Varuni Dayaratna

Varuni Dayaratna is Vice President and Associate Director for International Programs at NORC. She is a seasoned program manager, with over 20 years of experience working in the international development field and over 15 years of experience managing research, evaluation, and technical assistance project.

Dayaratna currently serves as project director for numerous NORC projects, including the $25 million USAID-funded Reading & Access Evaluation MOBIS task order under which NORC is conducting impact evaluations of early grade reading projects in Ethiopia, Zambia, Nepal, Liberia, and South Africa. She has also managed multimillion dollar Millennium Challenge Corporation evaluation contracts in Lesotho, Ghana, and Honduras, and currently serves as Project Director for the performance and impact evaluation of USAID’s School Health and Reading Program in Uganda.

As project director for these evaluations, Dayaratna manages multidisciplinary teams comprised of economists, statisticians, survey experts, and subject-matter experts; and oversees all aspects of the projects including design and implementation of the evaluations, data collection, and analysis.

Before joining NORC, Dayaratna served as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Health Policy Initiative, a multi-year USAID-funded health project. Within this context, Dayaratna developed and oversaw the design and implementation of country-level M&E Plans and associated data collection. She has worked over the years with USAID, MCC, The World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank and foundations.

Dayaratna holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Princeton University.