Karen ‘t Hooft, MSc., is a biologist by training with further specialisation in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She has over 11 years of working experience in (mid-term) evaluations, research, knowledge management and M&E in the field of SRHR. She has extensive field experience in developing countries, which she gained through numerous long and short-term stays in Cameroon, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Jordan, and Bangladesh. After completion of her studies, she gained working experience in the field of SRHR including for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Karen lived in Laos for two years from 2008 until 2010, where she worked as an M&E consultant on SRHR programmes of international NGOs like World Vision and Population Services International.
In 2011 she started working at KIT as an advisor with the Health Knowledge Unit in the SRHR team and as one of the coordinators for the Knowledge Platform on SRHR, Share-Net. Between 2016 and 2018 she acted as the M&E coordinator of the Yes I Do Alliance in seven countries in Asia and Africa funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a programme addressing Child Marriage, Teenage Pregnancy and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. In addition, she supported the Technical Working Group of UNFPA (consisting of UNFPA staff and donor representatives from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) with the development of results-based financing (RBF) for the UNFPA supplies program to increase access to (and choice of) SRH commodities in 46 countries.
She also conducted and led several framework assignments funded by Sida including the mid-term review on DKT international’s regional programme ‘Reducing unwanted pregnancies and increasing access to safe abortion in eastern and southern Africa’ and the “Mid-term review of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH/N) Programme in Zambia”. Furthermore, she developed the mixed method research (base -, mid-, and endline) and M&E component of the Resist and respect programme on FGM in Sierra Leone. Currently she is the M&E coordinator for FIGO’s capacity strengthening project for safe abortion advocacy with national societies of obstetrics and gynaecology in ten countries.