Experience & Employment


Team leader, Practical Action

February-March 2017

Final evaluation of Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture for Nutrition and Food Security (POSAN FS). POSAN FS in 4 districts of Far Western Region in Nepal. The overall objective of the project is to contribute in achieving national food and nutritional security target articulated in the periodic and multi sector nutritional plan of the Government of Nepal, whereas specific objective of the project is to improve food and nutritional security of 7,000 food and nutrition insecure households in Achham, Doti, Bajura and Bajhang Districts of Far Western Region in Nepal. The project works directly with marginalized farmers, business service providers, market actors, micro-finance institutions and government line agencies. The evaluation assessed the overall impact of the project, relevance of project strategies and business model, effectiveness of project interventions and its sustainability, relevance of project assumption and overall design and made recommendation for future project design. Analysis also covered availability, access and utilization aspects of the food security. My major activities: Development of methodology, participate in the field mission, conduct consultations, provide guidance to team members, keep track of their activities, analysis of data, preparation of draft and final report of the evaluation.

Team leader, LATTANZIO Group , Italy

September-December 2016

Final evaluation of Strengthening Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Nepal executed by the UN Women with funding support of the Government of Finland. Responsible for: i) overall team and work coordination, ii) liaison with the client on any technical issues, iii) preparation, supervision, guidance and overall responsibility for the production of all deliverables. Major activities included: Desk review including documents on government policy in mainstreaming gender and equity, preparation inception report, preliminary interviews with UN Women and implementing partners, structuring the evaluation and definition of the methodology, mapping of stakeholders, field missions, summary of preliminary findings at the end of each field mission, small scale surveys, preparation of all deliverables, evaluation report validation workshop (at regional and national level), power point presentation of the report, final report preparation and final dissemination workshop.

International Consultant, Niras Finland Oy

February –July 2016

Evaluation of the program based support through Finnish Civil Society Organizations. The objectives of the evaluation were to provide : (1) independent and objective evidence on the results (outcome, output and impact) of the Civil Society development cooperation programmes receiving programme-based support; (2) evidence on the successes and challenges of the Civil Society development cooperation programmes by assessing the value and merit of the obtained results from the perspective of MFA policy, CSO programme and beneficiary level; (3) evidence on the functioning of results-based management in the organizations receiving programme support; and (4) evidence of the successes and challenges of the programme-support funding modality from the results based management point of view. My tasks: review of documents (MFA policy), contribution to the inception report (evaluation framework) and participation in inception meeting; main responsible for the field evaluation in Nepal for FELM and WWF; contacts with FELM and WWF in Nepal; logistics for field work in Nepal; writing a report of the field work; and comments to the evaluation report. The projects under this evaluation were those related to forestry, agriculture, education, health, mental health and capacity development.

Quality Advisor, LATTANZIO Group , Rome, Italy

May-July 2016

Evaluation of the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN). The evaluation covered 29 UNPFN with five following clusters: Cantonment and Reintegration; Elections, Governance and Mediation; Recovery and Quick Impact Projects; security; and rights and reconciliation. My specific responsibilities: Ensuring quality of all final deliverables by undertaking the following activities: Review the background documents; review the approved inception report; provide detailed and comprehensive quality assurance of the draft final report and final report on the basis of the previous steps (inception report, PPT of in-country debriefing after field mission); provide advice on the coherence/consistency of the report from findings to recommendations with a specific focus on the contextual facts in order to verify that the report relies on the context and responds to the actual needs of the client. Funded by UNPFN.

External consultant, DARA International

February-June 2016

Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response and Recovery efforts to Gokha Earthquake in Nepal. Provide expertise in WASH, social policy, communication, and adolescents. Responsible for ensuring the appropriateness, adherence to deadlines and quality of all her outputs in line with the standards of the UNICEF Office of Evaluation. Review and analysis of existing data, develop selection criteria for site visit, contribute to the design of the evaluation methodology, preparation of evaluation tools, conduct evaluation, writing report in the areas given above and participate in debriefing sessions and dissemination workshop. UNICEF fund

International Consultant, Niras Finland Oy

January-July 2016

Evaluation of the program based support through Finnish Civil Society Organizations. My tasks: contribution to the inception report (evaluation framework) and participation in inception meeting; main responsible for the field evaluation in Nepal for FELM and WWF; contacts with FELM and WWF in Nepal; logistics for field work in Nepal; writing a report of the field work; and comments to the evaluation report. The two CSOs had several projects that included community development, natural resource management, and livelihoods improvement through small and medium enterprises development for private sector. Finnish Government fund.

International Consultant/ Team Leader, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

September-December 2015

Cluster evaluation of three Food Security related project of FAO: (1) Strengthening the Role of Women in Agriculture Development for Improved Household Food “GCP/AFG/069/GER” (2) Strengthening Policy Development and Coordination for Food and Nutrition Security in Afghanistan “GCP/AFG/075/GER” and (3) Support to Extension Systems, Household Food and Livelihood Security “GCP/AFG/072/LUX”. The evaluation is assessing the overall effectiveness of the capacity development work on country capacities, governance and policies within Food Security and Nutrition; the overall effectiveness of gender responsiveness and empowerment, the quality of the advisory services and coordination mechanisms; the overall contribution of the portfolio to the CPF and the FAO Organizational Outputs; and the overall efficiency and effectiveness of partnership strategies including working with non-state actors. My role is to guide and coordinate the team members in their specific work, discuss their findings, conclusions and recommendations and prepares the final draft and the final report, consolidating the inputs from the team members with my own. As a contribution to the OED Knowledge Management System, I as a team leader am responsible for completing the OED quantitative project performance questionnaire, to be delivered at the same time with the final evaluation report. FAO fund

