Name: Masimba Biriwasha
Organisation: iZiviso Communications
I have ten years of relevant professional experience, of which four have been at international level, coordinating, implementing and managing high quality communications for development projects in sub Saharan Africa (Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) and Asia (Cambodia and Thailand). I am highly experienced in project management, designing advocacy messages, drafting publications, press releases and media alerts, writing articles, newsletter & e-zine production, managing website content and press relations. I have conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. I am currently employed at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France where I manage communications including developing content for a dynamic multi-lingual website (www.unesco.org/aids) utilizing social media and other Web 2.0 applications. In addition, I coordinate the compilation of relevant content from UNESCO-cluster and country offices. Between 2006 and 2008, I managed over 200 country-based writers at Health & Development Networks (http://www.hdnet.org), developing story briefs, editing submissions, maintaining a media database, liaising with the media for publication of stories, and monitoring the media. My most recent accomplishment involved being a lead researcher and writer for an Irish Aid commissioned research and publication titled "Caring from Within," (http://www.hdnet.org/v2/file_uploads/publications/hdn_publications/Caring_from_within_lowres_RGB.pdf) which analyzed the implementation of home based care projects in Zimbabwe. A key recommendation that I made in the publication focused on the importance of integrating water, sanitation and hygiene into home based care programmes targeted at people living with HIV and AIDS. I also developed key messages, press briefs, and newspaper articles out of the publication with language, tone, style and format designed to match different audiences such as policy makers, donors, government, and civil society actors. I have seven years experience in development journalism, and experienced at communicating effectively with media organizations, civil society and local communities. I maintain a professional blog site (http://ziviso.wordpress.com/) writing on a wide variety of international development issues, including water and sanitation. I have strong presentation and networking skills and adept at presenting editorial and design concepts clearly and persuasively. I have and ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. I also have experience facilitating workshops, and compiling reports in both Asia and Africa. I am able to promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example. I have an understanding of the relevant contemporary ICT tools and continuously act towards personal capacity building. You can view a sample of my writing portfolio at the following weblink addresses: o http://ziviso.wordpress.com/ o http://inside.org.au/tag/masimba-biriwasha/ o www.maximsnews.com/news20080402globalwaterwars10804020802.htm o http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/simplexbiri o http://www.celsias.com/articles/by/masimba-b/ o http://greenoptions.com/author/biriwasha.m o www.groundreport.com/simplexbiri o www.associatedcontent.com/user/28714/masimba_biriwasha.html o www.mynews.in/allstory.aspx?author=Masimba%20Biriwasha o http://english.ohmynews.com/english/eng_article_diff.asp?writer_id=simplebiri&no=382102&rel_no=1 o www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/03/tuesday_morning_7.php o http://healthdev.net/site/user.php?u=8 I also write children’s books, and in 2004 won Zimbabwe’s National Arts Merit Award for my first published book titled “The Dream of Stones”. I am guided in my work by my concept of cosmopolitan humanism which seeks innovative solutions out of our human diversity to the complex challenges of our age. I have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.