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Marvi Sirmed
Consultant , District of columbia
WASHINGTON DC, United States
Development (governance, democratisation, gender, communications & conflict resolution) and resource mobilisation expert with 22 years of experience in NGOs, media organisations, multilateral (UNDP, EU) & bilateral (DFID) organisations seeking challenging opportunity. Currently independent consultant.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I have worked for major non-profit organisations in Pakistan like Aurat Foundation, South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK), Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), with the multilateral organisations like UNDP, European Union and with international donors like DFID as part of their programs focussed on democratic governance (especially the parliamentary development & elections assistance), gender, conflict resolution, communications, resource mobilisation, etc.) for over two decades.

I have actively worked for parliamentary development and legislative transparency in Pakistan, headed teams of long and short term projects of UNDP and EU.

During my direct work with Pakistan's parliamentary institutions, I have worked assiduously to support parliamentary parties in establishing powerful parliamentary blocs on issues like extremism, minorities rights, National Action Plan to counter terrorism, Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and women's rights. Among these, the Women's Parliamentary Caucuses as well as the Parliamentary Task Forces on SDGs at national and subnational levels, have been the success story. After lobbying for their establishment, I worked very closely with them and assisted them to develop their institutional structures, long-term strategic plans, and shorter term (annual) action plans alongside frameworks of monitoring and capacity building.

I have worked very closely with the Standing Committees of the parliamentary institutions in Pakistan and have assisted them in strengthening their institutional structures, their human resources, their long term strategic programming and their work in performing their constitutional functions (legislation and oversight). In 2012, the then Speaker of the House, conferred on me the Friend of the Parliament Award alongside including me in the high profile Technical Working Group for the strengthening of parliamentary Committees. In recognition of my services for human rights, fundamental freedoms, and restoration of democracy, the President of Pakistan conferred on me the National Human Rights Award in 2010.
Master's in Science Education from the University of the Punjab in 1995.

Has many trainings in strategic planning, strategic management, results based management, media development, gender & development, parliament & governance, human rights, etc.
Affiliations and Achievements:
As a defender of civil liberties and human rights, I have been part of movements for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan for last two decades. I played leading role in the movement against Gen. Pervez Musharraf's usurpation of power in 1999, alongside stalwarts like Asma Jahangir and others. We were among those few activists in Pakistan, who resisted the illegal military rule right from the day General Musharraf took over in 1999, and continued the struggle throughout his nine years. That resistance was later joined by lawyers, civil society and political parties in 2007, when the. Movement was given the moniker "Lawyers' Movement". Recognising my services, the democratic government conferred on me the Presidential Award for Human Rights, in 2010.

I am the elected member of the Executive Council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan's most prestigious civil society initiative that highlights human rights violations, promotes democratic consolidation, transparency, and fundamental freedoms of the people of Pakistan. Currently, I'm also chairing the Board of digital rights organisation Bytes for All, working in Pakistan and collaborating with rights organisations in South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. I have contributed to the campaigns for the rights of women, children, minorities (religious, ethnic & gender minorities), as well as against radicalism, violent extremism, state sponsored xenophobia, and civil-military misbalance that has been largely responsible for weakening democracy in Pakistan.

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  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi
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