Ravinder Kumar has experience in international development and research relating to poverty, livelihoods, agriculture, natural resource management, governance /democracy, responsible business investments, disaster management (humanitarian response), social enterprises and sustainability certification in agriculture commodities. Following are areas of significant experience and expertise:
i. Monitoring and evaluation support to organisations and programmes in many sectors of international development, including international agricultural research through the CGIAR system such as external evaluation of the Drylands Cereals CRP, M&E system for FISH CRP and consultancy work for IWMI.
ii. Programme and performance evaluations, including evaluations of multi-partner, multi-country alliances and networks. Have also conducted organizational/ strategic reviews and institutional assessments.
iii. Design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, in rural livelihoods, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, governance /democracy, women empowerment and Health /HIV/AIDS.
iv. Sustainability research in different agricultural commodities (palm oil, cotton, soyabean, cocoa, cashew, sugarcane) – focusing on social, economic and environmental dimensions.
v. Value chain development of agricultural commodities, building agriculture commodity supply chains for corporates, providing business development services to farm based enterprises including farmer producer groups and farmers’ co-operatives.
vi. Experiences in range of evaluation methodologies and approaches –range of large scale, complex /multi-country programme, process, performance and impact evaluations (including evaluations of advocacy initiatives) using both qualitative and quantitative methods– statistical analysis, outcome mapping, contribution tracing /analysis, theory of change-based impact evaluations, experimental (randomised control trial) and quasi-experimental research etc.
vii. Programme design and evidence-based planning processes.
viii. Implementation of development project: large scale implementation of integrated water resources management, agriculture value chains and local economic development projects.
Long term experience in India; professional experience in 12+ other countries in Africa, Asia – Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia.
Indian Institute of Forest Managmeent
- 1997/1999 Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (Equivalent to MBA)