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March 20, 2020

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Mariathasan ELANGO

No: **, Eachchamoddai road, Jaffna

Email: adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com Mobile :071*******

Skype: elangomaria LinkedIn: Mariathasan Elango

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

27.10.2018- Berendina Development Services (Guarantee) Ltd

To date Operations Manager

Responsible for overseeing Programme activities at National level and ensuring timely implementation and quality standards of the project work are maintained. Supervise, mentor and coach Regional Managers, Deputy General Manager and Project Managers who engages with different projects such as water Sanitation, housing, livelihood, infrastructure, economy development, youth empowerment and women economic leadership (CSO Capacity development).

Closely work with General Manager and Board of Directors and contribute implementation of project strategies and plans, including assisting in preparation of annual plan and budget. Visit project sites in Central, North Central Northern, Eastern provinces to discuss progress with project staff, stake holders, partner organizations and participants to ascertain progress, problems and identify solutions and provide feedback to the General Manager.

Liaised with Donors such as Berendina Stitching, PLAN International, HSBC, British Council and ensure proper communication among the parties in relation to project and program related activities. In consultation with General Manager, provide appropriate inputs on project activities and plans during project review meetings and presentations to board. Prepare monthly and quarterly progress reports and financial reports with the assistance of project staff. Ensure that reports are accurate and timely submitted.

In consultation with General Manager and Head of HR, ensured employment contracts are provided/ renewed to staff in timely manner. Contribute to implement proper employee appraisal system in place to apprise the staff performance. Ensure field level financial transactions adherence to standard financial policies and procedures; assure proper internal controls and compliance with the Head of Finance. Ensure timely availability of funds for project activities. Provide corrective actions on staff issues in consultation with General Manager.

01.11.2011- Land O’ Lakes Inc. VEGA BIZ+ / USAID

30.06.2017 Manager, Enterprise Development - Northern Region

Achievements

●Managed 20 recipients of Grants spanning 5 sectors and 20 industries:

oAgriculture: Paddy, seed paddy cultivation and rice processing

oManufacturing industries: Paper manufacturer, garment, hardware materials

oTourism and accommodation: Hotels and marketing of tourism locations

oConstruction: Hotels and manufacturing plants

oFood Processing: Edible oils, Milk Processing, Well equipped bakery, Spices, Rice Flour

●Analysis of current economy situation of northern region and prepared report

●Grant agreement, paperwork and facilitated procurement

● $ 4 million worth of total grants that overseen; enabled the business to contribute leverage about $ 5 million in addition to the grants amount

●Over 800 Jobs created among women and war victims; above 1500 micro enterprises benefited

●Strengthened 3 women led business initiatives and two social enterprises of war victims

●Market connections: Linkages made with financial institutions, bulk buyers, Business Development Service providers, Industrial development board and Chambers of commerce.

●Leadership of Northern Region district office with 5 staff and 6 external consultants

●Feeding progress information into M&E reports every quarter

I have supported the Enterprise Development activities of the BIZ+ development program, funded by USAID. The main responsibility that initiated, coordinated and managed public-private investment partnerships (Small and Medium Businesses) and assisted potential business partners to prepare a Concept Note about their plan to expand or develop their business activities and coordinates the implementation of USAID approved VEGA\BIZ+ partnerships. My desk at VEGA\BIZ+ Vavuniya/Jaffna, Northern Province and frequent travel to meet with potential partners and stakeholders throughout North and East and elsewhere as needed to support the program and engaged with business grantees and other supporting partners.

