Andy Tamas

October 2018


Governance and capacity development specialist with a focus on national and sub-national institutional analysis, policy development and reform in conflict-affected states, design and evaluation of development projects, civilian-military collaboration, contextually-appropriate institutional design, human resource management, intercultural team building and communication, gender equality, and participatory strategic planning and evaluation in low-predictability environments. 

Expertise in training for policy development, peace and security operations, organizational analysis and change management, staff development, performance management and evaluation, and other related activities.

Experience in the Middle East (Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, Yemen), Afghanistan, Africa, South America, Asia, the Canadian north and Alaska; background in Governance, Adult Education, Community Development and Social Work Education in intercultural contexts.


English, French


DGov (Doctorate in Governance) Whitaker School of Government & Management, Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin (2018). Dissertation title: Contextually-appropriate institutional development in fragile states - Lessons from policy implementation in Afghanistan. 

Post-Masters Coursework: University of Alaska (Fairbanks) College of Human & Rural Development. Cross-Cultural Education in the Public Service (1987).

MCEd (Master of Continuing Education) University of Saskatchewan (1978). Focus: Distance education for development, northern/rural socio-economic development, intercultural relations, community development. Thesis: Distance Education for Isolated Indian Reserves.

BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) University of Regina (1976). Focus: Development education, northern/rural social development, community development.

BIS (Bachelor of Independent Studies, Integrated Studies) University of Waterloo (1972). Focus: Structure of post-secondary education, community media, applied social sciences.


Team Leader - Checchi Consulting and USAID (2018). Conducting a Governance Sector Assessment to generate information for the next cycle of USAID's planning in Afghanistan.

Consultant -  Integrity Watch Afghanistan (2018). Gap analysis of Afghanistan's Conflict of Interest regulations.

Policy Advisor - GIZ Afghanistan (2017). Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) support for development of a national policy management framework in Afghanistan.

Capacity Development Specialist - GIZ Iraq (2017). Governance project design assistance: Strengthening decentralization and subational administration in Iraq.

Policy Advisor - Regional Capacity Development Project, GIZ Afghanistan (2014-2016). Policy advisor for strengthening subnational governance and Centre of Government in Afghanistan.

Governance Advisor - Assessment of Governance in Afghanistan (2013) - GIZ.  General assessment of governance to contribute to German development programming in Afghanistan.

Evaluation Specialist - Evaluation of RAMP-UP Project, Afghanistan (2013) - Checchi Consulting and USAID. Evaluation of a large ($260M+) four-contract project strengthening municipal governance in Afghanistan.

Team Leader - Performance Evaluation of Support for Subnational Governance Structures, Afghanistan (2012-13) - Checchi Consulting and USAID.  Evaluation of a subnational governance and democratization project serving all 34 Afghan provinces.

Governance Specialist - Evaluation of Responsive Governance Project, Yemen (2012) - IBTCI and USAID. Mid-term assessment of a three-level (CSO, executive and legislative) governance project.

Team Leader, Evaluation of District Delivery Program - Checchi Consulting and USAID Afghanistan (2012). Analysis of the District Delivery Program and supports for civil service operations in areas recently "cleared" by the military.

Transition Advisor - Adam Smith International, Kabul (2011).  Helping Afghanistan's Independent Directorate of Local Government strengthen subnational governance and prepare for withdrawal of international supports.

Team Leader and Capacity Development Senior Expert - Louis Berger Group Inc. Kabul (2011).  Organizational reform and capacity development at the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Afghanistan.

Public Administration Reform Project Design Expert - Louis Berger Group Inc. Kabul (2011). Assisting with design of a $400M+ USAID-DFID-World Bank Governance and Public Administration Reform project.

Public Administration Reform Expert – Louis Berger Group Inc. Kabul (2010).  Assessment of USAID-funded Afghanistan Civil Service Support (ACSS) program and input to design of follow-on World Bank led public administration reform project.

Central Support Unit Advisor, Afghanistan District Delivery Program – Adam Smith International, Kabul. (2010)  Diagnostic of the DDP, strengthening legitimacy of government in recently-secured districts in Afghanistan. 

