I established DRP to provide consultancy services to national and international development organisations.

Since 1995 DRP has offered its clients professional, practical and comprehensive solutions to their operational and strategic needs.

Dr Andreas Tarnutzer

Who I Am

I studied geography and economics at the University of Zurich. My MSc Thesis analysed the socio-economic effects of road construction in Nepal; my PhD Thesis examined economic and social change processes in urban institutions in Indonesia.

After graduating, I specialised in development related topics, first as research and teaching assistant and later as lecturer at the Institute of Geography, University of Zurich. In 1995, I established DRP as consultancy company under Swiss law.

My professional languages are English, Français, Español, and Deutsch.

Dr Andreas Tarnutzer, DRP Consult


My Core Competencies

Programme and Project Cycle Management (PCM)

PCM related consultancies constitute the core of my business. I have extensive experience in leading teams through all PCM steps — from fact-finding to design, planning and tendering, as well as state-of-the-art project reviews and evaluations.

I have gained substantial practical expertise in donor harmonisation through a wide range of multi-donor project mandates.

I have broad experience in working in post-crisis and post-conflict situations.


Strategy Development and Support with Strategic Planning Processes

I have assisted a variety of international organisations with sound strategic advice and supported their strategic planning processes for designing sector and country strategies.


Strategic and Thematic Backstopping

I provide long-term advisory support to project implementation to guarantee operational efficiency and effectiveness as well as quality assurance for donors.


Professional Expertise

Private Sector Development (PSD)

In PSD, I have specialised in inclusive Market Systems Development (MSD) approaches. This includes expertise in applying the Standard for Monitoring and Results Measurement of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED).

I have wide experience in different approaches to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise promotion, as well as in Value Chain Development, in particular in rural markets.


Decentralisation and Local Governance (DLG)

I have long-term practical and theoretical experience in DLG. This includes a broad range of assignments for projects in:

  • Local government and public administration reform
  • Public service delivery improvement
  • Local government advocacy and lobbying
  • Capacity building systems for local governments
  • Local economic development


Institutional and Organisational Development (ID/OD)

I have led reorganisation and change management processes for several government and non-government bodies. Examples are urban water supply and wastewater treatment plants, public and private sector based agricultural extension services, as well as irrigation infrastructure and water management bodies.

Other Expertise

I also have substantial expertise and experience in the fields of:

  • Startup Ecosystem / Entrepreneurship Development
  • Skills Development and Technical Vocational Education and Training
  • Trade Capacity Building; Quality and Compliance Infrastructure
  • Safe Labour Migration

Global and Regional Specialisation

Western Balkans

Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania

South Caucasus

Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia

Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia

Eastern Europe

Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine

South Asia

Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Southeast Asia

Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines

Middle East & North Africa

Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan

Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bénin

Latin America

Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia



I can call on an extended network of highly professional international and national consultants I have successfully collaborated with over the years.


DRP has directly executed mandates for or collaborated in multi-donor projects with the following organisations:


Swiss Organisations

  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO
  • Helvetas-Intercooperation
  • Swisscontact
  • Swiss Church Aid – HEKS-EPER


Development Banks

  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD
  • Asian Development Bank, ADB

Bi- & Multilateral Donors

  • Department for International Development, DFID
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ
  • United States Agency for International Development, USAID
  • European Commission, EC
  • Council of Europe, CoE
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA
  • Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA
  • Liechtenstein Development Service, LED
  • Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, AECID
  • Austrian Development Cooperation, ADC

UN Organisations

  • United Nations Development Programme, UNDP
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO


For my complete CV, as well as for more information about my clients, references, or for specific requests, please contact me at:

Andreas Tarnutzer
Bahnhofstrasse 22
8702 Zollikon-Zurich
+41 44 422 11 61


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