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Donata Mary Rodrigues
Country Director , International non-profit
CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu
A dynamic professional with 28 years of rich experience in providing leadership and oversight for implementation of all program activities, monitoring program implementation and efficient fund utilization to meet objectives and as per work plans and instituting remediation intervention to address identified gaps. Dynamic individual with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, HR, Management, Accounting/Finance
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Devised & implemented consolidation strategy of the country programme along with the desk officer for India
Led the management & administration of the country programme and the country office in India
Monitored projects supported by HEKS/EPER and conducted periodical internal evaluation
Imparted training to the HEKS/EPER India team, partner organizations (NGO) and their team members on project monitoring, control systems, financial management and MIS
Defined, coordinated and sought HQ technical and programmatic support and monitor quality of support to ensure it meets needs of the country
Facilitated lobbying and advocacy with state governments and enabled projects to network with like-minded NGOs at state-, national- and international-level
Examined the process and outcome of field projects at community level, training and capacity building of team members
Successfully implemented phase out to land fora and preparing the other projects for phase out by end of 2020
Represented HEKS/EPER in regional and national forums
Guided project partners for acquisition of funds from other donors or CSR projects
Appointed and monitored consultants especially for marketing support to Adivasi FPOs
Supported FPOs/NGOs to establish linkages with mainstream and resource institutions
Shared learnings & reviews of projects through partner meetings and exchange visit programmes of partner organizations
Took part in the International Department planning and review meetings & trainings

Significant Accomplishments
Immediately adapted the programme and management as per the new norms after the COVID-19
Initiated immediate steps to generate awareness on precautions t0 be taken by staff and people to protect themselves from COVID and distributed health and hygiene kits to the staff and people of our concern
Coordinated the production of a documentary film – Korenkombu – Hope for India’s Indigenous People, which was screened in the cinemas in Switzerland in 2019 and well appreciated by the Swiss audience; actively participated in the film premiere and press meets after the release in Switzerland
Supervised the HEKS/EPER India project officers
Assisted the Country Director and Desk Officer to prepare the phase-out strategy
Closely monitored:
Projects supported by HEKS/EPER and conducted periodical internal evaluation
Process and outcome of field projects at community level, training and capacity building of team members
Guided partner organization on monitoring through HEKS Key indicators
The team on data collection through Visible Impact
HEKS/EPER India team, partner organizations (NGO) and their team members on project monitoring, control systems, financial management and MIS
Team members on monitoring using log frame approach, Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction through various tools
Prepared data collection tools, trained team members, monitored data collection and consolidated, analyzed data & presented it to the forums and headquarters.
Consolidated the data on the outcome access to land using digital tools.
Drafted and managed project budgets, including proposal budgets with narratives & annual budgets for workplans
Ensured documentation of database deliverables, milestones, and award compliance assessment to program staff
Organized workshops, trainings, meetings and other project events & activities based on annual activity plan of the country office and program. Resource person for training and capacity building in areas of finance management, entrepreneurial development, vermicomposting, PCM and soft-skills.
Have done three Masters degrees.
Masters in Business Administration
Masters in Sustainable Development
Master in Public Administration
Affiliations and Achievements:
Certificate in Fundraising
Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction
Certificate in Project Control Management
Certificate in Conflict Sensitivity

• A Study on the relationship between Filariasis and Blood Groups. Special project work taken up during undergraduation. 1991-1992
• ‘Do how?’ workshop on preparation of herbal medicines and seeds preservation: Trichy, Tamil Nadu, 2000
• Study visit on microcredit to Dhan Foundation: Tamil Nadu, 2004
• A Study on the impact of Solar Water Disinfection System in Chennai Slums. Dissertation for the Masters Degree in Sustainable Development.
• Certificate in Fundraising Management by Philadelphia University in partnership with Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai: 2007
• HEKS Exchange programme to HEKS Office, Bangladesh to support in Reporting
• Training on ‘Financial and Programmatic Guidelines at field’ at HEKS Switzerland, December 2011
• Training in Disaster Management, HEKS: August 2015
• Training on Project Control Management, March 2015
• Training on Conflict Management, HEKS and KOFF, 2017
• Workshop on Tribal Development Plan budgeting by HRF: 2018
• Participated in several workshops on FCRA guidelines and statutory updates organized by FSMF
• Capacity building for team members of the International Department in HEKS/EPER Switzerland, March 2017

Member, Executive Committee, Doveton Corrie Past Students Association from 2018 till date
Member, Executive Committee, ,Parish Council, Lourdes Shrine Perambur from 2009 to 2012; 2018 till date
Secretary, Executive Committee, Parish Council, Lourdes Shrine Perambur; 2018

Available for:
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, TAMIL, Basic working knowledge of Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam
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