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Rekha Shetty
Director- Emergency Relief and Recovery , International Non-Government Organisation
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Senior programme management expert in a leading development aid agency, with +25 years of experience. Provided strategic direction to emergency relief & recovery programs & USAID funded Title II food Country Program. Handled thematic areas DRR, shelter, Protection, livelihood and WASH. Strong expertise in handling procurement and supply chain management. Lead large project teams & a trainer.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
Professional Experience:
1.Catholic Relief Services, New Delhi-India
Role: Director-Emergency Relief and Recovery October 2010-till date
Role Summary:
Established strategic and operational linkages between national level and state level stakeholders for Emergency, WASH (Water & Sanitation), Livelihood and Shelter programme; Liaised with government stakeholders to enable programme implementation in 15 states covering interventions in 75 districts; Managed a programme budget of over $2 million USD, annually; Provided supervisory & capacity building support to 84 staff in India. Ensured effective Procurement & Logistics, Financial & HR systems and systems and processes to be in place to support high-quality programming.
2.Catholic Relief Services, India
Role:Management Quality Director|2008– 2010
Role Summary
Provided leadership and oversight to Supply Chain Management of USAID funded Title II Country Program, managing a team of 60 operations staff handling supplies at different Ports in India; Liaised with Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Nodal Ministry), Customs & Port (Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam & Kolkata) & ALIMCO (Clearing & Forwarding agent) to address the challenges faced in clearing of the Title II food commodities; Responsible for effective distribution of food supplies to 2000 NGOs across India, all the while ensuring commodities remain fit for human consumption during the entire process.
3. Catholic Relief Services, Mumbai
Role: Material Resource Coordinator || 2003 - 2008
Role Summary
Overall management of food commodity distribution (received under the Indo-US Bilateral agreement), to 700 NGO’s at the western zone level in 5 states (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra), effectively managing Logistics and Supply Chain, Administration and ICT enabled tracking and monitoring. Managed a team of mid-level managers and over 30 support staff and contractors engaged in the program.
4.Catholic Relief Services, Mumbai
Role:Programme Executive(Logistics)| 1995–2003 Role: Internal auditor || 1991 - 1995
Role Summary
Managed and Monitored CRS food security Title II program funded by USAID, under the Indo US Bilateral agreement, operational in India since 1946. The programmed aimed at meeting the needs of food insecure communities, combating hunger and providing food support to local partners to help strengthen other development programmes in the areas of education, health and agriculture.
5. Role: Research Investigator || Part time
Role Summary
•Worked as a part-time resource on behalf of the Ministry of Social Welfare and UNICEF, to assist in conduct of a study on conditions of street children and victims of trafficking, for compilation of a report titled: “A Situational Analysis of Street Children in India” Engaged with street children, city police officers, community leaders and government & non-government organizations working for street children in Mumbai, for conducting interviews and collection of data
6. Bal
•MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Institute of Psychotherapy Management Science, India, 2007
•Bachelor’s in social work (B.S.W) from Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai University, India, 1988.

Affiliations and Achievements:
Key Achievements
•Certificate of Appreciation received from the AP government to CRS in 2018 for quickly delivering emergency relief assistance to affected population.
•Carried out Rapid Assessment followed by presentation of Quick Situation Reports to the donors enabling resource mobilization / project funding of over $2 Million USD a year in India; also facilitated reaching out to affected population with relief support within 5 days of disaster.
•Special recognition award in appreciation for outstanding achievement received on Sep’15 from CRS Head quarter (Baltimore US) for TDY support to Nepal Earthquake emergency response.
•Nominated for special recognition award for exceptional performance, commitment and contribution to CRS in 2013-2014 out of over 5000 employees at the CRS Head Quarter level. Appreciation letter received from CRS President.
•Enabled clearance of 15k MT worth of food commodities valued at $7.3 million USD, stranded at Mumbai port
•Assisted partner organization in getting reimbursement of old and pending Road Transport Claims (RTC) worth about INR 27 lakh after follow-ups with and subsequent released by government.
•Developed a Commodity Management manual to orient approximately 2000 NGOs in improved Commodity Management and warehousing practices. This helped in achieving reduction in commodity losses, improved tracking and reporting to donor, as well as cost reductions.
•Certificate of Appreciation received in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Tsunami emergency response in 2005
•Nominated & selected to represent Intra-agency strategy development summit 2000, held in Indonesia.
•Received a Certificate of appreciation from ICFS & College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan
Professional Memberships
•Member of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s District Advisory Committee.
•Trainer and facilitator for RedR, Sphere India, Caritas and Inter Agency Groups.
•Working group member with Start Network for initiating the new start hub in India
•Certification for online training with CRS on MEAL, Safe & Sound: staff safety security, protecting data outside the organization, IFRC Stay Safe personal security, Partnership in Action, Partnership & Capacity Strengthening basics in 2018.
-Catholic Social teaching & guiding principles in 2016
-Emergency Response and Recovery March 2015
-RTE Guidance & Protection Policy in 2014
•Certificate of Excellence for successfully completion of CRS training course on USG (United States Government) Commodity Management & Cash Resource Management & Commodity Management in 2002 & 2004 respectively.
•Certificate of Service Appreciation award on behalf of CRS and partners in recognition of 23 years on March 2015 received for dedicated service to the poor and marginalized.
•‘Training of Trainers’ Certification from Sphere India on March 2008, Certificates received for training on ‘Addressing the Needs of Children in Emergencies and Water in Emergencies conducted by UNICEF, RedR & Save the Children.
•Certificate in Personal Counselling (based on Carkhuff’s model) for the training attended from Nov 1988 to Feb 1989 by Xavier Institute of Counselling, St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 1989.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
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    English, Hindi, Marathi and Kannada
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