Manohar Shenoy *
Address: Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: manohar_shenoy1 Phone: +1-202-***-****
‘Pragmatic and strategic senior leader with strong international exposure, and particular expertise in humanitarian aid and organizational development in emerging economies’ Adept at adding value and delivering results, with the proven ability to lead organizations in the identification and development of programs and interventions. Skilled in the management of multi-cultural teams, stakeholders and committees to support the achievement of a sustainable reduction in poverty and suffering. Practiced in the development of strategies and executable plans, and in leading negotiations with donors for project funding. An executive director, committed to spearheading change, creating vision, and driving strategies, tactics and continuous improvements to achieve growth and success. Key Skills: Developing Vision, Strategy, Leadership, Successfully Negotiating, Cultivating Client and Donor Relations, Business Development, Theory of Change, Program Design, Results Based Management, Collaborating, Learning and Adapting, Portfolio and Program Management, Grants and CAs, Budget and Fund Management, Data Analytics, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning, KM, Capacity Building, Private Sector, Government and Civil Society, Communities, Staff Development and People Management, Coaching and Mentoring. Strengthened collaboration and collaborative learning mechanisms to create strong knowledge systems while disseminating critical findings from experience and rigorous evidence. Highly experienced in designing, executing and ensuring programs have high quality, are compliant at the strategic and operational levels, creating impact and sustainability in the process. Experienced and deeply interested in working with populations affected by natural disasters, conflict/crisis; helping build resilience, increasing access and inclusion for such populations and sustaining positive change in conflict affected areas. Special experience and interest in countries affected by natural disasters, conflict/post conflict/fragility.
Experience: Public Health (FP, MCH, RH, STIs, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Child Health), Nutrition, USAID’s FFP, PL-480, Title II, FTF, Linking Agriculture to Nutrition, WASH, Water, IAWRM, Microfinance, Gender, Social Inclusion, GBV, EVAW, Governance & Accountability, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Livelihoods & Food Security, Disaster Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Complex Emergencies, Refugees and Urbanization.
Fund Raising and Donor Experience: Successfully raised over $15 million per year through design and development of several programs and projects. Recognized for writing winning proposals. Extensive experience with and knowledge of USAID (and OFDA, Feed the Future, Food for Peace/ PL-480 Title II, PEPFAR. Trained in Grants and Cooperative Agreements Management), the UN (UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, FAO and WFP), the EC (and ECHO), World Bank, AusAID (DFAT), DfID, CIDA, SIDA, SDC, the Dutch Government, GFATM, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CIFF, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation apart from a number of National Programs in various countries with various line ministries. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
Independent Consultant: Feb 2020
Guide the business development team at Athena Infonomics LLC besides tracking and responding to US government bids Provide guidance on new partnership strategies Review and support in developing technical proposals.
