Dr Mmantsetsa Marope is currently the Director of Division for Basic to Higher Education and Leaning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris after having held a position at The World Bank in Education for ten years, and a university professorship for 11 years. She is an educationist with 30 years of practice. Her experience covers school teaching, school management team, ministry of education, university teaching, managing regional research networks, and working full time and on consultancy basis for international bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations.
She has extensive experience in basic research; policy research and policy dialogue; sector analysis; development of sector reform programmes; making sector programmes more responsive to national economic and social development challenges; capacity assessment including the design and implementation of capacity development programmes; supporting diagnostic programme implementation; monitoring and evaluation; programme impact assessment; resource mobilization; efficient resource utilization, building and engendering international partnerships for sector development and, business development. She is reputed for her contribution and leadership in establishing national and regional professional communities of practice in the form of education research networks. She is also reputed for having significantly contributed to the strengthening of the analytical capacities of these networks including the mentoring and training of junior researchers.
Through her career, she has provided intellectual and analytical advisory services for regional education consortia of donors and Ministers of Education such as the Southern Africa Development Community’s Human Resources Development Sector Coordinating Unit (SADC-HRD-SCU) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), national governments; and international agencies such as USAID, SIDA, UNESCO, and UNICEF. Within the SADC region, her advisory services led to the formation of three regional centres of excellence in education policy, planning and management. She is also an award winning Setswana novelist.