Joseph Timmons

Joseph is an advisor on Education system strengthening and Governance and is the Deputy Country Coordinator for South Sudan.

For Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS), funded by DFID, he is the Output Lead for the Knowledge, Evidence and Research component. He is responsible for the implementation of a series of detailed sub-national studies into the education sector focusing on the impact of capitation grants to schools and cash transfers to girls and their families. With BBC Media Action (a GESS consortium partner), Joseph developed the Longitudinal Qualitative Surveys (LQS). These study the enrolment and retention of students at schools, attitudes and barriers to learning, as well as supporting the implementation of the South Sudan Schools’ Attendance Monitoring System (

Working closely with the Ministry of Education and General Instruction, Joseph was Team Leader for the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) that was piloted across Western Bahr El Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria States, funded by the EU. This included the collection and digitisation of key documents, generating a taxonomy of where teachers are working, their pay grade, and level of certification and training. The project also included capacity building to State and County staff on how to implement and manage the HRIS system, and a project evaluation and report with a view to potential roll-out across the country

Joseph was also an advisor on the Primary School Leadership Programme (PSLP) with Save the Children International, (SCI) in which he oversaw the design and implementation of research tools into School leadership, Inspection and Supervision across South Sudan.

Joseph holds an MA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews.