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Sophie Timms Associate - Programme Management & Policy Advice

MSc Africa and International Development; MSc Geography

Sophie has five years’ experience in the monitoring & evaluation of governance, peace-building and state-building programmes, working in academic institutions, the private consultancy sector and for DFID.

In her role at WYG, Sophie is primarily working on two DFID evaluations. She is project manging a four year evaluation of the Comprehensive Agricultural and Rural Development Facility in Afghanistan and, as an evaluation adviser, is a core member of the independent theory-based process evaluation team for DFID’s Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme.

Sophie has a particular interest in innovative methods with experience using contribution analysis and RAPID Outcome Assessment. She also has a strong understanding of the Most Significant Results method having used this tool whilst working for KPMG on the Impact and Learning Strategy for DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund. As a Results Adviser for DFID’s Fragile States and Conflict Group, she provided peacebuilding and statebuilding (PBSB) expertise to DFID country offices during programme design, monitoring and evaluation. This involved assessing and quality assuring business cases and log frames for governance and PBSB programmes, and analysing and strengthening proposed theories of change.

Sophie has strong analytical, writing and editing skills, having worked as an independent researcher in Kenya and the UK and having co-authored and disseminated a number of DFID’s practice papers including DFID’s How to Note on 'Monitoring and Measuring Results in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States'. She has a strong understanding of applying a conflict sensitive and political economy analysis perspective to programme design and strategic planning as well as experience in assessing and analysing governance systems at both country and sectoral level.