Political Scientist by training, Mr. Sahibzada has over 10 years’ experience designing and managing complex programs on governance and elections working with international and national organizations. He has worked in high-impact projects, in key positions, excelling in delivering cutting-edge research-based studies, policy, and reform advocacy solutions. He has established credentials of delivering results evident from a project designing and management portfolio spread over ten years. In recent years, he directed Pakistan’s most extensive election research program for TDEA-FAFEN; directed the pioneering Ford Foundation’s “State of Democracy in South Asia” study; and contributed as senior team member to other technically complex and demanding projects, such as UNDP-DTCE’s Social Audit of Pakistan 2009, Election Observation Studies
of 2002, 2008 and 2013. In the course of his career, Mr. Sahibzada has accomplished the management and processing of the largest ever data of election observation based on primary and secondary data, furnished publications that constitute the most comprehensive election observation research in the country’s history and conceived the first ever election audit methodology. In his previous position as Director Programs of the USAID funded, $45 million Citizen Voice Project (CVP) for TDEA, he has conceived and managed complex governance, electoral and political reforms program through local partner organizations awarding and processing over 170 grants – an achievement that has doubled the number of grants issued in the previous four years. Among the grants processed, grants awarded for electoral reforms and oversight yielded the largest ever voters’ list, delimitation and polling scheme assessment as well as a research-based advocacy campaign spread over 110 districts of Pakistan. In the course of his association with CVP, he has led to development, adoption and improvement of M&E system for successful management and oversight of current and future grants. He has introduced comprehensive program management processes involving overhauling of grantee-trainings and detailed Statement of Work (SOW) for grantees. He has also directed the development of a multi-pronged communication strategy for highlighting the achievements of the project to key stakeholders and has spearheaded the effort that resulted in the two-year extension of the project.