Edwin Afari is an Agricultural Economist and a Specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with 12 years’ experience in research, teaching, project analysis & management. He has additional experience in data analysis & management. His area of expertise includes among others; design of performance management plans, M&E system set-up, performance tracking to manage for results, data quality assessments, designing and conducting impact assessments and evaluation of development programs using M&E tools. Other areas are project appraisals using project net worth tools and training in GIS application and field mapping of farms and features.
Before joining World Cocoa Foundation as the M&E Director for West Africa, Edwin was the Monitoring, Evaluation and GIS Specialist for almost 4 years at USAID/Ghana. He facilitated the Mission’s bi-annual portfolio reviews, operation plans, performance plan and report and managed Feed the Future (FTF) reporting and GIS platform. Prior to joining USAID in May 2009, Edwin worked as the M&E and GIS Manager on a USAID-funded project trade and investment program (TIPCEE) from 2005 with TechnoServe Inc and Chemonics. Before assuming that position he was the M&E Officer for Food for Peace project implemented by TechnoServe Ghana. He also worked at the University of Ghana with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research(ISSER) as Research Assistant between 2000 and 2001. He holds Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics and a certificate in data management and analysis.