Phillip Belling is a monitoring and evaluation and social impact assessment specialist. He brings to Just Insights more than 20 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors in the areas of education, health, infrastructure and urban development, governance and human resources.
Phillip’s consulting career began with global firm Price Waterhouse (later PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Europe in the mid-1990s. He later joined IDP Education Australia, and then SMEC International, contributing to international development cooperation projects in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Tajikistan and Ethiopia.
Since 2005, Phillip has worked as a freelance consultant specialising in evaluation, social impact assessment and program formulation. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with government agencies and community organisations in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Phillip has made expert contributions to substantial reform projects involving multidisciplinary teams. His diverse activities have included policy, legislative and regulatory reviews; social impact assessments; analysis and advice on education management information systems (EMIS); training in public sector management skills; capacity building for grassroots monitoring and evaluation; and community consultation.
Phillip has worked on development projects with the European Union, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and bilateral donors.
Phillip is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, the International Development Evaluation Association, the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Society for International Development, the Comparative and International Education Society, and the Australian Association for Research in Education. He regularly participates in conferences and professional development workshops.
Phillip holds a Master of Philosophy in sociocultural studies from the University of Sydney. He also completed specialist training in monitoring and evaluation at the Word Bank’s International Program for Development Evaluation Training summer school in Ottawa in 2009.
Phil Marshall has worked on international development cooperation issues for over 25 years, including more than a decade living and working in developing countries. His primary areas of technical expertise are trafficking in persons (TIP), HIV/AIDS and programme evaluation. Phil’s expertise in TIP spans the full range of anti-trafficking interventions as well as related areas such as migration and migrant smuggling. He has worked extensively at policy level, notably in the development of three national plans of action against trafficking, and played a central role in the negotiation of the COMMIT MOU on Trafficking in Persons between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
Phil’s work in the criminal justice area includes three years providing strategic and technical direction for a major regional project to strengthen criminal justice responses to trafficking and the related area of smuggling. More recently, he has been working on approaches targeting the profits of these crimes. Phil is a highly experienced trainer. This includes developing and delivering (1) a regional training programme for trainers on child trafficking and child protection in South Asia, (2) a regional multi-sectoral training on trafficking for the GMS countries and (3) training of trainer programmes in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Mongolia.
In terms of victim support, Phil’s work includes assisting the government of Vietnam in the development of a national return and referral mechanism. He is currently focusing on emerging approaches to prevention including the use of behavioural theory to help develop more focused and measurable prevention programmes, and demand-side responses, particularly the targeting of exploitative practice within supply chains and labour migration channels.
In terms of evaluation, Phil has evaluated, assessed or reviewed more than twenty programmes at global, regional and local level. In this work he has used a full range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools, and often trained local counterparts in aspects of this work. Recent examples include a global evaluation of the International Organization for Migration’s counter-trafficking programmes and an EU-funded migration project in the Horn of Africa. Phil recently developed a toolkit on trafficking project design and evaluation for the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, drawing on accumulated knowledge and lessons learned from both within and outside the counter-trafficking sector.
Phil was a member of a 12-person panel of experts to develop the UN Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking and is currently a member of a small advisory team engaged in developing indicators for government progress for the Global Slavery Index. He is also a board member of the Mekong Club, a business-led initiative to address trafficking and slave-like practice.
Scott Rankin is a program design, monitoring and evaluation specialist. Having commenced his career as a Program Officer at Australian Volunteers International in 1992, Scott moved on to work with UNV and UNDP, before setting out as a freelance consultant in 2002.
To this day, Scott persists in ensuring his work portfolio is deliberately varied in terms of sector, organisation type and geographical location, with the objective of keeping abreast of the different contexts, approaches, needs, interests and synergies of different development partner types. He has lived and worked in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Thailand, and also worked extensively across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Common themes cutting across his work have been support to post conflict and fragile states; understanding and better supporting resilience of vulnerable populations; disaster risk reduction; extractive industries and the social license to operate; as well as an interest in the intersection of livelihoods and sustainable agricultural development.
Scott’s consulting work cuts across the development continuum, with outputs including preliminary research, baseline surveys and project designs, alongside his primary role as an evaluation team leader. In 2011, Scott completed a Masters of Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Melbourne, with the aim of further strengthening and consolidating his evaluation understanding and capacity. An outcome of this study has been a more deliberate emphasis on blending qualitative and quantitative analysis into his work.
The past two years reflect the diversity of Scott’s work. In that time, he has undertaken both designs and evaluation of circa $50 million programs for clients such as Australian DFAT and USAID in the Middle East and Africa, while also undertaking niche research in the occupied Palestinian Territories defining resilience in the context of the West Bank and analysis of the impact on children of the blockade of Gaza. In between that work, he supported development of a framework for evaluation of community based emergency management planning in his home state of Victoria, Australia.
Scott is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and the International Association for Public Participation. In 2004, Scott was awarded the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian government, and in 2006, a Cambodian Service Medal for his work in the Cambodian mine action sector.
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