Senior Researcher, Management System International

July 2014-August 2015 (Intermittent)

Himalaya Region for SERVIR Performance Evaluation: E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project. Management Systems International (MSI) is conducting a performance evaluation of the joint USAID/NASA regional visualization and monitoring system known as SERVIR. The SERVIR program is intended to help government officials, scientists, researchers, students, and the general public by providing them with Earth observations and predictive models based on data from orbiting satellites. This information uses a number of software and data products known as “Science Applications” to facilitate monitoring and decision-making related to air quality, extreme weather, biodiversity, and changes in land cover, and environmental threats such as wildfires, floods, landslides, and harmful algal blooms. My Major task: support the MSI evaluation team in the design phase for the evaluation. This includes: reviewing and commenting on all relevant internal documents, such as the Concept Paper and the Scoping Trip Report; participating in team planning and coordination meetings with MSI and USAID personnel; drafting sections and providing technical guidance for the development of data collection methodologies and other key sections in the Evaluation Design Proposal; and supporting general field logistical preparations.

Senior Researcher, Heifer International

March – May 2015

Evaluation of Strengthening Smallholder Enterprises of Livestock Value Chain for Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Nepal) is one of Heifer International’s flagship projects and being at the mid-point of implementation, the mid-term evaluation is an important moment of reflection on their learning experience. The main purpose of the evaluation study was to zoom into the sub-projects to assess progress, process, impacts, and innovations to provide a balanced assessment of the sub-projects’ strengths, weaknesses, and side-effects. The main task of the senior researcher was to assist the evaluation team to oversee data collection activities to ensure the quality of data collection. The specific tasks included recruit and advise/supervision of 16 enumerators and 4 field coordinators, monitor the quality of data collected and assist for conducting key informant interviews.

Team leader, UNDP Afghanistan

December 2014—January 2015

Mid-term evaluation of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Project-II (GEP-II). GEP-II is a collaborative project between the government of Afghanistan and UNDP Afghanistan for mainstreaming gender for improving the social and economic status of vulnerable Afghan women and girls focusing mainly on policy review and support, economic empowerment of women and justice and human rights. It is a three year project supported by multi donors. Tasks included in this project are (1) assessment of internal processes including strategy, governance, and progress against expected results, and synergy analysis, and (2) review theory of change, project achievement, and prevailing gender equality issues in the context of Afghanistan and make recommendations for improvement of the current project as well as for future gender programming. Assessment is done using the evaluation criteria. Task included formation of interdisciplinary team, team orientation, performance assessment of team members, evaluation design, preparation of inception report, primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data collection, preparation of data collection tools, document review, field visit, consultation, draft report preparation, debriefing with UNDP and donors, final report preparation and sharing.

Consultant, UN Women

July 2014-October 2014

Mid-term review of the Gender Responsive Recovery for Sustainable Peace in Kavre, Ramechhap and Sindhuli Districts of Nepal. The project supports the provisions in National Action Plan (NAP) focusing mainly on protection and prevention; and relief and recovery of NAP on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820. The project intends to benefit about 2,000 conflict-affected women and girls, including ex-combatants, through psycho-social counselling and among them 1000 beneficiaries from community based economic recovery initiatives. The project is executed by UN Women, FAO and ILO and implemented through local NGOs and government agencies. The review used multiple data collection methods (quantitative and qualitative) including document review, field visit, semi-structured interview, focus group discussion and consultation and analysed governance, process and progress and made recommendations for improvement. The deliverables included inception report, review tools, draft mid-term review report, power point presentation and final review report.

Consultant, Deveworks

March 2014 – July 2014

Final Evaluation of the Transparency International Asia Pacific Regional Programme: Towards Effective Leadership and Reforms in the Fight against Corruption. This is a three year programme from 2011 to 2014 with a budget of 5.3 million Euro and has four components: Institutional and Network Strengthening, Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres, National Integrity Context and System Analysis, Youth Integrity Promotion. As a part of regional study, these programmes in four countries Nepal, Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guiney were expensively evaluated by a team of three members. My tasks included contributing to the evaluation design and the planning of the field research; context analysis of the programme/programme components/projects; and quantitative and qualitative data collection & analysis and final reporting (including undertaking, and writing a case study report on, a case study in Nepal). Analysis included governance, complementarity, resource duplication, coordination, partnership, achievement, and provided lessons learnt, good practices and recommendations.

Consultant, NIRAS Natura AB

February 2014-May 2014

Evaluation of the Norwegian support to and through umbrella- and network organisations (UNOs) in civil society. Objectives of the assignment include (i) establish and assess the theory of change and the assumption behind the Norwegian support to or through UNOs; (ii) assess the effectiveness and added value of the support given through/to the UNOs in Nepal and Tanzania from the perspective of the intended beneficiaries and other stakeholders; and (iii) assess the effectiveness, efficiency and value added of the UNOs as compared to alternative ways to channelling support to civil society development. Tasks included development of methodology, interview with stakeholders, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, report writing and presentation.

Consultant (team leader), Nepal Permaculture Group

January 2014-February 2014

Final evaluation of Promoting Organic Production and Marketing through policy, information and advocacy (PROMS III). The evaluation assessed the progress made by the project in achieving its goals and objectives taking into consideration the sustainability, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, equity and replication. Task included design including quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and instruments, team formation, team orientation, performance assessment of team members, stakeholder consultation/interview, data analysis, report preparation and sharing.