Institute for Sustainable Communities, Country Director/ Chief of Party, New Delhi, India: April 2017 – April 2019
As Chief of Party for the USAID and GAP Inc. funded Women + Water Global Development Alliance project. addressed climate change through the introduction of water stewardship in the textile sector across its value chain, starting with cotton farming to coloring and dyeing. Set up mechanisms for working in collaboration with farmers’ groups, introduced peer to peer learning, put in place capacity strengthening mechanisms and built forums for stakeholder consultations and knowledge sharing. Designed and managed the interventions through stakeholder consultations at all levels, including cotton associations, textile associations etc. and set up a strong advisory board of multi-disciplinary specialists for the Woman + Water Global Development Alliance program to vet the overall approach. Developed a set of Best Manufacturing Processes for the Textile sector. Developed innovative Manohar Shenoy 2
pilot projects on water stewardship across the textile sectors’ value chain from farm to fashion. As Country Director created an Indian entity, Sustainable Communities India Pvt. Ltd and through separate USAID funding built programs in Environment, Health and Sustainability + Energy Efficiency in the automobile, pharma, chemicals, textiles and construction sectors. Led GHG reduction in SME’s through large motor replacement programs through a demand aggregation model working in collaboration with the Bureau for Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. Left behind a stable and compliant organization with both For Profit and Non-Profit arms. Palladium, Adviser/Team Leader, Nepal PER, project, UK/India: Feb 2017 – May 2017 Appointed Team Leader and advised Palladium on the design of DFID funded £32 million Nepal Post Earthquake Reconstruction bid and in key areas of disaster risk reduction, construction and engagement within a newly decentralized governance structure in the post-earthquake situation in Nepal. Helped Palladium with the TOC, Design and Management of Interventions and the MEAL. John Snow Inc., Chief of Party, SPRING. Kampala, Uganda: Feb 2015 – Dec 2016 As Chief of Party in Uganda for a USAID-funded nutrition program in partnership with the government set up and was the convener and co-chair of the national working groups on 1) industrial food fortification, 2) national anemia, and 3) micronutrients. Represented multimillion dollar project, advised ministries, parastatal organizations, bureau of statistics, the private sector, and the Office of the Prime Minister. As co-convener of National Working Groups in Uganda, on Industrial Food Fortification, the National Anaemia Working Group and the Micronutrients Technical Working Group developed national policy, national strategy, national budgets and national multi-action plans for ministry of health and nutrition. Developed these as part of the Uganda National Action Plan-II (UNAP) on Nutrition and was a key adviser to the office of the Prime Minister on UNAP. Provided key leadership and a pivotal and transformative role in advising multiple ministries, parastatal organizations, the Office of the Prime Minister in the Government of Uganda, the private sector, UN and USAID on strategies for reducing micronutrient deficiencies countrywide, besides linking agriculture to nutrition. Supported 14 countries in East Central and South Africa to set standards for food fortification through their Bureaus for National Standards. Led the SPRING consortium in Uganda comprising JSI, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, Manoff Group, IFPRI etc. Supported collaboration with USAID’s TOPS program on Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support. Mott MacDonald, Management Consultant, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh Jan 2015 – Feb 2015 Advised a project consortium, KalaCORE, comprising Mott MacDonald, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in the eradication of Visceral Leishmaniasis in India, Nepal and Bangladesh on strategies using Insecticide Residual Spraying and Treatment. Tetra Tech, Technical Consultant, Afghanistan Jan 2015 – Jun 2015 Led all the technical aspects of proposal development in Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for an $80 million USAID Funded RFP. Was the lead Technical Writer and capture team member for this USAID funded Integrated Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project in Afghanistan. Winrock International, Consultant, Washington DC, home based Sep 2014-Oct 2014 Advised Winrock International during the proposal development of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene $18 million project in response to a USAID RFP (WASH for Health) in Ghana. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Country Director, Kabul, Afghanistan Oct 2012 – Aug 2014: Adviser to the Government of Afghanistan, the private sector and parastatal organizations on improving the nutrition status of 15 million Afghans. Strategically invested $14 million to meet this overall target. Mobilized public private partnerships to implement innovative and sustainable market-based solutions at scale and improved the planning, financing and delivery of large scale sustainable and replicable nutrition and health services. Built standards for food fortification for the MoH and private sector to address hidden hunger and developed afresh the national salt iodization program. Helped set up the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat in the office of the second Vice President of Afghanistan. Developed MNPs in Afghanistan through the pharma sector and Almond Based RUTF through private entrepreneurs and WFP.
