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Department: Leadership and Quality Assurance
John Kalage

John Kalage

Board Member / Executive Director

John has more than 20 years of professional experience in increasingly senior management roles in International NGOs.  He has extensive experience in strategic management; financial and human resources management; designing and managing quality programmes and in securing and managing multimillion dollar grants. John has proven ability in advocacy and policy engagement as well as ability to build and develop organizational capacity including local NGOs/CBO, professional organizations and government agencies and institutions. Before joining HakiElimu in May 2015, John was working with Save the Children International as the Program Operations Director the role that he saved for the last six years.  John holds a Master of Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University and BA Economics from the University of Dare s salaam Tanzania.


Robert Mihayo

Robert Mihayo

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Robert is currently Quality Assurance Coordinator, a position he has held since 2010. He also coordinates the work of all district coordinators of HakiElimu’s model schools programme across the country. Prior to that Robert was the Manager, Information Access Unit at HakiElimu since 2006. Before moving to HakiElimu, Robert worked with Business Times as a Chief Editor. Prior to that, he worked with the University of Dar es Salaam. Robert has BA, PGD, MA and MSc degrees in Information Science, Public Admin, International relations and law, from local and foreign universities. 


Charles Mtoi

Charles Mtoi

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Charles works as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with experience in programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Charles has extensive experience in preparation of performance monitoring plans; developing Monitoring and Evaluation trainings; and Organisational and Institutional Capacity Assessment.


Lilian Omary

Lilian Omary

Executive Directory Secretary

Lilyan is the Secretary to the Executive Director. Her main duties include assisting the Executive Director to undertake her executive tasks effectively. Before joining HakiElimu in 2007, Lilyan worked with Tanzania Plantation Company (Sugar Production and Distribution Company) in Moshi as a Management Secretary. Lilyan is a trained and experienced secretary in administration and office management. She has a Diploma in Secretarial Services and is currently pursuing a second Diploma in Human Resource Management at the Institute of Social Work, Dar es Salaam.


Department: Research Innovation And Policy Analysis
Godfrey Boniventura

Godfrey Boniventura

Manager

Godfrey holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (2006) and a Master Degree in Economics (2008) from the University of Dar es salaam. He has several years of professional experience in education and development researches, policy and budget analysis. Godfrey is currently the head of Research and Policy Analysis Unit at HakiElimu. 


Rose Kalage

Rose Kalage

Program officer

Rose works with HakiElimu as a Research and Policy Analysis Programme officer. Rose is responsible for conducting research on education; monitoring relevant policy developments on regular basis; and disseminating key information to stakeholders. Before joining HakiElimu, Rose worked with various research institutions. She is a social scientist with a Masters Degree from the University of Nairobi.


Florige Lyelu

Florige Lyelu

Program officer

Florige joined HakiElimu as a Programme Officer in the Research and Policy Analysis Unit in 2012. He has a B.A. Degree in Education and M.A. Degree in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam. Apart from teaching Florige has extensive experience in education policy, research and publication. Before joining HakiElimu, Florige worked with St. Joseph's Cathedral High School, Dar es Salaam as a teacher. 


Mwemezi Makumba

Mwemezi Makumba

Program officer

Mwemezi works as a Programme Officer, Research and Policy Analysis Unit at HakiElimu since 2012. His duties include working on budgeting and public expenditure tracking; advocacy on government transparency and accountability; and researching on policy and policy analysis. Before joining HakiElimu, Mwemezi worked with Business Times Limited as a Senior Business Journalist and Legal Officer for three years. Mwemezi holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from The Law School of Tanzania. He also has a Bachelor Degree of Laws (Hons) from Tumaini University, Dar es Salaam.


Department : Community Engagement And Action
Rosemary Mwenda

Rosemary Mwenda

Program Secretary

Rosemary Mwenda works at HakiElimu as a Programme Assistant in the Media and Advocacy unit since 2007. She is responsible for newspaper monitoring activities. Before joining HakiElimu, Rose was working with the Savings and Credit Cooperative Union League of Tanzania (SCCULT) in Dar es Salaam and Mbeya as a personal secretary. Rose holds a certificate of Full Secretarial Course.


Pius Makomelelo

Pius Makomelelo

Manager

Pius works with HakiElimu as a Manager, Community Engagement and Action Unit since 2004. The Unit is responsible for coordinating the Friends of Education Movement which has thus far recorded over 40,000 members across the country. Before joining HakiElimu, Pius worked with Aide et Action as a Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Prior to that, Pius worked as a secondary school teacher at Bulima and Tagwa secondary schools in Mwanza region for three years. Pius holds a Masters of Science (MSc.) Degree in Poverty Reduction and Development Management from the University of Birmingham (UK), and B.A. Degree in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam.


Naomi Mwakilembe

Naomi Mwakilembe

Program Officer

Naomi joined HakiElimu in 2009 as a Programme Officer, Community Engagement and Action Unit. Naomi is responsible for enhancing capacity of Friends of Education and concerned citizens, specifically on monitoring and accountability in education implementation programmes. She also coordinates HakiElimu work in four primary and four secondary schools in Arusha Rural District. Naomi holds Masters Degree in Science in Development Policy from Mzumbe University, Morogoro, Tanzania. Before joining HakiElimu, she worked with the Local Government Authority as a Planning Officer.


