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Saeed Parto
Policy Analyst / Consultant / Lecturer , UNCTAD and Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
Brussels, Belgium
Accomplished evaluator, trainer, manager, communicator, negotiator, influencer, and consensus builder with exceptional listening and interpersonal skills working with government, civil society, multilateral agencies, and educational stakeholders to build trust, mentor, build and lead teams, solve problems, and identify pathways to sustain quality performance and meet strategic objectives.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Government, Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
- Design and implementation of multi-year projects on Aid Effectiveness, Human Security, Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Governance, Migration, Political Economy, and Peace Building, generating over 70 technical reports, policy briefs, and scholarly papers.
- Development of research proposals on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian aid, impact of conflict on international aid, and the interface between protracted conflict trauma and international aid.
- Leading and co-leading over 40 systematic project and program evaluations.
- Collaborating with Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, to design and deliver Master’s level courses and training modules in Project/Program Cycle Management, Applied Research in Conflict Environments, Evidence-based Advocacy, Critical Thinking, Gender Analysis in Conflict Environments, MEAL (Monitoring & Evaluations, Accountability, and Learning), Using Governance Data in Anti-corruption, and Policy and Institutional Analysis.
- Raising over 10 million USD for research and monitoring projects in Afghanistan with a focus on women’s rights and fundamental human rights.
- Mentoring teams of national research staff on problem definition, development of theory of change, logframe development, research design, data analysis, and report writing.
- Building collaborative relationships between international aid providers and academic communities to develop cross-certified graduate courses for delivery in Afghanistan.
- Developing and sustaining close professional relationships with donor agencies, academic institutions, and state authorities through transparent and clear communication to document different viewpoints, resolve conflicts, build consensus, and offer constructive and positive feedback for innovative solutions to meet strategic objectives.
- Training over 1,000 national and international professionals from civil society, governmental entities, and international NGOs in partnership with Ruhr University Bochum to award successful candidates with the European university system’s ECTS credits.
My PhD thesis and subsequent work in international aid and organizational management have been guided by two key questions:

1. Why are policy outcomes often different from policy objectives? and,
2. How can the gap between policy outcomes and policy objectives be minimized?

My analysis focuses on the modes of governance and the formal and informal institutions through which governance is exercised, emphasizing the links between governance and policymaking at different jurisdictional and territorial scales. In organizational and strategic management, the findings from this type of research serve as the empirical evidence base to learn from successes and failures of past policies, inform future phases of policymaking, and identify entry points for policy advocacy. This approach is informed by the rich institutionalist literatures in development economics, human geography, anthropology, political science, and sociology and can be used to analyze or develop policy solutions in various policy domains.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Persian, French
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