Eleanor has worked in South Sudan since 2015, focusing on qualitative research and capacity building within the education sector as part of the DFID-funded programme Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS). She has conducted extensive data collection using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, with a focus on the Greater Upper Nile region and Western Equatoria, leading a team as part of the GESS midline study evaluating the challenges facing schools in conflict-affected areas and the impact of GESS interventions, and conducting quantitative analysis on the data. As part of the Knowledge, Evidence and Research component of GESS, she has also produced and edited a series of in-depth studies into the impact of the programme across the country with a cross-cutting gender focus.
Eleanor worked as a senior researcher on an endline evaluation of a DFID-funded Community Girls School programme for BRAC in Western Equatoria, and as a Project Advisor on a Baseline Assessment into media freedom in South Sudan for Journalists for Human Rights, funded by the Canadian Government.
She is an experienced musician and leads the choir at Confident Children out of Conflict, an NGO which provides residential care, psychosocial support and educational opportunities to vulnerable children in Juba. Eleanor holds an MA in English from the University of Cambridge.