Name: Alisha Myers
Title: Director of Monitoring and Evaluation
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Employed Since: August 2014
What were you doing before working with World Bicycle Relief?
Before joining WBR, I was the Senior Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at mothers2mothers for five years, covering M&E for our program in up to nine African countries. Prior to mothers2mothers, I worked for Catholic Relief Services in the US, Malawi, Kenya, Sudan, and Sri Lanka on health, nutrition, food security, economic development, and education programs for over seven years. I have worked for non-profits in Ethiopia and South Africa as well.
What drew you to World Bicycle Relief?
WBR is the perfect marriage of my love for cycling and professional experience in M&E of social programs in developing countries. WBR’s approach to developing people through the Power of Bicycles is unique, sustainable, and effective. The team is enthusiastic, the organization is growing, and there is enormous potential for impact.
What is a typical day of work like for you?
I have only just started with WBR, however a typical day in my line of work involves reviewing studies and reports; accessing data for reporting; preparing presentations; planning and implementing research and meeting with project beneficiaries in the field. I also lead reflection and planning sessions and train staff on aspects of M&E.
What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy establishing systems for improved program results with a particular focus on data collection and management. Most of all, I enjoy meeting and collecting, processing and communicating data from project staff and participants to learn more about the challenges and achievements of the project.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is when I am unable to obtain data to answer questions program staff or others may have about program performance and implementation.
What is your dream for the organization?
That WBR is known as a leader, advocate, and innovator for solving the transportation needs and changing the lives of vulnerable communities in developing countries.
What is one random fact about you that no one on staff knows?
I’ve lived, worked in and traveled to over 45 countries.
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