Ms. Rhoda Malemba Lewa is an experienced development specialist equipped with over 15 years of diverse experience in planning, implementation and management of development projects in the east Africa region. Ms. Lewa’s broad experience cross cuts gender issues; gender, rights and result based and HIV AIDS programing; institutional strengthening and organisational development including undertaking CCM Eligibility and Performance Assessments, Restructuring and Strengthening of CCMs and facilitating annual review and planning working workshops for CCMs; facilitating stakeholder engagement between representatives on the CCM and their respective constituencies.
Ms. Lewa is also experienced in strategic and operational planning; social and economic impact assessments, rural and community development, curriculum development and training; grant management, operation research, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL), operations research and community development. Ms. Lewa is also equipped with 10 years’ experience in strategic planning, financial and risk management, networking and partnerships development, personnel recruitment and management, child protection, family planning, Sexual Reproductive Health including integration of HIV into SRH, and safety and security. Rhoda is equipped with hands on consulting experience across HIV AIDS, Tuberculosis is, Malaria, Gender, Human Rights, Civil Society Strengthening, and Education programs.
As the In Country Manager (ICM) of the Australian funded volunteer program implemented by the Centre for African Family Studies (CAFS), Ms Lewa successfully supported food security, Health including Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), HIV, education, environment, equity, child protection and inclusive related programs in Kenya. Previously for five years, she served as a Technical Assistance Manager of the UNAIDS funded Technical Support Facility for Eastern Africa (TSF EA) that was managed by AMREF Health Africa. The TSF supported HIV and AIDS programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and South Sudan which included development and implementation of national strategic plans, civil society engagement and dialogues forums, the development of country proposals to the Global Fund and their subsequent implementation, strengthening of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) in order to provide more effective leadership and oversight of Global Fund grants for HIV AIDS, TB and Malaria and the strengthening of civil society organisations in order to enhance their participation in the development of inclusive and comprehensive national and Regional Concept Notes (RCNs) / Funding Requests (FRs) and grant implementation capacity and reach amongst the affected and infected communities.
For a short period, Ms. Lewa served as Gender Adviser for Sudan Basic Education Program (SBEP) implemented by Care International, American Institute of Research and University of Massachusetts in south Sudan. Prior to that, she also served as a Senior Education and Gender Specialist and acting Project Director of the Kenya School Improvement Project that was funded by CIDA, and implemented by the Aga khan Foundation (AKF) in Mombasa and Kwale County where she was instrumental in the design and the start-up implementation of the Education for Marginalised Children in Kenya (EMACK) program in Kenya. Ms. Lewa also served as a Project Officer of the CIDA funded Gender Equity Support Project (CIDA GESP) and at the Centre for Law and Research International.
Ms Lewa’s experience includes ability to undertake short term consulting assignments and longer term projects; it also includes ability to work directly with communities, formal institutional partners, marginalised groups, children and women, the public and private sector, civil society organisations, the informal sector and international agencies. She is fluent in English and Kiswahili. She holds a Masters and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University respectively. In addition, she holds a post graduate diploma in the planning and management of development projects from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
Languages: English(Fluent) andKiswahili(Fluent)