Jay Thakrar

R4D

Brief info

Role: I am the Hub’s Project Manager for the FCDO-funded adaptive project to support the Government of Tanzania improve education outcomes. I am responsible for leading implementation planning, procurement and contracting across the workstreams, managing the budget, facilitating reflection/iteration of project activities and supporting the tracking, analysing and reporting of progress. I work closely with the Head of Operations, Director of Engagement and the Tanzania Country Lead as well as other members of the project team. I also support the Hub's Central Services Team to review and improve its systems and processes.

Background: My main background is in finance and education; the former has included auditing, corporate finance investigations and management consultancy and the latter teaching, research, teacher training and curriculum development. Over the last two decades I have provided technical assistance, evaluated and/or managed a number of international development programmes. I have extensive experience across Africa and have also worked in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. I 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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