The GESS Team

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Akuja Mading de Garang
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Akuja Mading de Garang

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Akuja is a conflict management, humanitarian and development expert with project management experience in fragile states. She has lived/worked in Khartoum, Cairo, Bristol, London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nairobi, Rumbek and Juba.

Born in South Sudan, Akuja de Garang was just eight years old when the war forced her family, like many others, to flee South Sudan. Her family's exodus ultimately took Akuja to Khartoum, Cairo and the UK. Akuja returned to South Sudan in 2004, with a yearning to help support the rebuilding of her country of and worked for, among others, UNICEF and with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, working on issues such as child protection, human rights, youth participation, governance, gender, health, peace bundling and conflict management, livelihoods, public sector reform and education.

In 2014 Akuja joined the Girls' Education South Sudan programme where she now leads a team of about 300 national and international professionals working nationwide to remove barriers to girls’ education in the country and help change the future of a generation of children in South Sudan. She has oversight over programme funding of 60 million British Pounds.

In her off time, Akuja works to research, document, promote and preserve South Sudanese cultural heritage and has set up a local NGO, PACH toward that objective. She also volunteers and supports a number of initiatives including the Juba Orphanage and Confident Children out of Conflict.

She's fluent in Dinka (admits her Nuer needs some work) Juba Arabic, English; basic Kiswahili and currently studying French. Akuja has a BA in African Studies and holds a MSc in Violence, Conflict & Development both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Patricia Schwerzel
 

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Patricia Schwerzel

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Patricia, is the Mott MacDonald Country Coordinator for South Sudan. She has been working in Sudan since 2001. She has been acting Project Director on the DFID funded Basic Service Fund (BSF) which included a substantial education component and took over the Project Directorship in 2014 for the EU funded IMED programme (Education). She has been the GESS Project Director for April 2013 and has overseen the successful transfer of Cash Transfers and School Capitation Grants.

She brings over 29 years of experience in programme management, Organisational development, Institutional development, Human resource Management and Sector programme design and evaluation (Health and Education) and extensive consultancy experience throughout rural South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa.





 
 Larry Duffee
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Larry Duffee

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Larry Duffee has been working in South Sudan since May, 2010 when he began service as a missionary to the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan in Juba. Larry worked for the ECSSS for three years helping the Church on issues of finance and administration and strengthening relations with its partners around the world. Through his work with the ECSSS, Larry traveled extensively around South Sudan getting to know many parts of the country.

In 2013 Larry moved to IMA World Health as Director of Finance, helping IMA to implement a World Bank funded project providing primary health care to Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Larry also managed the finances and operations/logistics for USAID, Global Fund, and UNFPA funded projects.

Larry has taught classes at Bishop Gwynne College in Juba and is especially excited to be working with GESS to strengthen educational systems and increase opportunities for education to all children in South Sudan.

Prior to coming to South Sudan, Larry worked for a number of private and public organizations in the United States, including fifteen years as owner of his own business in his home state of Virginia.

Daniel Gesaka
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Daniel Gesaka

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Daniel is a highly motivated grants manager with a decade of experience in implementing process improvement, business planning, analysis and the management of a range of projects at both a local and international level.

As Grants Manager for the GESS programme, Daniel provides oversight of the programme's Cash Transfers and Capitations Grants initiatives.

Prior to joining the Girls' Education team, Daniel worked with Norwegian Peoples's Aid for nine years in South Sudan, the Horn of Africa and Nairobi.managing grants from multi-lateral donors and a range of development agencies, dealing effectively with multimillion dollar budgets.

Daniel is a CPA and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

His undergraduate work and Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance is from Kenya Methodist University and he holds a MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool.

Daniel is also an active supporter of Children's Education and Human Rights causes.

Ira Sangar
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Ira Sangar

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Ira has over six years of experience working in the international development education sector. She is based in the Netherlands and has been working as the Mott MacDonald Programme Manager for GESS for the past two years. She is responsible for the overall programmatic and financial management of 3 strategic partner organisations, and 8 implementing organisations; including contractual arrangements, performance monitoring, and partnership management.

