Please turn on your javascript FIDA KARIM - Coordinator-Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) - Medical Emergency Resilience Foundation (MERF) - Thatta, Pakistan

Summary

Name Fida Karim

Qualifications Masters (M.A) in Economics
Areas of expertise Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
Reported to Deputy Director Programme
Supervised Manager ME, ME Officers
Countries served Pakistan
Citizen Pakistani
Total years of Experience Over seven years
Email fidakarim.rspngmail.com
Mobile 92-3422907654, 92-3337123083
Skype fida.karim85

Cover Letter

Let me submit a brief summary of my over seven years of humanitarian and professional experience with national and international development and humanitarian organizations with special focus on contributing and managing Appraisal, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation departments.

I am an experienced and equally qualified ME Manager recently led country Monitoring and Evaluation team and successfully completed my assignment as a Lead Manager ME at a nationwide education improvement program in Pakistan. In the capacity of ME officer up till ME Manager now, I have hands-on experience of working with the wider civil society organization (CSOs) in thematic and geographical areas of Disaster Risk Management (DRM/DRR), Health, Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter, Capacity Building, Livelihood, Community Based Physical Infrastructure Development, Community Mobilization and Vocational Training and Development throughout Pakistan.

After completing my Masters degree in Economics in the year 2009, I started my successful journey in social development with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) the largest network of NGOs in Pakistan. Here I have got the greater opportunity to work with the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Government of Pakistan on World Bank funded Nationwide Poverty Scorecard Survey Project for National Targeting. Here I worked with BISP, National Database Authority (NADRA) World Bank Consultants and other implementing partners to ensure quality of targeting system through monitoring and reporting in line with Inception Report and Targeting Manual. Furthermore, I have had the great privilege to train, mentored and monitored more than 1500 staff members (these include 198 AME staff) of the RSPN and its implementing partners across Sindh Pakistan. Moreover, I carried out joint monitoring visits with the partners, midterm reviews along spot checking for quality and accountability purpose along with reporting the same to higher management to take informed decisions with respect to project management. Moreover, I have directly been involved in tracking the progress against achieving plan targets, meeting set standards and key performance indicators of this projects covering 13 million targeted beneficiaries in almost 1400 revenue villages of Pakistan.

My successful journey in complex humanitarian context with special reference to a conflict or post-conflict environment started with the National Rural Support Programmes-Institute of Rural Management (N-IRM) when Pakistan was inundated by the most devastating flood of its history in the year 2011. During this period I worked in Monitoring and Evaluation department on UNDP Early Recovery and Restoration of Flood Affected Communities Project and UNHCR One Room Shelter Project in Pakistan. Here as a ME staff I fulfilled the reporting requirements of UNDP, UNHCR and other donor agencies and ensure their compliance in line with reporting formats and timelines. One room shelters, Cash-for-work, Cash-for-trainings, restoration of community physical infrastructures and livelihood through vocational and technical trainings along with distribution of seeds, fertilizers and animals with special focus on cross-cutting issues like gender and poverty are the hallmarks of these interventions. As a ME staff, I contributed actively to ensure quality of service delivery and minimize inclusion and exclusion errors. I also represented our organization at external forums including Cluster Meetings.

After this, I availed the opportunity of ME Specialist at the Adventist Relief and Development Agency (ADRA) and led its Emergency Response and Rehabilitation Project in Punjab Province. Here I led the ME unit and ensure quality of service delivery in construction of health facilities and a WASH project. Furthermore, I updated Monitoring Evaluation system besides ensuring timely reporting on progress against achieving plan targets to senior management to take database decisions.

Followed by this assignment, I returned back to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and joined its humanitarian wing, the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, and led its ME unit in three out of four provinces of Pakistan. Here I got the great opportunity to developed MER Manual and implemented Result-Based Management system thus, contributed in realization of organizational strategic goals. Besides this, I trained a large number of volunteers and our programme staff on identifying and writing success stories, case studies and other communication material including project proposal, lesson learnt and best practices. Later on I moved on to the higher education wing of AKDN i.e. the Aga Khan University. Here I contributed as an Monitoring Evaluation Consultant to carry out end-term evaluation of Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) Project.

