Climate Smart Villages (Sep 2019 – Aug 2022)
The assignment entailed finalisation of a concept note on climate smart villages, to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) by the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP). With a budget of USD 50 million, the project will introduce climate smart integrated village development actions in Bhakkar District of the Punjab and Badin District of Sindh. Holistically covering one tehsil in each of the districts, the project will expand its capacity building and awareness outreach to the entire districts.
SCRC Evaluation (Jun–Aug 2022)
The Asia Foundation had commissioned us the end-of-project evaluation of its South Asia Regional Project to Strengthen Community Resilience to COVID-19. The EU-funded initiative addressed the immediate threat and longer-term implications of COVID-19 for the most vulnerable populations of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Its goal was to provide greater awareness of health risks and preventive measures, better access to support services, reduced communal tensions and stigma, and greater responsiveness of public authorities to the voice and interests of the poor, women and girls, minorities, and other marginalised populations. Using the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria, the evaluation focused on identifying lessons learned and making recommendations that project partners and stakeholders might use to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programmes.
Environmental and Social Safeguards Assessment at Karandaaz (Jan–Jun 2022)
Karandaaz Pakistan had engaged the dev~consult to undertake compliance assessment of its Environmental and Social Guidelines (ESG), and Gender and Youth Policy (GYP), and to identify gaps in the ESG to align the guidelines with the industry standards. The assignment entailed review of relevant documents and reports, and meetings with Karandaaz’ portfolio partners across Pakistan. The gap analysis will help Karandaaz to strengthen its environmental and social safeguards regime across its portfolio.
Nature Conservation Advisory at KARNR (Feb–May 2022)
The dev~consult provided advisory to Korn Ferry for protected area staffing requirements at the King Abdulaziz Royal Nature Reserve (KARNR) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The reserve, spread over 28,000 sq. km., is an excellent effort to conserve nature alongside ecotourism and livelihoods promotion, and will supplement the Saudi Green Initiative.
ERDA Proposal (Jul–Aug 2021)
Provided technical support to the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) in developing the proposal for the Economic Recovery and Development Activity (ERDA) in the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The activity will be supported by USAID.
Revision of PPAF’s Environmental & Social Management Framework (May–Aug 2021)
The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund had commissioned revision of its Environmental & Social Management Framework (ESMF) in view of safeguard policies and protocols of IFIs and provincial environmental legislation. It entailed review of relevant documents and consultations with the relevant stakeholders. The outcome was 6th edition of the ESMF.
Report on Transboundary Environmental Issues in the Service of a Peace Process (Apr–Aug 2021)
The report, commissioned by the Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC), was the first phase of the wider Stabilisation Mechanism research project. The purpose of the report was to ascertain what differentiates the MEDRC model from other Track 1/ Track 1.5 efforts and what conditions could be replicated to be utilised in another conflict environment. The assignment was awarded to our partner firm, SaafConsult, BV.
Provincial Strategy for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Feb 2018 – Aug 2021)
Our joint venture, led by SaafConsult, BV, was awarded development of the Provincial Strategy for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). To be developed through an extensive consultative process and field observations, the deliverables included: (1) sector road map for climate resilient, inclusive and sustainable urban growth in KP, and (2) Regional Development Plans (RDPs) for Peshawar (including Kohat and Mardan), Abbottabad and Mingora City regions. The primary focus was on water and sanitation, tourism and urban mobility.
Moderation for IFAD’s CSP Evaluation (May–Jun 2021)
Engaged by the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of IFAD for preparations, facilitation, moderation and report writing of the workshop to share the country strategy and programme evaluation for Pakistan in 2021.
Baseline Ecological Survey & Biodiversity Action Plan (Apr–Sep 2020)
Building upon our earlier assignment for Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Programme (GTCIIP) in 2019, the Landell Mills had again sub-contracted the dev~consult for conducting second baseline ecological survey of the command area of the Greater Thal Canal, and also developing the Biodiversity Action Plan for the resaved rangelands (rakhs) in the same area. The activity was part of developing the environmental safeguards documents for the ADB’s Transactional Technical Assistance for GTCIIP.
