Naome Wandera joined ICRW Africa in December 2019 as a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist after several years of serving as a longstanding consultant in the Africa region. She has worked with ICRW since 2016, including on a project to advance women’s economic rights in East Africa; a program on prevention sexual violence against adolescents in Zanzibar; the 2018 Global Fund assessment of Human Rights related barriers to accessing Malaria, HIV and TB services in Uganda; research to develop measures to evaluate technology facilitated gender based violence (Uganda and India); and an evaluation of the Securing Your Family’s Future East Africa Program—a social norm transformative course for men.
Naome is a Quantitative Economist (BSc) and Demographer (MA) with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research designs. She has 20 years of experience in public health, education, VAWG, and economic empowerment and her expertise covers gender equality, social norms, and rights and inclusion. Naome has worked with international NGOs, universities and research institutions to develop systems and advance evidence for effective solutions. An award winner for the 2017 Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) and the World Bank Group’s Development Marketplace for innovation on GBV prevention, she is recognized for contributing to innovations to prevent gender-based violence through building evidence for effective solutions. Other institutions include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research collaboration, John Snow Inc., JSI Research and Training Institute, Makerere University, PATH, Engender Health, FHI 360 and partners Georgetown Institute for Reproductive Health, Pathfinder International and Save the Children.
Naome previously provided technical assistance that increased the quality of program implementation and strengthened the institutional capacity of USG/PEPFAR/NPI grantees in eight countries in Africa. As the Graduate Researcher/Senior Social Scientist, Naome evaluated HIV prevention microbicide acceptability under the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/ Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research Microbicides Development Program clinical trial in Tanzania from 2004-2007. She led MEL framework development for USAID’s 5-year Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) Project focused on youth engagement to increase access to SRHR for young people in and out of school and jointly implemented by JSI/FHI360/the Gender Roles, Equality and Transformations (GREAT) project of Georgetown Institute for Reproductive Health/Pathfinder International/Save the Children in post conflict areas of Northern Uganda.