Recently I have led the ME department and country Monitoring Evaluation team at Dubai Cares nationwide education improvement program in Pakistan. Here I have provided effective leadership for the ME Unit by effectively supporting country and programme management teams by totally revamping ME system through designing and implementing Result Based Management (RBM) system including Project Monitoring Plan (PMP) and ME tools including Log Frames for the existing programs and new project proposals. Besides this, I have inducted ME team and supervised them to ensure implementation of ME system to support well-informed management, to enable rigorous accountability for performance, to support learning, and to contribute evidence for policy development and reform in bring out of school children into schools and mainstreamed and retained the same. Furthermore, I have contributed in programme design, technical support and capacity building of team in database management, proposal writing and resource mobilization along with knowledge generation and dissemination through different knowledge products. Moreover, I managed, analysed and reported quantitative data using MS Excel, including the use of formulas and data analysis functions, and the preparation of pivot tables, charts, and tables.

I believe that the combination of my distinguished academic background in Economics, excellent reporting skills, sound command on MER system designing and implementation along with passion for continuous learning for professional growth and career development is well-suited for the position under consideration and review. Furthermore, the direct convergence of my core values and passion with your organizational goals and mission makes me a natural partner of your organization in improving quality of life by addressing human sufferings arising out of conflicts, poverty, inequality, disasters and displacement.

I am more than eagerly looking forward to discuss more about the subjected position and positive contribution that I'll be making as a member of your organization to promote your organizational goals in the days to come.

Many thanks in advance for your kind consideration and positive response.

I look forward to hear from you in due course.

Best Regards,
Fida Karim
Karachi, Pakistan

Projects

Improving Learning Outcomes, Enrollment & Transitions from ECE to Primary
Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) Project
AKF COASTAL DISASTERS RISK REDUCTION PROJECT FOR PAKISTAN
RNE Project on Harnessing Capacities in DRR in Hazardous Areas of Pakistan
UNHCR One Room Shelter Project for the 2011 floods response in South Sindh,
UNDP Early Recovery & Restoration of Flood Affected Communities Project
World Bank RSPN-BISP Nationwide Poverty Targeting Survey Project for Nation

Experience

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Coordinator-Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
Medical Emergency Resilience Foundation (MERF)
Mar 2017 - Present | Thatta, Pakistan

• Act as monitoring, evaluation and reporting focal point for MERF Health Project at Thatta and Sajawal.
• Technically manage DHIS staff in the two districts, provide technical supervision to DHIS staff and ensure that staff receive adequate training, mentoring, and coaching.
• Manager performance of staff under supervision including objective setting and performance appraisal.
• Train DHIS and project teams on data analysis, and using analyzed data to inform program quality, document lessons learned.
• Under the supervision of MEAL manager lead key baselines, end lines, evaluations and surveys, meeting the expected standards, in close collaboration with program teams in Thatta and Sajawal.
• Participate in project planning processes
• Design specific processes, methodologies and tools for MEAL (including indicator tracking) and reporting for the project.
• Technically review DHIS data quality, DHIS reports and ensure data validation on weekly and monthly basis.
• Prepare weekly and monthly DHIS and project reports, including concise narratives and relevant tables and/or graphs incorporating inputs from Project Manager and Health Services Manager.
• Setup beneficiary feedback mechanisms and ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately captured, addressed, analyzed, and utilized by Project teams.
• Conduct periodic patient satisfaction survey at supported health facilities and prepare quarterly narrative reports.
• Implementing monitoring activities, including submission of timely progress reports.
• Ensure progress on KPIs for the projects against the baseline and benchmarks and share progress feedback with the project teams.
• Develop Complaint/Feedback mechanism & M&E tools for services monitoring and supervision.
• Ensure availability of HIS tools and training of appropriate staff in their use
• Lead health and nutrition and any other programmatic surveys and assessments.
• Represent MERF at appropriate forums.