Empowerment of Women with Disabilities Case Study (Aug–Sep 2020)
The UN Women Pakistan had assigned the dev~consult to conduct end-project evaluation and case study of the Moving from Charity Model to Rights-based Work – Delivering as ONE for Empowerment of Women with Disabilities project. Financed through UN’s core funds, the project was implemented from 2018 to 2020 in Karachi and Peshawar districts by Handicap International and the relevant government departments and agencies.
Economic Empowerment of Women Project Evaluation (Jul–Aug 2020)
The UN Women Pakistan had engaged the dev~consult to conduct end of project evaluation of the Economic Empowerment of Women Homebased Workers and Excluded Groups in Pakistan. The project was implemented from 2017 to 2020 in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces through HomeNet Pakistan (HNP), Center of Excellence for Rural Development (CERD), Akhuwat and the relevant government departments and agencies.
Strengthening REDD+ for RBPs in Pakistan (Jul–Sep 2020)
The assignment entailed finalisation of a concept note on Strengthening REDD+ for Result-based Payments (RBPs) in Pakistan, to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) by the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP). With a budget of USD 10 million, the project will pilot REDD+ approach in selected areas of Pakistan and strengthen capacity of the Ministry of Climate Change to apply for RBPs.
Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab (Jun 2019 – Jun 2020)
The dev~consult partnered with the AARC Ltd, Ireland to provide services for the Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab (IWRP) project. Supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the IWRP project adds value by strengthening the TVET sector’s ability to support economic growth and job creation in priority sectors and clusters, including export-oriented ones. It will expand existing programs and reforms, such as competency-based training and assessment (CBTA), centres of excellence (COEs) and sector skills councils, and work-based training. It will strengthen industry-TVET linkages, increase female participation in TVET, and expand entrepreneurship programs for TVET graduates. It will introduce private management of public TVET institutes.
Baseline Ecological Survey (Oct–Nov 2019)
The Landell Mills had sub-contracted the dev~consult for conducting a baseline ecological survey of the command area of the Greater Thal Canal. The activity was part of the environmental scope of work for developing the environmental safeguards documents for the ADB’s Transactional Technical Assistance for the Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Programme.
KP Cities Improvement Project (Jan 2018 – Nov 2019)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) had engaged Hamid Sarfraz to support the project development advance action for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project as the Project Coordination Specialist. The assignment entailed supporting ADB and GoKP in better project readiness for a proposed ADB loan to Pakistan to finance the KP Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Project. He supported GoKP, ADB and its international team in preparation of various documents necessary for ADB loan approval and agreement signing.
Merged Areas Development Planning (Apr–Aug 2019)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) engaged Hamid Sarfraz to propose an economic growth oriented Tribal Decade Strategy (TDS) and the Accelerated Implementation Plan (AIP) in the forestry, environment and wildlife sector for accelerated development in the Merged Areas (erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The assignment also included developing the institutional mechanisms and a monitoring and evaluation system, and helping the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in projectising the priority actions for effective implementation of TDS and AIP.
Review of Water Governance Domain (Feb–Jul 2019)
The Swiss Confederation, through its Swiss Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Switzerland had engaged the dev~consult to undertake external review of its water governance domain. The assignment entailed an overall review of the strategic orientation of the water governance domain in Pakistan, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, using the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. The review was undertaken by a team of international and national experts in programme management, water governance, economics, DRR and humanitarian aid.
Senior Strategy Advisor for PPAF (Feb 2018 – Jun 2019)
The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) had engaged Hamid Sarfraz as the Senior Strategy Advisor to develop its results framework aligning it with the Sustainable Development Goals, revise its Balochistan Strategy, and undertake diagnostic review of two Union Councils in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Manual on Institutional Mechanisms for NDA (Mar–Apr 2018)
The National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) had engaged the dev~consult to improve the Manual on Institutional Mechanisms for National Designated Authority (NDA) for engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in terms of planning, management, coordination, processes, modalities, support and monitoring. It also included development of priorities and guidelines for concept notes on high priority projects. The effort was supported by the Readiness Support Project funded by GCF.
