Noorullah Noori

Since my graduation from CIE in 2013, I have had the honor of working with various international aid agencies and professionals in Afghanistan and USA. In December 2013, I joined the Collective Transformations Organization (a local Afghan civil society organization) as the Country Program Manager. I managed and supervised the programmatic activities (e.g. civics education, teacher education, career-skill building, community mobilization, rule of law, women empowerment and youth advocacy networking) throughout the country.


In early 2015, I joined the Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) as the Director of Policy and Advocacy where I managed the programmatic activities of AICS, produced concept notes, research and policy papers for a variety of national level policy and legal reforms, e.g. Partnering for Public Good: Cross-sectorial Partnerships, Tax Incentives for Civil Society Organizations.


I also developed the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations Index, designed the harmonized/systematized civil society capacity development framework, coordinated activities with stakeholders and represented AICS at national and international levels. With Management Systems Information (MSI), I designed, conducted the USAID annual research and prepared the Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index (CSOSI) Afghanistan reports for 2014 and 2015


During this time period, I also worked with UNICEF and Management Systems Information (MSI) on different short-term consultancy projects. With UNICEF, I developed an action plan for conducting a desk-review focused on identifying key barriers to girls’ education in Afghanistan, analyzed specific gender issues and the extent and nature of gender based discrimination in education. This was a short but interesting opportunity to work again with the Ministry of Education, Directorate of Teacher Training and schools to coordinate and conduct field visits as well as interviews with Education Sector stakeholders and informants. I developed a final report on the subject for UNICEF-Afghanistan for their internal use.


I am now based in Boston and since June 2016, I have been with working with Save Democracy International (SDI) to promote democracy, conduct research and support democratic institutions around the world to improve their effectiveness in ensuring responsive governments, an active civil society, vibrant political parties and active engagement of citizens in democratic processes.


Before coming to UMass, I was employed from 2008-2010 with the Higher Education Project in Afghanistan led by UMass/CIE. There, working with others, I designed training materials for a series of professional development courses for faculty members of 18 universities and my role was to supervise the whole training process for over 600 education faculty members. [1-20]




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