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Helen Bailey

Helen Bailey joined Itad as a Consultant in the Private Sector Development, Markets and Trade theme in 2017. She has over eight years of experience in international development, with a focus on international trade and monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to joining Itad, Helen worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at the Institute of Development Studies where she designed and managed monitoring and evaluation systems for a portfolio of research and knowledge programmes. Previous to this, Helen worked at Saana Consulting, carrying out independent evaluations of trade and development programmes for a range of bilateral and multilateral donors.

Helen holds a Masters of Science in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies where her final dissertation assessed the poverty impacts of the reform of the EU Sugar Regime in Malawi.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (Mother Tongue)
Country Experience:

Lesotho, Vietnam


2011 - 2012
MSc Development Economics
School of Oriental and African Studies
2008 - 2011
BA (Hons) Economics
University of Sussex


2017 - ongoing
Itad Ltd.

2015 - 2017
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer
Institute of Development Studies

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015
Saana Consulting

2013 - 2014
Research Assistant
Saana Consulting

2012 - 2013
Logistics & Operational Support Assistant
Ramphal Institute

2011 - 2013
Trade Data Analyst & Trainer (freelance)
InterAnalysis Ltd.

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
Evaluation of The Market Systems Development Approach: Lessons for Expanded Use and Adaptive Management at Sida
(Sida) - Consultant
The evaluation has a dual purpose of i) contributing to improved MSD programming by Sida through better management practices across the project cycle, and ii) generating recommendations on how Sida can create conducive conditions for systems approaches and adaptive programming more generally. Supporting the Team Leader in the drafting of key deliverables and carrying out sections of the document review, data analysis and case study analysis.
2017 - ongoing
The Mastercard Foundation: Savings Portfolio Learning Partner
(Mastercard Foundation ) - Project Manager
Supporting MasterCard Foundation and partners through increased alignment and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation in the Foundation’s savings sector portfolio programmes. Generation, synthesis, curation and dissemination of evidence and knowledge for a range of stakeholders.
2018 - 2019
Inclusive Economic Development Thematic Evaluation
(FCO) - Consultant and Project Manager

2016 - 2017
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)
(DFID) - M&E Lead
Strategic M&E advice for a research consortium working to influence agricultural value-chain policies and programmes in South Asia. Including logframe revisions and advising on impact level reporting.
Evaluation of FoodTrade East & Southern Africa
(Itad/DFID) - Evaluator
Secondary data analysis on cross-border trade, production, and monthly price data for food crops in East and Southern Africa.
Final Review of Virke’s Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (Phase II)
(Norad) - Project Manager & Evaluation Expert
Summative review of Norad support to an advanced training programme for East African female entrepreneurs. Project managed review team, designed the review methodology and data collection tools. Conducted a systematic documentation review and interviewed key stakeholders in Oslo. Drafted sections of the evaluation report.
2014 - 2015
Final Evaluation of the Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF)
(World Bank) - Evaluator & Project Manager
Managed a team of six consultants to conduct the final evaluation of the USD 52.7 million World Bank TFF Trust Fund. Designed the evaluation methodology, interview templates, sample selection methodology and portfolio analysis. Drafted evaluation report.
Review of Norad’s support to UNIDO’s Trade Capacity Building Programme 2005-2013
(Norad) - Research Assistant
Evaluation using OECD/DAC criteria. Undertook desk/literature review, designed interview templates, designed sampling methodology for selecting output case studies, and interviewed key developing country stakeholders.
Review of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
(DFID) - Analyst
Project management and implementation support to the Team Leader. Designed interview templates, carried out interviews, conducted systematic document review, and analysed evidence/findings. Produced case study reports and provided key inputs into the final reports.
2013 - 2015
Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF)
(DFID) - Grant Officer and Monitoring & Reporting Lead
Collated and analysed grant level data. Drafted quarterly donor progress reports and supporting trackers. Developed grant level logframes, assisted beneficiaries in the grant application process.


  • GOKH Learning Paper: Stories of Change. (2015)
    Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.
    Bailey, H.

  • Making the 'Evolutionary Leap': Using open knowledge approaches to improve development outcomes. (2016)
    IDS Practice Paper InBrief 25. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.
    Stanley, A., Shephard, K., Bimbe, N., Brambilla, P., Rowsell, H., Mason, P. and Bailey, H.