Jay Thakrar

EdTech Hub

Brief info

Role: I am the Hub’s Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation (MELA). This involves managing the MELA strategy, team and budget; supporting the development of, and reporting against, the Hub's Results Framework (the Theory of Change, Logframe, Value for Money Metrics and Key Performance Indicators); and championing the culture of cross-Hub learning, reflection, knowledge sharing and adaptation.

Background: With a background in accountancy and education and over 25+ years of living and working in transitional and developing economies, I have developed a wide-range of cross-sectoral skills and capabilities including: MELA; research; education, including teaching, teacher training and curriculum development; and project management. Over the last decade I have monitored and evaluated a number of FCDO and other donor-funded programmes. I have extensive experience across Sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Burundi, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Zambia but have also worked in Europe, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. I am a member of the UK and European Evaluation Society and have a keen research interest in the praxis of adaptive programming.

Fun Fact: An unforgettable memory was a Mexican standoff with three rhinos in Hlane National Park, Eswatini - thankfully the rhinos decided their curiosity was filled and walked away!

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