Sriramappa Gonchikara

Country Director at VSO

Nigeria

Summary
Gender Mainstreaming Monitorirng & Evaluation Disaster Risk Reduction Food Security Natural Resource Management Climate Change Adaptation Non-profit Program Development Livelihood Humanitarian Technical Assistance Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Rural Development Project Management Team Mentoring Youth Programs Grants Program Evaluation Capacity Building Africa NGOs Human Rights Sustainable Development Managerial Finance Policy Governance Government Volunteer Management Program Development Proposal Writing International Development Corporate Social Responsibility Community Development Strategic Leadership Nonprofits Organizational Development Mentoring Program Management Social Entrepreneurship Change Management Research Fundraising Leadership Strategy Strategic Planning
A skilled Development leader with a successful track record of consistent personal achievement at both the strategic and operational level during last 27 years; over 10 years at senior management and strategic leadership level in designing, developing and executing successful programme interventions in diverse situations in Asia ( Sustainable livelihoods and basic rights,Child protection,Education, Governance, Natural resources management , gender and social equity , Food security, Disaster Risk reduction and climate change adaptation and resilience, education, community managed credit etc), Building networks and alliances to facilitate community mobilization and advocacy to make lasting impact on the most marginalised.
Key Skills: 
 Ability to lead and inspire people being an effective team leader and team player committed to continuous improvement. Ability to develop organizational and programme strategies, build networks and alliances of civil society organizations and other key stakeholders, Ability to use participatory planning tools and techniques for effective programming, ability to balance between task and process, and other competing demands , Ability work under pressure, Multitasking abilities, Ability to spot trends and issues, propose strategic solutions ; 
applying knowledge and experience for promoting institutional learning and development ;
Ability to appreciate and work with the complexity that is involved in building teams composed of people from a range of cultural backgrounds. 
Ability to build organisational credibility, Initiative, Drive and determination to make things happen in challenging situations.
Experience

Country Director at VSO

Aug 2012 - Present

Responsibilities: Oversight, strategic leadership, Financial and risk Management, People and operations and security management & Fundraising towards realising VSO’s Mission in Nigeria; capacity building of over 40 partners through network of over 100 International / National volunteers; Key Achievements till date - 1. Change Management and restructuring: led transformational change management to align with the global VSO strategy-People First and Nigeria country strategy focusing on integrated development of youth (jobs, enterprises and active citizenship); translating country strategy to impact led programs/ projects and embedding the change in approach across key stakeholders- staff, volunteers, partners. 2.Equipping Nigerian children and youth with 21st century skills to prepare them as active global citizens and entrepreneurs;( Life and career skills, innovation and critical thinking, and IT, Media and communication skills); strategic partnership with National youth service corps ;Promoted Youth Action Nigeria (YAN) 3.Child rights education and child protection through support of EIDHR project in Northern Nigeria; child friendly spaces for for conflict affected children; 4. International citizen service (ICS) a 3 year multi country project by linking young people from UK and in developing country to develop and execute community development projects; skills development and active citizens; Donor- DFID Budget-£57M . 5. Inclusive Education for marginalised girls/ other out of school children; Collaborated Education sector support project in Nigeria, Teacher Development Project for ICT capacity building of 5 Colleges of education in line with UNESCO framework; 6. Improving market access for poor (IMA4P): A multi country project -in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania and Malawi; leverages enterprises and jobs for women and youth in agricultural value chains; . Donor: ACCENTURE Budget- $3.4 M

Education

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) at Institute Of Rural Management, Anand ( IRMA)

Dec 1983 - Dec 1985

B.Tech ( Hons) Agricultural Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Dec 1978 - Dec 1983

Pre University, Pysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology at Govt Gollege, Kolar

Dec 1976 - Dec 1978

SSC, General at APRS Kodigenahalli

Dec 1973 - Dec 1976

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