Megan Kinsey
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Megan Kinsey

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Megan is a staff member of Cambridge Education who joined GESS as Programme Adviser – Education and Gender in August 2017. She works with the Quality Education, M&E and Senior Management Teams at the GESS Secretariat.

She is passionate about inclusive education and creating education systems that work for everyone, particularly the most marginalised. She believes that access to quality education is the most effective way of equipping people with tools to lead better lives. She believes that in times of conflict or uncertainty, education brings hope to people’s lives.

She holds an MA (Hons) in English Literature, an MA in Education, Gender and International Development, and is a trained teacher. She has worked in Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Megan is a keen musician, and plays the piano and harp. She also enjoys learning new languages.

Stella Moriku
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Stella recently joined Girls’ Educations South Sudan as the programme Administrative Assistant Born in South Sudan, she’s worked in administrative roles for and number of Donor organizations, NGOs, private sector and community based organizations.

Prior to joining the GESS Team, Stella took on the general administration, travel arrangements, budgeting and expenditure record keeping events management and computerized data management for organizations such as the European Union Delegation to South Sudan.

Stella also was hired by UAP Insurance as an Executive Assistant and she contributed to the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Association of Media Women in South Sudan as Finance/ Administrative assistant. She brings a high level; of integrity and keen sense of compliance with donor procedures and policies. In the short time Stella has been with the GESS programme, she shows her value as a consummate team player and works with minimum supervision striving to help the team meet the programme goals and objectives.

Stella received her Bachelor of Arts Social Science form Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She also received a Certificate in Advance level of Education from Moyo Senior Secondary School and a Uganda Certificate of Education from Biyaya Senior Secondary School after leaving Primary Education.

Hannah Rollings

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Hannah Rollings

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Hannah joined the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Secretariat in 2016 as the Communications Officer. Her background is in Communications and Sustainable Development and she is the main point of contact for GESS internal and external communications and is working to build on the visibility and outreach of the programme through multiple channels, including both web-based and print materials

Prior to joining the GESS Team, she worked on programmes in the UK, Kenya and Ethiopia for the Danish Refugee Council, International Livestock Research Institute and UNICEF.

Hannah’s a keen writer and traveller and her work has allowed her to travel throughout the wider Horn of Africa region. In her spare time she maintains her own travel blog.

Hannah holds a BSc in Marketing from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Sustainable Development & Corporate Social Responsibility from Queen’s University Belfast.

Emma van der Meulen
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Emma van der Meulen

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Emma is an experienced Social Development Advisor who specialises in monitoring and evaluation and one of the GESS programme early team members.

Emma was the Deputy Team Leader at the GESS Secretariat in Juba from 2014 until January 2016. As part of the GESS management team, she supported the overall planning, delivery and management of the programme.

Currently Emma works out of the Mott MacDonald headquarters in the Netherlands as an M&E Advisor, and remains fully engaged with the GESS programme, frequently traveling to Juba to provide support to the team on a range of programme initiatives.

Prior to her role in South Sudan she has worked on several Social Development and Education Programmes in Somaliland, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Having completed her undergraduate studies in, History, Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology and a BA with Honours at the University College Utrecht; Emma received her Master’s Degree in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

 Tim Monybuny
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Tim Monybuny

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Monybuny Tim William is currently Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for GESS, employed by Winrock International, one of the consortium members of the GESS secretariat.

Tim left his home country of South Sudan in the late 90s and went to Ethiopia in search for education and safety. He went to the Apostles of Jesus Philosophicum in Nairobi, where he graduated with Bachelor of Philosophy in 2006.

In 2008, Tim was appointed as education attachee at regional cooperation office in Nairobi for Government of then Southern Sudan. In that year, he went to Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) to pursue postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education. He is currently pursuing Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Strathmore University- Nairobi/Kenya.

