Mr. Dola Mohapatra comes with over 25 years of experience in the development sector in India, South Asia, Africa and USA. He started his career as an Assistant Project Officer, Total Literacy Project, Department of youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. He joined ChildFund (then known as Christian Children’s Fund) as a Program Officer in 1992. Subsequently he has held several senior management positions for over 16 years including National Director of ChildFund India and Regional Director for Asia.
As the National Director of ChildFund India, Mr Mohapatra led the complete reengineering process of India operations by setting up a strong foundation for a local entity and building its local brand. He also mobilized over 50 local partners to bring process improvement and greater accountability in their operations. Under his leadership, the local entity grew over 400% with an annual budget at the end of March 2013 touching nearly $5million having field presence in over 30 Districts across 7 States in India. In his earlier stint as the National Director from 2003 to 2007, Mr. Mohapatra oversaw a complete overhaul of management systems & structure. He led the process of finalization of country strategy plan and developing measurement systems for operational plans for each unit. Working consciously towards an image make-over process, the organization under his leadership was able to raise the program portfolio from $9 million a year to nearly $12 million annually.
As the Regional Director for ChildFund’s operations in Asia, Mr Mohapatra worked with the country leadership teams in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Philippines towards local level con of the contextualization and implementation of a new global strategy. He established relations with regional networks like ASEAN and various Asia Pacific regional INGOs to work on Millennium Development Goal 4 and Disaster Preparedness.
In the year 2000, Mr Mohapatra moved to the headquarters of ChildFund International in Richmond, Virginia, United States working with the Global Program Division on Emergency Operations. During this time, he established the Emergency Operations Unit in the International Office as the first Emergency Program Development Officer and was responsible for overseeing global emergency operations in Afghanistan, Angola, Indonesia/East Timor, Sierra Leone and several other locations.
Mr. Mohapatra has very strong field affinity and as such he enjoys interacting closely with field level grassroots workers, partners, community members as well as other stakeholders. He is as much comfortable and at ease at international/global forums as in a local, remote field location. His ability to build connections with field partners has been appreciated by local NGOs in India and elsewhere. Mr. Mohapatra has been a champion of good governance and accountability processes within NGO sector and he has been part of several networks engaged in developing and promoting accountability norms for NGOs. Having led fundraising efforts of the local entity he was heading in ChildFund, Mr. Mohapatra has got deeper insight into the integral connection between fundraising and other organizational aspects including governance, program performance, management accountability etc.
Mr. Mohapatra is a Master in Philosophy, Social Work; Master of Social Work (Labor Law) and Master of Arts in English Literature. Several of his articles have been published. He has undergone several leadership courses and trainings and is an Accredited Trainer on Team Management System, Australia.