Catherine Lowery is a Governance, M&E & Programme Strategy specialist with over 17 years’ experience working across a range of programmes including humanitarian, security sector reform, public sector reform, and community development in Asia, eastern Europe and Africa.
She has worked with a range of agencies including DFID, USAID, AUSAid, UN, NGOs and the private sector. Her core areas of expertise are in quality assurance, programme reviews, and evaluations.
Catherine has been both a team Leader and team member for cross-organisational and multi-stakeholder evaluations; including evaluability assessments, strategic, thematic, impact, and mid-term evaluations.
She is also well-versed in a range of approaches and quantitative and qualitative methods, including household surveys, participatory appraisals and qualitative research packages.
She has widespread knowledge of results frameworks, theory of change, key performance indicators and a range of international standards such as DAC/OECD.
In the area of capacity-building, strategy development & change management Catherine has led on the design and implementation of numerous result-based M&E systems, developing KPIs, facilitating management, partnership reviews and strategic planning sessions, developing and delivery of numerous training programmes, developing knowledge management tools and processes.
Catherine has a Masters in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and has had ongoing skills development through various trainings such as VFM and Outcome Mapping.
Catherine has worked as an independent consultant for since 2006. Prior to this, she worked as M&E Coordinator for regional food security and HIV/AIDS programme in Southern Africa based in Zambia, Head of Office for a Refugee and Returnees Programme and as a Social Policy Adviser for the Kosovan Department of Social Welfare based in Kosovo.