Rachel [user:field_middlename] Sauvinet Bedouin

Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin

Senior Evaluation Officer
FAO of the UN

More about me

I have more than 30 years of professional experience in the international food and agriculture sector, a large part of it in evaluation. 

I currently serve as a Senior Evaluation Officer at FAO of the UN, leading a team focusing on enhancing the effectiveness of and learning from evaluations across the Organization. In this role, I also oversee and lead evaluations that aim at informing strategic and programming directions of FAO and are actively involved in reshaping evaluation both in FAO and in the wider international evaluation community to better respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda.

From 2012 to 2019, I served as Head of the Independent Evaluation Arrangement of CGIAR, developing a comprehensive, harmonized and coordinated system of evaluation to support the research for development agenda CGIAR.  While at CGIAR, I also led the conceptualization and development of systematic and comprehensive approach and methodologies to evaluate the agricultural scientific research for development programs and institutions, as well as the further development of standards, guidance and procedures for evaluations, providing a quality assurance framework for evaluation that guided evaluation teams and managers across a complex system of research organizations.

My earlier career included posts with the Asian Development Bank, the French Research Centre for Agriculture Development, and FAO’s Economic and Social Department.

My contributions

  • Synthesis is nothing new in the evaluation community, but the use of evaluation synthesis has been growing in recent years. This is due in part to the recognition that good evaluation synthesis can be a powerful means of extracting knowledge from individual evaluations – knowledge that is often under-used once the evaluation process is over.

    Furthermore, consolidating knowledge (be it technical, operational or institutional) can inform corporate decision-making in a cost-effective way and influence programming, policies and strategies. It can also help to reach a broader audience beyond internal stakeholders and contribute to global knowledge on a certain topic.