Consultant, InSites

December 2013 – January 2014

Internal evaluation of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change research project. There are four projects in Nepal under this assignment: (1) Improving the Resilience of Mixed Farm Systems to Pending Climate Change in Far Western Nepal; (2) Adaptive Pathways to Climate Change (APaCC): Livestock and Livelihoods Systems in Gandaki River Basin; (3) Adaptation for Climate Change by Livestock Smallholders in Gandaki River Basin; and (4) improving nutrition and productivity of buffaloes to adapt to the impacts of climate change in Nepal. Tasks: data collection through interviews, site visits, and/or other data collection in Nepal related to the above referenced projects in accordance with plans worked out with the project manager and which fit within the allocated time; analyzed and provided a summary qualitative and quantitative of data collected according to expectations provided by the project manager; review evaluation design for future data collection to ensure appropriateness for the local situation in the research projects within the Feed the Future Innovation Lab in Nepal.

Consultant, UNDP Maldives

October 20 – November 17, 2013.

Terminal Evaluation of Support to Integrated Farming Project. The project is t to provide long-term support for economic development of communities through agriculture extension and integrated farming. The interventions focused on expansion, diversification and business orientation to agriculture and farming in the Maldives. The evaluation reviewed the project’s concept, strategy and approach within the context of effective capacity development and sustainability; assessed project governance including management, planning and operational capacity among the project’s stakeholders, particularly at the national and island level; and provided recommendations based on findings, including suggestions on exit strategies and integration into other government led programmes.

Team leader, NARMA Consultancy, Nepal

February, 2013 - May, 2013

Evaluation of Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) of the Government of Nepal supported by the Asian Development Bank. The overall objective of this project is to reduce poverty in the rural communities of 11 districts in the Eastern Development Region (EDR) of Nepal through equitable and sustainable commercialization of agriculture through five components namely (a) Commercial Agriculture Investment and Management (b) Inclusive Development of Stakeholders (c) Market Information Dissemination (d) capacity enhancement of stakeholders and (e) project implementation support. The task of this assignment was to figure out level of impact of the Project towards reducing poverty in the project area including equitability and sustainability of commercialization of agriculture and assessing the achievement towards improving efficiency of marketing and processing of high-value crops. Formed interdisciplinary team, led team and developed the study methodology, mobilized team for survey, analysed quantitative and qualitative data, wrote report and presented it. It reviewed project documents including logical framework and indicators, assessed level of impact of the project towards reducing poverty and achievement towards improving efficiency of marketing and processing of high-value crops. ADB fund.

Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Expert (GESI) Harewelle International Limited / Ecorys Group

Nov-Dec, 2012

Value for money for the Energy Sector Assistance Programme in Nepal supported by the Government of Denmark. Tasks include ensuring social (ethnicity, economic status) and gender perspectives in economy, efficiency and effectiveness and development in respect of approach and methodology contributing to the project objectives. Danish Government fund.

Evaluation consultant (Livelihood and Social Protection Expert), DARA

April-August, 2012

Impact Evaluation of Food Assistance in Protracted Refugee Situation of Bangladesh for WFP and UNHCR. Tasks include development of proposal for survey, final survey design, preparation of inception report, explorative field study, briefing and debriefing with WFP and UNHCR, draft report preparation and final report preparation, especially in the area of coping strategies, social protection and self-reliance. WFP fund.

Independent Evaluation Consultant, UN Women

Sept 2011–February 2012

Evaluation of Economic Empowerment: Catalytic Programme in India. The evaluation is a part of global evaluation of the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) Programme of the UN Women. The project is about the economic and political empowerment of marginalised women—Dalit women to increase their access to claiming entitlements provisioned in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act which includes 100 days employment per year per rural household within 15 days of demand, unemployment allowance if employment is not given within 15 days of work demand, gender parity in wages, worksite facilities such as servicing water, healthcare, childcare, and shade. Tasks included development of context, description of programme, preparation of inception report which included details of the methodology, design of evaluation, field mission, evaluation report and assessment of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability by analysing both quantitative and qualitative data. Assessment included the capacity and governance of two implementing civil society organisations to support the project after the FGE fund is terminated. UN Women fund.

Evaluation Consultant: UNICEF

February-June, 2011

Evaluation of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). It is a global evaluation conducted in four countries and one Region. Main responsibilities: designed (preparation of UNGEI logic model, sampling plan, evaluation framework), conducted and reported the evaluation in Nepal using result-based and right-based approach. Documents review, stakeholder consultation, field observation, preparing inception report, country report and aligning this to the global report. Contribution Analysis technique was used to assess the contribution of UNGEI partners who belonged to the government and civil society sectors to girls’ education. UNICEF fund.

Evaluation Expert (Team leader), CARE International, Timor-Leste

December 2010 – January 2011

Impact Evaluation of Local Initiatives for Food-security Transformation Project (LIFT) and baseline survey for Hadia Agriculture no Nutrisaun (HAN) – Improving Agriculture and Nutrition. (1) Measuring the impact of the LIFT Project among the target beneficiaries and report on achievement of objectives and specific project targets and (2) Providing baseline information of HAN by which project effectiveness and impact was measured; providing information that would guide activity design and implementation; assisting in identifying target beneficiaries including women, men and children; and assists the government of Timor-Leste in policy and strategy planning, and assists CARE in their capacity building work with government. Evaluation methodology included random selection of samples, quantitative and qualitative data collection instrument development and testing, assessment of enumerators and supervisors for field survey, focus group discussion of men, women and children, triangulation, data analysis, report preparation and sharing.

