Fatima Zafar is an accomplished international development professional with a rich and diverse career spanning over 14 years. Her extensive experience includes working across regions such as the Arab States, the Horn of Africa, the Gulf, and Asia. Before joining IEO as Associate Evaluation Specialist, Fatima has held pivotal roles in renowned organizations, including UNDP, Action Aid, Youth Peer Education Network, Malteser International, and Islamic Relief.
One notable aspect of her career is her involvement in detail assignments with UNDP in various locations. She has contributed her expertise and insights to UNDP HQ in New York, UNDP CO Djibouti, UNDP CO Iraq, and recently, UNDP Afghanistan.
Fatima's background includes extensive experience in Program/Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Results-Based Management, Capacity Development, Knowledge Management, Learning, Coordination & Networking, performance oversight, report writing, research, effective representation & coordination, and managing externally led evaluations. She holds a master's degree in social sciences and advanced certifications in international development evaluations from the University of Bern, along with a Professional Certification in Managing Successful Programs.
During her career, Fatima has demonstrated strong leadership as Head of M&E a.i. for the Stabilization pillar, leading a multidisciplinary team for 8 months. She has also played a pivotal role in knowledge management and capacity building for M&E focal points across 17 Country Offices in the Arab region during her tenure with UNDP Iraq and UNDP RBAS as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, respectively.
Fatima is known for her dedication and proactive approach, constantly striving to enhance working methods and promote continuous learning. Her skills, knowledge, and passion make her a valuable asset to the field of international development, UNDP, and the broader UN community, as she actively contributes to making the world a better place.