Dr. Lawrence Besra

Lawrence Besra

CURRICULUM VITAE
Of

LAWRENCE BESRA

 

Working and Research Interest: I would like to Research and Work in the development sectors especially on Policy analysis and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Process Monitoring, Impact Evaluation and Learning Dissemination, Policy Research on Child rights, Gender and Development, Pro-poor Governance, Human Rights, Social Justice and Good Governance, Technical Report Writing, Strategic Project Management and Policy Advocacy for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh.

 

Date of Birth: 8th May 1975

Family: Married and have one daughter

Religion: Christian (Roman Catholic)

Nationality: Bangladeshi

Ethnic Background: Santal

 

Contact Address:

KA-116/18, South Mohakhali, Gulshan, Dhaka-1212.

Mobile: +88 01795949712/01957503057

Email: lawrencebesra@hotmail.com

 

Personal Details:

Father’s Name:   Late Rengta Besra

Mother’s Name:  Late Colomba Baskey

Permanent Address: Village-Hajipur, P.O-Showtibari, P.S-Pirganj, Dist-Rangpur.

 

AWARD/SCHOLARSHIP

I have been awarded with Aus-AID Australian Leadership Award (ALA) to study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2010 and previously in 2003 to study Masters of Policy and Administration (MPA) under the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University in Australia.

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

 

2010 to 2014

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, Australia
Thesis Title A critical review of democracy and governance challenges in Bangladesh with special reference to a human rights-based approach for the development of the marginalized Indigenous women and children.

 

2005 MPA (Masters of Policy and Administration), Flinders University, Australia, GPA 4. 58

 

2000 MA (Masters of Arts) in English Literature, Dhaka University, Bangladesh , 2nd Class

 

1998 B A (Honours) in English, Dhaka University, Bangladesh , 2nd Class

 

1993 H.S.C (Higher Secondary School Certificate) from Dinajpur Government College in Humanities, under Rajshahi Board, 1st Division

 

1991 S.S.C (Secondary School Certificate) from ST. Philip’s High School, Dinajpur in Social Science, under Rajshahi Board, 1st Division (3rd place in order of merit list).

 

WORKING EXPERIENCE

 

6th April 2015 to Present National Coordinator-Knowledge Management and Research, World Vision Bangladesh, National Office, Dhaka.
Job Responsibility To Develop a research and study plan on sustainable development  issues in Bangladesh within the mandate of the organization, Conduct  research and study on sustainable development  issues including well-being of children within families and communities of the most vulnerable in Bangladesh, Lead and coordinate research and study team within the organization and Contribute and participate in coordination policy advice and strategic planning within organization to achieve desired objectives of the organization.

Promote knowledge sharing through the organization’s operational business processes and systems, Share experiences across communities of practice, business units, and networks on innovative approaches in knowledge sharing, including preparation of case studies; Help disseminate information about the organization’s knowledge sharing program to internal and external audiences, including organizing knowledge sharing events (such as knowledge fairs, site visits, interviews), maintaining communications on knowledge sharing across the organization, participation in orientation and training sessions, and preparation of brochures/presentations.

1st October 2014 to 2nd April 2015 Research Fellow, Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC, Head office, Dhaka
Job Responsibility Conduct Policy research and study on the education and health policy, gender justice, human rights, good governance and social justice, lead a research team, guide co-researchers, publication and dissemination of research findings, best practices and lessons learned at national and international forums.

 

March 2010 to April 2014 PhD Researcher, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, Australia.
Job Responsibility Conduct research on complementary methods (qualitative and quantitative) on the life chances of the most marginalized people in Bangladesh. Especial emphasis on human rights, good governance and improvement of quality of life (access to land rights, education, primary health care, access to social safety nets and women empowerment issues). Publication of research findings in journals and dissemination of research outcome. Participating in work in progress research seminars, workshops and International conferences to disseminate research findings.

 

1st April 2008 to December 2009 Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan (SUPRO) Campaign for Good Governance

Coordinator-Policy Research and Documentation

Job Responsibility Policy Research and Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Campaign on Gender and Development, Women empowerment Health policy and Health rights, Campaign on MDGs, National Budget, Essential Services, Human rights, Child and Women rights, Right to Information, Social mobilization and Networking with partners. Communicate with donors, prepare and submit progress report, and technical report. Presentation and public speech on the policy and research paper to National seminars and round table conferences. Working with Rights-based approach with poor and marginalized people. Media and grass roots mobilization pertaining issues of Bangladesh.