External Evaluator, UNIFEM

Sept-Nov 2010

Evaluation of project on Economic Security of Women Migrant Workers. Tasks included designing of the evaluation, review of project documents and progress reports; assess the selection process of beneficiaries, the training modality and contents, the linkage with service providers and current status of the potential entrepreneurs and of implementing civil society organisations; field visit to assess the interaction process; conducting meetings and consultation with staff of UNIFEM and partner organisations and government; preparing report to document good practices, lesson learnt and preparing recommendations for the development of enterprise development guidelines for replication and scaling up of the programme. IFAD fund.

Consultant (Monitoring and Evaluation: Agriculture Specialist), SMEC International, Australia

April – June, 2010

Creating comprehensive evaluation framework including developing indicators, logframe, performance monitoring plan, quantitative and qualitative data collection plan, carrying out process monitoring and evaluation, carry out M&E of governance risk and preparation of mid-term evaluation for the Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project executed by the Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh and supported by the World Bank. Accomplishments included review of documents relevant to the assignment; preparation of inception report, field visit to Khulna and Barguna sub-districts; preparation of documents and facilitation of workshop on project understanding for national staff and consultants; review of procurement plan for goods, consultancy services and work contract of the FAO and suggestions for finalization; review of two EOIs of FAO for selection of NGOs (livestock and fisheries) and suggestions for improvement; identification of baseline indicators for tracking out inputs, output, outcomes and impact; development of result framework, responsibility matrix, baseline survey formats, process monitoring format, performance monitoring formats, record keeping and reporting formats for FAO, NGO, CBO; preparation of guidelines for national expert to carry out M&E tasks during the implementation; presentation of result framework and formats of agriculture sector to PCMU and FAO; and prepared mission completion report. WB fund.

Consultant, USAID, Nepal

April-May 2009

Evaluation of the Smallholder Irrigation Market Initiative (SIMI). SIMI was developed to promote micro-irrigation for poor farmers of different ethnic groups and the evaluation documented the challenges, achievements and sustainability of the SIMI activities and outcomes. Activity included designing methodology; quantitative and qualitative data collection by undertaking field visit, stakeholder consultation, focus group discussion, and interview; analyzing and synthesizing information, and report writing. USAID-fund.

Consultant, CARE International Timor-Leste

March- April 2009

Mid-term evaluation of Local Initiatives for Food-security Transformation Project (LIFT) that focused on promoting the empowerment of vulnerable women, men and youth groups to access social and agricultural support services; increasing agricultural production and productivity; increasing availability of improved seed through seed production at the households level, and mainstreaming community-based disaster risk management and climate change for sustainable production systems. Activities include document review, methodology design, field survey, data analysis and report preparation. Scope included assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the project, assess the impact and sustainability of the project, lessons learned of the project and recommendations for the remaining period of project implementation, and measure the indicators as provided in the logical framework of the project. EC and ADA fund.

Consultant, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Jan-Feb 2009

End of project evaluation of UNIFEM’s “Deepening Democracy, Women’s Participation in Politics and Peace (DDWPPP)” that focused on inclusion of gender concerns and women’s rights in the new Constitution of Nepal and in legislation, policies and plans as well as increased participation of women of different castes and ethnicities in political and peace processes. The project was executed by UNIFEM Nepal and implemented by civil society organization including 14 NGOs working in different empowerment aspects. Activities: preparation of methodology, inception report, desk review, stakeholder consultations with implementing partners, roundtable, focus group discussion, report writing and presentation. Area of assessment: effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the project outcomes. UNDEF-fund.

Consultant, UNFPA/Norwegian Embassy—Nepal

Nov – Dec 2008

Review of the work of UN - Donor Peace Support Working Group (PSWG) on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Nepal. Assessed the work of the PSWG during the last two years in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency and made recommendations for future priority issues and working methodologies for the working group. Activities includes desk review of relevant documents and meeting and interview with stakeholders such as Members, other coordination focal points, NGOs, Government (UN RC/HC, UNDP, OHCHR, SDC, DFID, DANIDA, MoPR, MoWCSW, WAPPDCA, Women’s Commission).

Team Leader and Program Director, NARMA Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal

December 2006- March 2007

Review, analysis and profiling of community development projects/programmes practiced in recent 5-years in Nepal for JICA-Nepal in the areas of local development, poverty alleviation, agriculture, forestry, and watersheds management. 37 projects profiled and analysed. Activities included team formation and orientation, team mobilization, monitoring of team performance, collection and review of project documents, selection of projects for study, stakeholder consultations at project and central levels, profiling of projects, case studies of 10 representative projects, report writing and presentation. Funding agencies of the analysed projects included JICA, USAID, CARE, WWF, UNDP, SNV, DfID, GEF, EC, GTZ, IFAD, AusAID, DANIDA, and SDC. The analysis was done on such issues as governance system, capacity building, social inclusion, coordination, complexity, donor type, sustainability, exit strategy, scaling up strategy, transition management, typology of group, access to group, target district and group, field facilitation, recipient body, conflict management, transition management, duration of project and project type.

Lead Consultant, Sustainable Soil Management Programme (SSMP)/ Helvetas, Switzerland: Katmandu, Nepal

July 2006- November 2006

Impact evaluation of the Ultra-Poor Programme of SSMP in Nepal. Activities included preparation of survey design and methodology; development of instruments for gathering both qualitative and quantitative data; selection of survey sample and control groups; field testing of survey instrument, adjustment of survey instrument to reflect lesson learned during the field test; finalization of the survey; administering the survey; interviewing respondents; stakeholder consultation; data entry and analysis. Other activities included team formation and orientation, team mobilization, monitoring of team performance, preparing inception report, orientation training for enumerators, overseeing generated data, supervising fieldwork, drafting and finalizing report, presenting and sharing findings in a national workshop. Major analysis included change in human, physical, financial, natural, political and social capitals and food security situation; gender and social inclusion; programme and cost-effectiveness; economic, environmental and social impact; benefit-cost analysis of major agriculture and livestock commodities; sustainability and up-scaling; and developed recommendation for post project support activities.

