Dr Jan Edwards has over 35 years experience in education working across adult and vocational education and training, school counselling, educational research, distance education and special education. For the past 15 years she has worked as an international Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Civil Society Engagement Specialist (GESI and CSE) in Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Laos, Vanuatu, Samoa, Kiribati, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Viet Nam, Philippines. She has worked with various development partners (Australian Aid, ILO, USAID, World Bank, EUD and ADB, PLAN International and Vision 2020). Jan works on issues of inclusion and her work addresses intersections of disadvantage (poverty, gender, disability, rurality, ethnicity, family violence and child protection). Jan has recently completed 2 major studies on TVET, the first in Vietnam for the ADB and a second for the World Bank in Indonesia.
Jan has expertise in gender analyses, assessments, audits, gender and inclusion indicators; capacity needs assessments; data analysis (qualitative and quantitative); literature reviews; policy analysis, development, and application of M & E tools. Jan utilises mixed methods approaches to M & E design and implementation. Her specialties and interests include: design of gender-sensitive programs, team leader, gender-responsive training, curriculum and materials development, gender and inclusion audit, strategies and indicators, evaluating gender outcomes, design and implementation of gender and inclusion strategies, monitoring and evaluation for gender and inclusion, policy analysis, education program design and evaluation, field-based needs assessment, impact evaluation, baseline studies, education policy/project/ best practice research and data analysis, economic empowerment of women, menstrual hygiene and management, violence against women programming, child protection, disability inclusive development, women's leadership across sectors including education, health, infrastructure and others.