- Joined Civil Service in 1987, served as a Joint Educational Advisor, Ministry of Education, Joint Secretary (Education), Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD), Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Director General, National Institute of Science & Technical Education (NISTE), Managing Director, National Education Foundation (NEF), Convener, National Curriculum Council (NCC), Incharge Inter – Provincial Educational Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC), Director (FDE), Focal Person, Early Childhood Education, SDG-4, Malala Fund, Spokesperson, Ministry of Federal Education, CADD & FDE. Director, Federal College of Education (FCE), Director (Training) FDE, and Director (Colleges), FDE and most recently Director General of Directorate General of Religious Education (DGRE).
- Vast experience in public sector administration/management of educational institutions, policy, development, reforms, project management, capacity development, dealing with the donors, INGs/ NGOs, focal point of Global Partnership for Education (GPE), E-9 Countries and also dealing with matters pertaining to UNESCO / ISESCO, Joint Ministerial Commission, International / National Agreements / MoU / Protocols. Members Syndicate, Senate, Executive Council, Selection Boards, Academic Councils of Federally Chartered (Public / Private) Universities and Centres of Excellence.
- As a pioneer of Pakistan’s first ever Single National Curriculum, Mr. Muhammad Rafique Tahir succeeded in completing the first two phases of Single National Curriculum for Grade Pre 1 to 5 and then for grades 6 to 8 with consensus of stakeholders. Due to his untiring efforts, the dream of Single National Curriculum has become a reality. In addition to development of curriculum, textbooks, teacher training modules and assessment framework have also been developed. These will help in better and timely implementation of the Single National Curriculum.