Team Leader, NARMA Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Nepal

April –June 2005

Final evaluation of a CARE-implemented Poverty Reduction Project and designing Post-Project Support Programme for Bajhang, Bajura and Syangja districts which were highly conflict sensitive. Responsibilities included to keep the whole team active, dynamic and motivated throughout the study period; act as a focal person between CARE Nepal Country Office, Project Office and NARMA Consultancy Private Limited; design methodology, collect quantitative and qualitative data by carrying out interviews, conducting stakeholder consultation and focus group discussion. Tasks also included to lead evaluation team and ensure that all necessary information and data are collected; orient and train the research assistants on the evaluation study, framework and methodology; ensure that the key questions are adequately and appropriately addressed during the evaluation and write the evaluation report; coordinate the “Design Team” and write the proposal based on the series of interactions, discussions and brainstorming sessions within the “Design Team”. The project which was financially supported by CARE Denmark, Netherlands Development Assistance, USAID, CIDA and E.T. Baldridge, an individual donor included such components as institutional strengthening, agriculture and natural resource management, community health and reproductive health, and education, skills enhancement and employment of male, female and children.

Concurrent positions and intermittent involvement

Team Leader, Nepal Agro-Forestry Foundation

June 2003 – November 2003

Developed proposal and evaluation strategy, selected indicators, prepared study design and sample survey methodology, and conducted impact evaluation of the Ford-funded phase I Agroforestry Extension Project. Process included formation of evaluation team, orientation training on how to draw random sample, collect quantitative and qualitative data by taking interview, conducting focus group discussion, and stakeholder consultation and ethical aspects to be considered while interviewing with stakeholders. Methodology included desk study, field survey, and interaction with donors, members of the NAF board and users of training materials.

Advisor, National Planning Commission, Nepal

July 2001–Sept 2001 & 1994-95

  • Reviewed past policies, strategies and approaches and recommended future strategies for 10th Five Year Plan in the areas of agriculture, forestry and irrigation which have been largely incorporated in the 10th Five Year Plan by the government of Nepal
  • Conducted project screening exercises for 70 foreign aided projects in agriculture, forestry and education sectors, 1994-95

Mission member, UN Office for Project Support

February 2002 – March 2002

Evaluated the performance of the IFAD-funded Poverty Alleviation Project in Western Terai, Nepal as a rural development specialist in a supervision mission.

Consultant, Canadian Cooperation Agency (CECI)/CEAPRED

October 2000 – December 2000

Designed methodology and conducted indirect impact study of the Community-Based Economic Development project in Baitadi, Dadeldhura, and Jumla districts, Nepal wrote report and presented findings.

Research Scholar, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

June1996 – October 1996

Impact study of small ruminants under coconut plantation in Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines (Team leader)

Trainer, Cooperative Training Center (CTC). Kathmandu (Nepal)

January 1991 - May 1996

  • Impact assessment of training and learning initiatives through regular monitoring and follow-up evaluations of Consumer Cooperatives in Kathmandu
  • Impact assessment of training and learning initiatives through regular monitoring and follow-up evaluations of Mardikhola Multipurpose Cooperative in Kaski (Team leader)

General Secretary cum Institution Building Specialist, Center for Environment and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) (Nepal) (Part Time)

February- May 1993

Developed participatory monitoring and evaluation model of the Upland Watershed Management Project around Bhusundikhola in Gorkha for FAO (Team leader)

Agriculture Development Officer, Gorkha, Syanja (Nepal), Ministry of Agriculture

September 1985- December 1990 and January 1980- July 1983

Studies included:
  • Conducted sustainability study of the Training and Visit Extension Approach in Nepal for APROSC/World Bank (1987-88)
  • Conducted impact evaluation of the Hill Food Production Project in improving the socio-economic conditions of farmers in Syanja district, Nepal (1989)


Team leader, NARMA Consultancy, Nepal

July 2017—present

Strategic review of the food security and nutrition programme in Nepal for the government of Nepal with support from the World Food Programme. The overall objective of the strategic review is to enable Nepal to accelerate progress towards eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-2 to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture. My major tasks: Take the lead role of the assignment; coordinate with all 8 sector experts in the team; take the lead role during advisory committee meetings led by the National Planning Commission of Nepal and other required meetings; prepare and present inception report; guide the thematic consultants to receive the required information in the thematic report; compile the thematic reports from consultants; prepare the preliminary report; participate in the sharing of the preliminary report and prepare draft report; take the lead role in finalizing the report and successfully completing the task; and lead the final high level launching of the report. The report analyses the policies, programmes, projects, institutions, targets and indicators of SDG2. It also assesses the interconnectivity of SDGs including zero poverty, gender equality, water and sanitation, social inclusion, reducing inequality, and provides pathways to achieve 2030 targets of SDG2 that no one is left behind by attaining the benefits of programmes related food security and nutrition paying special attention to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including the poor, ethnic minorities, women, girls, children, disabled, pregnant and lactating mothers. WFP-fund.

Team leader, Community of Evaluators-Nepal

February 2014 – February 2015

Study on enhancing Demand for and Use of Evaluation in Development through Management Response to Evaluation (MRE): Experiences and Learning from South Asia. The project intends to (i) assess the status of MRE use in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, (ii) developed MRE index to monitor the status of the demand for and use of evaluation in development. Three country reports are prepared based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from government, INGO/NGOs, UN agencies and donors. Developed proposal, provided orientation to country teams, supervise implementation and preparation of consolidated report.

