My name is Upakar Pandey. I was born and brought up in Kathmandu, Nepal. I am currently working in the capacity of ‘Project Coordinator’ at Center for Good Governance and Peace (CGGAP), an NGO that works towards the consolidation of human rights, conflict transformation and social security in Nepal. I am assigned to develop and provide technical inputs and training on research design, methodology, implementation, grant management and train diverse stakeholders on research and research uptake. Besides that, I am also responsible for organizing and facilitating the learning events on knowledge management and research of the project and implementing partners. I also work remotely in the capacity of ‘Partnership Specialist’ as a contractor at Street Business School, a social enterprise based in Colorado, U.S.A. As a Partnership Specialist, I am responsible for devising and coordinating the implementation of communications and fundraising strategies for Street Business School and its partner organizations by working closely with the technical team to package and disseminate the course materials to facilitate replication and learning among development partners.
Prior to this, I worked at Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP), a network of 43 Nepali NGOs and CSOs Media Monitoring and Analysis Officer for NepalMonitor.org | Peace Monitoring Project for overall project management where my major assignments were to supervise, coordinate and manage communication with network CSOs, partner organizations and district focal persons to collect, verify and analyze violent incidents and conflict cases. I was solely responsible to supervise, manage logistics and financial reporting of 25 district focal persons from those 25 project districts. I was involved in preparation of the reports, factsheets and analytical updates focused on violent incidents related to governance, elections, electoral violence, federalism, gender-based violence, youth violence and state restructuring in Nepal. Under the project, I worked for electoral violence monitoring and election observation in the 3 phases of nationwide election in 2017.
I also worked at US Embassy Youth Council Nepal, where my role was to develop communications and M&E strategies of civic engagement projects in 12 districts of Nepal.
I also worked as a ‘Student Leader’ in Nepal- Japan Project, where my major tasks were to handle research works, write concept papers and grant proposals focusing on peacebuilding and also liaise with the concerned stakeholders and CSOs during the training and other activities. During my tenure, we successfully conducted two international trainings on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) where I was assigned to coordinate and communicate with international trainers and participants along with overall program management.
Adding up, through other various professional platforms, I have gained knowledge on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and Geographical Information System (GIS), quintessential for the analysis of organizational outcomes. I am also serving as one of the ‘Board Member’ at International Youth Media Summit (IYMS) for peacebuilding and conflict transformation process through implementation of projects aimed at ensuring good governance, inclusive citizen participation emphasizing on women, youth and marginalized communities. Under the supervision of ‘Global Director’, I am responsible for analyzing public screening data, drafting preliminary communications and media outreach plans and provide recommendations for further improvement of PSAs that focus on promoting media literacy and women leadership in Nepal.
I represented my country in a month-long training on ‘New Media and Journalism’ at University of Washington, Seattle, back in July 2016, where I learnt about the effective traits of social media communications to foster change. The training was fully funded by U.S. Department of State. In February 2019, I participated in Erasmus+ Youth education study program, that took place in Spain and Portugal for 2 weeks. During the program, I visited different educational institutions and government agencies and interacted with the mayors and education chiefs of different regions of Spain regarding the prospect of fostering inclusive education system and cross-cultural communication in South Asia through ERASMUS projects.
I have a Master degree in Sociology/ Anthropology from Purwanchal University, Nepal. I am proficient in using Microsoft Office, Prezi, Google Tools, Linux, Ubuntu, Mail chimp, Salesforce, GSuite, WordPress, Canva, online spreadsheets and other apps like KoBo Collect for data collection and dissemination. I am also proficient in Hindi and Urdu languages.