Conducted awareness meetings with potential business partners, to build understanding on how to work with and receive support from BIZ+; Identified target investment opportunities for the program; Analyzed investment opportunities for the program; Evaluate concept notes providing written and verbal feedback to potential business partners, complete site visits, set and communicated priorities for investment opportunities, and build relationship with partners to lead them through the investment application process; Analyze business accounts and sales and financial projections;

Coordinated and conducted due diligence activities and tasks as needed as instructed by the Chief of Party; Maintain complete and accurate information and documentation for all business concepts received, all communications with potential partners and grantees, and all communications about evaluations and decisions made;

Conducted needs assessments of business partners and prepare technical assistance plans for BIZ+ support to build capacity, provided technical oversight to the implementation of investment partnerships assigned, and coordinate technical assistance, business services (e.g., business planning, financial management, marketing, etc.), and training activities for business partners; Work closely with the M&E team to ensure timely and accurate reporting by grantees, and the gathering of data for investment transactions, job creation, and capacity-building and training activities;

Maintained regular and positive relationships with stakeholders such as Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, and government officials and offices for targeted Districts and relevant National agencies; Represent the VEGA\BIZ+ program to government officials, USAID and other stakeholders as requested by Chief of Party and assist, support, and coordinate scheduled public-private stakeholder forums;

Prepared written reports and presentations to Chief of Party and Senior Management from US and Donors.

21.12.2010- Swiss Labor Assistance

08.08.2011 Project Manager – Food Security and Livelihood Assistance

Managed the humanitarian project, funded by ECHO. As Project Manager of the project, contribute to and facilitate the development of the project approaches, strategies, and operational plans; implementation and assist in the preparation of quarterly and annual work plan and provide input for timely revision of work plans throughout the year. Ensure that project plans are designed in line with programming principles, policies, and procedures, and that they are followed while implementing; ensure that Mission initiatives are communicated to and clearly understood by partners and ensure effective oversight of collaboration that will lead to impact.

Directed and supervised the overall implementation of the Cash for Work(CfW) and Cash Grants project in the project locations; Regularly monitor progress of the project interventions and prepare reports; Provide ongoing guidance to Field Officers and Technical Officer for effect and output monitoring and ensure that field data are collected in a timely, accurate, and effective manner towards the project’s monitoring and evaluation requirements; Assist in the project impact assessment evaluation processes as per the donor’s guidance including the documentation of lesson learned at the area level; Identify and resolve field issues efficiently and make necessary recommendations; Ensure that project is implemented in a cost effective manner, and within allocated budget.

Effectively liaised with all counterparts including: CBOs, LNGOs, government offices, private sector, and any other partners, and ensure that all parties obtain intended impacts.

Disseminate and discuss relevant results with partners and collaborating organizations; develop in collaboration with partner organizations and ensure effective oversight of collaborations that leads to impact.

Supervised four Field Officers and one Technical Officer for project; Ensure the professional development of staff, with a focus on analytical skills and innovation, through monitoring their performance and needs, and the use of effective coaching and mentoring; Ensure the development of mutual expectations for performance, prepare mid-term review and annual performance appraisals; Promote a high degree of teamwork both within the project and with other projects; Identify staff development opportunities and bring these to the notice of the HR department; Ensure that all staff adheres to the principles outlined in crossing cutting themes on gender, protection, environmental sustainability and capacity Building; Maintain an atmosphere that allows staff to freely communicate ideas and issues to each other; Take or recommend appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.

Ensured that all administrative and financial issues are undertaken in accordance with policies; Develop monthly operating plans and annual budget (and revised annual budgets), in a timely manner; Analyze the report on under or overspending on individual project prepared by the Finance Officer and Finance Manager Colombo in this regard; Monthly follow up of project financial reports in relation to the direct project costs; Proposal of solutions and corrective actions when deviations occur; Validation of the cash requests prepared by the Project Staff; Ensure effective management of the Project Support functions of the project; Ensure effective and efficient utilization of project resources and materials.

14.09.2009- Sri Lanka Red Cross Society- Canadian Red Cross- IFRC

14.12.2010 Organization Development Officer

Responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring of a multi-year integrated Organization Development/Community Based Health/Disaster Management program, with a key emphasis on the work. Assist branches to form, and develop and strengthen at least three divisions and related units by ensuring the program integrates local community needs, and other branch implemented programs in CBH and DM, while remaining aligned with the SLRCS Five Year Development Plan and the approved branch-level strategic and annual operational plans.

Ensured that program branches receive the required finance, technical, administrative and other supports as stated in the CRC-supported OD program plan and budget. Monitors timely and accurate financial settlements by the branches and works to improve liaison with the finance and OD departments of the SLRCS so that branches receive working advances without delay.

