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Jeana Lee Baker
Independent Evaluator , Partners in Learning, Uganda
IDAHO, United States
10+ years' experience in impact assessment, programme development and management with NGOs, SMEs and academic institutions, seeking consultancy roles specialising in external review, MEL, needs assessments and stakeholder analysis. Fluent in French and English. Willing to relocate.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
Professional Experience:
For over a decade, Jeana Baker has led impact assessments on socioeconomic issues. From her fieldwork in Benin and Bangladesh to Papua New Guinea, Baker has harnessed a wealth of interdisciplinary experience furthering her specialisation in evidence-based programming through Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

Most recently Baker assessed the project effectiveness of a 200-member agricultural co-op looking to scale up to 1,000 farmers by 2023. As External reviewer of Ebola Response projects in Sierra Leone, Baker restored VMM international partnerships, securing 75,000Euro for pilot projects.

In 2015 she returned to west Africa serving with US Peace Corps in Togo as grant manager of a $60,000USD USAID food security project.

In late 2014, Baker joined OPEN Accelerator’s Business Mentorship Programme. During this six-week assignment, Baker used her synergistic skills to build organisational capacity and prepare rural entrepreneurs for legal advice and impact investment at the Dhaka Meet Up. To further understand investment criteria in Bangladesh, she met with local business advisors, buyers and bankers to provide recommendations for entrepreneurs seeking business expansion.

For VSO Uganda, Baker conducted research on the impacts of climate change impacts on the most vulnerable and marginalised in Uganda. A cross-cutting climate change paper is due to be released to help volunteers, partners, and donors to better understand VSOs climate-resilient programming. Additionally, she has calculated VSOs total carbon emissions developing a Fair Climate Youth Enterprise and Carbon Offset Programme that seeks to achieve two key objectives: 1) teaching social entrepreneurial skills to youth at Vocational Training Institutes in Northern Uganda and 2) offsetting VSO Uganda’s carbon emissions.

At Auburn University, Baker served on a Disaster Assistance Task Force to assess the economic damages of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her research focused on community resilience as well as supply chain analysis of Alabama’s tourism and seafood industries. She collaborated with researchers to synthesize major findings into two journal publications including: Economic Impact of the 2010 BP Oil Spill on Marine-Based Industries for Auburn Speaks and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. Two years after the oil spill, her research also gained national recognition in Anchorage Daily News and Bloomberg Businessweek.

During her two-year Peace Corps service in rural Benin, Baker, served as Youth Agricultural Agent, was instrumental in advising schools on environmental resilience. Baker relied heavily on her French speaking and writing skills to develop a tropical beekeeping project and gender empowerment workshops. With middle school students and local farmers, she applied her background and experience in tropical agroforestry to enhance climate resilience to improve food security. She demonstrated, oftentimes in local language, how to construct improved mud stov
Education:
Masters of Agriculture with Professional and Technical Communication expertise.
BA in Economics and Environmental Management
Affiliations and Achievements:
Recipient of Environmental Management Award, University of Montana (May 2006)
National Service Alumnus/Alumnae Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (2016)

CPD
Impact Evaluation, TIME, Trinity College, Dublin (September 2017)

ICT
MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce, Kobo, EMSI (input/output modeling)

Publications
VSO Uganda Climate Response Paper
MS-AL SeaGrant MASGP-12-019 (May 2012)
Auburn Speaks (April 2012)

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, French, Spanish, Bariba
    Nationality:
    United States
    LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jeana-baker-a68090
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