a single integrated PHQA system that meets the needs of all types of evaluations in WFP, centralised and decentralised. Integrating such a system into WFP’s evaluative processes and products will ensure that the quality of all evaluations commissioned by WFP is publicly accounted for; and that evaluation quality and use is incentivised at all levels within organisation. Itad has been selected by the WFP to design and implement this new, integrated PHQA system over a 4.5 year period.

Greg played a central role in the development of the process for implementing the PHQA system and will provide continued support with the analysis of data analysis.

2017 - Present
Monitoring and Evaluation of Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme
(Danida) - Consultant and Project Manager
Itad has been contracted by Danida to establish a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the current Denmark–Myanmar Country Programme. The Country Programme consists of seven primary development engagements covering three thematic areas:

• peace, rule of law and human rights
• access to basic education
• inclusive and sustainable economic growth

We are assisting the Embassy of Denmark and its implementing partners to assess the progress and performance of the Country Programme with the purpose of maintaining high implementation effectiveness and efficiency as well as learning and dissemination of results.
Greg is project manager and led on the technical proposal. He also oversaw the inception report and will be providing short term technical assistance to the country programme.

2017 - 2018
Evaluation of DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation & Evidence Strategy
(DFID) - Consultant
The Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) emphasised the need to improve the evidence base underpinning humanitarian action as well as the use of innovative technologies in humanitarian response. Itad lead an evaluation of DFID's new Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP), which assessed the delivery of the strategy and ascertain to what extent DFID has fulfilled the Government's commitment in the HERR Response. HIEP was a joint initiative between DFID's policy, operations and research departments that aimed to improve humanitarian outcomes by increasing the quality, quantity and use of evidence in decision-making, and catalysing and bringing to scale major innovations in humanitarian practice. Four areas for investment have been prioritised: providing better information about risk, identifying which humanitarian interventions work best, building national capacity to respond to disasters, and ensuring that evidence is available and informs decision-making.

Greg led on two case-studies. The first case study was implemented by Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) that aimed to test and scale up innovative World Bank disaster risk identification and financing tools in Pakistan implemented between 2014 and 2016. The second case study focused on two projects: (1) The Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact (REFANI) project, which ran from 2014 to 2017. It was a consortium comprised of Action Against Hunger (ACF), Concern Worldwide, the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) and the University College London (UCL). The project aimed to strengthen the evidence base regarding when and how cash and voucher-based food assistance programmes have an impact on child nutritional status and the cost-effectiveness of different interventions; (2) A project that explored shock-responsive social protection systems, which ran from March 2015 to November 2017. Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), undertook the study. The study aimed to strengthen the evidence base regarding when and how social protection systems can better scale up in response to different types of shocks in low-income countries and fragile and conflict-affected states, thus minimising negative shock impacts and reducing the need for separate humanitarian responses.

2015 - 2017
Global Fund Advocacy Portfolio Level Assessment
(BMGF) - Consultant
The Gates Foundation has been funding a number of organisations to perform advocacy work to mobilize resources for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To maximize the contribution of government donors to the Global Fund's 5th replenishment, the Gates Foundation tasked Itad with: developing a clearly articulated Theory of Change for the GFA investments that are supporting resource mobilization for the Global Fund; conducting an in-depth assessment and mapping of the existing M&E systems and tools being used by grantees; assessing the contributions and effectiveness of the GFA investments in supporting the Global Fund resource mobilization strategy and in maintaining sustainable support for the Global Fund.

Greg led on the review of five grantees (ONE US, Friends of the Global Fund US, Malaria No More US, Coalition + France, and ONE France). Greg also led on a media analysis, the development of a tool to survey key decision makers and supported the US and France case studies (through desk review, KIIs, administration and analysis of a survey, regular follow up).

2016
The Quality of Reviews and Decentralised Evaluations in Norwegian Development Cooperation
(Norad) - Consultant
Itad was contracted by Norad to investigate the quality of decentralised reviews, the extent to which they provide credible evidence of results and to understand how and in what ways the reviews are used and what factors influence quality and use.

Greg led on the methodology section of the report, the design and implementation of a survey tool aimed at Norad personnel, and supported the analysis of data. Upon request from Norad, Greg subsequently conducted a discrete piece of follow up work to develop a quality assessment manual for decentralised reviews and evaluations to help inform Norad’s evaluation departments approach to quality assurance. This was based on the approach we developed for the evaluation.