 

1st October 2007 to 31 March 2008 HOPE’ 87 Bangladesh , Project Coordinator in Dhaka Head Office
Job Responsibility Humanitarian and Emergency Response, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects, Provide relief materials, team management, Preparing Project Proposals and Report, Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, disaster management, Team Leader for the field based staffs, and coordinate with other partners NGOs as well as Development Agencies.

 

April 2007 to September 2007 Stromme Foundation Bangladesh, Community Development Trainer

 

Job Responsibility Training conduct on NGO management, cross cultural communication, partnership management, Communication development and worked as facilitator to project management and support to the organizations working for development.

 

September 2005 to April 2007 Caritas Bangladesh, Project Coordinator in Dhaka Head Office with Partnership of Manusher Jonno Foundation
Job Responsibility Research and Policy advocacy for Indigenous people’s rights on land, Preparing Project Proposals and Report, Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Team Leader for the field based staffs, Training and support to the Project staffs, Facilitate trainings on Human Rights, Good Governance, Women and Child Rights, Training on capacity Building for Beneficiaries, Coordinate with other partners NGOs as well as Development Agencies.

 

February 2001 to December 2002 Caritas Bangladesh, Program Officer in Dhaka Head Office

 

Job Responsibility Research, Advocacy and networking for Preserving and establishing Indigenous people’s rights, monitor community based organizational activities, Prepare project proposals; prepare project report to the donors and communication with donors’ agencies, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

 

May 2000 to December 2001 Notre Dame College, Dhaka, Facilitator in English Course Program

 

Job Responsibility Facilitating English language classes, assisting students in learning English, Counseling students and parents for strengthening learning environment, marking examinations sheets, organizing extra-curricular activities such as debates and oral presentation for  public speaking.

 

March 2000 to April  2002 Oxford International School, Dhaka,  English Teacher
Job Responsibility Conducting classes of O level on English and Social sciences, marking examinations, counseling students and parents, organizing extra-curricular activities for learning dissemination.

 

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE ON

 

Policy Research and Advocacy Research and Policy paper on   Sustainable Livelihood, Health Policy, Gender and Development, MDGs, SAARC, National Budget, Public health and Essential services, Education Policy and National budget Tracking and Development issues.
Research Methodology Research design and approaches, implementing and monitoring research, qualitative research tools and techniques, collaborative research, publication of research findings in journals and dissemination of research outcome.

 

Good Governance and Human Rights Promote good governance and human rights, strengthening Local Governance, Institutional NGO Governance, Economic governance, Governance of civil society networks and indigenous people’s organizations and promoting advocacy and rights based movements in the country.
 

Monitoring  and

Evaluation

 

Monitoring and Evaluation of project activities, prepare monitoring and field visit report, and inform the staffs as well as beneficiaries about the outcome of the monitoring, sharing key findings and observation of mid-term/annual evaluation with project staffs, partner NGOs and funding agencies.

 

Technical Reporting Quality progress report writing and analytical skills both in English and Bengali, Donor’s Report, Annual Report, Project completion Report, Monitoring and Evaluation Report.

 

Project Management Formulation of quality development project proposals, planning and implementation of project, Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

Public Speaking I have public speaking or making a speech /presentation skills to seminars, workshops, and roundtable conferences both in English and Bengali.

 

Facilitation Skill Good Governance and Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Mobilization, Farmers Rights, Rights based Approach, Sustainable Development in both English and Bangla.

 

 

CONSULTING EXPERIENCES

 

UNDP

I have worked as a consultant in Rural Employment Opportunity Projects of UNDP during May-September 2008 funded by European Commission as a Translator in translating English documents in Bengali with necessary project work.

 

UNDP

I have worked as a consultant with UNDP jointly with the Ministry of Industry of Bangladesh for translating Bangladesh Industrial Policy 2009 from English to Bengali with required work during March-June 2008.

 

UNDP

I have worked as a consultant in Civil Service Change Management Project and have translated relevant project documents from English to Bengali.

 

 

TRAINING RECEIVED ON

 

Australia Project Management held on 6 Sep 2004 at Flinders University Australia

 

Self-Management held on 25 October 2004 at Flinders University Australia

 

Human Resources and Consulting held on 17 November 2004 at Flinders University Australia.

 

Thailand 7th Fredskorpet Preparatory Course in Asia held on 27 April to 16 May 2007 at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

 

Bangladesh First Case Study Course held on 17 to 23 June 2002 at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Savar, Dhaka.

 

Training of Trainer (ToT) held on 24 October to 2 November 2002 at Caritas Development Institute, Dhaka.

 

Designing Sustainable Project and writing Quality Proposals held on 17 to 21 November 2002 at Caritas Development Institute, Dhaka.

