PDM - Project Design and Management

George Collett

George is a development economist with more than 30 years of experience in the design, evaluation and implementation of development assistance projects and programs.

He has worked for AusAID, the UN, the ADB and World Bank as well as various government agencies, commercial consulting firms, NGOs and universities in some 25 countries in SE Asia, the Pacific, Africa and South America.

He has been the leader of 12 large evaluation missions, several incorporating large surveys and quantitative analysis. These include the evaluation of more than 15 years of Australian community forestry support to Nepal, the review of 10 years of AusAID assistance to the Royal PNG Constabulary, a country review for the World Food Programme’s portfolio of activities in Eritrea, and a global land sector review for UN-HABITAT.

He has designed the evaluation methodologies and M&E frameworks for large AusAID, AusAID/World Bank, UN and multi-donor programs dealing with land administration, climate change, natural resource management, agriculture and food security.

George is skilled in survey design and statistical analysis having recently been responsible for the design, analysis and documentation of a large baseline survey of 4,000 households in 250 villages in Myanmar incorporating 800 households from 50 villages as a control.

George has led or been a member of some 20 project or program design activities as planning or design specialist for various donors and in a range of sectors. He is skilled in theory of change models, participatory design methodologies, results frameworks, program planning and budgeting.

George is also an experienced trainer and was formerly manager of the short-course professional development program of ANUTECH, the commercial arm of the Australian National University, where he conducted training in project design, M&E and statistical methods amongst other topics.