James Robinson is a Principal Consultant and the Theme Lead for Itad’s Private Sector Development, Markets and Trade work. He has over 10 years’ experience in international development with a focus on private sector and market systems development, resilience and financial inclusion. He has a particular interest in the dynamics of market systems and climate change/environmental sustainability.
Prior to working at Itad, James worked with a number of international and local NGOs, and as an independent consultant. He is an experienced senior manager having joined Itad from Christian Aid where he was the Country Director in Burundi, leading market development and community health programmes.
He has in-country experience across Africa and in South-East Asia, working on a variety of projects and programmes for different development partners. James has experience of utilising Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) and Participatory Market Systems approaches, and developing and implementing Theories of Change and Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning (MERL) systems. He has experience leading baseline studies and evaluations using theory-based approaches and utilising both quantitative and qualitative tools, including using digital technology for data collection and analysis and developing organisation-wide knowledge management systems. His academic background is in environmental issues and he has a Masters in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.
|Languages:||English (native), French (limited working proficiency)|
Afghanistan, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia Kenya, Myanmar, Peru, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Leeds
Christian Aid's legal representative in Burundi, providing strategic leadership to CA's work in and on the country with overall responsibility for budget.
Responsible for Christian Aid's International Programme Management Information System, worked across the organisation to improve knowledge and project management practices.
Cambodian Rural Development Team
Led a baseline survey designing data collection tools and analysis, then established a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework for ‘Sustainable Livelihoods for Mekong Biodiversity and Critical Wetland Resource Conservation in Cambodia Project’ funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
Voluntary Services Overseas, Cambodia
Led a baseline (designing local tools) and adapted an international monitoring framework for a country level programme with different partners contributing to a Markets project funded by Accenture.
Cambodian Rural Development Team
Evaluated aspects of livelihood programme worked with team to develop ‘business based approach’. Fed in to successful fundraising and establishment of a new community owned tour company.
CDA Cambodia/ Voluntary Service Overseas Cambodia
As a VSO Volunteer, James worked for CDA Cambodia as an Advisor on a REDD+ community forest project. Developed project/ programme management tools as well as working with the team on a Micro-Enterprise
Undertook a detailed evaluation of the role of microfinance in East Africa with a particular focus on its role in Environmental protection in collaboration with two other researchers.
(Gatsby Africa) - Project Director
Providing leadership of Itad’s support to strengthen the Gatsby approach to monitoring and evaluation, particularly in relation to its objectives of achieving sector transformation.
(Good Energies Foundation) - Project Director and Agribusiness Technical Lead
Itad has been commissioned by the Good Energies Foundation to evaluate a multi-year programme focused on incubating climate-smart business to overcome poverty-driven deforestation.
(DFID) - Project Director
James provides strategic and methodological leadership to the independent evaluation unit of two large DFID funded programmes. He oversaw the undertaking, analysis and writing of the two mid-term evaluations and also providing technical inputs. He will oversee the design, planning and conducting of final evaluation activities on the ongoing IRAT programme.
(DFID, SDC) - Researcher
Lead author for a narrative synthesis of the results achieved by programmes using a market systems approach.
(MasterCard Foundation) - Project Director
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.