Vice President – Asian Youth Council

Mr. Mohamed Zahid (Maldives)

Mohamed Zahid
Male’ Municipality ge Khaassa Dhaftar, 1548
Email: [email protected]

• Sector focus on Human rights, social development, sustainable livelihoods, good governance
• National level leader in human rights and social development
• Seasoned manager with exceptional communication and organizational skills
• Excellent facilitation and conflict resolution skills
• Social Protection and Social Justice

Selected Accomplishments
• Led the development of the first community-based micro-credit program in the Maldives
• Supported the development of CBO projects that were the first to be included in the national budget
• Supported/demonstrated, mechanisms for Constitutional amendments, legal and governance framework for Local Government system in Maldives.
Professional Experience

Ministry Of Law and Gender
Deputy Minister, 2012 to date

Policy Planning & Monitoring, Established National Social Protection Policy, its implementation Strategy and monitoring mechanism

Local Government Authority
Vice President 2010-2012

Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) 2006-2010

Led human rights research, monitoring, policy and planning, reported on international relations and treaties, established functions of NPM under CAT and OPCAT

UNDP 2001-2006
National Program Coordinator

Managed implementation of Atoll development for sustainable livelihoods program, introduced adequate systems of financial and administrative management to ensure transparency of project management, set up and ensured sustainability of atoll development fund, established mechanisms for sustainability of poverty alleviation strategies following project completion

UNDP/UNOPS 1996-2000
National Project Coordinator

Managed projects for South Asia Poverty Alleviation Program, supported design and formulation of Mrf 3 million credit and savings scheme, established sustainable institutional mechanism for local institutions and NGOs on 13 islands, managed finance and administration, guided and supervised project staff

Social Development Officer

Coordinated projects for South Asia Poverty Alleviation Program (SAPAP), coordinated with relevant government agencies to establish training programs and other related activities, managed SAPAP office and supervised staff

Ministry of Atolls Administration 1992-1995
Senior Project Officer

Coordinated Nilandhe Integrated Atoll Development project, formulated credit scheme to assist island communities to undertake community-based island electrification, supervised junior staff

Ministry of Atolls Administration 1991-1992
Project Officer (Trainee)

Led the development of annual atoll-wide project work plans, coordinated provision of technical inputs for project implementation, trained community-based organizations in viable grassroots institutions and income-generation

FASHAN (local NGO) 1988-present
Founder and Executive Secretary

Plan and provide leadership in program implementation in the areas of substance abuse & AIDS, violence against women, local NGO capacity building and cash for work for Tsunami-affected people in Meemu Atoll

Save the Children Federation (USA) 1995-1987
Senior Community Coordinator

Coordinated, planned, managed, implemented and monitored project activities in Haa Alifu Atoll
Major Workshops and Training programs attended

1- Water harvesting and aquaculture training April 1985 Indonesia
2- Community Development /Training of trainers December 1986 Maldives
3- Preparation and analysis of rural development projects November 1992 India
4- Supervisory management September 1993 Maldives
5- Study tour for senior government officials/rural development October 1995 Bangladesh
6- Training in Institutional development at grassroots May 1996 Pakistan
7- UNDP’s South Asia Poverty Alleviation review workshops December 1996, 97, 98, Nepal, India
8- Project Management training for UNOPS Program managers
Asia/Pacific region April 1997 Malaysia
9- Workshop on the linkage with poverty alleviation and decentralization
& Good governance December 1999 Nepal
10-Leadeship for poverty alleviation and human security
(Organized by leadership academy of UN University, Jordan) September 2001 Jordan
11- Implementing the convention against torture and its optional protocol
Challenges and its optional protocols April 2007 Male
12- ESC rights monitoring and evaluation April 2008 Geneva
13- International Human rights Training program June 2008 Montréal, Canada
14- Regional workshop on establishment of national Human rights
Mechanisms in the pacific (as a Resource person) April 2009 Apia
15- Expert meeting on NPM self-assessment tools (as a Resource person) March 2009, Geneva
16- Common wealth UPR seminar (as a Resource person) September 2009, Malawi
17- Mid Term Review of UPR March 2010, UK
18- Dakar Conference on prevention of torture in Africa (as a Resource person) April 2010, Senegal

Memberships in NGOs
Founder & member of executive committee FASHAN (National)
Founder Member Maldives NGO Federation (national)
Member & member of internal planning group Maldivian Red Crescent (national)