Javaid Rafat

Monitoring and Evaluations Specialist, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Javaid is a monitoring and evaluation and project management professional with 10+ years of experience in the development, governance, gender equality, economic growth and stabilization programs of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Prior to joining Vital Voices, Javaid worked for Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, a refugee and immigration services organization in Fall Church Virginia, where he supported 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.

Javaid moved to DC area in 2016. Prior to that, he worked in Afghanistan in different M&E and project management capacities with several USAID-funded, multi-year programs implemented by Creative Associates International, Inc., Development Alternatives, Inc., AECOM International Development and Tetra Tech. Javaid holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He studies for his MBA expected to receive his degree from Strayer University in DC early 2019.

Javaid is a proud father of three (all boys, named Hamed, Abuzar and Eltaf), is part of a soccer team in his area of residence in Maryland, and loves jogging in the morning and hanging out with his family and friends.


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.