Independent Expert for Durbeen (operating GECE Hussainabad) for School Education & Literacy Department, Govt. of Sindh (July 2020 to June 2025

 

In order to address the educational emergency in Pakistan (and particularly in Sindh), the management and operations of the Government Elementary College of Education (situated in Hussainabad, Karachi) has been outsourced by the School Education & Literacy Department (SELD) to Durbeen (a not-for-profit organization specializing in teachers’ education and training), under a public-private partnership arrangement. Under this partnership, Durbeen plans on developing professionally qualified, highly trained teachers who will go on to serve in government schools in the province. As part of its reform strategy and achieve the aforementioned objective, Durbeen plans to rebrand and revamp the GECE Hussainabad, significantly uplifting its facilities and infrastructure. Moreover, Durbeen has also entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Helsinki (Finland) to develop a robust and innovative four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree program aligned with the degree requirements of the University of Karachi (the degree awarding institution of the College).

As per the provisions of the Management Contract, AASA Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd. has been jointly appointed (by the SELD and Durbeen) as the Independent Expert for the Project. AASA Consulting is tasked with reviewing and verifying the due completion of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) stipulated in the Management Contract on a bi-annual basis, and reporting the same to the SELD and other stakeholders. Some of the important KPIs include development and implementation of College management plans, implementation of staff appraisal and assessment policies, capacity development of College staff, strengthening of strategic linkages and improving research activities, conducting robust student assessments, and quality enhancement.

 


Pakistan Market Research Project for Forestry Innovation Investment Limited, British Columbia (2020 – ongoing):

The Forestry Innovation Investment Limited (FII) is the provincial agency of British Columbia (B.C) in Canada responsible for maintaining and expanding markets for B.C. forest products. AASA Consulting is engaged as their research partner in Pakistan to conduct a Market Research assignment to investigate the possibility of establishing the successful market for Canadian Wood Products in Pakistan.

This assignment is the follow-up study to FII’s initial investigation carried out in 2007 on the potential of the Pakistani market for the entry of Canadian wood products. The prior investigation was also carried out by AASA Consulting. Some of the key areas explored in this study are: macro picture of Pakistan’s economy, infrastructure, population, business conditions, housing market analysis, current wood products imported in Pakistan, usage of wood products, challenges affecting wood product and potential opportunities for Canadian wood product.

A mix of market intelligence, primary and secondary research approaches will be deployed for gathering the relevant data. The target stakeholders include Importers/Exporters, Wholesalers/Retailers, Construction Companies/Civil Engineers/Architect, and Workshop & Factories. Approximately 60 plus interviews were carried out spread across three major cities of Pakistan, namely Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.


Independent Expert of Education Management Organization (TCF) for School Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.

The School Education & Literacy Department (Government of Sindh) has outsourced the operation and management of selected government schools to private sector Education Management Organizations (EMOs) under a public-private arrangement.

In the fourth phase of this intervention under the cluster based approach, The Citizens Foundation (TCF) has been handed over nine (09) government schools in Qamber Shahdadkot and ten (10) government schools in Dadu.

This intervention has the overall objective of improving the quality of governance and accountability in the education sector by strengthening the school-level systems, planning, and implementation, in order to improve student learning, achievement, and health. As the Independent Expert jointly appointed by TCF and the Government of Sindh, AASA Consulting is tasked with monitoring the performance of TCF at these schools, tracking the progress made against each KPI, and facilitating all parties to ensure the success of the intervention.

AASA Consulting’s scope of work for this study includes (a) reviewing, reporting and certifying all activities associated with the fulfilment of KPIs to the Government of Sindh, TCF and the Independent Auditor; (b) facilitating TCF in the development of Annual Management Plans; (c) supporting TCF and the Government of Sindh in designing of the reporting and other Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) tools; (d) reviewing and approving the employment criteria for staff to be hired for the project; (e) reviewing and approving the parameters for the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) of the staff; and (f) submitting report to the all relevant parties on the progress of KPIs. This is a five-year year assignment, further renewable for an additional five years.


Independent Expert of Education Management Organization (IBA Sukkur) for School Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.

The School Education & Literacy Department (Government of Sindh) has outsourced the operation and management of selected government schools to private sector Education Management Organizations (EMOs) under a public-private arrangement.

In the fourth phase of this intervention under the cluster based approach, IBA Sukkur University (IBASU) has been handed over 16 government schools in Sukkur and ten (10) government schools in Larkana.

This intervention has the overall objective of improving the quality of governance and accountability in the education sector by strengthening the school-level systems, planning, and implementation, in order to improve student learning, achievement, and health. As the Independent Expert jointly appointed by IBASU and the Government of Sindh, AASA Consulting is tasked with monitoring the performance of IBASU at these schools, tracking the progress made against each KPI, and facilitating all parties to ensure the success of the intervention.

AASA Consulting’s scope of work for this study includes (a) reviewing, reporting and certifying all activities associated with the fulfillment of KPIs to the Government of Sindh, IBASU and the Independent Auditor; (b) facilitating IBASU in the development of Annual Management Plans; (c) supporting IBASU and the Government of Sindh in designing of the reporting and other Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) tools; (d) reviewing and approving the employment criteria for staff to be hired for the project; (e) reviewing and approving the parameters for the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) of the staff; and (f) submitting report to the all relevant parties on the progress of KPIs. This is a five-year year assignment, further renewable for an additional five years.

 

Tackling Childcare Pakistan: Creating Family-Friendly Workplaces in Pakistan: A Landscape Analysis and Market Research Initiative

 

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Pakistan Business Council has launched its Tackling Childcare Initiative in Pakistan: Creating Family-Friendly Workplaces in Pakistan. AASA Consulting is engaged as the research firm at national level to conduct the study spread over 5 months.

The objective is to conduct a landscape analysis of Family-Friendly policies by engaging with key stakeholders, including the government, private sector, care providers, industry associations and parents. Three key pillars of the exercise are demand side analysis, supply side review and mapping of government regulations and policies. The study sample covers an e-survey of 200 organizations, in-depth interviews with 100 plus employees, meetings with policy stakeholders (federal & provincial level), and finally over 20 interviews and site visits to childcare providers.

The study will also aid in increasing awareness of the business case, accelerate the implementation of good practices amongst employers and help improve the overall enabling environment for employer supported childcare.