Tim has ten years working experience in South Sudan and Kenya, including roles such as Coordinator for State Affairs at the Ministry of General Education and Instruction and the Deputy Director for Data and Statistics, as well as experience working on programmes for USAID, the American Institute for Research and UNICEF.

Tim has skills in monitoring & evaluation, education policy, research, governance, project planning and management.

Majak Malak
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Majak Malak Adhil

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Majak joined Girls’ Education South Sudan in 2015 as a Survey and Analytics Support Officer were his work provides support to the Quality Education Team in the GESS Secretariat by analysing monitoring data on GESS progress from the South Sudan School Attendance and Monitoring System (SSSAMS) and other sources. He also provides support to the Grants Accountability and Finance Director in data analysis related to [programme’s Capitation Grants and Cash Transfers to Girls initiatives.

Prior to his work with GESS Majak worked with the South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics as a Statistician, assigned as the Resources Person for Northern Bahr El Ghazal State during the 5TH Sudan Population and Housing Census Of 2008. He later served as the Manager for South Sudan Welfare Monitoring Survey funded by the government of Norway and as the Coordinator for UNFPA/NIDI survey on Financial Flows for population and AIDS activities in South Sudan.

Majak has first-hand knowledge of the South Sudan education system as he was born in Yirol, South Sudan and graduated from Rumbek Senior Secondary School in Lakes State. He also graduated from Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC) in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania with a Diploma in Statistics. Majak received his BA in Statistics at the School of Statistics and Planning from Makerere University where he also completed his Master of Statistics Degree.

 Sarah Lasuba
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Yolanda Ille

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Yolanda Ille

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With 10 years of work experience in South Sudan, Yolanda has a keen knowledge of the country’s education system. She’s worked in different capacities from teacher, trainer manager of education activities to her position today as an Education/Gender Advisor on the GESS programme.

Having grown up in South Sudan, Yolanda is now a strong role model and inspiration for girls and women in her homeland because she challenged and beat the odds to become the woman she is today

Always a positive person, Yolanda believes the challenges in South Sudan today will be met and solved through educating the approximately 3 million school aged children across the country.

When not mentoring your girls, Yolanda likes to watch football, her favorite team – of course “The Gunners”.

 Andabati Awongo
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Andabati Awongo

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Andabati comes to GESS as a Consultant/Trainer. He has over six years experience in Project Planning, implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation, Teacher training, Financial Management and people management in a conflict/post-conflict environment.

Andabati has worked as an English Language Tutor in Kuajok - Warap State, as State Project Manager for Windle Trust International in Unity State and as State Project Coordinator for WTI in Lakes State.

Andabati has also worked with a number of other International NGOs and as a research assistant on various research projects in Uganda and South Sudan and is experienced with USAID, UKAID, BSF, MDTF, WUSC and UNICEF reporting requirements.

Andabati holds a BA in Social Sciences Gender and Development Studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

John Rubaihayo
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John Rubaihayo

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John works as a Education Consultant and Trainer for GESS in Juba and has been with the programme since 2015

Prior to joining the GESS Team, John worked as the Social Inclusion and Secure Livelihood Adviser with Voluntary Service Overseas – in Kigali, Rwanda and as Education Adviser, with VSO - South Sudan and worked as Inclusive Education Adviser, with VSO-International Namibia-Windhoek.

John was also project coordinator for an Icelandic International Development Agency project in Namibia and worked as Head of Department, Teacher and Coordinated special education projects at Women's Organization for Special Education in Kampla.

John Lokong
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John Lokong

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John has been working for GESS since 2016, training School Management Committees on good school governance practices, and performing monitoring and evaluation of the different components of the programme. Before this, he was working for Mott MacDonald on the Improved Management Education Delivery programme as a Technical Education Advisor. John has 17 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in the education sector, including work with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction of South Sudan, UNICEF, UNESCO, FHI 360 and Street Children Aid, as well as teaching experience in Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, History and Christian Religious Eduaction and a Master’s degree in Education from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Nairobi Kenya.

