Earth Institute Staff Directory

Mohammad Nurul Alam

Adjunct Associate Professor , School of International and Public Affairs


BIOGRAPHY: Mr. M. Nurul Alam is a freelance policy and development consultant specializing in policy and programme evaluation, programme and project formulation, and capacity development support in evaluation. He taught public policy and development evaluation at as an Adjunct Professor Columbia University in New York. Some of the organizations utilizing his consultancies are UNDP, IFAD, FAO, Price Waterhouse Coopers, the UN Development Group (UNDG), and UN Evaluation group. Mr. Alam is an experienced development professional and a seasoned evaluator with a fine blend of substantive development knowledge, analytical capacity, and strategic management skills. Over his long experience in multi-faceted development work, he developed specialized orientation and insights in the architecture and functioning of multilateral technical cooperation in developing countries.

With over three decades of professional experience in UN multilateral setting, he earned excellent performance record as a substantive thought leader, senior manager, moderator and partnership builder. He has over twenty years of resident experience in development management at the country level spanning over six countries in Asia Pacific region viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and the South Pacific (10 Small Island countries). Has acquired substantive experience addressing public policy issues through technical cooperation, capacity for leading and managing programme, and project developments in multi-disciplinary areas of poverty, agriculture and food security, governance, environment, gender equality, and employment generation. An avid evaluator, in his most recent experience (almost seventeen years) in UNDP Evaluation Office he managed and substantively guided more than twenty strategic, thematic and organizational evaluations. He contributed effectively in a series of corporate initiatives and entities, notably: OECD/DAC Peer review of UNDP evaluation office, development of Results Based management (RBM) methodology, new evaluation policy for UNDP, evaluation guidelines, simplification and expanded audit, Learning Advisory Board, and the Oversight Group.

As a long serving (2000-2009) Executive Coordinator of UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) comprising of 43 UN agencies, he has acquired familiarity with the UN system evaluation architecture and has a good understanding of mandates and operations of the various UN system organizations and specialized agencies. As a member of OECD/DAC Evaluation Network (2000-2009), he contributed to many exercises and deliberations of the network on contemporary issues of development evaluation.