Consultant (Team Leader), National Planning Commission, Nepal

April 2014 – July 2014

Preparation of participatory monitoring and evaluation guidelines. It has three major tasks: Situation Analysis of PM&E, Develop PM&E guidelines, and Develop action plan for implementation of PM&E guidelines. Methodology included: Stock taking of PM&E tools and practices in Nepal; Key informant interview regarding PM&E tools and practices; Three consultations on PM&E tools and practices; Analysis and documentation of PM&E tools; Develop common PM&E framework/principles and tools; Consultation on draft PPM&E framework/principles and tools; Finalize PPM&E framework/principles and tools; and Suggesting action plan for implementation of PM&E guidelines.

Agriculture Risk Expert, AFC International

March 2014 – June 2014

Study on Regulatory Framework Promotion of Pro-poor Insurance Markets in Asia. Task included: demand-side study with agricultural representatives and focus group discussion with farmers; conducted pilot workshop with selected farmers. Tasks also included contribution to the quality control of the following deliverables: The country diagnostic on agricultural insurance in Nepal; The case study on agricultural insurance in Nepal; The risk manuals for farmers.

Team Leader, NARMA Consultancy, Nepal

September-October, 2013

Identification of areas of Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT) assistance to regional directorates and district agriculture development offices (DADOs) and the District Livestock Service Offices (DLSOs) of the Ministry of Agriculture Development in order to enhance their capacities to participate in and support PACT's activities, particularly on agriculture, rural business development and climate change components. Specifically, the study: (1) Assessed the current governance structure and capacity of the regional and district offices under the MoAD and their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges (SWOC) for effectively participating in PACT activities and enhance the impact of the PACT's matching grant assistance; (2) Developed terms of reference and activities to be carried out by the proposed Project Implementation Support Team at the regional level in order that the linkages and collaborations between the PACT and region and district based MoAD offices could be further strengthened; and (3) Suggested mechanisms to PACT's assistance to aforementioned agencies based on performance based modality/approach. WB fund.

Consultant, National Planning Commission, Nepal

July- August, 2013

National Evaluation Capacity Development. Provided an independent, comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of the (1) Enabling environment (Legislation, policies, procedures & guidelines, institutional environment, and implementation, etc.; (2) Assessed areas of evaluation capacity needs: (a) among evaluators / firms/civil societies/associations and networks; (b) among academic / capacity building institutions in Nepal; and (3) Identified potential models for strengthening evaluation capacity in South Asian region and provide a comparative analysis of Nepal and models used in other South Asian countries for evaluation capacity development. UNDP fund.

Team Leader, NARMA,(part time)

July-December, 2011

Baseline survey of the Project for Agricultural Commercialisation and Trade. This is a large sample survey conducted in 25 project districts including those affected by a decade old conflict with equal number of participants and non-participants randomly selected 3300 households. Activities included designing survey, instruments, field testing, and preparing final survey instrument; monitoring of field activities; ensuring record keeping of the contact to be used for mid-term, final and impact evaluation as suggested by the World Bank; preparing and presenting inception report; recruiting and conducting orientation to enumerators, supervisors and other consultants from different disciplines; writing report and presentation. Assessment included the capacity and approach taken by partner civil society organisations (NGOs, Cooperatives, Farmers’ groups) and private entrepreneurs in the area of commericialization of agriculture including livestock, horticulture, cereal and medicinal crops. WB fund.

Baseline Expert (Team leader), CARE International, Timor-Leste

December January 2011-March 2011

Baseline survey for Hadia Agriculture no Nutrisaun (HAN) – Improving Agriculture and Nutrition. Tasks: Assisted develop baseline survey design and methodology including sampling regime, questionnaire,trained enumerators, oversaw survey implementation, and data analysis, and carried out report preparation and submission. EC fund

Consultant, Instituto de la Calidad

Nov 2009-March 2010

Study on civil society mapping in Asia. The tasks included overview of the modalities of civil society inclusion in EC development cooperation, and of the civil society mapping studies already conducted by the EC and/or other donors and institutions, in the mentioned countries; undertaking a pilot civil society mapping study in Nepal. The study assessed the strengths, weaknesses and enabling environment of registered civil society organizations including NGOs and their networks as well as unregistered groups of civil societies who get united under certain common issues and exert pressure. EC fund.

Consultant (Team leader), Ministry of Local Development, Nepal

May 2008—June 2008

Preparation of a document of synopsis of cases of Decentralized Local Governance Support Programme (DLGSP/UNDP) of the Ministry of Local Development in the areas of social mobilization, capacity building of local bodies, support in policy formulation in local governance and poverty reduction. Identified strengths and weaknesses, identified success cases, made gap assessment, examined the public hearing and gender budget auditing system, and assessed the phase out strategy, alternative arrangement during conflict, community development fund, capacity building, partnership approach, social inclusion and gender equality, financial transparency and accountability in context of yearly auditing exercise, and effectiveness of quick impact and peace support initiatives designed for conflict period. Field visit included Morang, Sunsari, Bara, Parsa (Eastern and Central Tearai where conflict was still prevailing even after the comprehensive peace accord) and Dhading, Kaski (Western Hill) districts. UNDP-fund.