Honoratus Swai

Honoratus Swai

Program officer

Honoratus holds a Bachelors degree in philosophy and religious studies. He joined HakiElimu in 2008 having previously worked in Tanzania's refugee camps under the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS). Honoratus’ key achievements at HakiElimu include clarifying the concept of Friends of Education to stakeholders through various means including road show campaigns. He is also involved in the strengthening capacities of school committees through training and publications.


Joyce Mkina

Joyce Mkina

Program officer

Joyce joined HakiElimu in 2009 as a Programme Officer, Community Engagement and Action. She is responsible for mobilising, facilitating and supporting communities to transform and make change in education and democracy. Joyce also works as Community Engagement Coordinator in Kilwa district. She has several years of experience working with local communities. She primarily gained her experience while working with communities in water and sanitation programme at World Vision Tanzania. Joyce received her advanced Diploma in Environmental Planning at Institute of Rural Development Planning in Dodoma and a Masters Degree in Science of Development Planning at Mzumbe University in Morogoro. Joyce has attended trainings at Arusha, Kigali and Kampala on local democracy, human rights and critical writing skills for change.


Department: Media Engagement And Advocacy
Elisante Kitulo

Elisante Kitulo

Manager

Elisante joined HakiElimu in 2011. His key duties include facilitating and providing support to HakiElimu’s media work and cultivating functional relationship with key media outlets. He also works as a district coordinator of HakiElimu’s model schools programme in Ukerewe. Before joining HakiElimu, Elisante worked as a journalist with Majira Newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from Tumaini University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. Elisante is admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania


Abraham Lazaro

Abraham Lazaro

Program officer

Abraham Lazaro is a Programme Officer in the department of Media and Advocacy Unit responsible for managing online and digital media. He is currently pursuing his second degree in Mass Communication at the University of Dar Es Salaam. Abraham holds certificates in Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Project Planning and Management; Power and Voice courses offered by MS – Training Centre for Development Cooperation.


Benedicta Mrema

Benedicta Mrema

Program officer

Benedicta holds a B.A Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Dar es Salaam. She has several years of working experience in the field of Communication and Media. She is currently working as a Programme Officer- Media and Advocacy Unit. Benedicta is responsible for producing, hosting and presenting HakiElimu’s creative TV and radio programmes and documentaries. Apart from her degree, Benedicta holds certificates in Critical Writing for Change, Budget and Accountability; and Monitoring and Evaluation from MS – TCDC, Arusha.


Dennis Mboka Mwasalanga

Dennis Mboka Mwasalanga

Program officer

Dennis is a dedicated Tanzanian professional Mass Communicator, currently working as a Programme Officer in the Media and Advocacy Unit at HakiElimu. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Tumaini University. Prior to joining HakiElimu, Dennis worked with SAHARA Media as news/programmes producer and presenter for Radio Free Africa and Star TV.


Alinanuswe Kasyele

Alinanuswe Kasyele

Program officer

Alinanuswe joined HakiElimu in Jan 2014, as Programme Officer, Production of Media and advocacy programmes. Alinanuswe has more than five years of experience in creating and producing documentaries, TV programmes, TV commercials and short films in several countries, namely, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Prior to joining HakiElimu, Alinanuswe worked with International media channels, namely, BBC & DW.  Alinanuswe holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine and Performing Arts (specializing in Film and Theatre Arts) from University of Dar es Salaam.


Presscod James

Presscod James

Program officer

Presscodd works as a Programme Officer in the Media and Advocacy Unit . He is responsible for all Print media and advocacy materials .Prior to HakiElimu, Presscodd worked with International Training & Education Centre for Health (I-TECH) and then with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Presscodd holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Application from India.


Department: Support Service And Finance
Daniel Luhamo

Daniel Luhamo

Manager

Daniel joined HakiElimu in 2002. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy. His work experience in the Non-Governmental Organisation sector began in 1995 when he joined Aide et Action, a French International NGO, as an accountant.


Esther Kanijo Mashoto

Esther Kanijo Mashoto

Accounts Assistant

Esther holds an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy. Prior to joining HakiElimu, she worked with Tanzania Tea Blenders as an intern for three months. Esther’s main responsibilities at HakiElimu include upholding all finance unit’s tasks in accordance with the organisational administration policies and international accounting standards. Esther is currently registered for CPA course under module E. She attended a course on taxation issues in Tanzania with special focus on Value Added Tax (VAT), customs and excise duties and income tax.


Peter Letema

Peter Letema

Accountant

Peter works at HakiElimu as an accountant. Before joining HakiElimu in 2011, he worked with NSSF as an Intern Accountant. Prior to that, he worked as Production statistician at Williamson Diamond mining company at Mwadui, Shinyanga. Peter graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam Business School (UDBS) with a B.Com, Finance (Hons) in 2010 and is currently set to graduate with a CPA at the Tanzania National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA).


