Age: 34
Home Town: Delhi
Education: PGDM - Rural Management
Specific Field Interests: Agriculture policy, research, M&E
Placement: International Fertilizer Development Center
Area of Focus: M&E, Business Development

Fellowship Project: The Fellow supports tasks related to M&E, knowledge management, and business development at IFDC. She works closely with the teams in Washington DC and in HQ (Alabama). Knowledge support work includes coordination with colleagues located overseas, especially in Asia and Africa. The work involves conducting research for upcoming donor-funded proposals, fertilizer and market systems related policy matters, and other technical areas. The Fellow will also support IFDC in representing its work in public facing events, including with USAID.

Highlights: Shivalika is a rural development specialist committed towards generating quality evidence in development programs and policy. During the past 8 years, she has progressively engaged with a varied set of stakeholders including consultants, academia, international donors, and the Government of India across topics including agriculture, financial inclusion, health & nutrition, and energy. It is her conviction that the missing key to the infamous challenge of policy implementation gap is providing access to credible evidence to all stakeholders, especially the communities concerned. As a technical expert for monitoring, evaluations, and policy research, her strengths are research designs (experimental & quasi-experimental), leading evaluation studies, developing logical frameworks, developing indicators for projects and programs, designing monitoring systems, and documentation. In her prior engagement as Welthungerhilfe India's first M.E.A.L Coordinator (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning), she led the creation of a new technical support unit for the country program comprising 31 local NGO partners nationwide. Previously, she has worked in various research-oriented capacities with research consulting, J-PAL, and NITI Aayog (Government of India’s policy think tank). As an evaluator and as a facilitator, she is known to deploy a hands-on approach to M&E related topics across all levels of program implementation. Speaking of sectoral interests, Shivalika continues to dedicatedly work on challenges related to agrarian distress and farmer welfare since 2016.

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