Clarissa Samson

MSc Ecological Economics (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2017

BA & BSc Sustainability and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2015

Clarissa has over 5 years of experience in research, evaluation and project management. She takes an interdisciplinary approach in assessing interventions/projects and through this she has developed a deep understanding of the systematic complexities of international development and climate change. Clarissa has developed strong analytical skills, through her work in agriculture, environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security and development. She has a particularly keen interest in environmental management and economic policies, seeking to sustainably and inclusively support both urban and rural development. More recently, Clarissa has provided support in the design and delivery of, multi-scale evaluations, which has included strategic design of qualitative and quantitative, mixed-method approaches, and effective field management and data collection.

Clarissa is presently managing and providing technical support to the delivery of the Evaluation of the African Development Bank’s Support Toward Mainstreaming Green Growth and Climate Change. She has also recently been heavily involved in the data analysis and reporting as part of M&E services for climate resilience interventions and impact investments across Asia and Africa. These include support for the Evaluation of the ‘Market Approaches to Resilience’ programme in Ethiopia, DFID-funded (4-year) Climate Smart Agriculture Zambia Impact Evaluation and the Evaluation of investments in local agriculture businesses to support poverty reduction.

Clarissa also has variety experience working with a wide range of civil society and private sector organisations in researching safeguards and ‘best practice’ of international development finance institutions as well as their (long-term) corporate strategies. Her research experience has also involved evaluating gender aspects behind the adoption of new agricultural technologies and national development policies to understand how more community driven and participatory programmes can better incorporate social inequalities of climate change. Clarissa is dedicated to delivering more meaningful results in monitoring and evaluation.


  • Enhancing Community Resilience Programme: M&E Services
  • Framework Agreement governing the purchase of consultancy services for climate, forestry and low-carbon development
  • Framework Agreement governing the purchase of consultancy services for climate, forestry and low-carbon development