Potgieter - Project Management - Pretoria, South Africa

Melinda Potgieter

Pretoria, South Africa


Development of research proposals, qualitative and quantitative research.

Specialist knowledge of project management, the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and with specialization in the statistical and spatial analysis of particularly health, HIV/AIDS, development, demographic, food security and crime data. I also have a particular interest in system design, data analysis and presenting information in geographic information systems (both online and off-line)

Qualified as a Demographer and currently also studying towards an Mphil in Marketing Research.


Project Management


Experience in project management in research and systems development (MS Project, Onepoint, Gantt Project). One of the first to map crime and injury surveillance in South Africa in collaboration with the MRC and the police force.

Work History

Data Demand and Use Advisor

Futures Group (RMCH Programme)

From August 2012

Manager for New knowledge



Project leader for data demand and use where I developed a district reporting tool in excel, lead m&e development and managed a website for some time.

The district reporting tool is a data for action tool that identify key bottlenecks in the health system and key enablers resulting in the the development of a key technical assistance packages that will unlock the bottlenecks and improve the quality of implementation. The key technical assistance or implementation status are monitored monthly across your chosen interventions using a 6-point scale. In addition a dashboard shows where you are and whether trends are moving in the right direction.

Research and Surveys

The first to map injury survaillance in South Africa in 2000 using the NIMMS.

Consultant at various institutions to conduct quantitative research as well as population projections

Enhancing Strategic Information

Team leader in the systems design, database design, development and management of a partner information management system for PEPFAR. The first tools were developed in excel and when it worked it was replicated online.

Also developed several static maps

RMCH Data Demand and Use Advisor

Experienced project manager in development-type projects, especially monitoring and evaluation including qualitative and quantitative research.

The RMCH was recently rated as one of the best DFID-funded projects world-wide.

I developed a monitoring and evaluation tool that assists managers in measuring the performance of a project as well as measuring the stages of interventions using a 6-point scale. This tool was adopted by three provinces in South Africa irrespective of the fact that the RMCH are only implementing in selected districts. During August 2014 the Minister of Health presented dashboards I've developed during a MomConnect Roadshow and launch.

Qualifications & Certifications

Busy with MPhil in Marketing Management specialisation Marketing Research

University of Pretoria

Masters (Demography)

University of Pretoria


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