Jim Newkirk is I4DI’s Senior Evaluation Advisor. He has worked in development for 35 years. From beginnings with inner city work, Jim then spent a lot of time in villages and remote locations, working on rural development projects in Brazil, Peru, and Indonesia, before spending over 10 years on Aboriginal communities in remote central and western Australia. A US-born Australian, Jim now resides in Serbia, where he has lived for 13 years. His work focus for many years was on project and program design and management – he has more recently made use of this experience in delivering project and program evaluations. Jim’s project management background, and a personal interest in effectiveness of delivery, means he gets particular enjoyment from mid-term, formative, and participatory evaluation processes with implementation teams. Recent assignments include project evaluations for Sida in Georgia, the EU and UN in Serbia; ADC in Bosnia, Montenegro, and Serbia; CARE International across the Balkans; mid-term and final evaluations for the Millennium Development Goals Fund in Serbia and Ethiopia; and country program evaluations for Sida in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Albania.
Jim’s MBA studies focused on organizational learning and organizational change, specifically chosen to add value to project/ program implementation with project teams. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
Jim’s native language is English. He also speaks Spanish and Serbian.