I feel my self privileged that I got opportunity to work in the development sector. There is no surprise in the fact that I had no idea about NGO Sector even in first semester of my M.B.A.-D.M. The seedlings to work in the development sector were sown when I joined the Ambuja Cement Foundation for my Summer Internship. Though I had interned earlier in Delhi Disaster Management Authority – New Delhi, but this was a very unique experience of understanding the Corporate Social Responsibility and Community welfare aspects.
We faced a hard time for our Campus Placement due to Recession and now we were only at our own. After a struggle of 4 months followed by a number of interviews in various humanitarian agencies, finally I got an opportunity in a Shimla Based Organisation which was a designated forum of NGOs in Himachal and Uttarakhand state, It was an excellent experience there on Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Community Based Disaster Risk Management aspects.
Few months later, I joined a Centre of Excellence on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the capital of country where I was exposed to policy level planning and work playing a key role in our 5 Years Plans of Govt. of India.
Soon I got an opportunity to work in my native Himachal State on an innovative project based on Carbon Neutrality Concept supported by the World Bank and Implemented by DoEST, GoHP in the capacity of Project Management Agency i.e. Development Alternatives Group. HP CLAP Project). This was really one of the instrumental phase of my professional career when I was exposed to a mix of policy and grass root level activities. I got opportunity to travel almost every district, development block of Himachal Pradesh by covering more than 200 panchayats during this project (12th District i.e. Lahual and Spiti, I got opportunity to cover in the year 2013 in a different assignment). Some how, this phase started diverting me towards grass root level efforts.
In the year 2012, I got opportunity to work with the Department of Revenue, GoHP in a UNDP-GoI Project on Disaster Risk Reduction in Kinnaur District as District Project Associate. Our team prepared First District Disaster Management Plan approved by HPSDMA and national authorities from Himacal Pradesh.
Year 2013 came with a number of opportunities in India and abroad after completion of UNDP assignment. Getting married in the year 2013, I chose to work in my home state i.e. Himachal Pradesh. I got opportunity to get associated with a typical grass root level organisation (Non-Profit) working for last 27 years in Himachal Pradesh. This 4 years tenure in the capacity of Head-Programs has been really instrumental here. Working closely with the communities at grass root level has unleashed my thought process, perceptions and goals of my professional journey.
Now a days, I am working on the integration of efforts towards the sustainability of Mountain Livelihoods w.r.t. Sustainable Environmental Conservation and lines of Disaster Risks & Impacts of Climate Change.