In-house Experts

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Alexandre Daoust

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Alexandre (BA in Economics and Politics; MA in International Economic Development) is a specialist accredited by the Canadian Evaluation Society in monitoring and evaluation and results-based management. His main areas of specialization are socioeconomic development and governance. In particular, he has experience in supporting projects in the private sector (strengthening value chains) and providing assistance to businesses and technical assistance related to local commercial development. Alexandre has also conducted many mandates in education, child protection, and the environment. He has solid team leader experience in project, program, and institutional evaluations and has held senior positions in assignments related to M&E system development and strategic planning. One of Alexandre’s major strengths is expertise in managing and analyzing quantitative data. He has led many field missions in Central Africa, East and Western Africa, and Central and South America. Before joining Baastel, Alexandre worked as a project manager in export-based economic development projects. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. He has worked with, among others, Global Affairs Canada, the US Department of State, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, the Centre of International Commerce, CNUCED, UNDP, UNICEF, the European Commission, Oxfam-Québec, the IDB, and the OAS.

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Curline Beckford

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Curline (BSc in International Relations; MSc in International Business) has many years of substantial experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems at sectoral and national levels. She particularly enjoys developing results-based monitoring and evaluation tools, specifically logic models and performance measurement frameworks. She is skilled in monitoring and reporting on national strategic plans, including medium term planning frameworks, and conducting program and project evaluations in a variety of sectors (education, environment, health, and social protection). With extensive knowledge of strategic planning and project cycle management, she has provided support for the development and implementation of Jamaica’s long term national strategic plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. Over the last decade, Curline has provided quality services for the World Bank, IDB, Global Affairs Canada (formerly CIDA/DFATD), UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and UN Women in research and analysis, data collection and analysis for social safety net and public expenditure reviews, evaluations, program analysis, UNDAF preparation, and proposal writing. She has experience working in the Caribbean region and at a distance in Jordan, Mauritius, and Swaziland. Curline is fluent in English and has a basic level proficiency in French.

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Élodie C. Roy

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Élodie (BA in International Studies and Modern Languages; Master's in Project Management) is a project cycle management (PCM) and results-based management (RBM) specialist. She works on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mandates in the field of socioeconomic development as well as contributing her skills and knowledge to Baastel’s RBM training team. Known for her solid research and analysis skills, she has provided high-level analysis and recommendations for the programs and projects of a variety of bilateral and regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions. She also has experience in RBM and M&E capacity building, as well as development of RBM-based monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tools and systems for projects, programs, and institutions. She is an effective communicator, tested in demanding intercultural and cross-sectoral work environments. Since joining Baastel in 2012, she has worked on numerous M&E mandates in governance, social entrepreneurship, intercultural dialogue, private sector development, sustainable development, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, disaster risk management, and more. Specialized primarily in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa, Élodie has also worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Elodie speaks French, English, and Spanish, and has knowledge of Arabic.

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Jon Garcia

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Jon (BSc in Economics; MA in International Development; MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation) specializes in environment and climate change in developing countries. He has 15 years of experience in project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. Jon has coordinated international teams and projects relating to environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation, including low-carbon and resilient cities, regional and rural development, agriculture and livestock, sustainable land management and forest activities, and disaster risk management. He has worked with multilateral and bilateral donor organizations such as UNDP, UN Environment, FAO, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank, among others, as well as with national and local governments and consultancy firms in various projects funded by IDB, the European Commission, AFD, DFID, and more. He has experience with the GEF, the Adaptation Fund, and the GCF. His work has covered Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Jon is fluent in Spanish and English and has an advanced level of French.

