Nhongo - Business Development - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Lomiah Nhongo

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Business Development

Work History

Independent Consultant

From February 2012

Johannesburg, South Africa



October 2010 - February 2011

In the external relations and advocacy unit my main duties include:
➢ Organizing internal and external interagency (United Nations Agencies) and donor (European donors such as DfiD, USAID, and Embassy Representation) planning meetings around the Free Healthcare initiative
➢ Participating in the meetings and following up on action points
➢ Assist and participate in planned advocacy events
➢ Leveraging relationships for maximum programme impact
➢ Speech writing
Reason for leaving: End of Contract

Project Officer


March 2005 - September 2008

Johannesburg, RSA Contract

ATMS/AMSCO is a private sector capacity building project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promoting SME development in Africa. As a Project officer my main duties include, but are not limited to:
➢ Business Development/ building client portfolio in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa
➢ Utilize own strategies for project identification in the private sector per working year in the countries mentioned above.
➢ Appraise the viability and sustainability of prospects through financial statement analysis
➢ Project document generation with logframe matrices to track capacity development
➢ Motivate AMSCO's Foundation to approve grant funding to deserving projects, and managing the usage of said funds for capacity building activities undertaken
➢ Relationship management: establish and maintain direct contacts with representatives of Government agencies and AMSCO's stakeholders in the region (UNDP, IFC, World Bank and various DFIs)
➢ Coordinate, in conjunction with the AMSCO Human Resource Manager, the process for the recruitment of human capital for prospective projects
➢ Monitoring and Evaluation on a quarterly basis
➢ Write project/programme reports of a full project cycle for EXCO
➢ Facilitate diplomatic entry visa for AMSCO Managers and repatriation
Reason for leaving: to seek new challenges as there were no opportunities for growth in my role.

Administration Officer

UN Volunteers

May 2004 - February 2005

Pristina, Kosovo Contract

The Administrative Support Unit is the central location for: information, recruitment, deployment and personnel issues of 250 UN Volunteers in Kosovo. As an Administrative Support Officer for volunteers working within UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) and Government municipalities, my duties include the following:
➢ Processing and checking all Movement of Personnel forms (MOP's) and Leave Requests of UN Volunteers
➢ Coordinating with various UNMIK departments to ensure timely payment of volunteers' allowance
➢ Facilitating final payments for repatriating volunteers whilst liaising with UN Volunteers HQ in Bonn, Germany
➢ Presenting updated administrative policies at quarterly volunteer meetings
➢ Liaising with UNMIK departments regarding added skills requirements for volunteers and adopting training opportunities through workshops
➢ Organizing a three day workshop on Capacity Building for international volunteers in Macedonia
➢ Manage relationships with government, municipalities and local citizens by organizing volunteer activities across Pristina to clean up communities
Reason for leaving: Maternity cover contract completed



August 2002 - May 2003

Contract during masters program

The national committee of UNICEF in the UK primarily works to promote and advocate the rights of children in the UK, and around the world. The committee works holistically to raise funds through innovative uses of British celebrities, influential members of parliament and House of Lords as well as partnerships with sizeable corporations. In my capacity of assistant to the two heads of department, national fundraising, and communications, my role in the organization is dynamic, requiring co-ordination, planning, administrative and report writing skills. My main duties include:
➢ Internal and external relationship management for managers in Communications and National Fundraising
➢ Writing reports for both Communications and National fundraising departments on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis for various audiences
➢ Preparing for and assisting at fundraising events
➢ Supervising four volunteers in the communications department
Reason for leaving: Completed my MBA and contract completed.

Research Assistant

Ministry of Justice

July 2001 - August 2001

Asmara, Eritrea Volunteer

An extensive project initiated by United Nations Development Programme, primarily my role was to analyze the working culture and recruitment policies of the Eritrean ministry of justice. This project was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and undertaken by the UNDP. The results of this research project were used to propose a 5-year plan for the improvement of the entire ministry with a vision to affect the knowledge base of current staff and generations to come; influencing the department of education to ensure appropriate candidates out of university.
➢ Researching the history of the ministry of justice
➢ Brainstorming the possibilities of restructuring the ministry and their hiring process to encourage more university graduate applicants
➢ Suggesting revised on-the-job training programs to improve current and future human capacity

Project Assistant/Office Manager

R.W R Foundation

February 1999 - July 2001

Harare, Zimbabwe Contract

The Rowland Foundation works to promote business excellence in developing sub-Saharan Africa. The two pronged approach: Firstly, to build and house a successful commercial law institute in Zimbabwe that will train young lawyers who will in turn supply their respective countries with commercial lawyers. Secondly, to support other organizations with similar objectives to maximize the organization's effective and efficient use of resources.
➢ Initiate working relationships with similar organizations, create liaisons with local communities
➢ Manage and develop the administration function of the office while managing the progression of foundation projects
➢ Co-ordinate and judge the selection of University Students to participate in the "Banking Group" seed project in co-operation with Stanbic Bank
➢ Compiling and editing the Foundation newsletter: to introduce the organization to similar organizations, to facilitate working relationships and co-operation
➢ Media and diplomatic liaison
➢ Special assistant to the Chairman of the Foundation
➢ Organizing travel logistics for trustees on a quarterly basis (London-Zimbabwe)
➢ Working as a business consultant for a Junior Achievement company program at a local high school, a personal initiative on behalf of the organization to cultivate future participants of Foundation projects
Reason for leaving: to complete MBA in London, UK

Qualifications & Certifications

Business Administration

Webster University

University of Wisconsin

Scarsdale Senior School

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