Sahabzada Abdus-Samad Khan
EXPERIENCE UNICEF PAKISTAN COUNTRY OFFICE OFFICE OF THE SENIOR EMERGENCY COORDINATORIslamabad, Pakistan Consultant12/05 – 03/06 Act as special assistant to Senior Emergency Coordinator for the earthquake relief effort (emergency field support). Coordinate and finalize quarterly emergency work plans. Compile field information and monitor progress indicators. Coordinate preparation of supply and Human Resources (HR) plans and follow up on issuance of supply requisitions, Purchase Orders and HR contracts. Monitor supply deliveries and ensure steady pipeline of supplies needed by the field. Prepare periodic SitReps and other reports for internal and external use. Expedite delivery of goods and services as well as deployment of qualified personnel to field offices and coordinate all involved to ensure smooth sharing of information. Draft correspondence and liaise with Federal Relief Commission and other government entities. Perform any other task requested by Senior Management. M.E.F.T. PAKISTAN (PRIVATE) LIMITEDIslamabad, Pakistan Consultant (Agent)09/04 – 11/05 For a leading solar and wind energy company in Pakistan: Focus on business development - primarily in the form of promoting solar energy products for incorporation into rehabilitation projects being undertaken in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as for private sector clients. Assist colleagues in identifying beneficiary groups, drafting project proposals, liaising with potential donors and clients and identifying new applications (e.g., addressing the needs of the environment, small scale farming, security lighting). UNICEFNew York, N.Y. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES08/02 – 5/04 Deputy Manager, Emergency Operations Center (OPSCEN) Assist UNICEF Deputy Security Coordinator/OPSCEN Manager in managing daily (24/7) operations. Supervise six Geo-Political Watch Officers and two Admin. staff. Participate in daily monitoring (i.e. collection, dissemination and analysis of all-source information) of designated emergency countries/regions worldwide. Establish and maintain continuous communication with emergency programmes and missions and facilitate maintenance of time sensitive notification and deployment preparedness. Provide support to designated HQ staff for emergency response. Coordinate conference calls and ensure follow up on decisions taken. Prepare and maintain emergency operating procedures, country profile folders, key personnel lists and other relevant data. Supply Director and Deputy Director as needed with information (maps, current situation etc.) for briefings within and outside NYHQ. Prepare specific oral and written briefing material as required. Deputize for OPSCEN Manager in internal and external meetings in emergency and crisis response. Participate in Early Warning process. Liaise with other UN Agencies, OCHA, DPKO and other entities during crisis development and emergency action implementation. Develop Job Descriptions and ensure timely, targeted dissemination and management of information. UNICEFNew York, N.Y. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES10/01 – 4/02 Project Officer/Consultant, Emergency Operations Center (OPSCEN) Within the OPSCEN, support field operations in emergency offices/countries through continuous monitoring of their communications between NYHQ and other emergency offices for rapid, proactive, follow up and co-ordination on all actions requested and directed, with a specific focus on the Afghanistan crisis. Act as focal point for the crisis, in coordination with other UN agencies, and in concert with the UNICEF Security Coordinator and the OPSCEN Manager. Support emergency response in various areas, including written and oral assessments and analyses (particularly those related to early warning value). Provide situation monitoring, including review, consolidation and distribution of information from Country, Regional and HQ offices and media reports from all sources. Produce a daily analytical review (Afghanistan Plus News and Security Summary) for dissemination. On a weekly basis, provide Afghanistan sub-regional (i.e., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan ) input to the OPSCEN Take - a weekly summary of UN Programmes and related information. Support field operations in emergency countries. Sensitize senior leadership and key personnel re: critical programme, logistical and security issues by tracking rapidly unfolding events in and around Afghanistan during the US-led war and its aftermath. UNITED NATIONS, OFFICE OF THE IRAQ PROGRAMMENew York, N.Y. & OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS02/97 – 07/00 Analyst Officer, Programme Officer Desk officer for donor-funded UN/NGO IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) and other humanitarian projects in Iraq. In consultation with the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq and the Section Chief, approved agreements and disbursement of funds. Backstopped Oil for Food (SCR-986) programmes implemented by UN agencies (e.g., FAO, UNESCO, HABITAT) and monitored the security situation in the three northern governorates of Iraq. Helped establish policy guidelines, procedures and plans and drafted reports, briefs and correspondence on both donor-funded and SCR-986 Programme matters. As Analyst Officer (02/97-03/98): Liaised with Permanent Missions and other UN bodies in order to manage tracking of humanitarian applications and their status in the Sanctions Committee, sought clarifications and amendments and established special monitoring arrangements. Supervised collation and dissemination of the Weekly Report on implementation of SCR-986. Supervised EDP Assistant and General Service staff as appropriate to accomplish above-outlined tasks. UNITED NATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRSNorthern Iraq OFFICE OF THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ (UNOHCI)05/94 - 02/97 Field Delegate/Area Security Coordinator Served as field representative of UNOHCI in the governorates of Suleimaniyah, Dohuk and Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan). Chaired bi-weekly Inter-Agency Meetings and undertook field visits. Monitored the situation regarding the status of vulnerable groups; mobilized and coordinated relief assistance. Assessed and reported on Programme activities. Gathered and disseminated detailed information within the Agency/NGO and donor communities to ensure fuller coverage of humanitarian needs and to avoid overlap. Managed logistical operations and rural resettlement and shelter projects. Liaised with the local administration to ensure safe passage of humanitarian cargo into disputed areas. Chaired Security Management Team meetings and drafted situation reports on the security environment. Supervised six local staff-members. INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES, ISLAMABADNew York, N.Y. Research Fellow08/92 05/94 Prepared an analysis of the evolution of the Iran Iraq arms race with a focus on the arms supply relationships developed by each of these countries, culminating in the cessation of hostilities in 1988. Monograph completed in 2001 and is soon to be updated and published. UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR)Northern Iraq Assistant Field Officer/Logistics Officer12/91 03/92 Developed Logistics Data Base/Historical Report by investigating data of non food supplies received during relief operation. Helped draw up and complete Final Receipt and Dispatch Reports (food and non-food items), for Suleimaniyah relief operations area. Managed and trained three local staff members in logistical procedures. NEILL AND COMPANY, INC.Washington, D.C. International Security and Government Relations Consultant09/89 01/91 Provided in house expertise on security assistance policy, sales and budget issues. Monitored proceedings and drafted briefing papers on management of security issues with Congress and Executive Branch. Coordination and management of defense cooperation, sales and co-production issues and in formulation of strategic market planning for the Middle East and South Asia. Promoted business interests by attracting country and corporate clients. Marketed new construction technology for low cost “adobe” housing in developing countries. THE MAYFLOWER GROUPBoston, MA. Management Trainee and Liaison Officer for Consular Affairs07/88 04/89 Gained experience in the area of venture capital by seeking overseas partners interested in joint ventures. Performed consular and liaison duties for Consulate of Pakistan in Boston. CENTER FOR FOREIGN POLICY DEVELOPMENTProvidence, R.I. Analyst/Researcher (four days weekly)09/84 – 05/85 Conducted research on non-nuclear alternatives to NATO defense posture (i.e., conventional force improvements based on Emerging Technologies). Managed daily operations and helped conduct public opinion surveys. TECHMAN INTERNATIONALBoston, MA. Researcher/Intern (two days weekly09/84 05/85 Conducted research and analysis in area of defence technology transfer to developing countries. Drafted proposals of sale pertaining to development of an indigenous technological base for these countries. EDUCATION M.A., THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITYWashington, D.C.& Bologna, Italy PAUL H. NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES1985 1987 International Relations and International Economics (principal sub-field: Conflict Management and Security). B.A., BROWN UNIVERSITYProvidence, R.I. Political Science1980 1984 LANGUAGES Fluent in English, French, Urdu. Working knowledge of Italian and Farsi.
Articles by Sahabzada Abdus-Samad Khan
- Obama's Top Priority: Pakistan and Afghanistan with a new Grand Double Strategy
- Pakistan's Islamic Radicals: Defeated in the Elections
- PPP Senator Enver Baig: "The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was a great shock for the people of Pakistan"
- LtGen (ret.) Talat Masood: "Pakistan is not a lost cause"
- Pakistan in the Line of Fire: Which Options left?
- Pakistani Lt.Gen. (ret) Asad Durrani: "I consider a Pakistani encouragement of the Taliban as unwise"