Interests:Health policy, planning and financing; health system strengthening; monitoring of health sector performance; evaluation of programmes and sector plans, effective development cooperation.
Skills:Economic analysis; policy analysis; programme planning; design of monitoring and evaluation; report writing.
Background and relevant experience:Veronica is an economist by training who has worked in management consultancy and international health for over 30 years. Her experience includes four years in the Planning Unit of Ministry of Health, Uganda and two years of health planning in the Eswatini Government. She has been a consultant for bilateral and multilateral development organisations including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Australian, Dutch and Danish aid, European Commission, WHO, Global Fund, Asian Development Bank, GAVI and World Bank. She worked for the international health consultancy Mott Macdonald for over ten years as a consultant and manager. Her earlier consultancy experience was in PWC working on UK public sector reform, efficiency studies and evaluations.
In the last ten years, Veronica has worked on a range of assignments on international health and aid at global and country levels. These include:
- Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2019: Member of a team designing Australia’s bilateral support to health in Papua New Guinea.
- Mott Macdonald, 2018-19: Design of value for money assessment and analysis of resource allocation in the Fleming Fund Grants Programme on antimicrobial resistance.
- WHO Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Secretariat, 2016-18: Development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the Global Action Plan on AMR. This included developing the M&E approach and outcome and impact indicators.
- World Bank, 2017: Review of technical assistance programs to improve health financing sustainability through strengthening Public Financial Management and improving efficiency in service delivery, in Papua New Guinea and Pacific islands.
- WHO/International Health Partnership (IHP+), 2014-15: Member of the WHO Core Team of IHP+ (now UHC2030) to promote effective development cooperation in health. Work included review of health cooperation in Ethiopia.
- Australian aid, 2014: Design of a joint malaria programme between Australia, China and Papua New Guinea.
- Australian aid, 2013: Input to design of performance-based incentives in a Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project run by Save the Children in Pakistan.
- Global Fund, 2013: Review of Global Fund experience and policy in fragile states.
- DFID, 2012-13: Designed new program and business case for control of Visceral Leishmaniasis.
- WHO, 2012: Supported Sudan Ministry of Health to finalise the health sector strategy.
- Global Fund, 2011: Conducted an independent review of the Global Fund’s Key Performance Indicators, to assess their validity.
- WHO/IHP+, 2010-2012: Support for implementation, lesson learning and updating of Joint Assessment of National health Strategies (JANS). This included recording lessons from JANS in 5 countries and writing guidance on options for JANS.
- DFID, 2007-2012: Support to DFID on design and implementation of the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a mechanism to subsidise access to malaria medicines.