Public-Private Partnership for Peshawar (Jul 2017 – Feb 2018)
With an increasing challenge of financing urban development through public exchequer, the Peshawar City District Government had decided to explore possibilities of engaging private sector in the urban development using public-private partnership approach. For this purpose, the dev~consult and NEC Consultants were jointly tasked to undertake a study of options and modalities for developing urban infrastructure under the purview of Peshawar City District Government. The study was supported by the USAID funded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance Project, being implemented by DAI.
Final Evaluation of Community based DRR Programme (Nov–Dec 2017)
Commissioned by the Danish Red Cross (DRC) to evaluate its five year (2012-2017) community based disaster risk reduction programme in Sarli Sacha Union Council of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (at the epicentre of 205 earthquake). The Programme was co-funded by the Australian Red Cross and implemented by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Endline Survey and Final Evaluation of Manoor Valley Programme (Oct–Dec 2017)
We were commissioned by the Danish Red Cross (DRC) to conduct endline survey and final evaluation of its three year (2015-2017) community based disaster risk reduction programme in Manoor Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (just a few kilometre away from the epicentre of 2005 earthquake). The Programme was co-funded by the Swiss Red Cross and Swiss Solidarity. It was implemented by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Country Snapshot on Water Scarcity in Pakistan (Oct–Nov 2017)
The International Water Association (IWA), supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) had commissioned us to develop a country snapshot on water scarcity in Pakistan. Based on review of secondary information, the paper covered water scarcity and agriculture sector, current policy context, analysis of recent and ongoing interventions, and an action agenda to address water scarcity and drought in Pakistan.
Environmental, Social and Statutory Framework for NRSP (May–Nov 2017)
The dev~consult was assigned to develop the Environmental, Social and Statutory Framework for the National Rural Support Programme. Developed through an organisation-wide consultative process, the ESSF will serve as a basis for environment friendly and socially sensitive programme implementation by NRSP. The document was pivotal in getting NRSP accredited by GCF as the first ever direct access national accredited entity.
PM&E Session for GCF Readiness Support (Sep 2017)
The National Rural Support Programme, which is implementing the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Support Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, had engaged Hamid Sarfraz to conduct a crisp session on planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) to orient the senior staff of the prospective Accredited Entities as well as the Nationally Designated Authority (MoCC). Currently, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is considering accreditation applications of 5 organisations from Pakistan. The interactive session was attended by 36 participants and was an excellent two-way learning avenue.
Improving Water Governance in KP & FATA (Apr–Sep 2017)
The assignment envisaged development of a roadmap for improving water governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. The Sustainable Water Partnership—USAID funded initiative of Winrock International and partners—was assisted in scoping missions, exchange of ideas, background research, and stakeholder dialogue to chalk out possibilities of USAID support for improving water governance in KP and FATA.
External Review of Water for Livelihoods Project (Apr–Jul 2017)
The dev~consult was assigned to undertake an external review of the Phase II of Water for Livelihoods Project (2014-2017). The project was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by the InterCooperation in partnership with VEER, Alkhidmat, YSDO and CIDO in ecologically fragile, semi-arid and poor districts of Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Karak and Chitral of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The current phase of the project aimed at contributing to agricultural development and enhancing rural economies through equitable access to water by reaching out to about 90,000 households living in over 400 villages in these districts.
Strategy and Guidelines for introducing PES in Pakistan (Nov 2016 – May 2017)
The assignment envisaged development of a strategy and guidelines to introduce the globally acknowledged Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) approach in Pakistan through a consultative process. The initiative taken by the Sustainable Land Management Programme to Combat Desertification in Pakistan (SLMP-II) was supported by UNDP and the Govt. of Pakistan.
Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program (Sep 2016 – May 2017)
The assignment was to support the Local Government & Community Development Department, Government of the Punjab (GoPb) in implementing the Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA) for the Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program (TA 8683-PAK) and prepare the feasibility study for Tranche 1 for possible funding by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support urban development and municipal services in the selected intermediate cities in Punjab province of Pakistan. The PPTA also assisted GoPb to proceed with pre-implementation activities such as advance procurement. Implemented by our consortium, led by SaafConsult BV (with dev~consult and NEC Consultants) through a large team of international and national consultants, the assignment paved way for public private partnership based urban infrastructure in intermediate cities of the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Tharparkar Water Security Plan (May 2016 – Mar 2017)
The dev~consult was assigned to develop the Water Security Plan for Tharparkar District in Sindh. Based on the policy review, diagnostics of pilot activities of Sukaar Foundation, and learning from various implementation models in rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge, the Plan provides roadmap for joint action by all relevant stakeholders to make Tharparkar a water secure district. The initiative was implemented by the Sukaar Foundation, and supported by the Big Lottery Fund through the WaterAid.
