Renate Kirsch is Lead Governance Advisor in GIZ’s governance and conflict department since 2015. Prior to this position she was Head of Department at the newly founded German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval). Between 2009 – 2012 she worked in the “Good Governance and Human Rights” Division of the GIZ, where she headed the Competence Center “Democracy and Rule of Law”. Between 2003 and 2009, Ms. Kirsch worked at the World Bank as a Senior Social Scientist in the Social Policy and Social Analysis Unit. Here, she conducted research and published on various topics including ex-ante impact analysis of policy reforms, political economy analysis and social accountability. In 2010 she was seconded to the EU Delegation to Pakistan, where she represented the EU in a multilateral Peace and Conflict Needs Assessment for the province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Her operational and country experience is further based on three long term assignments as a government advisor for GTZ in Indonesia, Jordan and Malawi. Renate Kirsch holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld in Germany and graduated with a certificate from the Centre for Advanced Training on Agricultural Development (Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung) in Berlin.