Senior Technical Expert
Jo joined SDDirect as Senior Technical Expert in the GBV portfolio in March 2020. She has been working in gender and social development for over 20 years with particular expertise in working with adolescent girls and young women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, preventing violence against women and girls, girls’ education and monitoring and evaluation.
She has previously worked with SDDirect as a Senior Associate on a number of long term technical advisor roles including supporting the research and evidence lead on the Voices for Change (V4C) programme, Nigeria, and as MEL lead on La Pépinière, adolescent girls and young women’s economic empowerment programme in DRC, as well as on several assignments for the VAWG helpdesk.
Before joining SDDirect she was a consultant for 8 years working with a range of civil society and private sector clients and organisations, including as Education and Social Development advisor on DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge Fund, conducting mid-term and final evaluations for the Girl Generation - End FGM programme, as Senior MEL consultant for the Girl Effect. Prior to that she held a variety of technical advisor roles, monitoring and evaluation and programme management positions within international NGOs, including as Senior Adolescent Girl Advisor at Action Aid, Head of Impact and Evidence at Save the Children and Senior Africa Programme Manager Interact Worldwide, an SRHR specialist NGO now part of Plan International.
Jo has an MSc from SOAS in Development Studies, gender and anthropology, and has been an active board member of Theatre for a Change since 2008 and a governor of a large inner-city secondary school in Bristol where she serves as safeguarding, behaviour and SEND link governor.