Beirut, محافظة بيروت

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I am a PhD holder with more than 20 years’ experience working in international development in designing, developing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating development projects across different sectors including community economic development, popular education, agriculture, economic growth, advocacy, gender, and youth, in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Canada and US. I have led and participated in more than a dozen of impact and performance evaluations, assessments and studies for international agencies and organizations such as USAID, European Commission, CIDA, FAO, Oxfam, Alternatives, Search for Common Ground, Drosos Foundation, FHI 360, Social Impact, IFAO, European Profiles, and others. 



I completed my PhD in 2019 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec within the Special Individual Program (SIP) that combines the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Community and Public Affairs and Karl Polanyi Institute. My PhD was an economic ethnography of rural periodic markets in MENA region.  I have a Masters in Masters in Community Economic Development and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal.


Ms. Rana Taher is a proven research expert with over 20 years of experience working in international development.  She has lead and participated in a number of impact and performance evaluations, assessments and studies for organizations such as Relief International, Oxfam UK, CIDA, USAID, European Commission, various UN agencies, Alternatives International, Search for Common Ground, and Dorosos Foundation.  Ms. Taher has also designed and field tested of the evaluation methodologies as well as been responsible for the design, quality, development and completion of assessments, reports and evaluations. Over the last 5 years, she has served as Senior M&E specialist with Social Impact Performance and Management and Support Program for Lebanon (PMSPL I AND II) to supplement the monitoring and program-management efforts of USAID/Lebanon. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Deputy Chief of Party for DHAIM project in Lebanon for USAID, which required overseeing the entire Monitoring and Evaluation Department and ensuring the quality and timely completion of deliverables.  From 2006-2008, she served as the M&E Specialist on the $7 million ASAIL Project for ACDI/VOCA in Lebanon. This role entailed designing, implementing, and managing the administration of baseline surveys, data collection and analysis, and other program activities. While both of these long-term projects focused primarily on agro-industrial development, she has worked in a wide range of sectors.  For example, her other consultancies include conducting a mid-term evaluation for an education-focused project, leading a final evaluation for a regional gender-based violence project, conducting a baseline assessment for a women’s empowerment project, and developing an external evaluation and best practices report for a democracy initiative in Iraq. Furthermore, she has organized and led several trainings on monitoring and evaluation, the logic framework approach, project cycle management, media and communications, and vocational educational training. 

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