Evaluability Assessment of CABI’s Plantwise Programme in Pakistan (Jul–Nov 2016)
The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) had commissioned us (Verona Groverman Consultancy and dev~consult) to undertake evaluability assessment of its Plantwise programme in Pakistan. Extremely innovative in approach, the assessment itself was a great learning opportunity paving the way for better evaluations in future. It will also help improving the plant protection services in Pakistan. The consultancy was managed through Evidence on Demand – a Joint Venture of DAI & IMC.
Diagnostic Study of Punjab EPA (Oct 2016)
The Government of the Punjab had requested the Asian Development Bank to assist in restructuring of the Punjab Environmental Protection Agency (Pb-EPA) through a quick diagnostic study. The assignment entailed review of policy and legal framework, interviews with the relevant stakeholders and development of a roadmap for strengthening and restructuring the Punjab EPA.
Public Private Partnership in Sindh (Aug–Sep 2016)
The assignment envisaged support in drafting arrangements for an Environmental and Social Management System to be put in place for implementing an upcoming Public Private Partnership Support Facility in Sindh province of Pakistan. The ADB financing of the Facility will be catalytic in developing much needed infrastructure under the public private partnership arrangement through capacity building and setting-up a Viability Gap Fund.
Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (May–Sep 2016)
The intermittent advisory support to the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) as Senior Advisor, Compliance and Quality Assurance included strengthening environmental & social management, monitoring & evaluation, and research functions. The special focus was on strategic issues such as revising organisational RBF in context of SDGs, updating M&E system, and outreach and partnerships, and providing support to ESM aspects of the Programme for Poverty Reduction (PPR).
KP Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan (May 2015 – Jun 2016)
As a lead partner to the consortium with Italian organisation, Ev‐K2‐CNR, the dev~consult engaged a dynamic and well‐experienced multinational team of experts to deliver this assignment. Guided by the processes prescribed by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the assignment included an extensive series of consultations across the province; support to the KP Biodiversity Working Group; design of a biodiversity outlook as web-based knowledge hub on biodiversity; assessments of biodiversity conservation needs and capacities; and preparation of the biodiversity strategy and action plan for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The provincial targets for conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity were aligned with the national as well as Aichi Biodiversity Targets, linking the provincial efforts to global conservation efforts. The strategy and action plan is helping the province to plan and implement measures ensuring integration of concept and value of biodiversity across agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry and wildlife sectors. The BKP project which was implemented by the GIZ in cooperation with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa supported this effort on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Project Completion Report of SDC’s School Reconstruction Programme (Apr–May 2016)
Assigned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to develop the Project Completion Report for its School Reconstruction Programme 2011-2016. Under SRP, SDC supported reconstruction of 25 new school buildings and rehabilitated 60 schools. This helped bringing back around 13,000 boys and 3,000 girls to the schools. Based on the review of programme documents, field visits, and interaction with the relevant stakeholders, the report captured the best practices and challenges in implementation of the programme.
Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies (Mar–May 2016)
Contracted by the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), the assignment entailed development of case studies on (1) Local Indigenous Adaptation Practices in Mountain Areas, and (2) Best Practices in Climate Change Adaptation. The first study focused on communities in the northern Pakistan while the second one looked into the national level best practices. The studies were part of a project—Rural Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation Programme—implemented jointly by RSPN and ICIMOD, and financially supported by the European Union.
Concern Country Strategy 2016-20 (Mar 2016)
As a short assignment, Hamid Sarfraz contributed the “External View” to the Pakistan country strategy of the Concern Worldwide for 2016-2020. It captured the socio-economic mosaic of the country against which Concern is programming for the next five years in Pakistan.
