Jesper Johnsøn specialises in how to design, implement, and evaluate governance and anti-corruption reforms in developing countries. As Senior Advisor, he conducts research, provides policy advice, and delivers training for U4 partners and broader audiences. Jesper leads U4’s thematic work on Evaluation & Measurement and Fragile States. He is also Head of Training, responsible for overall coordination of U4’s training portfolio.
Jesper has practical experience in evaluating a range of different national integrity institutions, such as anti-corruption agencies and supreme audit institutions, conducting anti-corruption country-level assessments, and establishing monitoring frameworks and corruption indicators for programmes. He has worked on diverse assignments, ranging from multi-year, advanced impact evaluations to short-term reviews. His areas of expertise span across the areas of policy and programme design, risk management, and evaluation.
Previously, he worked as Senior Consultant in the Public Administration & Governance practice area for an international consultancy. Experiences include: (a) project manager and qualitative expert on large impact evaluation study of the Social Fund for Development in Yemen, (b) M&E expert for “Zambia Governance Foundation” programme, and (c) part of design team for the £70 million Chars Livelihoods Programme 2 (CLP2), supporting M&E and governance appraisals.
As a researcher, Jesper analyses governance institutions, and the political economy of reform. He leads the largest component on governance for the $5 million programme “Tanzania as a future petro state,” and is currently engaged on a 3-year research programme on the political economy of governance in Malawi funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA and BA in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.
Country work experience include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia