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Leadership for Environment and Development Pakistan. Prepared a Participatory School Management training manual for this NGO based on existing manuals, actual experience and interaction with trainers, social mobilizers, M&E specialists and community workers. Designed a new training programme for in-service professionals pursuing community service as a vocation. September-October 2006.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Islamabad. As member of a two-person team commissioned to review and validate the concept of a Local Government Support Project and establish its directions, particularly for NWFP and Punjab, and with a focus on assisting the provincial governments. Analyzed opportunities and risks for capacity building with a focus on restructuring, minimum service standards and other important aspects of devolved governance. Recommended future directions including diagnostic work for project preparation. August-September 2006.
LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Pakistan. Prepared a comprehensive report for this NGO implementing a primary education project with USAID assistance in the Khairpur and Sukkur Districts of Sindh, focusing on community-public sector partnership, and identified likely impacts and sustainability. July-September 2006.
UNDP Pakistan, Mid-Term Evaluation of the Gender Support Programme (GSP). Provided Team Leader of a three-person team to assess seven ongoing and three new projects. Assessed designs and progress and recommended course corrections. May-June 2006.
Evaluation of the IFAD Regional Strategy for Asia-Pacific (EVEREST). Provided Team Leader who directed this pioneering corporate-level independent evaluation, spelling out the process, methodology and resource requirements for an inception phase, desk review and field work for addressing the main aspects of IFAD’s mandate for rural poverty alleviation. Responsible for overview of 17 countries and selected desk reviews (including one of IFAD’s self-evaluation on gender mainstreaming), the China and Pakistan country working papers, draft final report and other outputs. June 2005-May 2006.
UNDP Pakistan, Preparation of the Millennium Campaign. Provided Team Leader for a three-person team to design a mass campaign for MDGs involving the electronic and print media, civil society, elected representatives and the private sector. February-April 2006.
UNDP, New York. An EDC consultant engaged by the Evaluation Office reviewed the legal status and operations of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and several professional evaluation bodies. October 2005.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Islamabad. Led three-person team in a review of the Project Support Units of four NRM and one microfinance project in order to spell out the requirements for making the PSUs facilitating rather than implementing units, and strengthening their emphasis, in particular, on poverty and gender. August-September 2005.
UNDP Pakistan. Provided Gender Mainstreaming Consultant to review gender-related policies and practices of UNDP and propose a comprehensive gender mainstreaming strategy for the Country Office and UNDP-assisted projects. May-June 2005.
UNDP Pakistan. Provided a consultant on Globalization and Agriculture who was responsible for developing a project proposal on “Positioning for the Future: Women in a Liberalized Agricultural Trade Regime” spanning policy, production and certification components. February-April 2005.
UNDP, New York. An EDC consultant provided substantive contributions for the formulation of a corporate Evaluation Policy for UNDP. February-March 2005.
Gender Support Programme (GSP), UNDP, Islamabad. EDC provided consultant on Globalization and Agriculture who was responsible for developing a project proposal on “Positioning for the Future: Women in a Liberalized Agricultural Trade Regime” spanning policy, production and certification components. February-April 2005
UNICEF-funded Technical Assistance to the Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan. Coordinated a team of nine authors and their counterparts in preparing draft contributions on poverty alleviation, employment, social protection, gender, devolution, primary health, nutrition, population, basic education, and water and sanitation for the Medium Term Development Framework (2005-2010). Also organized and facilitated peer review workshops and technical review meetings. December 2004-January 2005.
Pakistan Plan of Action to Implement the SAARC Social Charter. Engaged by the World Bank and the Planning Commission to facilitate the workshop session on poverty alleviation. Provided a short report incorporating workshop discussion and other relevant points. November 2004.
Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan. An EDC consultant prepared an innovative enterprise development proposal for this NGO for funding by IFAD. November 2004.
USAID Mission in Pakistan. EDC was one of seven firms selected by the mission to provide M&E services to USAID Pakistan in the areas of health, education, economic growth, and democratic governance. 2004-2006.
Thematic Evaluation of IFAD’s Performance and Impact in Decentralizing Environments: Experiences from Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. A seven-person EDC team from five countries prepared desk reviews of IFAD strategies and project designs, completed field visits and self-assessment missions in three countries; authored interim and final evaluation reports; and presented findings and recommendations to the Evaluation Committee of the Executive Board of IFAD and the concluding regional workshop in Kampala. November 2003-March 2005. The report prepared by EDC is available at:
UNDP Pakistan/Inter-Agency Support Unit. Reviewed contributions of three inter-agency thematic groups and prepared the Pakistan MDG Report in collaboration with the Planning Commission of Pakistan, relevant ministries and UN Heads of Agency. August-October 2003.
Independent External Evaluation (IEE) of IFAD. An EDC consultant drafted the Terms of Reference (TOR), budget and elaboration of the procurement process for the IEE mandated by the Executive Board, worked with the nine-country Steering Committee, evaluated technical and financial proposals, negotiated contract, and assisted the Director of Evaluation in supervising the evaluation’s compliance with the approved TOR. May 2003-January 2005.
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Study on Operational Insights from Twenty Years of AKRSP. Five AKRSP and EDC staff and consultants worked to develop insights in social mobilization, natural resource management, enterprise development, community infrastructure development and organization and management. This was a DFID-financed project and outputs were included in a book published in the UK. March-June 2003.
Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (Pakistan) Evaluation of the UNDP-sponsored component of the Building and Construction Improvement Programme. A two-person EDC team carried out this evaluation in the Gilgit and Nathiagali regions of the project area. Assessed research, development and dissemination of products that promote fuel conservation, improve the home environment, help women and enhance the structural stability of rural houses. Recommended measures for better matching of target groups with innovative products and strengthening the process of innovation diffusion. March 2003.
IFAD Evaluation Policy. An EDC consultant worked with the Director of Evaluation to develop the policy for submission to the Executive Board in line with directives for establishing an evaluation unit that is independent of the management of IFAD. Developed policy statements and implementation arrangements focusing on independence, accountability, partnership and learning, including policies and practices adapted from the evaluation offices of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Outlined high-level responsibilities for evaluation including the role of the Executive Board, the head of evaluation and IFAD management. November 2002-March 2003.