A social development specialist with extensive experience spanning a variety of socio-economic interventions in South Africa.
My expertise includes Programme development, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Grants management.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS University of the Western Cape
2010-2012: MA Development Studies Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2010-2011: MA International Development Management
University for Development Studies, Ghana
2004-2008: BA (Hons) Integrated Development
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Since July 2019: Acting Programme Manager – Justice, Equality & Rights at the OPEN
SOCIETY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTH AFRICA (OSF-SA)
I provide strategic and managerial oversight to ensure delivery of key activities in the JER programme which includes managing funding recommendations, engagement with thematic partners (Public Health Programme – New York, Education Support Programme – London), managing local grantees and the JER team.
July 2017 to June 2019: Senior Program Officer for Justice, Equality & Rights at the
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTH AFRICA (OSF-SA)
The Open Society Foundations fund civil society organisations globally. At OSF-SA I conduct operational research & evaluation to advance the Foundation’s strategy and programmes. My responsibilities include assessing grantees’ progress, preparing funding recommendations and spend plans for submission to the Executive Director and the Board. I also manage key grant relationships with thematic partners and provide the necessary support to grantees across different portfolios including Education, Health, LGBTI & Access to Justice.
April 2016 – June 2017: Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOUTH AFRICA (HFHSA)
I managed all M&E related activities which included co-creating and implementing a monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) framework to document and evaluate the national impact of the programme. I was also responsible for reporting and facilitating strategic planning activities and assisted with funding procurement through developing proposals and managing donor relations.
May 2014 – March 2016: National Monitoring & Evaluation Portfolio Manager at ACTIVATE! CHANGE DRIVERS
ACTIVATE! is a national youth development programme that equips youth with innovation and project planning skills; and offers an understanding on how the youth can navigate the socio-political landscape. I was responsible for developing the necessary M&E systems to measure the national impact of the training programme on its beneficiaries; designing a national evaluation framework; conducting operational research; preparing annual reports and data analysis; and building team capacity for M&E and knowledge management platforms.
2014-2017: John & Margaret Overbeek, UCT.
2016: Spirit of 68 Award, UCT.
2010: DAAD Scholarship, RUB Germany.
TEACHING AND SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE University of the Witwatersrand
April 2017 to March 2019: MBA Supervisor at Wits Business School.
University of Cape Town
July 2014-August 2016: Guest lecturer at the Department of Social Development, Masters and Honors Students. Management College of Southern Africa April 2013-Dec 2016: MBA Supervisor.
University of the Western Cape
July-Nov 2011: Teaching Assistant in the
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
2018: Expert excel training
2018: Business writing training
2017: Management Accounting &
Sustainability Assessment for NGOs
2017: Grantmaking training – OSF-SA
2016: Enterprise Risk Management Training & Effective Management Practices. 2014: Salesforce for Non-profits.
2013: Global Development Network’s Cross-Country Research Training, Istanbul.
2012: Logical Framework Approach, footsteps International, Durban.
Jan 2012 – Feb 2013: Programme Officer at DEMOCRACY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (DDP Durban)
The DDP works closely with communities in eThekwini municipality (Durban) to empower them to hold Local Government accountable through active citizenship. I was responsible for conducting operational research, publishing research papers and Op-Eds; policy analysis; reviewing and developing materials for the training of local government officials; organising forum events, conferences and workshops; developing proposals; annual reports; stakeholder engagement and capacity building; and website management.
Aug-Dec 2010: Programme Intern at Catholic Welfare and Development (CWD)
I assisted the Bonn Esperance Refugee Shelter for Women & Children in Phillipi to develop a procurement and policy manual for the management of the programme. I worked closely with the Programme Manager to plan & implement project activities, draft proposals and evaluation reports. This role exposed me to community-based work and was my entry into the social sector in South Africa.
Oct 2008-Aug 2009: Sales Executive at Stanbic Bank Accra, Ghana
Stanbic is a subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group of South Africa. I was responsible for meeting budgetary and sales targets, and managing accounts support functions. I also interfaced directly with customers and addressed concerns and queries.
RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
Feb 2017: Independent Evaluation Consultant at AMAMA SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Conducted an impact evaluation of AMAMA’s SETA accredited building and construction training programme on beneficiaries in Midvaal. See final evaluation report at http://www.amama.co.za/midvaal-ecd-impact-evaluation-report/
March 2019: Conducted a second impact evaluation of AMAMA’s SETA accredited building and construction training programme with a different cohort in Kromdraai.
May - June 2016: Independent Evaluation Consultant at Activate Change Drivers I evaluated the Activa...
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