Javaid Rafat

Monitoring and Evaluations Specialist, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Javaid is a Monitoring and Evaluation expert with 10 years of experience implementing, monitoring and evaluating development, governance, gender equality, economic growth and stabilization programs of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and international NGOs.

In his role as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices, he is providing support to monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities; program implementation; and communications within the Economic Empowerment portfolio. Most recently Javaid was at the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, a refugee and immigration services organization, where he was leading two programs, Matching Grant, and Reception and Placement. Both programs were aimed at helping newly arrived refugees and immigrants achieve economic self-sufficiency and become productive members of their communities.

In his previous positions with Creative Associates International, Inc., Development Alternatives, Inc., AECOM International Development and Tetra Tech, he has implemented, monitored, evaluated and supported the learning agenda of the USAID in programs worth up to $145 million. He has established M&E systems, developed theories of change, logical and results frameworks and performance management and data management plans. He also integrated collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA) development principles into programs and conducted baseline and evaluation studies (experimental, quasi-experimental, regression). Javaid holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Nangarhar University in Afghanistan and an MBA from Strayer University in Washington, DC.


What makes a great leader?

Courage! A leader should:

  • TRY Courage: The courage of initiative and action— making first attempts, pursuing pioneering efforts and stepping up to the plate.
  • TRUST Courage: The courage of confidence in others— letting go of the need to control situations or outcomes, having faith in people and being open to direction and change.
  • PRACTICE Courage: The courage of voice— raising difficult issues, providing tough feedback and sharing unpopular opinions.