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Sylvester Runyanga
Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Specialist , Graca Machel Trust
Harare, Zimbabwe
Design Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adaption (MERL) Specialist with more than 10 years of experience in project design and implementation, policy analysis, monitoring, evaluation, and research. He has a strong theoretical and applied understanding of MEL approaches and extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative MEL approaches and methods
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Sylvester is a seasoned specialist with over a decade of expertise in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL). His proficiency extends across a spectrum of MERL domains, including theory-based evaluations, contribution analysis, outcome mapping, and outcome harvesting. Sylvester excels at crafting program theories of change, logical models, results chains, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) plans, MEAL toolkits, and the creation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). His unwavering dedication to precision and excellence ensures that strategies are not only developed but also implemented effectively. Sylvester's footprint in establishing MEL systems spans diverse thematic areas, from Social Accountability, Human Rights, Health, and Livelihoods/Agriculture to Wash, Gender, Education, Food Security, and Nutrition. As a trusted leader, he has successfully led and mentored MEL and Data Analyst teams, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. His contributions have been instrumental in achieving project objectives and delivering measurable impact for esteemed donors, including DRA, FCDO, Irish Aid, OFDA, WFP, IOM, WFD, UNDP, USAID, and UNICEF. What sets Sylvester apart is his ability to harness the power of data. His analytical skills span both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, enabling the delivery of high-quality, results-based reports. He is well-versed in utilizing a wide array of MEL and Data Science tools, such as SPSS, STATA, Epi Info, MS Excel, Power BI (for advanced interactive dashboard development), and MySQL (for rational database development and deployment). Moreover, Sylvester possesses extensive experience in digital and real-time data collection platforms, including ODK, KOBO Collect, Solstics, and others.

Master of Social Sciences Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, a postgraduate Bachelor of Social Sciences (Special) Honours Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Development Studies from Lupane State University, Zimbabwe, and a Certificate in Humanitarian Work from the University of Zimbabwe
Affiliations and Achievements:
Zimbabwe Evaluation Association
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Shona
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