Natural Resources Management held on 15 to 16 November 2005 at Caritas Development Institute, Dhaka.

 

Advocacy capacity Building for Strengthening Good Governance and Human Rights Initiatives held on 16 to 20 July 2006 conducted by Institute for Development policy Analysis and Advocacy- PROSHIKA at Koitta, Manikganj.
Human Rights and Governance held on 18 to 22 March 2007 conducted by Manusher Jonno Foundation at BIAM, Dhaka.

 

Report Writing Skill held on 6 to 8 September 2009 conducted by Continuing Education Centre at SUPRO, Dhaka.

 

 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

Journal Article ‘Impact of Women’s Education in Rural Development in Developing Countries with especial reference to Bangladesh’, published in Unnayan Samikhon, a Journal of Caritas Development Institute (CDI) December 2005.

 

Journal Article ‘The importance of investment on Human Resource Development as a key strategy of Development in the current perspective of Bangladesh: A case study of from Kerala and Sri Lanka’, published in Unnayan Samikhon, a Journal of Caritas Development Institute (CDI) June 2006.

 

Journal Article ‘The Rights of Indigenous people and Rights-based approach to development’ published in Solidarity on 9th, August 2007, A Publication by Bangladesh Adivasi Forum.

 

Newsletter “The Land and Existence of Adivasi’, Published by PERLAM project, Caritas Bangladesh in 2006.

 

Newspaper Article ‘The Rights of Indigenous People’, published in the Daily star on May 18, 2008.

 

Co-Author of a Book ‘Budget a few Concepts’ a book published by SUPRO on October 2008.

 

Magazine Article ‘Are we aware about our rights’?  in SANDES by Santal Students Union (SASU)  2008

 

Newspaper Article ‘Living without rights’ Published in the daily star dated 22nd June 2009

 

Journal Article ‘Marginalized People and Access to rights to Information’, published by Mass line Media Centre  in 2008

 

Journal of Ethnic Affairs ‘The Rights on Land and the Existence of Adivasi in North Bengal’ Journal of Ethnic Affairs, Vol. 2, 2006, published by Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO).
 

International Journal  of Social Science

‘Do Indigenous Women Have Right to Inherit Land? A Critical Review of Customary Practices of Land Inheritance with Reference to Gender Justice in Bangladesh’, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2014, pp. 339 – 343, Available at www.ijssh.org/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show…49.
 

Annual Review  of Ethnic Affairs

‘Structural marginalization, systemic discrimination, social exclusion, nationalism and neocolonialism with regards to Indigenous people in Bangladesh: An invocation to a human rights-based approach’, pp. 7-26, Vlume VIII-X, August 9, 2012-2014.
 

International Conference Proceeding

Exploring Gender equality issues within Indigenous community: a case study from Santal and Oran community in Bangladesh, International conference on gender, p. 58, Diversity and Development, March 27-29, 2015, University of Dhaka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCES

 

Caritas Australia Volunteer and consultancy services to Caritas Adelaide committee and Fund Raising Activities during March 2012 to September 2013.

 

World Vision  Australia Volunteer during Christmas 2012 Child Sponsorship Campaign and Fund Raising Activities during October to December 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.

 

Flinders University Bangladeshi Students Association

 

I have served as a Vice-President of the organization and contributed to shared learning and cooperation with multicultural affairs during June 2012 to May 2014.

 

Bangladesh-Australia Society of South Australia (BASSA) As a member of the organization, I used to be a volunteer in the cultural functions to promote Bangladeshi culture in Adelaide Australia from March 2010 to May 2014.

 

 

LANGUAGE & COMPUTER SKILL

 

English Fluent in Reading, Speaking and Writing

 

Bengali Fluent in Reading, Speaking and Writing

 

Computer MS Word, Microsoft Office Excel, Power Point, and Microsoft Office Access, database management and online tools for project management.

 

Technical Skills I have technical skills in operating Multimedia, Cameras and Videos, and Internet browsing.

 

REFERENCES

 

Dr. Benedict Alo D’Rozario

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Phone: +88-02-8315405-9, Ext. 206

Mobile: +88 01713010412

E-mail: ed@caritasbd.org

 

Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam

Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka

Telephone: +88-02-9674525

Mobile: 01711593977

E-mail: smidhaka@gmail.com

 

Dr. Janet McIntyre

Associate Professor

School of social and Policy Studies,  Flinders University

Phone: +61 08-82012075

E-mail: janet.mcintyre@flinders.edu.au

 

 

 

Signature:                                                                                                    Date:   21/04/2015

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