Consultants associated with P:N have been active in the Middle East since 1997.  In 2003, P:N opened an office in Amman, specializing in community/public participation, project feasibility and planning, gender assessment, monitoring and evaluation, plus results based management training.

P:N has completed several projects in the region – Jordan, Yeman and Iraq. All projects have been lead by our Jordan representative
Ms. Samira Smirat, and have involved members of P:N’s Canadian consultant roster.

Samira Jordan Valley PRA 2002
Samira (centre) interviewing women farmers in the Jordan Valley, 2002

Click on the following P:N Assignments in the region:


  • Contracted by CARE International and The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)  to examine their joint venture, MAKANA women empowerment project in three governorates (Tafial, Irbid and Balqa). November 2009
  • Carried out the ‘Capacity Building and Local Institutions Strengthening Study’ for the Agricultural Resources Management Project – Phase II.  As part of the IFAD/ Global Environment Fund (GEF) project on mainstreaming sustainable land management practices in Jordan, IFAD contracted P:N to develop project strategies for capacity building, local institutional strengthening and the development of a gender mainstreaming strategy. 2006


  • GTZ funded project on Institutional Development of the Water Sector.  Provided support to Local Actors in Water-scarce Regions for Sustainable Management of Water Resources on Community Level in Yemen. The study examined project outcomes to date on local male and female project beneficiaries at the Amran Governorate. June & July 2009
  • Community component of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded, Grey Water Treatment and Use for Poverty Reduction Initiative.

RBM Training and Outcomes Mapping

  • Designed and delivered RBM and PRA workshops (in Arabic) for the staff of CARE International and eight civil society NGOs. This incorporated field practice and covered gender mainstreaming concepts. December 2008 and May 2009
  • Designed and delivered public awareness workshops (in Arabic) on sustainable land management and training for GEF/IFAD supported ARMP II staff (male and female) on:  sustainable land management concepts, project management (RBM and Outcomes Mapping) and field research (PRA methods). May 2008

Social Research

  •  Gender and socio-economic input on a baseline study of the water and sanitation sector in the Middle Governorates (Zarqa, Madaba and Salt), Jordan. December 2007 – September 2008
  • National consultant for Shell Jordan Oil Shale Sustainable Development Study.  This was a preliminary environmental social & economic assessment. Contracted by Synergy Global of Oxford/England,  April - July 2007

Community Participation and Gender Focused Assignments

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and KOMEX Int. Ltd.: 
• established local women's stakeholder groups;
• conducted Participatory Rapid Appraisal training with participants;
• training the LSC and women focused NGO Administrative Committee on fund raising and proposal writing – yielding a draft proposal that was submitted to GEF. 1999 – 2004