Sarah Sitts has 15 years of experience researching, developing, managing, and measuring international development initiatives. She designs and assesses programs in the areas of resilience, livelihoods, inclusive markets, women’s economic empowerment, and community-based natural resource management. She develops plans for project monitoring and evaluation, and has conducted research on resilience, value chains, and conservation networks. She is versed in the DCED standard for measurement of private sector development and market systems programs. She led Pact’s Cambodia country office and has worked in many other countries in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sarah holds a master’s degree in sustainable international development.
As a consultant, Sarah conducts research, develops strategies, and designs high-impact projects and M&E frameworks. For Cardno, she conducted an assessment of women’s economic empowerment within agricultural market systems programs and made recommendations for strengthening gender mainstreaming within Cardno’s project. A frequent technical writer for TechnoServe, Sarah writes proposals for new agribusiness and entrepreneurship projects and develops plans for monitoring, evaluating, and learning. She mapped the ways TechnoServe’s approaches contribute to the resilience of households, businesses, and market systems, and developed an approach for Equal Access to strengthen the resilience of its media audience. Sarah developed an organizational livelihoods strategy and trained the livelihoods coordinator at a Maasai conservancy in Kenya. Sarah has also produced independent research, including her paper, “Livelihood Resilience and Farming Household Resilience: Evidence from Uganda,” which can be accessed here at agrilinks.org.
As Pact’s Cambodia country manager, Sarah led a portfolio of women’s economic empowerment, CBNRM, and governance programs. Under her strategic plan, she developed relationships with new stakeholders and new program approaches, and grew the portfolio value by 50%. She built out a practice of business and market development, building micro-entrepreneurs’ capacities and linkages and ultimately achieving a 4x increase in participants earning over $5 per day. She oversaw a micro-enterprise vulnerability assessment that informed her design of a curriculum to increase resilience. She also led a USAID-funded study to map the existing advocacy and support networks of forest communities, applying a new use of social network analysis. One of her donors used the M&E Plan she developed as the model for his other grantees.
Sarah holds a master’s degree in sustainable international development (development economics and international environmental policy) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Whitman College. She speaks intermediate French and German and conversational Khmer and Mandarin.