Date and time: Wednesday 21st April 2021 5.30 - 7.00pm AEST
Topic: Evaluating the Expanse: Identifying COVID-19 needs and priorities in 38 countries
Presenters: Jess Letch and Audrey See Tho, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on 19th April

This is a free seminar organised by the Victorian Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

Seminar overview

The impact of COVID-19 in the Asia Pacific region has been profound. In 2020, the Asia Pacific Regional Office embarked upon the task of analyzing needs and establishing priorities for the work of 38 independent Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies across the region. Collectively these National Societies have mobilized 7.6 million volunteers and reached over 155 million people: to stem the spread of COVID-19 and address the health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.

The evaluation was a daunting task: appointing one assessment coordinator working remotely over four months to wrangle 15 over-stretched country offices and their National Society counterparts under lockdown. The goal of this exercise was to produce an analysis that was relevant, timely and could be utilized to improve the operation moving forward.

Join Jess and Audrey as they talk through the process of setting up the evaluation, collecting and analyzing the findings, sharing and applying the results across a diverse network of Red Cross and Red Crescent collaborators.

Presenters' background

Jess Letch is Manager of Emergency Operations and Information Management for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Specializing in disaster relief and humanitarian protection, she has worked in the aid sector for 22 years in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Jess holds a Master of Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, completing her thesis on the Real Time Evaluation of Humanitarian Response. For several years Jess worked as an M&E consultant for several humanitarian organizations and specializes in developmental, utilization approaches. She has delivered several papers at previous AES conferences, the Australian Disaster and Emergency Management Conference and for the ALNAP learning event in London.

Audrey See Tho is the monitoring and evaluation focal point at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific. Her interests are in migration and displacement, labour trafficking, and sustainability of aid. She has worked in the aid sector for seven years, particularly in refugee resettlement, migrant protection and rights, and more recently in humanitarian aid. She completed a MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford with a dissertation on The Evolution of Migrant Worker Rights.

Seminar start times

  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD: 5.30pm
  • SA, NT: 5.00pm
  • Perth: 3.30pm
  • New Zealand: 7.30pm

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