Jeneen R. Garcia first joined the GEF IEO in September 2010 as an extended-term consultant, and is currently leading the Evaluation of Multiple Benefits of GEF Support. She was a core team member and co-author in the impact evaluations of GEF support to the focal areas of international waters (South China Sea and Adjacent Areas) and biodiversity (Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems). She also led the OPS5 sub-studies in Progress towards Impact and the Health of the GEF Partnership. Apart from these, she has been co-developing conceptual frameworks for assessing impact in complex adaptive systems, among which is the now-mainstreamed GEF Theory of Change Framework. Since joining the GEF IEO, she has also dedicated herself to piloting innovative methodologies that bridge qualitative and quantitative approaches, and that integrate the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences, and communications with the field of evaluation.
Her previous work in her native Philippines was in the fields of multi-stakeholder watershed governance with the Philippines-Canada Environmental & Economic Management, a CIDA-funded government project, and community-based natural resource management at the Environmental Legal Assistance Center, a rights-based NGO that builds the capacities of communities in remote areas to protect their environment against large-scale illegal activity. Jeneen’s work at both organizations primarily involved research, education, knowledge management, advocacy, and communications across various media. She also has extensive experience as a former freelance writer, editor, and photographer for different publications.
Jeneen completed a Joint European MSc in Water and Coastal Management in four European countries through an Erasmus Mundus studentship in 2010. Her academic research focused on the scaling-up of management of social-ecological systems, using community-based marine protected areas in the Philippines as case study. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University, and conducted a Master’s research in Marine Biology on factors influencing coral recruitment patterns in the Sulu Sea marine corridor with the Silliman University Institute of Environmental & Marine Sciences, the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, and Conservation International – Philippines. She also has certificates in evaluation from the International Program on Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) at Carleton University, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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