|I began my course while working with Action Aid
(AAIU) as a Policy Analyst: Agriculture, Food Security and Trade. The
intellectually stimulating materials were so user friendly and relevant
to current development thinking, and this greatly facilitated my career
progression. During my last academic year, I secured a six months
secondment op Advisor on Trade Policy for Action Aid Belgium at their
I was appointed as the Policy and Advocacy Manager of AAIU in 2006. With my acquired competences I contributed to profiling AAIU as an advocacy organisation of choice in Uganda. I also contributed to policy debates and negotiations at the national and international levels. For example, as a co-opted member of the Uganda Government Trade Policy Negotiators, I actively participated in 4 World Trade Organization Ministerial Meetings, following up issues of trade and development affecting developing countries.
In 2010 I moved on to work with World Vision Uganda, a Christian, child-focused and community-based development agency. With World Vision Uganda I have accumulated experience in linking local actions to national and global policy processes.
Associate Director: Advocacy
World Vision Uganda
|I have been based in Jerusalem for the last 18 months,
wearing two hats.
I still work for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as the Head of Contracts Management (2 days a week) - responsible for providing advice and direction on UNOPS construction contracts around the globe.
But here in Jerusalem I am seconded into the Office of the Quartet (formerly the Office of the Quartet Representative Tony Blair), where I am the Construction Advisor responsible for leading the Office of the Quartet's work on Affordable Housing in the occupied Palestinian Territories. This work has been extremely interesting as I am the only engineer in the office working with a wide range of Palestinian, Israeli and international colleagues from a variety of backgrounds - mainly economists, diplomats or management consultants - with a focus on private sector and economic development in the West Bank and Gaza.
The work I did during my MSc is proving very useful in this context - definitely helping me to understand better the various aspects of economic development, beyond the engineering.
Head of Contracts Management, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
|…the MSc Development Management course greatly
influenced my career
path, at a personal level, and the decisions I have made and continue
to make, in respect to gender main-streaming, leadership and funds
I enrolled for the course having attained a degree in Bachelor of Arts with Education in 2001 at Makerere University. I was then working with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) as a Project Officer-Social Mobilization for a health project in the war-torn region of northern Uganda.
In the course of the study, I realized that I was more inclined towards a career in protection and human rights than health, hence in 2008, I changed career and got another job with Arbeiter Samaritan Bund (ASB) as a Senior Protection Officer in North-Eastern Uganda, a region that was prone to sporadic conflict by the nomadic pastoralists and was undergoing a government-run disarmament process…
Currently, I am Acting Head of Programmes at the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter, a human rights organization where we do a lot of policy-influencing both at government and international level, and defend the rights of children and women. I attribute this greatly to my studies with the OU.
|Two weeks after the end of TU874 [The Development
Management Project] a
job was advertised at Tearfund (an organisation I have long
I applied, was successful and started on Monday! My role is
the monitoring and evaluation requirements of the Department for
International Development (DfFID) Wash Results Programme implemented by
a consortium of NGOs led by Tearfund and Oxfam. I can
that without the TU874 project I would still be looking for employment
within international development.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
|Ann LeMare, the Associate Lecturer in the video on the About Us page, gives an account of going on to do a PhD after completing