Capacity Building Specialist – Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Ottawa. (2010)  Preparing a Capacity Building Handbook for design and implementation of peace and security operations.

Chief Technical Advisor, Design of Iraq Public Sector Modernization Program – UNDP/Geopolicity Inc. Baghdad (2010). Supporting modernization of Iraq’s public administration, focusing on civil service reform and increasing legitimacy of government.

Senior Advisor - USAID/Tatweer Public Administration Reform Program, Iraq - Management Systems International, Baghdad & Erbil (2009): Operations Research; Public Administration.  Helping the Kurdistan Regional Government set up a Center of Excellence in Public Administration; assessing sustainability of training impacts; helping set up the new Iraqi Federal Civil Service Commission and strengthening the new Civil Service Law.

Senior Governance Advisor, Iraq Local Governance Program – RTI International Baghdad (2008):   Team Leader, Civil Service Program.  Strengthening the provincial civil service in Iraq, a USAID-funded post-conflict reconstruction initiative. Structural and functional analysis of provincial governments, defining administrative structures required to implement sub-national governance legislation, increasing absorptive capacity, impact evaluation of a 5-year, $580M local governance project.

Institutional Development Consultant, Civil Service Leadership Development Project - UNDP Kabul (2007): Developing a strategic plan for the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute.

Chief Technical Advisor, Coaches and Advisors Program - UNDP Kabul (2007): Chief Technical Advisor, Capacity for Afghan Public Service (CAP) project, strengthening the public service in Afghanistan.

Capacity Development Specialist - CIDA (2005/06): Assigned to the Strategic Advisory Team, a Canadian military-led initiative to strengthen the government of Afghanistan. Senior Training and Capacity Development Advisor to the Director of the Training and Development Department of Afghanistan's Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.

Professor, Part-time - University of Ottawa, School of Management (2003-05). Teaching Comparative Management in MBA and Undergraduate programs.

Director, Tamas Consultants Inc. - Privately-owned consulting firm (since 1982). Analysis and training for institution-building and public sector reform in post-conflict failed states, development-military collaboration for capacity development and organizational change in a fragile post-conflict state, fostering a diversity-valuing workplace, race relations, team building and performance evaluation; corporate culture analysis and policy development; work group diagnosis for participatory management and organization development; culturally-appropriate leadership training and institutional design; refugee and immigrant program design & evaluation; design, administration and evaluation of development and education programs in the north (Alaska and Canada), and in Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, India, the Americas and the Caribbean. Community development and education program research, design and evaluation.

Training and Development Program Manager - Department of Health and Human Resources, Government of Yukon, Whitehorse (1984/87). Design and implementation of the staff training program in the department of Health & Human Resources: management training for the human services; design and operation of accredited field-based/distance education social development training; teaching (community development); assistance with government-wide affirmative action programming; cross-cultural education and other HRD activities.

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Consultant - Upper Region, Ghana (1981/82). Team Leader, Water Utilization Project, Bolgatanga, Ghana. Planning and administration of health, education, social development and maintenance aspects of a 2500-borehole rural water supply project.

Rural Adult Education Program Co-ordinator - Government of Yukon, Whitehorse (1979/81). Community needs assessment, planning, development and operation of adult education programs (formal and non-formal) in rural Yukon - focus on distance education for middle level management, community development, literacy and basic trades.

Social Work Education Program Director - Blue Quills School, St. Paul, Alberta (1978/79). Development and operation of a BSW program for Aborginal students - program planning, staff/faculty recruitment and orientation, teaching (counseling skills and community development), student counseling, administration.

Social Development and Community Administration - Government of Northwest Territories, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, and Fort Smith, NWT (1973/78). Community development, social work, community administration. Education leave with Saskatchewan Indian Social Work Education Program, Saskatoon.

Previous Experience - (1963/72) includes: Asbestos mill laboratory supervisor, Clinton Creek, Yukon; Steel sales, Algoma Steel Corp., Montréal; Television production, CKCO TV, Kitchener; Logging, MacMillan Blodel, Port Alberni BC, and others.

