Social and Human Sciences Unit

Charaf Ahmimed

Programme Specialist

Charaf Ahmimed has more than 15 years of work experience in public policy and social development analysis, and extensive field research on youth development and inclusion. Mr Ahmimed is currently the Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences Sector with UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has previously managed the social and human sciences programme of UNESCO in South East Asia, and Central America. Mr Ahmimed was Senior Programme Officer with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and worked at Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Council of Europe (CoE). Mr Ahmimed obtained a MSc degree on International Relations from Laval University (Canada), and a B.A. on Communication and Politics from the University of Montreal (Canada). He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology of the University of Cape Town. 

Mr Ahmimed’s recent publications include:

Youth’s perspectives on relevance of secondary education in Southern Africa (2017, UNESCO: Paris, approved);

Masculinities and how to engage men and boys in the promotion of gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016, UNESCO/Women’s Institute: San José, Costa Rica);

Youth political participation in Costa Rica (2015, Crítica y Emancipación, 3[2]);

Role of media in the promotion of sustainable development and culture of peace (2015, UNESCO:Paris);

Public policies and social inclusion in South East Asia (2014, UNESCO/Trinity College Dublin/University of Melbourne-Report).

Melody Chaitezvi

Programme Assistant

Melody Shereni-Chaitezvi joined UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in 2016. Prior to her joining UNESCO, she held the position of Gender Programme Assistant with CARE International in Zimbabwe from 2013-2016, working in the Girls Education Challenge programme. This gave her an opportunity to develop her skills in project planning and management, and providing technical and administrative support to programme implementation. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Research Assistant with the University of Zimbabwe-University of California San-Francisco, HIV and AIDS Voluntary counselling and testing research. She also worked as a Child-helpline volunteer for Child Line Zimbabwe in 2012 and as a Community Development Officer in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in Zimbabwe. 

Ms Chaitezvi has a strong inclination to mainstreaming gender in all Social and Human Sciences work, mainly in youth and education, sustainability science and inclusive urban planning.  She 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.

Debra Mwase

Consultant  - Youth Programme

Debra has been working with NGOs in Zimbabwe since 2008. Her work includes advocacy and lobbying for women’s rights as well as environmental justice for women. From 2004-2006 Debra was an active member of the Harare Youth Empowerment Project which was aimed at transforming conflictual relationships among young people using sustained dialogue. As a result of her work on the Harare Youth Empowerment Project, Debra was chosen to be one of the international fellows at the Kettering Foundation (Ohio), where she undertook research on sustained dialogue and deliberative democracy. Between 2009 and 2010 Debra was award the King’s College London Women, Peace and Security Fellowship. At King’s College Debra undertook research on UNSCR 1325 and Natural Resource Conflict in Southern Africa. Debra holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree and a Masters in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe.

Amal Sabrie


Amal Sabrie is an intern for the Social Human Sciences department at UNESCO’S Southern Africa Regional Office.  She recently received her BA in honours Psychology at the University of Waterloo and is currently in the process of completing an MSc in International Development. Amal spent her college years cramming for finals and participating in numerous anti-oppressive campaigns namely divesting from fossil fuels, promoting women and LGBTQ rights  (emphasis on the T), and facilitating campus dialogues on race. Amal also interned for the United Nations Population Fund in Madagascar as part of her cooperative studies, she worked under the Sexual Reproductive Health Department.  She plans on honouring her dedication to social justice, non-violence, and dialogue by joining UNESCO. 

Nomore Mutsengi


Nomore Mutsengi is an energetic young man who is currently enrolled at Great Zimbabwe University where he is pursuing a BSc Honours degree in Peace Conflict and Governance. He is interested in working with youths and projects that empower the youth. Before joining UNESCO, Nomore did voluntary work with UNA Zimbabwe as well as participated in local and international voluntary Work. His lifelong ambition is to be a humanitarian who will not only change the World but change lives along the way.

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