Edwin Nyangasi

Edwin Nyangasi

Adminstrative Assistant, Security Guard

Edwin joined HakiElimu in 2006 as Administrative Assistant - security guard


Peter Tupa

Peter Tupa

Administrative Officer, Office Repair and Maintenance

Peter works at HakiElimu as administrative officer responsible for office repairs and maintenance. Before joining HakiElimu, Peter worked with Hifab International and later on with Afriscan International for eight years as Maintenance Coordinator. Peter Tupa holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science and Economics from India.


Raphael Kalonga

Raphael Kalonga

Administrative Assistant

Raphael’s current position at HakiElimu is Administrative Assistant (Reception), a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, Raphael worked as a security guard at HakiElimu since 2003. Raphael holds a driving license and a certificate in mechanics. 


Regina Monarya

Regina Monarya

Administrative Assistant, Cleaner

Since 2004 Regina has worked at HakiElimu as Administrative Assistant responsible for office cleanliness. Prior to that, Regina was working as a cleaner at LandCare Co.


Sylvand Jeremiah

Sylvand Jeremiah

Administrative Assistant, Driver

Sylvand joined HakiElimu in 2002 from Danish Association for International Cooperation where he was working at a capacity of driver.   At HakiElimu Sylvand works as a driver, he holds a certificate in driving from National Institute of Transport (NIT)


Yona Leng’anda

Yona Leng’anda

Administrative Assistant

Yona joined HakiElimu in 2005 as a temporary security guard. In 2010 he was employed as Adminstrative Assistant responsible for office cleaness, the position which he serves to the present.


Musa Chitadu

Musa Chitadu

Adminstative Assistant, Security Guard

Musa works at HakiElimu as a security guard since 2002. Prior to that, Musa was working as a security guard with Danish Association for International Cooperation. 


Acland Zahabu

Acland Zahabu

Administrative Assistant, Security Guard

Acland Zahabu joined HakiElimu in 2002 as Administrative Assistant - security guard


Stephen Kasambo

Stephen Kasambo

Systems Administrator

Stephen joined HakiElimu in 2006. He supports the internal and external network infrastructure, the IT project management and server administration, and provides technical support to staff. His previous positions include Network and System Administrator at Mwananchi Communications Limited, and Helpdesk and Network Assistant Administrator at Soft-Tech Consulting Company. Stephen holds a BSc. Degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Dar es Salaam, and MBA Degree from University of Maryland, USA. Stephen is a Microsoft Certified Professional,Microsoft Certified Solution Associate and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist.


Fredrick Rwehumbiza

Fredrick Rwehumbiza

Procurement Officer

Freddy is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, and is currently pursuing Masters of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Mzumbe Business School. Before joining HakiElimu, Freddy worked with various organisations in various disciplines including management, marketing and administration. As an Administrative Officer, Freddy’s work focuses primarily on ensuring efficient procurement and proper management of assets at HakiElimu in compliance with the organisation’s Procurement and Asset Management Policy.  


Irene Mkinga

Irene Mkinga

Human Resource Coordinator

Ms.Irene Laban Mkinga joined HakiElimu since June 2013.She is a Tanzanian lady born at Dar es Salaam and graduated from the Institute of Social Work in 2010 with a degree in Human Resource Management. She is also a graduate from the Frederick-Ebert Stiftung Institute on Young Leaders training program.

Having more than four years experience in human resources and organizational development experience, her  expertise includes talent management, employee’s relations, organizational development, training and development, leadership and management coaching as well as maintaining HR policies and Procedures that align with HakiElimu’s Vision and Mission. For Several years, she has been working in the Human Resource field as Human Resource Specialist where by her Career started at an American-based Coffee company (Mawenzi Coffee exporters) as an Hr Assistant. Later she joined another large sized - Company as HR and Admin Assistant before joining HakiElimu as HR and Admin Coordinator, the position she is currently serving.

Ms.Irene has attended several trainings on the Human Resource field from the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Occupation Health and Safety (OSHA), Human Resource Society of Tanzania (HRSTA) and others.


Joel Zebedayo

Joel Zebedayo

Adminstrative Assistant , Security Guard

Joel joined HakiElimu in 2009 from AMEET Transport where he worked as a driver. Joel is now responsible for the security of HakiElimu premises. 


Mariam Mwambalaswa

Mariam Mwambalaswa

Secretary/Receptionist

Mariam works as the Office Secretary at HakiElimu. She has extensive experience in office management, communication and public relations. Mariam is also the focal person for HIV/AIDS workplace intervention at HakiElimu.


David Kagondi

David Kagondi

Administrative Assistant, Store Keeper

After completing his secondary school education, David Kagondi joined a vocational training center in Mwanza and successfully obtained a Fitter Mechanic Grade III certificate. He joined HakiElimu in April 2004 as an Administrative Assistant in charge of stores. Prior to joining HakiElimu, David worked with Kuleana Centre for children's rights in Mwanza as Administrative Assistant.