Liaised with the Branch staff and the OD Department of the SLRCS, and other important local stakeholders working in the Branch, to assure that program technical meetings, workshops, field visits, etc. are coordinated. Prepare minutes of key planning meetings and workshops, and field visit reports.

Assisted in branch needs assessments to identify capacity development priorities in coordination with SLRCS representatives. Work towards sourcing branch and local expertise and trainers to ensure the development of local capacity.

Assisted the OD Delegate in the organization and facilitation of branch development workshops such as PPP (project planning process), branch management and governance training, and other support initiatives in coordination with SLRCS counterparts and other participating stakeholders.

Monitored the implementation of the CRC-supported OD program and annual work plans, prepare a monthly progress report that includes a section describing constraints, and suggested solutions. Submit written progress report to the OD Manager at the end of every month.

01.06.2007- Land O’ Lakes Inc., USA / Dairy Development Lanka

31.08.2009 Programme Coordinator

Responsible for management, coordination and implementation of the livestock and Dairy development programme funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Responsible for planning, administration and monitoring of all programme components such as dairy farm management, Cooperative Development and Marketing; Supervision and support of the programme staff; Assist in development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Analyze the data and if necessary take corrective measures that the programme objectives are being achieved.

Maintain a close relationship and coordination with Departments of Agriculture, Animal production of health, Cooperative Services and Jaffna District Development Cooperative Society and other related cooperative societies.

Coordination and arrangement for training seminars and follow-up trainings; Participate in monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation; Undertake regular and frequent monitoring visits to the programme sites and participate in the baseline survey, market survey, periodic reviews and evaluations with the collaboration of university and external firms.

Efficiently plan, manage and monitor the programme implementation; Coordination and collaboration with external agencies, cooperative societies, ministries and government offices

Coordination with technical staff; conduct weekly staff meetings and other meetings if required; Timely and orderly reporting on programme progress narrative to Country Director

Responsible for security system, health and insurance policy including HRM of all staff; key person for all non programme contractual relationship

Responsible for creating linkages among insurance companies, micro credit agencies, banks and farmers

Responsible for the development of small scale business plans and prepare concept papers for capacity building training and marketing development activities.

05.02.2007- Jaffna Social Action Center

27.05.2007 Documentation Officer

Responsible for documentation of shelter programme office funded by UNHCR. Main duty was report writing, maintain statistical records and monitor construction of shelter for Internal Displaced People (IDP). Maintain a proper filing system at office, preparation of visibility materials; compose of correspondences, weekly and monthly progress summary report to the donor. Prepare formats and manage Logistic and Human Resource.

Participate in coordination meetings with beneficiaries and field related organizations to update the progress of the programme and analyze the needs.

20.12.2004- Sri Lanka Red Cross Society- Danish Red Cross- IFRC

31.10.2006 Project Officer/ Project Coordinator

Responsible for management and implementation of the School-based psychosocial and health programme for children in Jaffna, supported by the Danish Red Cross and IFRC, funded by EU. The programme was to reconstruct the resilience of the school children who are affected by the war. Manage the programme for children at community, division and district level; plan, facilitate, supervise and support implementation of all project components at community level; monitor progress of activities according to plans and undertake regular and frequent field visits; take action to re-direct activities if weaknesses are identified.

Coordination and implementation of training seminars and follow-up trainings, including coordination and planning and instruction with/of external consultants in methodology and content of project and trainings; monitor, supervise and support all project staff.

Make detailed activity plans and corresponding activity based budget with the support of PSP delegate and the staff monthly, quarterly, half yearly and yearly. Ensure the financial statements are prepared by the accountant according to agreed procedures and regulations and submitted to head office. Ensure the guidelines and regulations related to volunteer management, financial management, etc. are strictly followed; ensure the rules and regulations for vehicles is adhered to, including maintaining of log book, servicing of vehicles in accordance to regulations, weekly planning of movements etc.

