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Fernanda Soares is a Technical Advisor within the Research and Evaluation Department in the Global Education, Employment and Engagement Business Unit at FHI 360. In this role, she leads research, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of education and youth programs in developing countries. Soares has expertise in supporting global teams in the development of evaluation designs and research plans, designing appropriate measures and surveys, conducting formative qualitative research, and translating research findings for different audiences. Her research focuses on professional learning communities (PLCs), teachers’ in-service professional development, teacher wellbeing and socioemotional learning (SEL).
Prior to joining FHI 360, Soares worked for international organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States. In her previous roles, she contributed to the design, evaluation and research of projects in the fields of education, health, youth development and social protection.
Soares holds a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University and a Master’s in International Development from American University with a concentration in program evaluation. She is a Brazilian native fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.