Hamid Sarfraz

Managing Partner, dev~consult

With more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and development, strategy formulation and action planning, sectoral capacity assessment and reform planning, social and environmental safeguards management, proposal writing and review, project design, implementation and reporting, and evidence-based monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment, I have designed and led various assignments with ADB, Asia Foundation, DAI, Danish Red Cross, GIZ, Karandaaz, Korn Ferry, NRSP, PPAF, RSPN, SDC, UNDP, UN Women, USAID, WaterAid, Winrock International and other clients. Having strong interpersonal communication skills, I have forged strategic linkages within the public and development sector.

Supported by a diverse group of Affiliates at the dev~consult, I focus on business development, assignment design and management, and leading assignments with my thematic niche.

Recently, I have also assumed position of Senior Advisor (Pakistan) at the Globesight, a global development firm working collaboratively with innovative partners to craft solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. With hubs in Dubai and Islamabad, Globesight has a growing presence across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Professional Experience

Completed Assignments

  • SCRC Evaluation (Jun–Aug 2022)
  • Climate Smart Villages (Sep 2019 – Aug 2022)
  • Environmental and Social Safeguards Assessment at Karandaaz (Jan–Jun 2022)
  • Nature Conservation Advisory for Korn Ferry (Feb–May 2022)
  • ERDA Proposal (Jul–Aug 2021)
  • Revision of PPAF’s Environmental & Social Management Framework (May–Aug 2021)
  • Report on Transboundary Environmental Issues in the Service of a Peace Process (Apr–Aug 2021)
  • Provincial Strategy for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Feb 2018 – Aug 2021)
  • Moderation for IFAD’s CSP Evaluation (May–Jun 2021)
  • Baseline Ecological Survey and Biodiversity Action Plan (Apr–Oct 2020)
  • Empowerment of Women with Disabilities Case Study (Aug–Sep 2020)
  • Economic Empowerment of Women Project Evaluation (Jul–Aug 2020)
  • Strengthening REDD+ for RBPs in Pakistan (Jul–Sep 2020)
  • KP Cities Improvement Project (Jan 2018 – Nov 2019)
  • Merged Areas Development Planning (Apr–Aug 2019)
  • Review of Water Governance Domain (Feb–Jul 2019)
  • Senior Strategy Advisor for PPAF (Feb 2018 – Jun 2019)
  • Manual on Institutional  Mechanisms for NDA (Mar–Apr 2018)
  • Public-Private Partnership for Peshawar (Jul 2017 – Feb 2018)
  • Final Evaluation of Community based DRR Programme (Nov–Dec 2017)
  • Endline Survey and Final Evaluation of Manoor Valley Programme (Oct–Dec 2017)
  • Country Snapshot on Water Scarcity in Pakistan (Oct–Nov 2017)
  • Environmental, Social and Statutory Framework for NRSP (May–Nov 2017)
  • PM&E Session for GCF Readiness Support (Sep 2017)
  • Improving Water Governance in KP & FATA (Apr–Sep 2017)
  • External Review of Water for Livelihoods Project (Apr–Jul 2017)
  • Strategy and Guidelines for introducing PES in Pakistan (Nov 2016 – May 2017)
  • Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program (Sep 2016 – May 2017)
  • Tharparkar Water Security Plan (May 2016 – Mar 2017) 
  • Evaluability Assessment of CABI’s Plantwise Programme in Pakistan (Jul–Nov 2016)
  • Diagnostic Study of Punjab EPA (Oct 2016)
  • Public Private Partnership in Sindh (Aug–Sep 2016)
  • Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (May–Sep 2016)
  • KP Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (May 2015 – Jun 2016)
  • Project Completion Report of SDC’s School Reconstruction Programme (Apr–May 2016)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies (Mar–May 2016)
  • Concern Country Strategy 2016-20 (Mar 2016)
  • KP & FATA Water Governance and DRR Review (Jan–Feb 2016)
  • Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (Mar–Dec 2015)
  • Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard  Systems (Jun–Oct 2015)
  • Environmental Safeguards for Public-Private Partnerships in Punjab and Sindh (Jan 2014 – Mar 2015)
  • Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity (Nov 2013 – Mar 2015)
  • Advisory Support to PPAF’s Compliance and Quality Assurance (Dec 2013 – Dec 2014)
  • Advice on CDLD Rollout (Jan–Jul  2014)
  • KP Biodiversity Sectoral Capacity Assessment (Oct–Dec 2013)
  • Shangla District Development  Strategy (Sep 2013)
  • Strengthening Environmental Justice (Jun 2011 – Sep 2013)
  • Murree Biodiversity Park (Apr 2010 – Sep 2013)
  • Punjab Sustainable Development Strategy (Sep 2008 – Aug 2013)
  • Mekong Water Dialogue (Sep 2012)
  • Revitalisation of Indigenous Water Management Systems in Balochistan (Jan–Dec 2011)
  • Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative (Jul–Sep 2010)
  • Working within the System and Living within the Means: Celebrating 10 years of GEF-Small Grants Programme in Pakistan (Sep 2003 – Feb 2005)
  • Pakistan Environment Programme (Aug 2003 – Feb 2007)
  • Northern Areas Conservation Strategy (Dec 2000 – Jul 2003)
  • GEF Proposal for Conservation of Juniper Forests in Balochistan (Jul–Nov 2000)
  • Balochistan Conservation Strategy (Dec 1998 – Jun 2000)
  • Chagai Environment + Socio-economic Baseline Study (May–Nov 1998)
  • 9th Five Year Plan 1998/9-2002/3: Province of Balochistan [in Urdu] (Jul–Aug 1998)
  • District Profiles of Gwadar, Kech, Killa Saifullah, Kohlu, Musakhel, Panjgur, Awaran and Khuzdar Districts (Oct 1996 – Dec 1997)
  • Healthy City Project, Quetta (Jan–Mar 1996)
  • Second Family Health Project (Nov 1995 – Jan 1996)
  • Perceived Effectiveness of ASA and Voting Preferences (Jun–Jul 1995)
  • Subject and Occupational Preferences of Students (May–Jun 1994)
  • Small Scale Industries and Rural Development (Jan–Apr 1992)


