Dr Ola Ogunyinka

Monitoring Learning and Evaluation Specialist

Ola Ogunyinka is the Lead practitioner in Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation in CAVA II. Dr Ogunyinka has over 20 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation of agricultural development projects at both national and international levels.

He started his career as a Consultant with a private consulting outfit in Ibadan Nigeria from where he left to join the then newly established World Bank funded Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) Ilorin, as a Principal Management Development Officer within the Agricultural Projects Management Division. While at the Institute, he helped to establish the new course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Agricultural Development Projects which he successfully ran for three years. He rose through the ranks to eventually become the Head of the newly created ARMTI Consultancy Services. 

He later left ARMTI to take up the position of Coordinator and Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a CGIAR centre whose goal is to assist in reducing poverty amongst small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. While at IITA, he championed the case for and oversaw the monitoring and evaluation of donor funded projects to ensure project objectives were achieved and the efficient use of resources. He helped to develop the instruments for M&E for Institute wide use and was the lead investigator in assessing the impact of IITA training to shape the direction of future funding to that area of IITA’s intervention in the national systems.

He has also led/participated in numerous project review missions across sub-Saharan Africa to comply with funding requirements and ensure accountability and effectiveness in project implementation.

On relocating to the UK, he had a brief stint as a Teacher and then Subject Leader for Science in a local school in Birmingham.

Prior to joining the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, he was the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, responsible for the southern African region at the World Vision UK, the world’s largest international children’s charity whose vision is to transform the lives of millions of children living in the world’s hardest places.

Dr Ogunyinka holds a PhD in Programme Development and Evaluation (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), an MS in Resource Economics (University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA) and a BSc (Hons) degree in Forest Economics from University of Ibadan.  He has undergone several professional development training events in areas such as Agricultural Projects Formulation and Analysis and Agricultural Projects Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

He is a Senior Research Fellow at NRI on secondment to the project and will devote 80% of his time on CAVA project MLE issues.