Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Director, DFAT/Strategic Partnership

Carolyn O’Donnell is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning specialist with more than ten years of experience in M&E, learning and knowledge management. O’Donnell has expertise in designing innovative M&E systems, implementing comprehensive M&E plans, and facilitating evidence-based learning to improve adaptive management and decision-making processes. She has trained field staff on M&E and research methods, and provided on-the-job training and mentoring to M&E officers to build their skills in statistical software, databases, monitoring tools, and evaluation design.

Starting in 2015, O’Donnell worked as an MEL Fellow through the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Project for USAID. As a fellow, she spent four years in the USAID/Nepal Mission, supporting the Democracy and Governance Office, the Social, Environmental, and Economic Development Office, and the Program Office to strengthen MEL systems and processes. Prior to that, she worked with Winrock International as an M&E advisor, including as key personnel for a child labor policy project funded by the US Department of Labor. She started her career in M&E as an intern in 2008 and subsequently as an M&E Advisor at the Centre for Development and Population Activities, working on female empowerment and reproductive health. 

Education: Carolyn O’Donnell holds a master’s degree in International Development from American University (2010), and a bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from Grinnell College (2004). She has worked in 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She speaks English, French, and Nepali.