In January, Patricia Mostajo joined EnCompass’ team as the Chief of Party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Sustainability (MELS) Activity in Peru. She spoke with us about her new role and what she hopes to accomplish in the upcoming months for the Peru MELS team.
What brought you to EnCompass? Tell us about yourself.
I knew about EnCompass when I saw the call for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Sustainability Chief of Party position last November. I entered EnCompass’ website and learned about the different areas and countries you have been working in. I also read about Tessie and how she has inspired evaluators in the United States and around the world.
I am Peruvian and live in Lima. I have worked leading an evaluation project before, also as part of a contract with USAID, and before, leading other projects related to health policies and systems, reproductive health, and family planning. I am an economist, and love to care for my orchids in my free time.
What can we look forward to in the upcoming months from the Peru MELS project team?
MELS will share with you how we included CLA in the elaboration of a learning plan that crosscuts USAID strategy in the country. You will also read the evaluation results of a program that fosters civil society participation in public policies. And you will hear about the community of practice MELS is co-creating with development partners interested in monitoring and evaluation.
What makes your work here special? What are you most looking forward to seeing for the Peru MELS project?
I am happy to say that EnCompass has an excellent team working in Peru. With the company’s vision and experience, we all can succeed in providing all the results USAID expects from MELS. I look forward to providing the best guidance to EnCompass’ Peruvian team, while learning from its worldwide experience, and, at the same time, sharing with everybody what is being done in Peru.
Tell us about your “true north.” What guides and inspires you in your work?
I am the oma of a 5-year-old beautiful girl. She inspires me to continue working in development projects that shall contribute to empower other little girls like her. With MELS, we can create the evidence that supports decision-making to have better policies and resources allocated to what really works.