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Manager Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
Dubai Cares-ITACEC
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016 | Sukkur, Pakistan

• Led the country M&E team at country level and revamped MER system at organizational level.
• Developed and implemented Result Based Management system, including M&E tools like PMP, Knowledge Management and Learning (KM&L) Framework, periodical Progress Monitoring reports and Automatic Target Calculators for our projects/programs in Pakistan.
• Enabled higher management and program team to easily assign targets to their subordinates and track progress against achieving plan targets at horizontal & vertical level.
• Hired & oriented M&E staff; Manage and coordinated field-based M&E officers/Manager for performance monitoring, oversight, data collection, and reporting.
• Led Training Need Analysis; also designed trainings and built the capacity of M&E and Program staff through proper supervision and mentoring.
• Led Baseline survey along with its data cleansing, data analysis and reporting of DC-III project Phase-I and II throughout Pakistan.
• Developed, piloted and ensured consolidation and use of the database for informed decision making;
• Developed and shared communication materials and knowledge products like case studies, success stories and published the same to disseminate developmental results at a wider level.
• Ensured the smooth M&E processes on periodical basis.
• Ensured that the knowledge gained through M&E contributes to the improvement of the program.
• Carried out technical facilitation & Field M&E visits.
• Supported program team by providing timely information around project successes to be scaled up as well as challenges to allow ‘course correction’ throughout the life of the programs.
• Participated in Strategic planning.
• Designed Logframe for SEF Assisted Schools (SAS) Program and Scholarship project.
• Carried out end-of-project evaluation for internal learning and external accountability.

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Consultant
The Aga Khan University (AKU)
Jul 2014 - Jun 2015 | Karachi, Pakistan

• Per component, assess physical progress, efficiency and adequacy, in terms of delivery of project inputs and outputs.
• Per component, analyse financial progress. Assess whether the use of project funds is commensurate with the attainment of physical progress, efficacy and the timeliness of procurement and disbursement activities.
• Assess the efficiency of project organisation and management with respect to its size and composition, organisational structure, personnel management and policy, the qualifications of local staff and consultants, reporting, effectiveness of the M&E system (in defining performance indicators and collecting and analysing monitoring data on project progress) and follow-up on primary stakeholders’ reactions to project activities.
• Assess the relevance and effectiveness of technical assistance and training given to primary stakeholders and staff in relation to design objectives, and the extent to which they have been given based on needs assessment and followed up on to determine their impact.
• Assess the quality of cooperation with institutions and effectiveness of coordination mechanisms, with respect to composition and membership of coordination committees, and contribution to timely decision making and problem solving. Changes in project design in this respect will be thoroughly assessed.
• Assess degree of compliance with loan agreement.
• Analyse which factors and constraints have influenced project implementation, including technical, managerial, organisational, institutional and socio-economic policy issues, in addition to other external factors unforeseen during design.
• Assess project results and impacts, in terms of development outcomes, based on the project’s actual and potential development impact on the primary stakeholder groups, relevant institutions and wider context. This includes identifiable benefits for primary stakeholders – including wider livelihood and capacity-building – in terms of depth, spread and gender, primary stakeholder participation and environmental concerns.
• Assess the prospects of the local primary and secondary stakeholders and host institutions for sustaining impacts after termination of the project, taking into account old and new assumptions and risks.
• Make an overall assessment of project cost effectiveness.
• Identify where project design needs adjusting/reorienting in order to increase its effectiveness in reaching the target groups. This includes proposals to adjust the project objectives and strategy, activities, budget and inputs, organisational/institutional set-up and implementation plan.
• Assess the performance of funding and supervising agencies in terms of quality of supervision, efficiency in loan administration, ability to anticipate problems and extend implementation support, adequacy of reporting, recommendations and effectiveness of follow-up on recommendations. Identify how this has affected project performance.
• Produce a clear set of lessons learned that can benefit the project in its remaining lifespan.

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Project Officer-CDRR Project and Programme Monitoring, Evaluation & Research (MER)
Focus Humanitarian Assistance of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
Jan 2013 - Jul 2014 | Karachi, Pakistan