Consultant, NARMA Consultancy, Nepal

May 2006 – June 2006

Institution analysis of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and its departments with special focus on policies, strategies and implementation plan for human resources development and governance. Special responsibility of analysing and restructuring of Cooperative Department and Cooperative Training Centres including their governance and monitoring and evaluation system. Activities included review of present status of cooperative department and its district offices, staff and finances, capacity gap identification and development of restructuring plan. DfID-fund

Team Leader, United Mission to Nepal

December 2003 – February 2004

Developed methodology, identified team members, orientation training for the team, supervised and monitored survey team, analyzed quantitative and qualitative data, presented findings, identified best practices and incorporated into strategic recommendations, wrote report of the Food Security and Hunger Survey in Nepal for Bread for the World, Germany and published the report.

Advisor, National Planning Commission, Nepal

July 2002–Sept 2002

Developed partnership and cost sharing model which has been accepted as the partnership model for agriculture sector for the 10th Five Year Plan (2002 – 2007) for livelihoods programmes

Team Leader, Livelihoods and Forestry Project, Nepal

May 2002 – June 2002

Reviewed livelihood approaches and provided strategies for designing a baseline study for Livelihoods and Forestry Project funded by DFID.

Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization

December 2001 – January 2002

Analyzed vulnerability of major livelihoods in Nepal including traditional rural service providers, load carrying people, street children and farm and non-farm labourers for a Food Security Project and provided suggestions for improving livelihoods of vulnerable people.

Team Leader, International Labour Organization/ CMF/CEAPRED

March 2001 – June 2001

Prepared study design, carried out and supervised survey, analysed data and wrote report about bonded labour in Nepal based on survey findings. Activities included identifying indicators for future monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation programme for bonded and non-bonded labourers. In addition to the review of legislative and policy background, micro-and macro-environment, social dialogue, government practices, socio-economic background of the communities, and financial and economic environment, the factors and process that have influenced the implementation of a project on debt bondage including their children in the district were also examined. Field survey districts included Banke, Bardiya, Kailali (Western Terai) districts.

Research Scholar, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

June 1996 – October 1999

Conducted research on partnership between government, non-government and private organizations in extending agricultural technologies to farmers; served as a president of the association of fellows, scholars, trainees and residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) and coordinated with over 100 people of different national (over 25), educational, ethnic, cultural backgrounds; managed programmes and budget and represented AFSTRI to various forums.; and established networks with other organizations of CGIAR system.

Trainer, Cooperative Training Center (CTC). Kathmandu (Nepal)

January 1991 - May 1996

Provided cooperative development training, workshops, seminars and conferences for executive, staff and members of cooperative movement in Nepal with special responsibilities for the planning, designing, implementation, coordination, monitoring, performance evaluation, sharing and administration of UNFPA-funded Population Education and Agricultural training. Other responsibilities included needs assessment, curriculum development, training materials preparation, facilitations, linkage establishment with international and national training centers, conduct of national workshops and seminars on cooperative movement and impact evaluation of two training programmes; arrangement for tripartite steering committee meetings; preparation of ToR for hiring resource persons; developing proposals for funding; and preparation of technical, semi-annual, annual and project completion reports.
Studies included:
  • Conducted needs assessment study of the Non-Formal Sector Population Education Programme for UNFPA (Team leader)


Social and Gender Development Expert, Tajikista, SOFRECO/Asian Development Bank

July-August 2010 and June-August, 2009

Preparing social and gender strategies and facilitating the strategies for implementation in the Rural Development Project executed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Tajikistan government. identification of women’s and men’s social, technical and business needs and opportunities; training project staff and government staff on (i) inclusive development (ii) participatory planning, implementation, and monitoring, (iii) identifying and addressing issues related to gender, ethnic minority, involuntary resettlement, and poverty reduction; assisting prepare information campaign about women’s rights to land and other resources as well as their right to participation and benefit sharing; supported M&E staff in ensuring that appropriate indicators and monitoring mechanisms are included in the M&E system to properly cover the resettlement framework, ethnic minorities, gender action plan, participation plan & the Project’s poverty & social impact. Also reviewed the project governance structure as it relates to social and gender issues. ADB-fund.

Consultant, National Planning Commission, Nepal

April – August 2007

Development of the Three Year Interim Plan (2007-2010) for agriculture and forestry sectors. Activities included review of past Plans; identification of problems, challenges, and opportunities; development of vision, target, objectives, strategies, policies, governance and processes from the rights perspective; projection of yearwise growth rate; development of major activities, results, and outcomes; preparation of logframe; estimate of yearwise budget; development of implementation, monitoring and evaluation policies. Procedure adopted to develop the Plan included stakeholder consultations at district, project and ministerial levels with public, private and civil society organisations; identify areas of inclusion of poor, marginalised and socially excluded; develop model for inclusion of poor and socially excluded; write the agricultural and forestry chapters of the Plan and present to the Steering Committee of the National Planning Commission. Process included facilitation, consultation, field visit, desk review, electronic sharing and analysis and synthesis of expert opinions. Funding support for this work was done by ESP/DFID.

Team Leader and Program Director, NARMA Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal

February -March 2007

Preparation of project implementation plan (PIP) of “Nepal: Peace Building from Below” for Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) to be implemented by Rural Reconstruction Nepal. Activities included team formation and orientation, team mobilization, monitoring of team performance, review of documents, defining methodology, stakeholder consultation at district and national levels, district selection, conflict impact assessment based on quantitative and qualitative data, drafting and finalizing report and presentation. Process included desk study, workshop, facilitation, consultation, and individual and group meetings with key stakeholders.

