Sarah Saeed, Special Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, has been promoted to BPS-22, making her the highest civil servant in the last five decades.
The decision was made in a recent high-powered board meeting based on Saeed’s stellar civil service. She took it to the micro-blogging site to confirm the news. She thanked Allah for this honor and intended to serve her country to the best of her abilities. She tweeted, “Thank Allah Almighty for this honor, and pray that He may give me the strength to contribute my bit to the best of my capacity and judgment in the interest of the state of Pakistan.”
Saeed completed her Masters of Science in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford (1998 – 1999). She was the topper of her PAS batch. She also received a gold medalist at the University of Punjab. She attended1982 – 1989).
Thank Allah Almighty for this honour and pray that He may give me strength to contribute my bit to the best of my capacity and judgement in the interest of the state of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/sqd47Xclee
— Sarah Saeed (@sarahsaeed1973) May 23, 2022
Over the years, Saeed has had an illustrious career. Previously, she had served as the additional secretary finance division, directing staff in the National School of Public Policy, and director of the Civil Services Academy.
She has served the country as the director-general of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). Her vast range of responsibilities included managing operations of Pakistan’s National Cash Transfer Programme in Punjab, with 2 million beneficiaries in the province, supervising the performance of a team of more than 700 employees, performing HRM functions in respect of Punjab employees, and performing contract management functions vis-a-vis payment service providers (i.e., 5 banks).
She was also responsible for designing and implementing a monitoring framework for payment points, overseeing BISP’s grievance redressal system, exercising delegated financial powers as an independent spending unit, supporting the implementation of a conditional cash transfer pilot program for primary education, reviewing the design of new programs and policies, and provide feedback, and also supervise smooth administration of 140 sub-regional offices engaged in public dealing. Saeed had also served as the commercial secretary in the Pakistani mission in The Hague.
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