Professional Affiliations (Examples)

International Studies Association, International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, Associate member - International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie),  Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Organization Development Network

Publications, Papers & Reports (Partial list)

Tamas, A. Culture and Communication. in Norbert Kraft et al (eds.) Humanity's Next Great Adventure.  Ben Bella Books, Dallas, 2016 pp73-82.

Tamas, A.  Decentered Regulation in Fragile States (Hybrid Political Orders). Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin, 2013.

Tamas A. et al. Performance Evaluation of Sub-National Governance Structures. Afghanistan. USAID and Checchi Consulting, Kabul 2013.

Britt, Heather and A. Tamas. Evaluation of Responsive Governance Project: Yemen.  USAID and IBTCI, Washington, 2012.

Tamas, A. Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and Fragile States: Window-Dressing or Nation Building? Institue of Public Administration, University College Dublin, 2012.

Tamas A. Emerging from the Bottom Billion: Economic and Governance Dimensions. Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin. 2012

Tamas A., Dunn, D. et al. Performance Evaluation of the District Delivery Program. USAID Afghanistan. 2012. (

Tamas A. International Intervention in Afghanistan - Evolution of Global Governance in an Evolving State. Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin. 2011.

Tamas A. Transiton Risk Analysis - IDLG Governance Implications. Prepared for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Government of Afghanistan, Kabul. 2011.

Tamas A. Strategic Framework for IDLG's Role in Transition. Prepared for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Government of Afghanistan, Kabul. 2011.

Tamas A. et al. Organizational reform and capacity development in the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Afghanistan. Checchi Consulting, Louis Berger Group and USAID Afghanistan, June 2011.

Tamas A. Progress Report and Recommendations - Design of Governance and Public Administration Reform Project (GPAR). Checchi Consulting and Louis Berger Group:  USAID Afghanistan, 2011.

Tamas A. and Denis Dunn. Assessment of Afghanistan Civil Service Support (ACSS) Program. Checchi Consulting and Louis Berger Group:  USAID Afghanistan, 2010

Tamas A.  Diagnostic of District Delivery Programme, Afghanistan.  Adam Smith International and DFID. October 2010.

Tamas A.  Strengthening Governance in Post-Conflict Fragile States:  What works and what does not – Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. Conference proceedings, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College.  In press - ant. 2012.

Tamas, A.  Capacity Development in Post-Conflict Fragile States – Experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Policy Briefing Note, 2010.

Tamas, A.  Civil Service Reform in Post-Conflict Fragile States – Experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. Policy Briefing Note, 2010.

Tamas, A.  Large-Scale Capacity Development in Iraq: a Whole-System Approach:  USAID/Tatweer Program, Baghdad, 2009.

Tamas, A.  Warriors and Nation Builders: Development and the Military in Afghanistan:  Canadian Defence Academy Press, Kingston ON, 2009.

Andy Tamas et al:  Impact Evaluation of Iraq Local Governance Program:  USAID and RTI International, RTP, 2008

A Tamas: Structural and Functional Analysis of Provincial Governments in Iraq:  USAID and RTI International, RTP, 2008

A Tamas:  Administrative Structures Required to Implement the Governorates Law in Iraq:  USAID and RTI International, RTP, 2008

Tamas, A. Women Leading in Defence - presentation on gender equity for the Canadian Forces, Ottawa, 4 March 2008.

Tamas A. Strategic Plan for the Operationalization of the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute. UNDP Afghanistan, January 2008

Tamas, A. Development and the Military in Afghanistan - Working with Communities: CIDA, 2006.

Tamas, A. Capacity Development in the Office of the Auditor General of Bangladesh: CIDA, 2005.

Tamas, A. Diversity in the Ranks: Contributions of Visible Minorities to Canada's Military History. Ottawa: Department of National Defence, 2002.

Tamas, A and Ryan, Belief and Culture in Development. Ottawa: Canadian International Development Agency, 2001.

Tamas, A. Ethnocentric Organisations: Awareness Training is not Enough. Presentation at the Globea Conference on Tolerance and Human Rights, Prague, 2001.

Tamas, A. and Tamas, P. - Implementing Common Programming in Afghanistan. Islamabad: UNDP/UNOCHA 1998