 Arjuna Weerasinghe
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 Taban Richard Sarafin
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Taban Richard Sarafin

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Taban is the GESS Project Manager for BBC Media Action, responsible in overseeing the design, delivery, reporting and partner relationship management of the Social and Behaviour Change component of the Programme.

Prior to the current position, Richard had worked with the GESS as State Team Leader for former Upper Nile State, overseeing the 13 Counties, in addition to supporting and working in partnership with BBC Media Action and Charlie Goldsmith to achieve the objectives of GESS.

Taban has over 10 years of progressive work experience on education programme design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for INGOs/NGOs and the Ministry of Education, including Winrock International, Norwegian Refugees Council, Food for Hungry International, World Vision International, Windle Trust International and Catholic Relief Services.

Born in Eastern Equatoria State, Taban holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education (PDGE), Ndejje University, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Social and Philosophical Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Samuel Akecha Komakech
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Samuel Akecha Komakech

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Samuel is the National Community Mobilisation Coordinator working for the GESS implementing partner BBC Media Action. With 8 years experience working among South Sudanese communities Samuel is the key point of contact for GESS State Anchors in the delivery of community mobilisation and outreach activities.

His role is to provide technical support to the GESS State Anchors to implement community mobilisation and outreach activities according to the programme community mobilisation strategy.

Samuel also monitors the progress and troubleshoots on the delivery of community mobilisation and outreach activities.

Samuel joined BBC Media Action in 2014 after having worked both on development and humanitarian projects in the Republic of South Sudan.

Prior to joining the GESS Team, he worked as a project monitor and project specialist on Good Governance, Civic Engagement, Peacebuilding and Democracy and Governance projects for Catholic Relief Service, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Winrock International.

Additionally, Samuel has participated in several short training programs in the areas of community mobilisation and outreach, financial management, planning and budgeting, conflict management and transformation and access to Justice.

Samuel received his BA in Social Science and Diploma in Philosophy from Consolata Institute of Philosophy Affiliate of Pontifical Urbaniana University Rome in 2007.

 Kenyi Betuel
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Kenyi Betuel

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Kenyi is the Editor of ‘Our School’ radio programme, produced by BBC Media Action South Sudan. He has been with GESS since the start of the programme in 2013. With the help of the Executive Editor, he develops relevant story ideas, managing a team of seven local field Producers and one Senior Producer.

Before GESS, Kenyi worked for Free Press Unlimited (FreeVoice South Sudan) as the Senior Producer/ Studio Technician, where he managed the production of civic education radio magazines and dramas around the theme of peacebuilding. Kenyi previously worked as a journalist for The Citizen and The Juba Post newspapers, then switched to the broadcast media for Catholic Radio Network.

Kenyi is a teacher by profession and attained a Bachelor’s of Education (Arts) in English Language and Literature at the University of Juba.

 Henning Goransson Sandberg
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Manza Emmanuel Waka
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Manza Emmanuel Waka

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Manza is a research and policy expert, with over 6 years of progressive experience in designing, developing, managing and monitoring and evaluating multi sectoral humanitarian and development programmes with conflict affected and displaced populations in South Sudan.

As a long serving staff for BBC Media Action, Manza has been working on GESS’ Social and Behaviour Change component since the beginning of the Programme in 2013. Starting off with mapping the issues around girls’ education, using projective research techniques. To date, Manza has taken a big role in designing, managing and conducting a GESS research.

Manza has worked for several organizations in the field of research and evaluation, including International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, Gurtong Trust, South Sudan Red Cross Society and Samahi Research. Project evaluated includes; DFID, USAID, NORAD, Dutch and EU Projects, on Health, Education, Resilience, Peace and Conflict, Mine Education, Small Arms & Light Weapons, Media Capacity Building and Humanitarian Response.