2016 - Present
The Quality of Reviews and Decentralised Evaluations in Norwegian Development Cooperation
(Norad) - Consultant
Itad has been contracted by Norad to investigate the current quality of decentralised reviews, the extent to which they provide credible evidence of results and to understand how and in what ways the reviews are used and what factors influence quality and use.

Greg is leading on the development of the survey, and supporting the analysis of data.

2016
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) Mid-Term Evaluation
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the performance of iDSI to date and to identify lessons for how the network can further strengthen and improve what it does. The evaluation focuses on five different levels of iDSI’s work, including the approach of iDSI towards initiating and delivering country level practical support, the effectiveness of this support and the extent to which iDSI’s engagement contributes to country-level policy change to support evidence-informed priority setting for health.

Greg's work included conducting a case study in Indonesia and remote interviews with iDSI and its partners.

2016 - Present
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) MEL framework
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
IDSi aims to build effective partnerships at country, international and network levels. These partnerships provide practical support and knowledge products for use in evidence informed decision-making at local, national and international levels. Through the delivery of these support and policy-informed knowledge products, iDSi helps build stronger country level institutions working in health policy. The MEL framework tracks iDSI work at three levels – international, country and network.

Greg's focus is the implementation of the MEL framework, including data collection, developing specific tools, and has recently conducted an in-depth learning review of iDSI’s work in Indonesia’s that builds on the mid-term review.

2015 - 2017
Evaluation of Approaches to Build Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE)
(DFID) - Consultant, Core team member
The effective use of research by those who make policy in the Global South can have a real impact on decision-making. DFID launched their ‘Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence’ Programme (BCURE) with the aim of increasing the capacity of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries to use research effectively. This complex multi-country and multi-year evaluation seeks to understand which approaches to building the capacity of decision makers to access, apprise and use evidence work in which types of contexts.

Greg led on the evaluation of the Harvard University implemented Pakistan components of the BCURE programme during phase two and three of the evaluation.

2015 - 2016
Communication for Development: An Evaluation of UNICEF’s Capacity and Action
(UNICEF) - Consultant
C4D is the application of the principles of effective communication to further development objectives and is used widely in emergency response. The response to the Ebola epidemic has made C4D / social mobilization a key responsibility for UNICEF. The aim of this evaluation, using a formative and theory based approach is to understand both the extent to which C4D have been integrated and mainstreamed within UNICEF’s policies and practices and the effectiveness of its capacity development efforts.

Greg led on the development of the country selection sampling framework, developing data collection tools and 25 desk reviews UNICEF country programmes C4D programmes and policies.

2015 - Ongoing
Real Time Evaluation of Danida Country Programme for Kenya
(Danida) - Junior Consultant
Greg is currently supporting the evaluation team in the following activities: review of existing M&E systems and data, quality review of the Kenya country programme theory of change, development of an overall RTE design, review and synthesis of secondary data to identify areas for primary data collection, design and scoping of additional studies, synthesis of primary and secondary data since 2015.
2014 - 2015
Evaluation of Support to Capacity Development
(Norad) - Consultant
The purpose of this evaluation was to improve decision-making and strategy development regarding Norwegian support to capacity development in developing countries. The evaluation addressed aid that had the explicit intention of supporting institutional capacity development in the recipient country and focused on public sector institutions.

For this theory-based evaluation Greg led on the review six public sector capacity development interventions supported by Norway. The six reviews ranged from a review of a cement kiln environmental management intervention in China, a child right’s programme in Nicaragua to integrated pest management programme in Nepal. In addition, he was responsible for developing a standardized scorecard to support a review of a wider sample of capacity development interventions.

2014
Girl Hub, Monitoring, Learning and Results Support
(GirlHub) - Consultant
Contributed to Evidence Review against the level of implementation of their theory of change.

Greg is responsible for organisational effectiveness and M&E component for a review and synthesis of the research and evidence that Girl Hub has commissioned in accordance with their theory of change and logframe.

Publications:

  • Improving the effectiveness of Norwegian support to capacity development: the role of capacity assessments (2016)
    Evaluation Brief, Norad
    Rob Lloyd and Greg Gleed

  • Local perspectives of the Haiti earthquake response (2011)
    Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, ODI’s Humanitarian Practice Network
    Greg Gleed

  • Guide to the 2010 Standard in Accountability and Quality Management (2011)
    HAP Guide
    Greg provided support in the development of the guide.