Oxfam GB, Country Director, Kabul, Afghanistan. Jul 2010 – Aug 2012 Turned around Oxfam GB’s $2 million declining program to a robust $14 million per year program by completely re-hauling, freshly strategizing, staffing for success, retooling internally, making the organization gender sensitive while aligning the strategy to national priorities such as the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), National Action Plan on Women in Afghanistan (NAPWA) and National Priority Programs (NPP). Built the Country Strategy around 4 pillars: i) Livelihoods and Food Security ii) Emergencies, Disaster Risk Reduction and Response/Fragility iii) Gender iv) Good Governance. Developed and executed all projects in line with Government Manohar Shenoy 3
of Afghanistan’s national efforts. Was at the forefront of CLA by inserting Oxfam on all UN clusters and as the co- chair of several of them. Was on the UN Humanitarian Country Team and the Government’s National Gender Mainstreaming Task force. Led the Rights in Crisis team and drove advocacy on creating spaces for humanitarian actors. Oxfam GB transformed to be a leading organization in Kabul during this time. William J Clinton Foundation, Program Director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Hyderabad, India: Jun 2009 – Jul 2010
Created an exemplary model focused on OVCs and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS that is now nationally replicated, by providing leadership to the Clinton Foundation’s $16 million HIV/AIDS Initiative. Developed a draft policy on Children Affected by AIDS in collaboration with FHI 360. Draft policy was taken up by Government of India for adoption.
Medical Emergencies Relief International (MERLIN), Country Director, Juba, South Sudan: Sept 2007 – Jun 2009
Built MERLIN’s $ 2 million program to an $8 million per year program by raising funds to strengthen capacities of the Ministry of Health, the Primary Health Care Systems and communities in one of the most complex, insecure and fragile countries. Left a legacy of trained personnel, especially women nurses, skilled birth attendants, gender responsive health delivery systems, built several PHC centers and equipped infrastructure that thousands accessed. Managed 2 of the biggest hospitals in South Sudan in Boma and Nimule. Led the capacity building for South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, primary health care systems and communities. Oxfam GB, Program Director, Lokichoggio, Kenya and South Sudan Oct 2006 – Sept 2007 Led Oxfam GB’s $12 million per year program in some of the harshest terrain in the world. Improved the capacity of local government, civil society and communities to mitigate conflict and prepare for gender sensitive health emergencies, WASH and food insecurity in Upper Nile, Unity and Lakes while administering and overseeing the North Kenya program in Lodwar and Turkana. For Oxfam GB in South Sudan, led technical components of the
$12M program: water system development, drilling of 120 boreholes in one year, water and sanitation programs and gender responsive community health behavior change, using CLTS methodologies and encouraging reduction in OD in villages. Improved the capacity of local government, civil society and communities to mitigate conflict and prepare for gender-sensitive health emergencies, WASH and food insecurity in Kenya and South Sudan.
IFRC, Consultant, the Sphere Project - Geneva, India Sept 2006 Authored an analysis paper on the request from the Sphere Board and advised IFRC to create systematic accreditation for humanitarian aid agencies. Provided direction to the Sphere Board on Fostering Quality and Accountability in Humanitarian Emergencies and Responses. Based on this the Sphere Board supported the Humanitarian Accountability Project to start a process of NGO accreditation. Oxfam GB, Technical Manager, Program Quality and Learning Unit, Aceh, Indonesia: Sept 2005 – Sept 2006
Strengthened the quality and impact of emergency programming through rigor in data collection and analysis for improved program design and impact. Fostered Knowledge Management by turning Oxfam GB’s $120 million tsunami program into a constantly learning response through research, monitoring and evaluation systems, gender integration, adhering to humanitarian principles. Built large M&E systems and conducted surveys and multiple evaluations. In Aceh, Indonesia, trained over 300 staff and local partners in participatory rural appraisal techniques, focus group discussions, conducting food and livelihoods security analyses, transparency and accountability standards, the SPHERE standards and log frame development. As Technical Manager for Oxfam in Indonesia, coordinated livelihood development programs targeting women cash-for-work activities. Provided women with hygiene kits and improved their access to water and sanitation facilities. Embedded gender and protection in tsunami interventions.