Clara Simon
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 Imke van der Honing
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Imke van der Honing

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Imke specialises in designing and implementing pragmatic and effective government systems, in particular for sub-national and local government and is the South Sudan Country Coordinator for Charlie Goldsmith Associates.

Imke coordinates CGA’s work on Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS), having led the national roll-out of the South Sudan Schools Attendance Monitoring System (SSSAMS), and oversees the implementation of the cash transfer and capitation grant programmes. He is also supporting the monitoring of Primary School Leadership Programme and the roll out of HRIS systems for both Education and Health (under HPF).

Imke has lived and worked in South Sudan since 2007, and has also worked in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Prior to joining CGA, he led the public sector development programmes of SNV Netherlands in South Sudan, and worked with SNV in a variety of senior roles across Africa.

He holds an MSc in Development Planning and a BSc in Economics, both from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

 Paul Gitonga
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Paul Gitonga

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Paul is a public policy adviser at Charlie Goldsmith Associates, and a Certified Public Accountant with more than ten years’ professional experience in the private, voluntary and public sectors. He is leading the implementation of the GESS national capitation grants and cash transfers programmes, and has played a key role in bringing together GRSS and partners towards the introduction of Mobile Money in South Sudan.

Prior to joining Charlie Goldsmith Associates in 2013, Paul spent five years working for Deloitte LLP in South Sudan as a Treasury Adviser in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP). Paul has worked in South Sudan since 2007, and has also worked in Kenya for USAID, EU and DFID funded organisations in the area of Financial Management.

Paul is currently working towards an MBA specialising in Strategic Management from the Edinburgh Business School, Herriot Watt University. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Management) from Kenyatta University, and a Certification in Public Accounting from Strathmore University, Kenya, and is a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

 Gamal Batwel Nyaragi
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Gamal Batwel Nyaragi

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Gamal is a South Sudanese educationalist and management specialist working for Charlie Goldsmith Associates with over 25 years’ experience in South Sudan’s education sector. He is Regional Adviser on the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) project, supporting the implementation of attendance monitoring, capitation grants and cash transfers.

Gamal has worked for CGA since 2013. Prior to that, Gamal served for a long period as Deputy Country Representative and Education Project Manager for Caritas Switzerland/Luxembourg in South Sudan. He has also held positions in organisations including International Aid Sweden, Jesuit Refugee Service and American Institute of Research.

In addition to South Sudan, Gamal has also worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Gamal received a M.Ed. in Science Education from Manchester University, UK, in 1999. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Education in Science (mathematics and physics) from Juba University, South Sudan.

 Tiondi Michael Lagu
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Tiondi Michael Lagu

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Michael is an experienced trainer and software developer, and is a Regional Adviser on the Girls’ Education South Sudan programme, providing roving support and training on the South Sudan Schools' Attendance Monitoring System to NGO staff, state and county education officials. He has conducted training both for data entry staff and the CGA field support team, as well as providing rigorous testing of the GESS database and online systems.

Michael joined the GESS programme in 2013, working as a Data Entry Supervisor, before progressing to his current role.

Prior to joiningt the GESS team, Michael worked as a software developer for Realtech Systems, and as a data analyst for Makerere University’s Faculty of Computing. In 2009, as an intern with the Ministry of the Interior, South Sudan, Michael developed software packages and carried out training activities for South Sudanese civil servants.

Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University, Uganda and works for Charlie Goldsmith Associates, one of the consortium implementing partners of the Girls' Education South Sudan programme.

Patricia Stephenson
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Patricia Stephenson

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Patricia has been working on GESS since February 2017. She has conducted field research using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods as part of the GESS’ annual School Sample Survey. Patricia coordinated the implementation of the 2017 School Sample Survey nationwide, training local staff on mobile data collection and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her fieldwork also involved liaising between NGOs, local education administrators and school leaders to support better accountability in schools and successful delivery of Capitation Grants. She is currently leading on the Knowledge, Evidence and Research component of the Programme Prior to joining, she managed two grass-roots community projects in Zimbabwe, which focused on the health and livelihoods sectors. Patricia has an MSc in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African studies and holds a BA in History from the University of Oxford.

