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Katharine Tjasink

Senior Manager: Evaluation, Impact and Learning - Consultant

Phone: +27763065662

Office: Johannesburg

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Role in GALVmed

My primary role is to deliver a comprehensive programme of activities within GALVmed and its network of partners that promotes the use of M&E evidence to inform relevant programmatic and strategic decisions, and to ensure that the information, learning and understanding gained through the M&E function is effectively disseminated and communicated both within GALVmed and the wider international development and animal health community.

Joined GALVmed

March 2020

Nationality

South African and Irish (dual nationality)

Education & training

  • Master of Arts in Research Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2009.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2001 – 2003.

Relevant career highlights

Prior to joining GALVmed, I was an Associate Director at Khulisa Management Services – a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) professional services firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before that, I worked for the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as Regional Technical Coordinator for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Farmer Voice Radio project. In these two roles I led multiple evaluations, including a Diagnostic Evaluation of the Smallholder Farmer Sector for the South African Presidency, and implemented various fieldwork research assignments including a Livestock Household Dynamics Field Study in India, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

I have worked with various donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Farmer Voice Radio Project), the UK Department for International Development (an evaluation of three regional networks working across 40 African countries), and the United States Agency for International Development (multiple assignments including both implementation and impact evaluations). My vocation has taken me to diverse geographical locations in East, West, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Interests

In my down-time (which is currently in a state of limbo due to looking after my vivacious three-year-old), I enjoy cooking, music, and reading. For many years I was a violinist in the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra – a pastime that I hope to revisit someday soon!