Natalia Yarkova

Natalia is currently working as a free-lance consultant within the area of education research.  Her recent assignments include analysis of the survey results for the National Student Based Assessment (NSBA) and data collection for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).  Her main contractor is the local OECD partner - Center of Educational Assessment and Teaching Methods (CEATM).

Natalia was the Country Director of the PEAKS Project (Participation, Education and Knowledge Strengthening) run by the Academy for Educational Development (AED). PEAKS was a four-year USAID regional project aimed at supporting the development of the basic education sector in Central Asia. From 2003 it was implemented in four countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The consortium implementing the PEAKS Project comprised of the Academy for Education Development (the prime contractor), the Open Society Institute/National Foundations, Save the Children Alliance (the UK and the USA) and Abt Associates Inc. The project aimed to provide quality education for all, increase the level of parent and child involvement, and the improvement of curricula and school infrastructures. Natalia had overall responsibility for the PEAKS project in Kyrgyzstan from September 2006 until the close-out of the project in October 2007.

Since then (November 2007 – March 2008) Natalia worked as a data analyst for the Center of Educational Assessment and Teaching Methods on the national report for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

In 2008 she worked as a domestic consultant for the Second Education Project of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic funded by the Asian Development Bank.