Served IUCN for more than 14 years  (1999-2013), in various positions with an overall objective to ensure a coherent and robust programme of the Union in Pakistan. During these years, I contributed to the Union’s mission through programme coordination, project management, strategies development, donor liaison, programme development, monitoring and evaluation, writing and editing number of programme and technical documents. During the last seven years, I was directly responsible to the Country Representative for providing advice on programmatic aspects of the Union’s country programme in Pakistan, with an average portfolio of about US$ 4 million per annum. The positions I held in IUCN included:

  • Programme Coordinator, Pakistan Programme (Sep 2006 to Sep 2013)
  • Manager Programmes, Islamabad Programme Office (Aug 2005 – Aug 2006)
  • Deputy Manager, Pakistan Environment Programme (Aug 2003 – Jul 2005)
  • Deputy Project Director, NACS Support Project (Dec 2000 – Jul 2003)
  • Programme and Project Coordinator, Balochistan Programme (Jul–Nov 2000)
  • Programme Coordinator, BCS Project (Jan–Jun 2000)
  • Documentation Specialist, BCS Project (Aug–Dec 1999)

Before joining IUCN, I taught Social Psychology,  Sociology of Education and Sociology of Population at postgraduate level and provided research and career guidance to students as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan for seven years (1992–1999).


Formal Graduation
  • MPhil in Sociology (1995–1997, awarded in 1999) from the University of Balochistan, Quetta through two-year research programme on alienation in relation to urbanism and ethnicity.
  • MA in Sociology (1989–1991, awarded in 1992) from the University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1st class through two-year regular programme of 10 taught courses and a research based dissertation on authoritarianism and women’s rights.
  • Certificate in International Water Law (2011), University of Dundee, UK.
  • Management Development Programme (2002), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.