Katharine May

Principal Consultant

Based in London

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Katharine is an experienced monitoring evaluation and learning specialist, with expertise in grant fund management and capacity building with civil society organisations. She provides thematic expertise and manages projects across the MEL portfolio.

Katharine has over 10 years’ experience in MEL, programme coordination, grant fund management and capacity building with civil society organisations. She has worked for a range of clients including former DFID, FCO, USAID, Sida and Comic Relief. She is an expert in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), grant fund management, capacity building and programme management; and has thematic expertise in governance, innovation, adaptive programming and sexual and reproductive health. Katharine is experienced in evaluation, design of MEL systems and frameworks, and challenge fund management.

Katharine is an experienced evaluator of large global funds and programmes – she is currently evaluating the multi-donor funded ‘Creating Hope in Conflict’ humanitarian innovation fund, and was a Senior Evaluator on a meta-evaluation of USAID’s Grand Challenges. She also advises on the design of MEL systems, theories of change and results frameworks, and facilitates participatory group learning. Katharine currently provides MEL support to Porticus’ education in displacement programme in Kenya, which provides education for displaced children in Kakuma refugee camp, and she previously provided MEL support to Standard Chartered’s Futuremakers Foundation. Prior to this, Katharine focused on grant management for DFID’s Civil Society Challenge Fund and Global Poverty Action Fund, providing MEL capacity building to civil society organisations.

Previously, Katharine worked with international NGOs in operational research and programme management roles in sexual and reproductive health. She has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia and has a Masters in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics.

Country Experience

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia
Cambodia, Myanmar