Akatsa Bukachi - Sociologist - Kampala, Uganda

Marren Akatsa Bukachi

Kampala, Uganda

Summary

KEY QUALIFICATIONS
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More than 20 years of experience in project and program planning, development and management, resource mobilisation, development and policy-related issues, particularly in the areas of participatory development, monitoring and evaluation, strong writing and analytical skills. I am also a good trainer in participatory methodology, gender and development, advocacy, among others. Ability to work independently in results-oriented, multi-tasking environment, and capacity to perform effectively under pressure. Strong public relations, communication and advocacy skills. Exposure to multi-cultural environment. Wide experience in working with donors, NGOs and government including recruitment of personnel and partners, development and monitoring of budgets, writing proposals and coordination of the full proposal process, and managing task orders under various donor contracts. Skills in writing scopes of work, and ensuring meeting of contract requirements and quality of deliverables. Management of staff in various cadres.
Experience in working in a different country in East Africa

Services

Sociologist

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Executive Director

Eastern Africa subRegional Support Initiative for Advancement of Women

June 2004 - June 2004

Chief Executive Officer of a women's rights organisation spearheading advocacy for change on international women's instruments. Responsible for overseeing programmes in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Working on issues of peace, reproductive health, young women's leadership and advocacy against female genital mutilation. Skills in research, training, advocacy, and human resource.

National Programme Officer

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi

July 2000 - July 2004

Responsible for human rights, good governance and gender and governance projects, Identify and assess activities, develop proposals, process, track and monitor grants, follow up through field visits, report and co-ordinate with other donor agencies, identify strategic partners, liaison and communication.

National Programme Officer, Good Governance and Democracy

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi

July 2000 - June 2004

Responsible for human rights, good governance and gender and governance projects for funding , Identify and assess activities, develop proposals, process, track and monitor grants, follow up through field visits, report and co-ordinate with other donor agencies, identify strategic partners, liaison and communication.

National Programme Officer

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi (RNE)

July 2000 - June 2004

Analysed grant applications for funding, edited publications on electoral democracy, monitored elections, research and documentation.

Programme Officer

Institute for Education in Democracy

September 1995 - June 2000

Responsible for IED's programme on good governance and civic education. Instrumental in the development of the first and largest joint domestic election observation programme with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and National Council of Churches in Kenya that brought together over 20,000 observers in the 1997 general elections. Was described as the most sophisticated and comprehensive domestic observation programme ever to be mounted in Africa and is well placed to provide an exciting and innovative model for future exercise of this magnitude. Trained poll watchers and election observers, observed elections and by elections, wrote election reports including the chapter on gender of the 1997 joint election monitoring project report, developed election observation training manuals, trained observers and poll watchers and managed a vibrant election observation centre during the 1997 general elections in Kenya. Developed TORs, indicators and benchmarks for evaluation of the joint election observation programme and organised teams of evaluators in five regions in Kenya. Co-ordinated the work of local and international consultants to evaluate the activity. Have written chapters in the election observation reports locally and internationally (see 'publications' below). Was part of the team that monitored Nigeria's post military local government elections in 1998 under IFES monitoring team.

National Programme Secretary

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

March 1990 - August 1995

Responsible for project development and management of the six YWCA branches countrywide. Implementation of YWCA policies, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of YWCA's development programmes, resource mobilisation for development projects for YWCA National Office and Branches, report writing, design of training programmes, liaison with donors. Successfully negotiated a partnership with World Education Inc of Boston USA for a USAID funded project. Developed a marketing strategy and co-ordinated several exchange visits by international YWCA partners around the globe. Raised funds through proposal writing with donors such AS ICCO, USAID, World YWCA, among others. Participated in training women in voter and civic education for YWCA members when Kenya first embraced multi party politics in 1992.

Implemented various empowerment programmes for YWCA members and volunteers.

Deputy Principal Rehabilitation Officer

Ministry of Culture and Social Services

January 1987 - July 1990

General administration, annual budgeting and financial management, personnel management, staff training, information dissemination, financial assistance for rehabilitation of the disabled, liaison with donors. Developed partnership with ILO and was the local counterpart for the Chief Technical Adviser, for the project on the training of disabled persons as well as socially and economically deprived persons.

National Rehabilitation Officer

Ministry of Culture and Social Services

January 1982 - December 1986

Manager Kabete Orthopaedic Workshop

Managed a workshop of 30 technicians and artisans working on the social and occupational rehabilitation of disabled persons. Established proper workshop safety regulations, motivated staff by recommending several for training both regionally and internationally at rehabilitation training centres in Moshi, Tanzania and Brazil, initiated a staff welfare scheme and encouraged all staff to sit examination leading to government approved trade test certificates. Put in place proper accounting, management and procurement systems. Developed a team spirit where none existed before and created an open working environment.

Provincial Social Welfare Officer

Ministry of Culture and Social Services

March 1981 - December 1981

Managed and advised on social welfare issues in the province targeting the poor and the disabled. Prepared long and short-term plans for the department wrote reports and advised the Provincial Director on social welfare issues. Prepared annual and quarterly reports on the programme.

Social Development Officer

Ministry of Culture and Social Services

January 1980 - March 1981

Co-ordinated district development and welfare activities in Nyeri district, participated in planning through the District Development Committee, co-ordinated local initiative groups and community income generation groups, linked groups with government agencies, followed-up, monitored and evaluated projects. Prepared annual and quarterly reports.

Qualifications & Certifications

Public Health Leadership

Uganda Christian University

B.A Hons

Delhi University

Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons) Sociology. Certificate

School of International Training, Vermont, and The Advocacy Institute

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