Write monthly financial, activity progress reports and workshop reports and submitted to PSP delegate and relevant stakeholders. Coordinate and collaborate with external agencies, ministries and government offices, attend branch-district, and relevant sector- coordination meetings, including divisional and branch steering committee meetings and conduct weekly staff meetings for project coordination. Facilitate and support visits of donors, partner societies, consultants and journalists etc.; Participate in periodic reviews, audits and baseline survey.

15.03.2004- HUDEC-CARITAS JAFFNA

15.12.2004 Field Coordinator

Coordination and management of humanitarian aid projects in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar districts funded by ECHO to assist populations affected by the civil war. Coordinate and follow-up of the programme to construct semi-permanent shelters and to distribute of agro inputs, live stocks, fishing equipment and tools. Organization meetings with national authorities (civil and military authorities, NGO consortium, GA, AGA, GS as well as community leaders)

Coordination and management of one humanitarian aid project in Jaffna funded by DAH (Humanitarian Aid office of the French ministry of foreign affairs) for the resettlement of IDPs, returnees and vulnerable people in Jaffna district; coordination of the construction of 14 community buildings; follow-up of the entire purchasing procedure; management of 5 field officers and regular briefings to the expatriate team.

06.06.2003- MOVIMONDO

14.03.2004 Field Officer

Assess the need of the vulnerable people, IDPs and returnees in Jaffna and Vanni; selection of the beneficiaries with the support of government officers and program manager. Monitor the progress of supply (tool kits, plants, seeds and organic fertilizers) and the construction of latrines and wells.

Coordinate and facilitate trainings for the selected volunteers in Primary health care. Organize meetings for programme manager with government officials and military authorities.

I have conducted a needs assessment in various Ceylon refugee camps and study about Self Help Groups (SHG) Formation and benefits in Tamil Nadu, India for Movimondo, Head Office

PERSONAL PROFILE

Date of Birth : 18th October, 1976

Nationality : Sri Lankan

Passport No : N3248288 Date of Expiry: 11/10/2022

Driving License No : B3158426; A, A1, B, B1, G1

EDUCATION

Australian Institute of Business

2012 Master in Business Administration (MBA)

Bharathidasan University

1999 Bachelor in Computer Science (B.Sc) Incomplete

Tamil Nadu Board of Education, India

1995Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)

1993Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)

TECHNICAL TRAINING PROFILE

Karl Kubel Foundation, India Is you Project makes an impact

Lanka Social Ventures International Conference on Social Enterprises and SMEs for sustainable development & Poverty Reduction

Project Management Solutions Workshop on Project Risk Management

Wild Drift Management training in the Wildness

CARM 6th South Asian Regional Workshop on “Fund Raising for the future”

RedR & CHA Community Participatory Approaches Tools & Techniques

Tamil Nadu Foundation Inc. USA Certificate in MS office

BDPS India Diploma in Software Engineering

(Bureau of Data Processing Systems)

Soft view Visual Communication, India Diploma in Studio Designing

NICE, India Certificate in Accounting Software

Shepherd, St.Joseph’s College, India Certificate in Leadership & Communication

Movimondo-ECHO Certificate in Hygiene promotion & Community Participation

Shanthiham, Jaffna Followed a course in Counseling and Psychological skills

Lost Child Project Creative Participation

Psychosocial Forum Psychosocial Need Assessment in TACs

LANGUAGES

TAMIL Mother Tongue

ENGLISH Fluent

SINHALA Basic

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Leisure Activities Playing Volley ball and reading books

Travel India, UAE and all parts of Sri Lanka

NON RELATED REFEREES:

Ms.Irene Fraser,

Former Country Representative SAH, Sri Lanka 2010 to 2012

Current Country Representative TDH Lausanne, Myanmar

adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com or adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com

Ms. Jennifer Brinkerhoff,

Director of Quality and Process Innovation

Panagora Group

adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com

Mr.Matthew Krause,

Project Director, Market Oriented Dairy Project,

International Executive Services Corps

Tel: 076******* adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com

Mr.Michael Parr,

Chief of Party,

Land O' Lakes Inc.

Tel. 077******* adcdu4@r.postjobfree.com



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