Naomi Blight

Principal Consultant

I am an evaluation, social development and gender specialist working with IOD PARC since 2012. My expertise is in supporting organisations across the development-humanitarian nexus on wide ranging development assistance themes including gender and social development, health, HIV, and civil society. My recent work includes an endline study of UNRWA’s gender-based violence prevention work in both development and emergency contexts, work with Gavi on assessing the effectiveness of its targeted country assistance, an evaluation of VSO’s DFID funded ‘Volunteering for Development’ grant and an evaluation of WHO’s partnerships with non-state actors. My geographic expertise spans Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

My work at IOD PARC sees me working with a broad range of clients, including bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organisations. I have experience leading and managing multi-country and global evaluations and am passionate about supporting organisations to learn and supporting them to deliver better development results. Having worked in multiple development and humanitarian contexts, I am able to work in multicultural and complex contexts, and am experienced in engaging diverse stakeholders, including vulnerable groups. I have excellent analytical and writing skills and I employ a variety of research and evaluation methodologies and tools, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of their design. Through my academic background I have a strong understanding of the interconnection between development and humanitarian work, having specialised in gender and conflict in my Masters in African Development Studies. I also have advanced communication skills as a fluent French speaker and intermediate speaker in Spanish.