Senior Project Officer
Kirsty joined SDDirect’s Project Management Unit in September 2015, bringing experience in managing a range of donor funded projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe. Kirsty holds a BA in International Development and an MA in Education and Development from the University of East Anglia. She has a keen interest in the education of vulnerable and marginalised groups. This interest was first sparked in 2007 when she travelled to Tanzania to volunteer with street children. Kirsty continued to build on this interest in 2011 when she used the capabilities approach as a framework for assessing the impact of a non-formal education centre for disadvantaged youth in Tanzania. This research formed part of her MA dissertation.
Kirsty has more than four years experience in project management within the field of education and international development. During this time she has managed a wide range of DFID, European Union, World Bank and Asian Development Bank funded projects. In late 2014 through to early 2015 Kirsty travelled to Ghana to set-up the DFID funded Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) Programme. She spent five months as the Interim Operations Manager in Accra where she set up the project management tools, trained the operations team and got the operational side of the project up and running.
At SDDirect, Kirsty is working on a range of complex programmes including the DFID What works to prevent violence against women and girls programme as well as the Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP).