Muhammad Tahir Waqar is currently working as Program Manager, Monitoring Evaluation and Research (MER) section of the National Rural Support Programme. Waqar has over 24 years’ experience in the fields of community development, project management, monitoring, training, situation analysis, impact assessment and research work. Waqar also supervised National Poverty Scorecard survey conducted by the NRSP for BISP – GoP in 2010-11, covering 32 districts and 5.4 million HHs. He has designed and managed several large scale projects funded by national and international donors including the ILO, ADB, USAID, UNDP, C-GAP World Bank, FAO ad Government of Pakistan. His international assignments included work in Afghanistan and Bhutan on livelihoods improvement and enterprise development projects.
Waqar has remained engaged in the field of research work that include 5-years long action research on social mobilization designed and supervised by the World Bank; ILO-MFDW action research on child labour; Microfinance research on ROSCA titled “improving institutions for Pro-Poor Growth” designed by the University of Oxford and designing baseline surveys for the World Bank funded Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Project. For the last five years he is working closely with the Centre for Evaluation and Development (http://c4ed.org/) and University of Mannheim, Germany for various research projects in Pakistan