Project Manager, Trace Foundation, New York: TAR China

November 2005-April 2006

Overall responsibility for managing two projects (1) Traditional Tibetan Medicines (TTM) and (2) Education Improvement in Nagchu Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Activities included partnering with Chinese government in developing proposals, preparing memorandum of agreements and contracts; overall resource generation for Tibet programmes; financial management and accountability; programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including performance evaluation; programme staff management and appraisal; providing teaching methodology and school management training for teachers and principals and basic and advanced TTM training for TTM doctors; providing scholarships to TTM students; and direct grant funding to schools and colleges. Activities also included coordination with Tibetan Medical College (TMC), students studying in TMC, Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Prefecture and County Level governments and Education Bureaus, township governments and participating schools. Other activities were liaison for cultural projects for assessing projects, supplying funds to recipients, establish and promote relations with concerned government agencies, NGOs, schools, training centers, represent Trace Foundation in various fora in TAR, prepare progress, quarterly, annual and intermediary reports.

Senior Community Development Specialist, Nepal Australia Community Resource Management and Livelihoods Project (NACRMLP), Kathmandu, Nepal

July - October 2005

Developed criteria for community participation in sustaining the success stories of the project; developed criteria for sustaining the project successes at micro, meso and macro levels; trained staff of NACRMLP and civic society organizations in strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, gender, poverty and social equity (GPSE), and livelihoods analysis and option development, facilitated workshop on integration of business, sustainable forest management and livelihoods; participated in training and promoted safe and effective development in conflict (SEDC), basic operating guidelines (BOG), and Do No Harm. Developed sustainable monitoring and evaluation framework including review of project documents, logframe matrix, objective hierarchy, indicators and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; development of a plan for program-related capacity building on M&E; and staff supervision in conflict sensitive areas.

Livelihood Security Technical Advisor, Concern Worldwide (CWW) Pakistan Programme

April 2004 – March 2005

Provided technical and strategic support to livelihood programmes in Balochistan (conflict sensitive area) and Punjab provinces in Pakistan. Major responsibilities included capacity building of national staff for strategic partnership, coordination and networking with government authorities, local partners, civil society organizations (CSO), private organizations and UN systems; technical support to the programmes on livelihoods including food security, water supply and income generation using rights-based approach; capacity building of implementation partners (CSOs) and national staff in project cycle management, logframe preparation, indicator development and livelihood enhancement; technical inputs in research, monitoring and evaluation of Concern programmes; preparation of detail plan of work and conduct of training and workshops regarding livelihoods analysis and option development, project cycle management and logframe approach for staff of Concern, partner organizations and other INGOs; technical inputs for alternative livelihoods specially in the drought and conflict affected areas of Balochistan; technical inputs for planning and implementation of relief and rehabilitation programmes; strengthening linkages with related research and development organizations in Balochistan and Punjab provinces; representation of livelihoods programmes to external agencies; preparation of draft livelihoods strategies (2006-08); preparation of draft livelihoods training manual. Sustainable livelihoods, result-based, right-based and appreciative inquiry approaches and Do No Harm strategy were used. The project was funded by EC including MAPS (Multi Agencies Project Support).

Chairman / Principal, Capital College and Research Center (CCRC) Nepal

March 2001 – March 2004

Organizational development including establishment and management CCRC by providing strategic and technical leadership. Activities included developing vision, mission, goal, and objectives; developing organogram and governing procedure including human resource development and management plan; identifying and recruiting management and teaching staff; developing quality control system including performance monitoring and evaluation; developing public relations and marketing strategies; developing and operationalizing research system; designing and operationalizing workshops, seminars, and appreciative summits; establishing and promoting linkages with schools, colleges and universities within and outside country; allocating resources to various activities; preparing procedures for contracting out and contracting in of facilities; representing the college in public forums; assessing needs and developing training curricula; preparing teaching and training materials; developing proposals and fund raising; preparing semi-annual, annual and activity completion reports.

Consultant, Cross Ecosystem-4, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

November 1999 - May 2000

Developed a model for IRRI-NGO partnership in rice research and extension.

General Secretary cum Institution Building Specialist, Center for Environment and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) (Nepal) (Part Time)

May 1991- May 1996

Provided leadership in strengthening CEAPRED capability in proposal development and human resource management and enhancing managerial capacity of CBOs in Lalitpur, Dhankuta and Tehrathum districts by providing cooperative strengthening and business management training and conducting reinforcement visits. Studies included

Agriculture Development Officer, Gorkha, Syanja (Nepal), Ministry of Agriculture

September 1985- December 1990 and January 1980- July 1983

Provided strategic and technical leadership in the overall governance of integrated agricultural development programmes in Gorkha and Syanja districts including the planning, organizing, directing and monitoring of human, physical and financial resources of the following projects:
  • Resource Conservation and Utilization (USAID: 1980-85)
  • Fertilizer and Related Inputs (FAO: 1981-83)
  • Fresh Vegetable and Vegetable Seed Production (FAO: 1987-90)
  • Joint Nutrition Support Programme (Italy: 1985-87)
  • Hill Food Production Project (World Bank: 1981-88). Major responsibilities:
    • Supervision of programme, staff, finance and administration;
    • Preparation of yearly and detail work plan;
    • Coordination with central and district governments and corporate bodies, civil societies and private sectors as well as funding agencies;
    • Financial control including procurement, tendering, contracting, payment authorization, and arrangement for auditing and accountability to audit objections;
    • Preparation of reports
Supervised construction of infrastructure such as buildings (54), service centers (9), irrigation schemes (6), rural road and trails (70 km), drinking water supply (9), and market centers (2). Provided emergency and relief materials and technical supports for flood affected areas.

Volunteer, Peace Foundation, Washington D.C., USA

January 1984 – July 1985

Developed agricultural development programme of Peace Wheel Project for drought affected Ethiopia.

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