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For providing the above services, we have very senior professional staff working full time or on contract basis (i.e. on assignments) and research staff. The professional staffs have a mix of experts in SURVEYS AND EVALUATIONS (both quantitative and qualitative techniques), Communication Specialist, Health Economists and public Health Specialists and Market Research specialists. Many of them have been providing consultancy services/assisting other agencies in the areas of expertise mentioned above for more than 20 years.

Senior Consultants:

Dr. Y.P. Gupta - Project Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, MIS & Operations Research Specialist

  • MA, Ph.D (Statistics) from University of Delhi, Training in Health Planning & Economic Development at University of Michigan, USA
  • About 23 years of experience of research and training, especially in project development, monitoring and evaluation, MIS, operations research, especially in the field of population, reproductive and child health, sexual and reproductive health of youth and HIV/AIDS
  • Development of project proposals for Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for World Bank Funding on Urban Health Services
  • Worked as Director, Population & Reproductive Health Sector, CARE-India, New Delhi from 1995-2002 and Associate Professor (Operations Research), National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi from 1980-1995
  • Consultant to The Future Groups International, USA for the Population Simulation Models project implemented jointly with Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina, USA through NIHFW and IIPS Mumbai, in India
  • Training in IEC and wide experience of developing BCC strategies and BCC material in the field of Population, SRH and HIV/AIDS
  • Worked as Consultant to Oxfam India for project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programme for Rural and Tribal Youth in Orissa and Rajasthan”. The assistance provided to Oxfam for this project was:

    1. Finalization of questionnaires for baseline survey of adolescent girls in 4 districts of Orissa and 2 districts of Rajasthan
    2. Training of Field Investigators along with agency contracted for survey, for field data collection
    3. Since the baseline survey report by agency was delayed, I did data analysis and prepared brief report for submission to EU.
  • Designed the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for the project “HIV/AIDS prevention and Care Programme for Rural and Tribal Youth in Orissa and Rajasthan”, for Oxfam, an International NGO and conducted training of staff in using the recording and reporting formats, preparation of monthly/quarterly reports and feedback to field level staff. The design part also included development of User’s manual and software for computerized MIS.
  • Member of UIP review team of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India representing DfID (as a consultant)
  • Developed strategy paper for Oxfam, GB for initiation of HIV/AIDS prevention, and care and support programme in Bangladesh.
  • As a team leader, developed protocols for Community Based Youth Friendly Health Services for Rural Youth in the Context of HIV and AIDS – Oxfam, New Delhi, 2007.
  • As a team leader, conducted review of the Quality of VCTC Services in the State of Uttar Pradesh (covering all 103 VCTC centres), UNICEF, Lucknow, 2007.
  • Providing consultancy services to various agencies such as CARE-India, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, GFK-Mode, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, Catholic Relief Services, Population Foundation of India, FHI, UNFPA, SEWA Bharat, DfID, WHO, Oxfam etc., since December 2002.Conucted large number of research studies for GFK-mode.
  • Dr. (Ms) Amita Bardhan - Qualitative Research & Development Communication Specialist

    • M.Sc., Ph.D (Anthropology), Calcutta University
    • Post Doctoral Training in ‘Communication in Family Planning’, University of Cornell, USA, Training in PRA Techniques at Population Institute, Bangkok
    • Training for Trainers in Educational Pedagogy and IEC and in Rural Extension Education and Development Communication (Population Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia)
    • Training in Information system in population (Population Institute, Seoul Korea) in Collection, Documentation and Retrieval of information under fellowship of UNFPA
    • About 26 years of experience in qualitative/behavioural research and development communication
    • Worked with National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi from 1977-1990 as Assistant professor/Associate Professor (Social Sciences)
    • Since 19990, providing consultancy services to various agencies which include VIMARSH, ORG, New Delhi, Population Foundation of India National Institute of Applied Human Research and Development, Orissa.
    • External Faculty at Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Nursing College, Delhi University, Population Foundation of India, New Delhi, Department of Anthropology, Delhi University.
    • Member of Task Force Committees of Researches, ICMR, New Delhi.
    • Some of the consultancy assignments completed by Dr. Bardhan relating to women and child health and gender included:

    • Baseline Survey of Project on Empowerment of Village Women in Rural Uttar Pradesh for District Barabanki, The Leprosy Mission India, NOIDA (6 FGDs with men and women’s groups).
    • Qualitative Assessment of the Integrated Nutrition and Health Programme in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, sponsored by CARE India
    • Qualitative Evaluation of the Project on Promoting Reproductive Health in the Organised Sector Kota, Rajasthan-Population Foundation of India (PFI)
    • Qualitative Evaluation of the Project on accelerating Pace of Decline in Infant Mortality and Fertility in District Damoh, M.P., PFI
    • Study on Developing Communication Strategies for ICDS Programme in Orissa, World Bank
    • Study on District level IEC and Counselling Plan to Address the Needs of Adolescents, Young Parents and Unmet needs of Couples of Reproductive Age Group, Government of India
    • Integrated Child Development Services: Communication Strategy Development, Bihar & M.P., World Bank
    • Formative Research & Qualitative Evaluation of a Project on small Family by Choice, MP, Family Planning Association of India, Bhopal
    • Qualitative Evaluation through PR Technique of the project on Promoting Reproductive Health in the Organized Sector at Ghaziabad, PFI
    • Safe Motherhood and Child Survival through Pre-natal improved Health care – an Action Research Project, USAID
    • KAP of Adolescent girls regarding Better Health – Sponsored by CEDPA
    • Mrs. Gita Biswas (Qualitative Research)

      • Post Graduation in Psychology from University of Allahabad
      • About 10 years of experience in the Population and Reproductive Health Sector of CARE India, in the field of capacity building, social mobilization and behavior change of men, women, youth and adolescents
      • Worked in CARE-India as Project Officer (1996-99) responsible for implementing, monitoring and evaluation of ‘Women’s Health Project in 65 slums of Allahabad”
      • Project Manager (1999-2004) responsible for implementing “Action for Slum dwellers Reproductive Health, Allahabad ( ASRHA)” which had major focus on adolescent’s reproductive and sexual health (both girls and boys) and covered all slums of Allahabad.
        1. She was actively involved in conduction of baseline and mid-term evaluation of this project.
        2. Organised training of Peer educators on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for out of school as well as training of teachers for imparting sexual health education in schools in Allahabad.
        3. Responsible for organizing vocation training for adolescent girls in collaboaration with ITIs and local trainers.
      • Strategic liasioning and alliances with Government (Department of Health, Education, ICDS, Municipal Corporation, District Urban Development Agency, Jal Sansthan, Jal Nigam) and Non Government Agencies (UNICEF, Population Council, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital and other local NGOs) in Uttar Pradesh
      • Capacity building of stakeholder groups (including grassroots level Community Health Volunteer) and project team on reproductive health related technical inputs; communication skill, gender sensitivity and rights based approach
      • Supportive supervision of staff of partner NGO.
      • Organized women group for small saving and taking up income generating activity and their linkages to Vocational Training Institute.
      • Training on Family Planning, RTI/STI, HIV and AIDS, Safe-motherhood and Newborn care.
      • Verbal Autopsy and Community Analysis of Maternal Deaths in Project Implemented Slums
      • Involvement in Micro Planning of District Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization Program
      • Evaluation of Targeted Interventions of SACSs.
      • Conducted assessment of NGOs for partnering with Leprosy Mission India for DFID funded project on ‘Challenging Anti Leprosy Legislations (CALL) in India-Chhattisgarh & Uttar Pradesh.

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