Gerhard Schweizer
Independent Consultant for International Development Co-operation
Langgasse 41, D-55237 Flonheim, Tel. xx49 6734 233, Fax: xx49 6734 209,
EMail: consultant@gschweizer.de

 

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Professional Background
Based on a solid education in crop production and in agricultural and development economics, I was successfully working for ten years as long-term specialist in the area of plant production and on-farm adaptive research in projects of the German technical co-operation. While covering these technical subjects I was taking responsibility for project management as well as for project planning and monitoring. Main tasks carried out include:
  • Project management
  • Organizational development
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Socio-economic studies
  • Adaptive agricultural research
  • agricultural and forestry extension
  • Application of participatory methods
  • Training of counterpart personnel
Since 1992 I have been working as independent consultant for projects of bi- and multilateral technical and financial co-operation, mostly in the fields of agricultural, forestry and rural development. Within the framework of my assignments I emphasize on technical but also on social and inter-cultural competence. My working philosophy includes professional attitudes, even under difficult conditions, and timely preparation of readable and relevant reports.
During this time I have been able to gain experience in East, Central, and Southern Africa, Sri Lanka, India, China and Vietnam, carrying out feasibility and project preparation studies, and project evaluations - besides having been contracted for various technical assistance assignments, often as leader of multi-disciplinary teams. I regard loyalty towards client and donor agency as important factors for fruitful co-operation, aiming at sustainable and economically feasible solutions and concepts.

Country Experience..

Country

No. of assignments

Total duration of all assignments (months)

India

4

6

China, P.R.

14

19

Kenya

2

3

Lesotho

2

1.5

Malawi*)

7

75

Sri Lanka

3

4

Nigeria 1 5

Tanzania**)

1

66

Tunisia 1 1.5
Uganda 3 2

Vietnam

1

0.25

Zambia

2 2
Sudan 1 1

*) incl. one long-term assignment of 48 months **) 66 months long-term assignmen

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