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Maham Farhat

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Maham Farhat is a Social Policy Consultant with experience of conducting programme and impact evaluations using mixed methods, across education and social protection sectors. She is based in OPM’s Myanmar office in Yangon, leading the development of OPM’s social policy work in the country. Maham also sits in OPM’s Poverty and Social Protection Portfolio, where she focuses on graduation strategies in national social protection programmes. She has over five years of experience working in numerous project evaluations and technical assistance programmes in Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Myanmar, Mongolia, Pakistan and Ghana. 

Maham is currently coordinating OPM’s support to the Global Out of School Initative (OOSCI) for the East Asia and Pacific. She is also managing a performace review of DFID’s support to social protection in Pakistan. In the past, Maham has led OPM’s external evaluation of the Centre for African Studies at Oxford University, assessing the design, implementation and outcomes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for ‘Transforming Economic Policies towards the Poor’ programme. In addition to numerous impact evaluations, Maham was the qualitative research analyst for OPM’s evaluation of Pakistan’s Flood Relief cash transfer and co-authored a Review of Urban Food Security Targeting and Triggers for Oxfam GB. She was also the lead qualitative analyst for a review of FAO’s Emergency cash-for-work programme in Somalia; and led the performance monitoring component for M&E of DFID’s “Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-state Providers” programme” in Pakistan. 

Maham is proficient in the design of survey data collection instruments, enumerator training and analysis of survey data (in STATA), as well as qualitative data (in NVIVO). She has also worked as a Research Manager for Innovations for Poverty Action, leading teams conducting randomised control evaluations of social interventions in Ghana. At IPA Ghana, Maham also had the oversight of the field research quality systems and staff.