• Developed and implemented Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework in line with long term strategic goals of FOCUS Pakistan.
• Built capacity of program staff and volunteers on MER, capturing human interest stories, case studies, lessons learnt, project proposals writing and resource mobilization.
• Prepared and submitted progress reports, M&E reports including project completion and donor reports to head office.
• Carried out Baseline survey of Safer School Project and end-term evaluation of CDRR Project and provided necessary support to external evaluators and evaluation missions.
• Assisting program staff in development, documentation and implementation of program activities.
• Assisting management in taking informed decisions by tracking the progress of the Organization’s activities, enhance performance and impact, and identify variances and areas where corrective actions are needed to take with respect to activities and deliverables.
• Improved the quality of interventions and service delivery through developing and maintaining efficient and effective M&E system.
• Facilitated reflection sessions and internal staff meetings and provide regular feedback on M&E findings to relevant staff and management to fine-tuned, reorient and bring continuous improvement in service delivery.
• Represented FOCUS Pakistan at different forums at a provincial and regional level and attending internal and external meetings.
• Ensured and tracked MER findings, audit observations and stakeholder feedback are incorporated in the program.
• Continuously monitored and evaluated program events and activities to assess process, progress, quality, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability and reporting the same with lesson learnt and recommendations.
• Review monthly, quarterly and annual plans and assessed progress against these plans.
• Ensured that program staffs have an authentic and a proper documentation system and maintained project records accordingly.
• Undertook monitoring visits to program areas to assess progress and observe capacity building sessions.
• Maintaining database of beneficiaries.
• Represented FOCUS Pakistan during “Conference on climate change adaptation” by presenting my presentation on “community based disaster risk reduction model with special reference to coastal areas of Pakistan” in NED University of Engineering & Technology.

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Specialist Monitoring, Evaluation & Research (MER)
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012 | Multan, Pakistan

• Developed and updated M&E system & implemented it accordingly.
• Assisted senior management in regularly providing data on the performance of the project against achieving plan targets.
• Assisted the manager and coordinator in planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities.
• Executed assessments, field monitoring visits and provided updates and monitoring reports to the immediate supervisor.
• Prepared activity/action/monitoring plans and assess progress against achieving plan targets.
• Assisted in reviewing and updating M&E policy and procedures as required.
• Provided regular monitoring & progress reports and assisted in preparing other reports as per donor timeline & format.
• Maintained an authentic & proper documentation system and maintained project records accordingly.
• Attended internal & external meeting & wrote timely minutes of all meetings attended.
• Collected success stories, human interest stories & lessons learned.
• Provide regular feedback of M&E findings to staff and implementing partners besides research and analytical support as required.
• Monitor project implementation according to DIP and highlight the gaps and recommend steering measures.
• Undertake monitoring visits in the field and interact with the stakeholders to get their feedback & assess progress.
• Support the Project Manager in coordinating project activities with relevant Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations.
• Comply and/or utilize organization systems and tools, Process Flow Charts, Project Monitoring Forms.

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Project Officer-Monitoring, Evaluation & Research (MER)
National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)
Aug 2011 - Mar 2012 | Hyderabad, Pakistan

• Coordinated with various sections as part of monitoring- enabling them to ensure that the milestones set in the project plan and log-frame are achieved;
• Participated in cluster meetings of UNDP, UNHCR, government, humanitarian organizations & donor agencies.
• Consolidated data, prepared and submitted narrative & technical reports to take informed decisions & steer the project;
• Developed M&E plans, work plans, and carried out process evaluation and project facilitation field visits;
• Generated quality monitoring & project progress reports according to establish criteria and schedule.
• Ensured transparency in development interventions and minimized inclusion and exclusion errors.
• Assisted identifying CB-DRR activities, e.g. Early Warning, Hazard Mapping, for community members, including local school teachers & DMCs; also engaged children and youth in suitable engagement/participation sessions through meetings and awareness sessions;
• Facilitated the process of community mobilization; formed, trained and equipped CBDMCs;
• Conducted training need assessments and supervised, conducted & monitored Capacity building programs at all levels for CBDMCs;
• Facilitated and provide technical support to the field staff & Disaster Management Committees in the smooth operation of DMCs besides conducting Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments, training need assessments (TNSs), SWOT Analysis and also developed training report;
• Worked with DMCs to come up with Community Based Disaster Management Plans and developing exit strategies in disasters;
• Facilitated trainings for line department, government officials and community members in smooth operationalization of CBDRM;
• Assisted team members in mobilization, identification & registration of beneficiaries in provision of multi sector input services.

