Director, Independent Office of Evaluation
Oscar A. Garcia is responsible for promoting accountability and learning in IFAD, thus contributing to the improvement of the operational performance of IFAD for better development effectiveness. He reports directly to the Executive Board.
Before joining IFAD, Garcia served as head of the advisory services at UNEP - Technology, Industry and Economics Division, Paris, providing guidance to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy.
With more than 20 years in development cooperation, Garcia was senior evaluation advisor, at UNDP Evaluation Office in New York, overseeing programmatic and thematic evaluations. He was Managing Director of Proactiva, a consulting firm specialized in results-based management and development evaluation, and Director General for Trade Policies at the Bolivian Ministry of Economic Development.
Garcia holds a Master's degree in organizational change management, New School University, New York, and an MBA from the Bolivian Catholic University. He holds a BSc in Economics, University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. He authored several evaluation reports and papers on development evaluation.
Garcia is the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group, and he was the Chair of the Evaluation Cooperation Group of multilateral development banks in 2017.