Role: Research and MELA Consultant.
Background: Arnaldo brings to this project 20 years of research and project experience with adaptive approaches for policy influencing and governance initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. He has extensive in-country experience having spent 15 years working and living in Southeast Asia where he has led several political economy studies and the design and implementation of monitoring and learning systems for several projects/programmes. He has worked for 10 years with the Overseas Development Institute in London and has experience with several international organizations including FCDO/DFID, DFAT, UNDP, GIZ, SIDA, USAID, the World Bank, GIZ International Services, and the Swiss Development Cooperation. Furthermore, he has led programme mid-term reviews and sensemaking processes for The Asia Foundation in Nepal, Helvetas in Serbia and Albania, GIZ International Services in Afghanistan. Likewise, he has acquired considerable experience working and supporting teams with the design and review of ToCs and logframes, the co-design and setting up of registers and logs to monitor outputs and activities, the design of outcome harvesting processes, the regular monitoring of changes in contexts influencing a programme, and more recently, portfolio sensemaking workshops to help teams better link project or programme activities. Arnaldo has published extensively on the use of knowledge in public policy and programming, adaptive development, and the M&E of complex initiatives in academic articles, book chapters, working papers, research briefs, blog posts and opinion pieces. Arnaldo holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tampere (Finland).
Fun Fact: I have run a full marathon.