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Monitoring & Quality Control Officer
Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN)
Aug 2010 - Jul 2011 | Karachi, Pakistan

• Tracked the coverage of 2.00 million HHs and 12.62 million populations in 1326 villages during the world’s largest* Poverty Targeting Survey in Pakistan.
• Collected sample data as per quality control indicators and undertaken analysis with Management Information System (MIS); cross checked / verified authenticity and quality of data and report the same after consolidation.
• Coordinated with Spot Checking and Process Evaluation Consultants, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and World Bank Consultants engaged for the project.
• Ensured quality in terms of results and work processes as given in the Quality Control Indicators and Provide technical assistance and guidance;
• Monitored & evaluated the training of more than 1277 District/Tehsil Team Leaders, District/Tehsil Tracking officers, logistic officers, Coordinators, Field Team supervisors, Monitors, Editors, forward campaigners and data collectors;
• Monitored and controlled the quality of data collection in line with the Targeting Manual & Inception Report and suggest corrective measures and policy interventions against the divergence from project activities;
• Carried out Spot Checking, Field Monitoring and technical facilitation visits and maintained Monitoring & Evaluation Checklist;
• On the basis of key field findings draw strategic mechanisms for the timely improvement of project operations and strategies;
• Supervise the team of program field monitors and provide technical guidance in the collection of quantitative & qualitative data collection, analysis and management and Report back in an effective manner;
• Provide technical advice/support to other project teams to strengthen their MEAL system;
• Met with community, notables & other stakeholders to minimize inclusion & exclusion errors.
• Prepared & disseminated field monitoring reports, district launching reports, notes for the Record, success stories, and lesson learnt as well as made recommendations for better implementation of project activities.
• Participated in planning, process evaluation & progress review meetings at regional, Cluster and National level;
• Compiled and disseminated minutes of different level meetings.
• Informed the concerned district team and staff for over/under-coverage of households and population of the survey areas.

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Senior Relationship Officer
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development
Jan 2010 - Jul 2010 | Karachi, Pakistan

• Ensured that policy requirements are fulfilled.
• Seek out new buyers through networking and develop lists of prospective clients for quality business.
• Provided after sales services to existing policyholders, rectify any problem and from them new referral leads.
• Monitored insurance claims to ensure they are settled equitably for both the policyholders and NJI work activities.
• Expand social networking for getting leads and prospects.
• Maintain reports, records and official correspondence.
• Improve general, technical and social knowledge.
• Used interpersonal and telephone communication techniques
• Identified, targeted Market, call on prospective buyers, carried out need analysis and sell them policies.
• Professionally explain the features and benefits of various policies in order for sales promotion.

Education

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM)‎
Disaster Risk Management
2013
World Educational Services
Leadership-Facilitation-Management‎
Electronic Media
2013
United Nations Development Program Pakistan
Monitoring, Evaluation and Information System‎
(M&E)
2012
United Nation Development program, Pakistan
Asseement Methodologies & Techniques‎
Assesment & Evaluation
2012
United Nation Development Programme, Pakistan
Proposal Development and Resources Mobilization‎
Project Proposal Development & Resource Mobilization
2011
Institute of Rural Management, Islamabad.
Disaster Risk Management‎
Disaster Risk Management
2011
The Aga Khan University
Monitoring, Evaluation and Research‎
The Art of Training Facilitation
2011
British Council UK and Youth Parliament Pakistan
Active Citizens Learning Programme‎
Active Citizens Learning Programme
2010
USAID and Care International USA
Soft Skills‎
Soft Skills
2010
Institute of Securities, management and Research Karachi
Basic Understanding of Financial Market‎
Basic Understanding of Financial Market
2010
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development Pakistan
Insurance & Marketing‎
Insurance & Marketing
2010
Institute of Rural Management Islamabad
The Art of Training Facilitation‎
Monitoring, Evaluation & Research
2010
University of Karachi
Masters in Economics‎
Agriculture
2009
University of Karachi
Bachelors of Arts (HONS.)‎
Economics
2008
Larson Commerce College Karachi
Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C)‎
Accounts, Audit and Finance
2004
The Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gilgit
Secondry School Certificate (S.S.C)‎
Science
2002

Skills

5+ Years Community development
5+ Years Programme Monitoring
5+ Years Project Evaluation
5+ Years Project Proposal and Resource Mobilizati
5+ Years Report Writing
5+ Years Research (Qualitative & Quantitative)
5+ Years Technical Support
5+ Years training
5+ Years Training & Development

Languages

Intermediate Sindhi
Expert Urdu
Expert English

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FIDA Contacts

Asim Saeed
Interactive Research and Development
Nadia Yar
Techaccess Pakistan
Sidra Fatima Minhas
Oxfam Germany
Muhammad Umar Buriro
Marie stopes Society
Aziz Rajput
Aga Khan Planning & Building Services, Pakistan