KP & FATA Water Governance & DRR Review (Jan–Feb 2016)
A team of dev~consult was assigned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to review the water governance and disaster risk reduction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. It covered the policy and legal framework, institutional arrangements, public sector priorities, donor financing, stakeholder mapping, political economy analysis, and futuristic directions. It also looked into options for a process towards Kabul River treaty.
Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (Mar–Dec 2015)
As mentioned earlier, the intermittent advisory support to the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) as Senior Advisor, Compliance and Quality Assurance included strengthening environmental & social management, monitoring & evaluation, and research functions including its integrated MIS. The special focus was on strategic issues such as revising organisational RBF in context of SDGs, updating M&E system, and outreach and partnerships.
Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems (Jun–Oct 2015)
The assignment envisaged developing case studies focusing on aspects of project approvals in Pakistan where success and failure of a project could be related to the ESIA processes, and delivering some of the course modules developed under the same TA.
This was part of ADB’s assistance to the National School of Public Policy in building capacity of civil servants of GPS 18 and above on environmental assessment and management through integrating environmental safeguards system into mandatory promotional courses including Mid-Career Management Course, Senior Management Course and National Management Course. The effort was aimed at inculcating the environmental consciousness in development planning in public as well as private sector. Three case studies were developed on (1) Karachi Nuclear Power Plants, (2) Dasu Hydropower Project, and (3) Quetta Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Environmental Safeguards for Public‐Private Partnership in Punjab and Sindh (Jan 2014 – Mar 2015)
The assignment included development of environmental guidelines to identify, assess and mitigate adverse environmental impacts resulting from infrastructure projects implemented under the public‐private partnership policy in Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. It also entailed participation in the Asian Development Bank‘s fact‐finding missions and necessary assistance to the Mission Leader. The draft guidelines for both provinces were developed and shared with the relevant stakeholders for their feedback.
Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguards Capacity (Nov 2013 – Mar 2015)
As part of Asian Development Bank’s project “Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia,” the assignment was aimed at helping Pakistan in further strengthening the national capacity in effective implementation of environmental management for infrastructure investments. The assignment included (i) assessing the national environmental safeguard systems and capacity of selected participating DMCs, (ii) promoting country ownership of environmental safeguard compliance, (iii) developing Country Safeguards Framework for Environment, and (iv) identifying the needs and providing a long term capacity building program for narrowing the gaps and achieving better compliance with environmental safeguard requirements of both ADB and governments. In addition to the preparation of Pakistan’s Capacity Assessment Report and the Capacity Development Programme, Pakistan’s Country Safeguards Framework was also developed under this assignment.
Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (Dec 2013 – Dec 2014)
As mentioned earlier, the assignment required intermittent advisory support to Compliance and Quality Assurance Group of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) on strengthening Environment & Social Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Research functions including its nascent Management Information System.
Community Driven Local Development (Jan–Jul 2014)
The assignment included advice to OPM Team in rolling‐out the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Community Driven Local Development policy in 6 districts of Malakand Division of KP under EU funded “Technical Cooperation Assistance on Public Financial Management to Selected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” being implemented by the Oxford Policy Management. The initiative was a precursor to full‐scale implementation of the recently signed EU funded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa District Governance and Community Development Programme.
Biodiversity Sectoral Capacity Assessment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Oct–Dec 2013)
Undertaken for GIZ Biodiversity Project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the assignment included reviewing the capacities of frameworks, key stakeholders and institutions for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and agrobiodiversity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, and providing an overview of the sectoral capacity. The report focused on policy and legal environment, and institutional and functional capacity; and provided recommendations to strengthen the biodiversity sector as a whole. It not only provided basis for developing a capacity building strategy, but also to set a benchmark to evaluate the project’s performance after its completion. The BKP project which is implemented by the GIZ in cooperation with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is supporting this effort on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Shangla District Development Strategy (Sep 2013)
As part of the EU funded “Technical Cooperation Assistance on Public Financial Management to Selected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, being implemented by the Oxford Policy Management, the assignment included (i) review of the diagnostic work for the Shangla District Development Strategy undertaken by the project team and DDS Specialists, (ii) revision and restructuring of the draft DDS, and (iii) finalisation of the DDS giving it a logical and coherent structure.