Monica Bandeira, PhD

Dr Monica Bandeira is a compassionate and driven psychologist, researcher, and monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist with 19 years career experience working within the NGO sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her strength lies in providing strategic MEL and research leadership, identifying appropriate methodologies to the context and question, and ensuring that data informs improved practice. Monica has extensive experience managing Research and MEL processes across projects and teams in complex settings. She is highly conversant in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and emphasises data dissemination in diverse and audience-appropriate ways. Her approach includes working closely with programmatic teams, the identification of contextually relevant tools, the development of appropriate designs and methodologies, the creation of online data collection tools and reports, the statistical/qualitative analysis of data, the write-up of the results, and the feedback of findings to improve interventions. She has experience in working with social justice, social protection, mental health, trauma, sexual reproductive health, and related issues. With her training and experience as a psychologist, she brings in-depth programmatic understanding to her research and evaluation work. This enables her to effectively translate between psychology and Research/MEL. She also continues to publish journal articles in peer reviewed journals in collaboration with programme staff on the data collected.


Professional Expertise


Psychology, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Maternal and child health, Resilience, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods, Survey development, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Quality improvement, Sustainability

Intervention Expertise

Mental health awareness/promotion, Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Multilateral organizations