Profile – Paul Scherzer

Mr Scherzer has 22 years of experience in environmental and social impact assessments, community and agricultural development projects.

He has a MA in Food, Society and International Food Governance (specialising in Food Security Analysis and the Impact Evaluation of Development Programs) as well as a BSc (Agriculture).

Mr Scherzer’s professional experience includes an unusually wide range of disciplines and sectors.  He has undertaken work in the following different sectors:

  • Catchment Management and Water Resource Development.
  • Agriculture and Irrigation Development.
  • Household Food Security and Nutrition.
  • Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration.
  • Mining, Industry, Transport.
  • Forestry and Conservation.
  • Power Transmission.
  • Marine Infrastructure and Port Development.
  • Tourism and Regional Economic Development.

Through this work, Mr Scherzer has gained a variety of skills as well as an understanding of numerous specialist disciplines. These skills range from designing participatory workshops and surveys to understand rural livelihood strategies, undertaking desktop academic and spatial research, and appointing and collating input from different specialists to assess the potential impacts of infrastructure, programmes or policy decisions on the biophysical and social-economic environments.

Mr Scherzer has excellent project management skills and has been responsible for leading and managing professional and community-based teams on several large projects.  He has been involved in projects funded by various international agencies namely, DFID, the World Bank and IFC, and is familiar with international funding requirements and policies.

Mr Scherzer has worked throughout most parts of South Africa as well as in Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Sao Tomé and Principe.

Mr Scherzer is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions in the field of environmental science (Registration no.400030/05).

Mr Scherzer is also a member of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). LinkedIn