Rajneesh Kaur is a policy specialist with keen interest in the triple nexus of climate change, extractives and gender. With a master’s in Public Policy and Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s in development communication from USIU-A, she is passionate on policy formulation centered on community rights.
My portfolio includes a range of skills such as strategic planning, program management, fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and learning; program design and implementation; policy analysis and advocacy, institutional strengthening and research. I have contextual knowledge on national and local government structures as well as experience in developing and utilizing advocacy strategies to influence decision-making.
As the stakeholder engagement advisor at Tullow Oil, I served as the primary point of contact with the Client, Government stakeholders (Ministries of Mines and Petroleum and Energy as well as relevant county government counterparts), and key extractives industry actors, forging and maintaining strong, positive relationships throughout implementation. In this role, I was primarily responsible for providing support in the development of relationships with local authority engagement officers and key community leaders and representatives to achieve engagement objectives and to develop a strong understanding of the local community on natural resource governance. As such, I have contributed to the organization, facilitation of community group and stakeholder meetings and events, in the South Lokichar Basin in line with Health and Safety and Equalities policies, to achieve the community engagement plan objectives.
Raj has worked with on various grants by development partners like the FCDO, KOICA, GIZ and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her role at Oxfam as the extractives program officer entails oil, gas, mining and energy transition with research and policy influencing centered on: the implementation of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), development of the Lokichar- Lamu crude oil pipeline, effective Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) processes in the oil sector, subnational revenues management, local content development in the sector and petroleum cost audits to ensure Kenya secures a fair share from its resources, government allocations to the mining sector and illicit financial flows within the gemstone value chain. I am a key player in helping develop Oxfam’s Kenya strategy on extractives and climate change and how to prepare for COP28. In my current role, I am a co-chair on the steering committee for the Just Energy Transition committee where alongside industry experts, I co-lead on strategy development and positioning Kenya for the energy access period.