Programme Specialist - Vacant


Melody Shereni-Chaitezvi, Programme Assistant

Melody Shereni-Chaitezvi brings into the Unit extensive experience with NGOs and the government of Zimbabwe. Her work includes advocacy and lobbying for women’s rights, child rights, youth and education, and sustainable development. She joined UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in 2016. Prior to her joining UNESCO, she worked in the Girls Education Challenge programme with CARE International in Zimbabwe. She has well developed skills in gender programming, project planning and management, and providing technical and administrative support to programme implementation. She also worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Zimbabwe-University of California San-Francisco, HIV and AIDS Voluntary counselling and testing research and Community Development Officer with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

Melody holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Free State, South Africa and a BSC Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. She also studied Personnel and Human Resources management with the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe.

Carol Mhlanga, Intern

Carol Mhlanga works mainly on the project on “Advancing the rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities”. She also deals with intercultural dialogue, youth and gender issues. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Social Work with the University of Zimbabwe and is also corresponding online for a Master’s Degree in Psychology, with the University of South Wales. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. 

Carol has worked for Save the Children International‘s Headquarters in Zimbabwe as a Child Rights Governance Intern. During her placement, she conducted trainings on child rights and specialised in child protection issues, developing a passion for the girl child as well as children with disabilities. Her participation and contribution towards Zimbabwe’s State, Civil Society and Children‘s Reports to the African Union in 2015, also familiarised her with key issues affecting children.

Following the completion of her undergraduate programme, Carol was invited to make a presentation on Parental Discipline, Child Rights and Child Protection in Zimbabwe, based on her research findings at honours degree level. This was at a National Conference on the practical implementation of recommendations by the African Union on Zimbabwe’s commitment to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Shortly after, Carol conducted an Online National Survey and training on Child Protection Policies on behalf of the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children. A human rights advocate at heart; it is her hope that her experience will be valuable towards UNESCO’s programming for women and girls with disability.  

Kudzai Joseph Chokumanyara, Intern

Kudzai Joseph Chokumanyara is a student at the Midlands State University currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Development Studies. He is a youth and gender activist who is passionate about advocating for the advancement of the rights of women and young girls. He is driven by the need to achieve gender equality through dismantling social constructs and cultural beliefs that create harmful masculinity which objectifies and undermines the rights of women. His interests are also in youth empowerment, which he believes can happen through mainstreaming youth issues in all developmental programs and youth inclusion at all levels of decision-making. He has worked with the Harare City Junior Council in 2014 in advocating for Children’s rights. During his one year internship with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, he will be working with the Social and Human Sciences Unit where he will be devoted towards intercultural dialogue, youth and gender work. 

Dickson Mabanja Kasote, Consultant

Dickson Mabanja Kasote joined UNESCO Windhoek in 2014 as a Consultant  in the Education Sector working in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He supported a number of initiatives in Education and ESD, especially the  mlearning project   for out-of-school youth in rural Namibia.

Between 2016 and 2017, he implemented a project entitled YouthMobile – Empowering Youth with the Skills and Confidence to develop Mobile Apps for Sustainable Development, in the Communication and Information Sector. He then joined the Social and Human Sciences sector in 2017 and supported initiatives such Preventing GBV among youth in Namibia, National Liberation Movements Heritage Programme: Using the History of Independence to Promote Inclusion, Cultural Diversity, and Civic Education in Southern Africa, Localizing SDG 11: inclusive urban planning Programme and many others. He also served as the focal point for Greening the Blue, youth and poverty alleviation.

Dickson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Media Studies and Sociology, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Namibia. His research interests include social inequalities, migration, youth and work, gender, sustainable rural and urban development and others.

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