Nienke Voppen
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Nienke Voppen

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Nienke is a young professional who has worked in several East-African countries. She obtained a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University. Before joining CGA, Nienke worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a Policy Officer in the Africa department.

She worked for several local NGOs in Uganda, focusing on skill training, capacity building and education projects. She has experience in qualitative research, having conducted field research on the plans to close Dadaab refugee camp, in Kenya.

In addition, Nienke also holds a BA in International studies from Leiden University, specialising in sub-Saharan Africa.

Naomi Clugston
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Naomi Clugston

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Since joining Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA) Naomi has supported GESS by conducting and supporting qualitative research on Cash Transfers to girls and Cash Incentives for teachers. She has also been involved in the development, design and writing of the Girls Education Strategy for the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI). Naomi is currently leading our dissemination strategy for the Knowledge, Evidence and Research component.

Prior to working for CGA, Naomi worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Warwick. In this role she supported qualitative research on a range of topics including human rights, anthropogenic global catastrophic risk, climate change, and the link between empathy and governance. As an Academic Intern at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Naomi conducted qualitative research into the impacts of Social Certification Initiatives on the communities they are intended to support.

Outside of her research experience, Naomi has volunteered as a student mentor at An Najah University, Palestine and in two refugee centres in Berlin. Through these experiences, and during her time with CGA, Naomi has gained experience working both within a context of insecurity and with vulnerable groups.

Gemma Robson
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Gemma Robson

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Since joining CGA, Gemma has supported GESS by planning and implementing qualitative research through the Longitudinal Qualitative Study, and has collected quantitative data on teachers’ Maths and English abilities for the EU IMPACT programme. In addition, Gemma has worked closely with colleagues from the Ministry and other international organisations to plan and support the 4-day General Education Annual Review in Juba this November.

Gemma has extensive experience of qualitative and quantitative research design and implementation and prior to joining CGA, conducted research in a range of field locations, including a quantitative analysis of economic relationships in northern Kenya, and an investigation of international-owned education systems in Southern China. In addition, she recently completed a long-term project in Zimbabwe, where she designed and subsequently conducted qualitative research focused on political prisoners and victims of human rights abuses.

Gemma holds an MPhil in Development Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the University of Oxford.

Thomas Hunter
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Thomas Hunter

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Thomas joined CGA as a Fellow in September 2017. Since then, he has assisted in the implementation of Girls' Education South Sudan (GESS) by supporting both quantitative and qualitative research on Cash Transfers and Capitation Grants. Thomas has also provided analysis on the accountability aspect of the GESS project.

Prior to joining, Thomas was volunteering in Kenya for a charity that makes investments in rural secondary schools; he aided in the implementation of several small scale projects such as the installation of a large water tank and of the foundations of a laboratory.

Thomas recently graduated from Keble College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with some specialisation towards sub-Saharan African politics.

Becky Barsellotti
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Becky Barsellotti

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As a generalist, Becky has a breadth of experience across both the private and public sector. Since joining Charlie Goldsmiths in October 2017, Becky has supported the GESS programme; leading and delivering training for the Ministry of Education as well as conducting analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research on Cash Transfers to girls and school Capitation Grants.

Prior to joining CGA, Becky was on the Waitrose Leadership Scheme where, amongst other things, she led teams of up to 80 people to deliver service excellence, and was deputy project lead for a retail change project.

Becky holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Birmingham and a Certificate in Management Studies from the University of Wolverhampton and an MSc in International Disaster Management at the University of Manchester in 2015.

Becky’s MSc is complimented by a breadth of international experience; working as a teacher in rural Uganda, on a women’s empowerment internship in India, assisting in the establishment of a school partnership in Kenya and leading a marketing project team for an NGO in Bolivia.