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Lucile De Boisson

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Lucile (Master’s 2 in International Relations – Project Management, Cooperation, and Development, Sciences Po Lyon, France) joined Baastel in 2014. Her expertise lies in the development and monitoring and evaluation of environmental projects in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change, and sustainable management of natural resources. Lucile provides a range of services to many organizations – UN agencies, (including FAO, UNDP, UNEP), multilateral donors (GEF, GCF, AF, etc.), bilateral donors (AFD, FFEM, etc.), NGOs (IUCN and others) – and has worked in many developing countries, notably in Africa. Before joining Baastel, Lucile worked in the field of sustainable agriculture, and then in the freshwater ecosystems conservation for the WWF. Lucile is also an eco-consultant and has been involved in developing and implementing Baastel’s Green Plan. She speaks fluent French and English and has a good grasp of Spanish.

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Margarita Gonzales

Consultant – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Margarita (BA in International Development Studies; MPA) has worked with Baastel since 2012, initially as a project officer, and subsequently as an evaluator and environment specialist. She has a certificate in Programme Evaluation and has been involved in many evaluations conducted by Baastel for UNDP, IFC, the French GEF (FFEM), the Green Climate Fund, and more, most of them focused on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and finance in an international development context. Margarita also provides environmental expertise to Canadian and international organizations (IDRC, FAO, UN Environment) on a broad range of environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and natural resources management. Among other services, she supports the design of environment projects and environmental management plans, conducts technical studies, and provides assistance for capacity development. As a project officer, she managed a large number of projects for organizations such the WBG, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, Global Affairs Canada, and more. Prior to joining Baastel, she was involved with children’s issues and with social enterprise. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and English.

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Melissa MacLean

Consultant – M&E, Research, and Gender

Melissa (BA in Philosophy and English; MA and PhD in Political Science – Development) has over two decades of experience in the international development field. A gender equality specialist with experience in many sectors and regions, she has carried out evaluations, program reviews, and research; provided research design and support services; led workshops and training in M&E and results-based management; developed M&E frameworks and related tools; conducted policy analysis and led research-to-policy processes; and provided a wide range of program support, including developing toolkits and other resources in areas such as gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, local governance, and monitoring and evaluation. A skilled writer, communicator, and facilitator, Melissa enjoys working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and developing and applying participatory approaches. Her clients have included UN organizations, governments, international and intergovernmental institutions, and Canadian and international NGOs. Prior to her consulting career, Melissa held professional positions in development NGOs, universities, and research organizations, and freelanced as an editor and translator. She has lived, worked, and travelled in many parts of the world, including many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

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Sarah Lebel

Consultant – Environment

Sarah (BEng, MSc in Bioresource Engineering – McGill; PhD in Climate Change Adaptation – Leeds) is a climate change adaptation and resilience specialist with a multidisciplinary background. She most recently worked for the Secretariat of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP-GEF, UN Environment), where she managed the climate change adaptation portfolio. Her provided operational and strategic advice to the GEF, with a focus on project design and evidence-based decision-making. As such, she has first-hand experience with Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), GEF strategies and policies, project design, logical frameworks and theory of change, knowledge management, and M&E and learning, among others. She has additional expertise in the areas of climate finance, rural development, sustainable land management, conservation agriculture, food security, climate change mitigation, international waters, and biodiversity conservation. She also has extensive experience with international agricultural research, having worked at CGIAR centers in Peru and India, as well as with several national-level agricultural research organization across Africa. Sarah speaks French and English fluently and has knowledge of Spanish.

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Marion Douchin

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation and Environment

Marion (a graduate in Environmental Engineering and Management and in International Relations with a specialization in Cooperation and Development) has been working in the field of international cooperation and development aid since the end of her studies. Her expertise focuses on the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, as well as the development of strategies and action plans, in the fields of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and sustainable management of natural resources. Marion has collaborated with various international institutions (UNEP, UNDP), environmental organizations and funds (IUCN, The MedFund) and bilateral (AFD, FFEM) and multilateral donors (Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility). Prior to joining Baastel in 2019, Marion held various positions in AFD's operations department, both at headquarters and in the network (notably in Mexico), in the sectors of sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and climate. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.