Population Services International - USA, Director, Bangalore, India Mar 2004 – Aug 2005 Set up from scratch, created and led PSI’s $35 million 4-year program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Reduced Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) through a genderized approach of reaching men at risk, thereby leading to a decline in new infections of HIV/AIDS, through social franchising of private practitioners, and social marketing through promotion and sales of socially marketed condoms and other health products. Set up a vendor chain of 35,000 distributers, 5 C&F agents and 500 socially franchised clinics. Set up 7 offices with a total of 170 staff.
CARE International – USA, India Jun1995-Feb 2004
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- Director, Strategic Alliances New Delhi, India (Aug 2003 – Feb 2004)
- Director, Uttar Pradesh, India (Jul 1998 – 2003)
- Director, Calcutta, India (Jun 1995 – Jul 1998)
In CARE led the largest USAID FFP, PL-480 Title II program for nearly a decade, impacting positively on multiple health and nutrition indicators. CARE received nearly $100 m per year in cash and commodities making it the largest Title II program at the time. As CARE International’s Director, in West Bengal and UP, led the FFP program, managing $20 million per year of Cash and CIK while addressing issues on nutrition, health, livelihoods, and emergencies. The program in Uttar Pradesh reached 2 million pregnant women, lactating mothers and children below the age of 5 on a daily basis through 30,000 Mts. of supplementary nutrition. Led the capacity building of over 50,000 front line government health and nutrition functionaries in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Managed call forwards, port operations and logistics of commodities whilst managing 150 staff, 45 NGO partners and 12 district offices. Achieved measurable impact by reducing neonatal, infant and maternal mortality, increasing immunization and improving nutritional status of children < 2 years of age. Independent studies by John’s Hopkins and GoI indicated this. Helped reduce polio to a small pocket in UP. Polio was eventually eliminated from India. British Council Division, British High Commission, Program Manager, Health, Education and Natural Resources, Chennai and New Delhi, India Jan 1989- Jun1995 Led British Council’s $6 million per year program that was implemented through the various British and Indian Government Ministries and British and Indian research and academic institution. British Council was the proxy for ODA which later became DFID.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS:
- eMBA, Rural and Agribusiness Management, Venkateshwara Open University, India
- Master’s (M.Sc.), Astrophysics, Center for Advanced Study in Astrophysics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
- Bachelor's (B.Sc.), Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India Certificates:
- Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management, and Governance, McGill University.
- WASH, the Building Blocks, WASH Academy, IRC, Netherlands (ongoing)
- Agriculture, Nutrition and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (ongoing)
- Infant and Young Child feeding, Cornell University, USA and UNICEF
- Protection of Human Subjects in Clinical Trials (NIH, John’s Hopkins), USA. (Certification)
- Strategy (University of South Wales)
- Project Management (Manipal Prolearn)
- Security Training (UNDSS, Armadillo, RedR) (Certificate). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Languages: English (fluent), Konkani (fluent), Hindi (fluent), Urdu (fluent), Telugu (fluent), Nepali (read, write fluent, speak, haltingly), Tamil (basic), Dari (basic) Professional Memberships:
- Member, National Water Committee, Confederation of Indian Industries 2017-2019
- Board of Directors, Organizational for Sustainable Communities 2017-2019.
- Co-convener: National Industrial Food Fortification Forum, Uganda, 2015-2016
- Co-convener: National Anemia Working Group, Uganda, 2015-2016
- Co-convener: National Micronutrients Technical Working Group, Uganda, 2015-2016
- Member: National Gender Mainstreaming Task Force, Afghanistan, 2011
- Board Member: UN Humanitarian Country Team, Afghanistan, 2010-2012
- Board Member, ACBAR, Afghanistan, 2011
- Board Member, Afghanistan NGO Security Organization (ANSO, now INSO), 2010-2012
- Co-chair: Health and Nutrition State Level Advisory Committees, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, India, 1995-2004
Other skills: Microsoft Office, MS Word, Project, Excel, PowerPoint.