Thereafter, she worked as the National Programme Officer of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) for a period of 5 years. At SIDA, Sheila was part of the team envisioning and designing the Country Programme from 2003 – 2007, and preparing for 2008 together with the team from the Swedish Embassy in Sri Lanka, SIDA and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She redesigned the support to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Peace from that of a project based one to a programme strategy based one from 2003 onwards.
During her tenure at SIDA, Sheila was also Review Team Member of the DFID/ SIDA / UNICEF Mission of UNICEF’s Children Affected by Armed Conflict Programme in May 2002 that proposed recommendations on the programme for the Country Plan of 2003-2007, based on the UNICEF’s Country Operations Plan of the previous period.
She was also a team member of the Education Sector Wide Operation Preparatory Mission from July 26 – August 12, 2004 and the Pre-Appraisal Mission June 6 – 17, 2005; in the run up to the World Bank and SIDA support to the field of Education in Sri Lanka.
In her capacity as the Executive Director of the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, Sheila spearheads the running of the organisation. Initially she redesigned all programme management operations within the organisation..
Her experience with local authorities spans areas such as support to election monitoring, training of education and local government authorities on conflict management, psychosocial support and manage psychosocial interventions and advocacy.
Sheila’s academic credentials include a Degree in Psychology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Security Studies from the Bradford University, UK/ Social Scientists Association, Peace Studies Programme.
Currently she is the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) of the USAID Supporting Professional and Institutional Capacity Enhancement (SPICE) Project implemented by Management Services International (MSI) in Sri Lanka. She reports to the Chief of Party and is in charge of Programmes and Capacity Enhancement of partner civil society organisations.