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Farrah Azeem Khan
Director Women's Empowerment Programmes , The Asia Foundation Afghanistan
Lahore, Pakistan
Rule of Law, Women's Development and Communication Expert with over 21 years of experience in Pakistan. Technical expertise include programme development, contract management, capacity building, communications, advocacy and lobbying, evaluation and synthesis/learning reviews, organizational development, strategic planning, theory of change and policy framework development. Can relocate immediately
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Area of Expertise:
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
Professional Experience:
I am a senior consultant with over 21 years of experience in the development sector, specializing in rule of law, access to justice, democracy, women's empowerment and gender, human rights, VAW/GBV and humanitarian assistance.

Areas of Expertise:

Rule of Law - Access to Justice: Improving access to justice for vulnerable groups (women, indigents, gender identity and religious minorities) to empower poor/vulnerable people to better claim their legal rights. Building rule of law to improve legal systems and services, including legal aid.

Democracy: Capacity development of the government, civil society, political parties, parliamentarians and citizens to assess governance performance, improve dialogue and inclusive participation to build consensus among multi stakeholders.

Gender/Gender Mainstreaming: Overseeing implementation of women development polices, strategies and projects, capacity building in gender budgeting, and raising awareness about gender relations and women’s’ subordination and its translation into local contexts.

Human Rights: Promotion of human rights standards and principles through training, advocacy and awareness raising. Improving policy and advocacy, together with human rights defenders. Particular areas of specialist expertise include protection of the rights of women and girls, minorities, freedom of religion or belief and civil and political rights.

VAW/GBV: Development and implementation of prevention and response initiatives both in customary and humanitarian contexts, including medical, legal and physiological care. Community education on structural inequalities between men and women that not only make women vulnerable to abuse but also inhibit them from speaking out about it and accessing support.
Humanitarian Assistance: Development and Implementation of Rapid Assessments, managing protection and referral services, addressing GBV in affected areas and providing psychological and legal support and coordination with humanitarian clusters.

Technical expertise include programme development, contract management, capacity building, communications, advocacy and lobbying, evaluation and synthesis/learning reviews, organizational development, strategic planning, theory of change and policy framework development.

Masters of Science, Environment and Development Education, from South Bank University, London, 1995-1998

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Education and Punjabi, from Punjab University, Lahore 1988-1990.

Intermediate Examination, Humanities Group from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore 1985-1987.

A level Pure Maths, Urdu and Arts,from University of London, UK 1982-1984

Affiliations and Achievements:
Membership of professional bodies:
• Member, National Committee on Child Rights, Federal Ombudsman Office, Islamabad, Pakistan
• Member, Pakistan Environmental Protection Council of Pakistan, Ministry of Environment, Islamabad
• Chairperson Insaf Network of Pakistan (2010-2016)
• Founding Member Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)
• Vice Chairperson, Women's Leadership Forum on HIV & Aids, Punjab
• Member, Punjab Human Rights Commission, Law and parliamentary Affairs Department, Punjab (2005-2008)
• Member, National Steering Committee on Gender Reform Action Plan, Ministry of Women Development (2003-2005
• Member, National Steering Committee on Development of Strategies for Institutional Strengthening of Government - NGOs Cooperation, National Commission on Status of Women, Islamabad (2003-2005)
• Deputy Coordinator, Punjab Aids Consortium, Department of Health, Punjab (1999-2003)
• Chairperson, Mass Awareness Programme on National Conservation Strategy, Ministry of Environment, Islamabad (1996-1997)

General Professional Experience
• Expertise in good governance, rule of law, access to justice, gender, human rights, democratic education, legislative strengthening, local governments, protection and education.
• Expertise in integrating gender into programme design and implementing programmes with gender lens to improve status of women, children, vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged.
• Expertise in developing and implementing communication strategies and plans, and advocacy & lobbying.
• Expertise in developing public and implementing media campaigns.
• Expertise in development of strategy action plans, management of programmes/projects, staff management, performance management and capacity building skills.
• Expertise in monitoring & evaluation and reporting.
• Expertise in proposal writing and making log frames.
• Coordination and liaising among government, bi-lateral donors, line agencies, NGOs and communities.
• Targeting poor and other vulnerable groups in project design, management and implementation of social service delivery.
• Technical, organizational and management aspects of development projects.

Other skills: (e.g. Computer literacy, etc.) Well versed with most business softwares. Excellent communication and presentation skills. A good public speaker and a good task manager.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Urdu, Punjabi ad Sarike
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