Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Victoria Schauerhammer

Technical Specialist

Victoria joined our technical team in 2013, bringing experience of working on gender and social inclusion across a range of development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A native German, she holds a BA in International Studies with a focus on development and Africa studies from American University in Washington, DC and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Victoria’s passion for gender issues and inclusive development approaches was first sparked when she was studying in Kenya in 2007, where she spent much of her time volunteering in a slum of Nairobi. She has previously worked for the German development agency GIZ in Germany and Morocco, providing research and advice on topics such as good governance, women’s rights and gender equality, gender diversity, working with young people, and reproductive rights and health. She has also worked as programme researcher for BRAC UK, supporting BRAC International’s programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia with a range of social development issues.

Victoria’s portfolio at SDDirect includes being a Social Development Advisor for the global DFID Girls’ Education Challenge Fund, providing technical support to projects in Ghana and Uganda. She is a consultant on the DFID/Danida/EU-funded ’Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana Phase 2 programme, where she delivers technical assistance on gender, social inclusion and institution building. Victoria is also part of the SDDirect team working on a DFID ‘innovation lab’ initiative to test a range of strategic research and action interventions to improve accountability in Somalia, and acts as relationship manager for four projects. Victoria is further involved with La Pépinière, a DFID DRC-funded research programme for adolescent girls and young women's economic empowerment in Kinshasa where she provides inputs on gender and capacity building. She is also a Researcher on the DFID VAWG Helpdesk, for which she produces global evidence reviews and targeted analysis on aspects of gender-based violence. 

Some of Victoria’s other recent work includes a study on links between sexuality education, gender equality and gender-based violence for Plan UK, for which she led the participatory research process in Uganda; and an assessment of the Strategic Partnership Arrangement between DFID, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and BRAC, which identified organisational learning, added value and emerging good partnership practice of this innovative funding mechanism. In the past, she has also been a consultant for DFID Nigeria’s flagship enabling environment programme Voices for Change, where she has advised on issues such as social norms, masculinity and working with civil society actors.