Michelle Whalen

Michelle started her professional career as a teacher, and has worked across cultures in Australia since 1987 and internationally since 1993, first in Central America, then SE Asia (based in Australia), and for the last ten years her ‘country of focus’ has been Timor-Leste. Michelle’s teaching experience honed her training and facilitation skills, she has facilitated stakeholder workshops following evaluations, strategic planning workshops, and specific training events and meetings and have developed processes to communicate complex concepts to people from a variety of sectors, organisations and work contexts both in Australia and Timor-Leste.

 

Michelle has a Masters in Social Science (International Development) and work experience across a range of aid program areas since 1993. As a trainer for IDSS since 2007, Michelle keeps up with the latest developments in program design and M&E. Michelle is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, attended their last two conferences, and participated in Outcome Mapping training in November 2011.

 

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Michelle Whalen

 

Michelle started her professional career as a teacher, and has worked across cultures in Australia since 1987 and internationally since 1993, first in Central America, then SE Asia (based in Australia), and for the last ten years my ‘country of focus’ has been Timor-Leste. Michelle’s teaching experience honed her training and facilitation skills, she has facilitated stakeholder workshops following evaluations, strategic planning workshops, and specific training events and meetings and have developed processes to communicate complex concepts to people from a variety of sectors, organisations and work contexts both in Australia and Timor-Leste.

 

Michelle has a Masters in Social Science (International Development) and work experience across a range of aid program areas since 1993. As a trainer for IDSS since 2007, Michelle keeps up with the latest developments in program design and M&E. Michelle is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, attended their last two conferences, and participated in Outcome Mapping training in November 2011.

 

Michelle has directly implemented development assistance programs in El Salvador (1993-1997) and Timor-Leste (2002-3, 2005-6) as a volunteer, Australian NGO employee and Managing Contractor (MC) consultant. As a freelance consultant with NGOs, MCs, UN Agencies, World Bank and ADB, the Principles of the Paris Declaration are often reflected in activity evaluation recommendations, particularly with respect to alignment with national government policies and supporting their systems development. Aid Effectiveness is an important 'context' module of Michelle's M&E training and includes a summary of Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action.

 

Michelle's experience across a range of delivery partners is described above. In Michelle's ILO consultancies she has used the ILO Technical Manual for reviewing design documentation and producing the M&E system. Michelle has worked on NGO grants programs, ADB PPTA, and AusAID tenders. Some of these programs have had little interaction with government, and others are totally integrated and co-implementing with the partner government.

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michellewhalen@fhdesigns.com.au

Michelle's Significant Experience(Currently unavailable for contract)

  • Michelle is currently the M&E Advisor on the East Timor BESIK Program
  • DFAT (formerly AusAID): M&E Specialist on the design team for the Civil Society WASH Fund. more
  • DFAT (formerly AusAID): Solomon Islands WASH evaluation and audit