Ahmad Salari



1209 Sullivan, Irvine, California, 92614 USA

United States

International Development Consultant and Manager

Professional affiliated to

I have been involved in international development, democratic governance, rule of law, justice, human rights and civil society issues at the program and project management and consultancy levels with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for over 17 years. I have worked in the field in complex places such as Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Timor-Leste. I engaged closely with the national counterparts in these countries, including the civil society organizations, and also with the bilateral and multilateral donors building partnerships and establishing networks for effective implementation and monitoring of programmes, projects and initiatives. I traveled widely in the Asia-Pacific region on UNDP assignments and missions.

In addition and in the context of UNDP projects, I collaborated closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Bar Association (IBA), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and Germany's GIZ. I was able to secure substantial financial contributions from donors such as the European Union, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Switzerland, and New Zealand, among others.

My international work always required strong interpersonal and communication skills, not only with the people at the organizational level but also with those that the development programmes and projects intend to help and empower. I have direct experience in building consensus, motivating teams, leading negotiations and facilitating discussions and consultations at both the high policy and working levels.

I have a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts, USA), a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology both from the University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri, USA).



  • Afghanistan
  • East Timor
  • Iran
  • Maldives
  • United States

  • Community Development
  • Health
  • Justice
  • Security (Defence & Police)

  • 01.a. Administrative organisation and internal control systems
  • 01.b. Risk management
  • 01.d. Analysis of the ‘governance’-system at organisation and/or sector level
  • 01.e. Development / promotion / implementation of concepts / standards of good governance
  • 02.b. Vision, mission, charter, institutional design and development
  • 03.a. Policy setting, strategic planning, multiannual planning
  • 03.e. Annual planning and budgeting
  • 03.f. Results based management and Monitoring & Evaluation (Including: client/stakeholder focus, defining / using quality standards and performance indicators, management dashboards, balanced scorecard, …)
  • 03.g. Reporting Systems – Accountability
  • 03.h. Policy evaluations
  • 04.a. External relations management (assessment / optimisation)
  • 04.b. Partnerships (Design / optimisation / management of partnerships)
  • 04.f. Lobbying and awareness raising
  • 05.d. Job Descriptions
  • 05.g. Individual performance management
  • 05.h. Leadership & Management development
  • 07.a. Design / formulation of projects / programs (including intervention strategies, theories of change, outcome mapping, technical / financial program documents, etc.)
  • 07.d. Management, control and steering processes of projects / programmes
  • 07.e. Mid-term and final evaluations of projects and programmes
  • 07.g. Inter-university cooperation
  • 09.g. Due Diligence Assessments / Capacity assessment of (existing / potential) partner organisations (e.g. program implementing partners)
  • 09.h. Mid-term reviews and final evaluations of projects and programmes of international development cooperation (Including theory-based evaluation)
  • 11.e. Delegation of responsibilities, empowerment of public-sector organisations, management contracts, performance contracts, ...
  • 12.a. Fostering rule of law - Reforms and development initiatives in the justice sector
  • 12.b. Fighting impunity of serious crimes / human rights violations
  • 12.c. Transitional justice
  • 12.d. Fostering and protecting human rights
  • 12.e. Fight against sexual violence
  • 12.g. Fostering democratic governance – strengthening parliamentary and democratic institutions
  • 12.j. Elections
  • 12.k. Emergency relief & Humanitarian Assistance
  • 12.o. Customary justice and ADR (alternative dispute resolution)
  • 12.p. Local justice and access to justice
  • 14.b. Fostering entrepreneurship and private sector development – facilitation of SMME development
  • 14.i. Results and/or impact-based funding mechanisms
  • 16.b. Strengthening civil society
  • 16.g. Refugees & Asylum