Education: Post Graduation in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi
Last Employer: Odisha Rural Development & Marketing Society
I am Divya Sharma, a development Professional with a total working experience of 2.6 years. I have always had an inclination towards Rural Development in general and Development of the society as a whole which led me to my post graduation in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. It also led me to a scholarship by Human Rights for Development (HR4DEV) in Ghent, Belgium. The scholarship programme was on Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (CICCR). I worked as a Young Professional (YP) under Skill Development at Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), Government of Odisha and as a Project Coordinator (Intern) at a start-up NGO – Back to Village (B2V).
As a Project Coordinator at Back to Village I was responsible for handling the project ‘Unnat Krushi Kendra’. My role was to monitor the overall workings of the project, which included, preparing marketing strategies for the organic produce, documentation, Capacity building of the stakeholders and management of the field coordinators & group leaders of the project.
As a Young Professional, at ORMAS, I worked in the Skill Development vertical under the flagship programme of Government of India, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojna (DDU-GKY). My functional area under DDU-GKY was Mobilization and Migration Support Centre. I monitored and supervised the overall mobilization process in the 30 districts of Odisha in close coordination with the district and block level administration. Along with that, I also worked towards the establishment of the first Post Placement – Migration Support Centers by ORMAS at Bengaluru and New Delhi.
In each organization I chose my thematic areas as such that it would help me work and learn at the ground level with the community. So far, my career has given me a great opportunity and the learning curve has only gone upwards. Similarly, in the one year that I have as a fellow, I want to learn as much as I can from the field, the administration, the community and my co-fellows. The idea is to finish everything that I will be served with in the platter, both, efficiently and effectively.
In the times ahead, after the fellowship and beyond, I want to keep working for the society. There is a silhouette of an ‘NGO-cum-orphanage/old age home-cum-hostel’ for the street children and women in my mind. It is for the future and very much unstructured at the moment.