Senior Evaluation Officer
Sirkka worked for the Secretariat of the ISPC (and its predecessors) for 14 years, and served the Standing Panel on Monitoring and Evaluation coordinating all independent external Center, Program and thematic evaluations in the CGIAR and organizing a number of them. She also coordinated the assessment of the rolling Medium-term Plans and was involved in the research aspects of the CGIAR’s Performance Measurement System, including critical assessment of the lessons. More recently, Sirkka contributed to ISPC’s guidance on research prioritization, planning and CRP review. In joining the IEA as senior evaluation officer She brings experience on research and research evaluation and institutional memory of the CGIAR’s M&E. Her background is on plant breeding, with her PhD research completed while at CIMMYT. She has completed studies on development oriented farming systems research. Before joining the CGIAR she worked on cereal tissue culture and plant genetic resources.