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Benjamin Kerchan
Migration Health Project Coordinator , International Organisation for Migration (IOM - UN Agency)
Maputo, Mozambique
International development professional with over 21 years of relevant work experience in Uganda, Mozambique and Lesotho. My areas of expertise include: research, human resources management, and partnership and Programme management, Organizational capacity development and enhancement; sustainable community development
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
An International Development Professional with more than 21 years with hands-on experience and understanding of International NGOs and UN agencies programmes.
I gained significant experience in program management through program designing & development, implementation, review, monitoring and evaluation as National Program Coordinator in Mozambique, Country Program Manager in Lesotho and Program Manager, managing UN Volunteers program in United Nations Development Programme in Mozambique and currently managing and coordinating Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV, and COVID-19 Program in UN Agency for Migration (IOM) Mozambique. I have skills in;

- Leadership of the country office in Mozambique and Program leadership in development, management and monitoring country Programme;
- Management of large and complex health and humanitarian responses through engagement of united nations volunteers in Mozambique during floods and drought.
- Change management within complex country office and program without losing strategic focus on the programs.
- Development of annual work plans, budgets, reports in compliance with USAID, EU, Global fund and DFID rules and regulations
- Management of multi-disciplinary team, provision of support in capacity development to program team eg through promotion of learning, implementation of internal program oversight, quality control and performance assessment;
- Program planning, management, Budgeting, program results, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting oversight;
- Capacity development of partners in relevant thematic areas;
- Building strategic partnership and advocating for rights of program beneficiaries;
- Resource mobilisation from donors and effective communication with stakeholders and relevant audiences.
- Management of resources, program internal control and quality assurance
- Development of strategic plans aligned to national priorities and other global program documents
- Management of capacity development, program strategies, operational logistics and human resources i.e. managing and supporting program staff and ensure that human resource policies and procedures are aligned to employer’s strategic goals and objectives;
- Provision of policy advice, strategic technical guidance and strategic leadership related to community development programs
- Management of and support to women’s empowerment and gender equality programs, community based adaptation, rural livelihoods, Malaria and HIV/AIDS programmes, Sexual and Reprodutive Health, Rights, and COVID-19 programs, food security and disaster risk reduction programs
- Management and support to specific integrated community interventions, eg capacity building for local NGO partners, enhancing community based activities, and liaising with government authorities, and other partners;
- Management and building of strategic partnership and alliances;
- Monitoring and evaluation of community Program for quality assurance and efficient program management;
- Proposal writing, fundraising, networking and liaising with donors, representing employers at both national and international levels.
- Excellent communications and interpersonal skills appropria
Education:
MANCOSA, Management College of Southern Africa, Durban, South Africa, Master's in Business Administration (MBA)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, BA (Economics and History)
High School, Nyakasura School, Fort Portal, Uganda Advanced School Certificate (Economics, Geography and History)
Affiliations and Achievements:
IOM Mozambique

Manages and Coordinate Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, HIV and COVID-19 IOM's programs.

UNDP
Strengthened partnership with other UN agencies in Mozambique, civil society organizations, government entities and private sector in Mozambique. I oversaw Volunteer Infrastructure project that witnessed establishment of National Volunteer agency integrated as an executive arm in the National Volunteer council in Mozambique. I followed up with government ministry of Youth and sports to ensure that the cost-sharing pledge the government made for office space and pledge by UNDP materialized as resources for the project.
Skillshare Intl
I managed a country programme that focused on promoting and mobilizing international Volunteers to work alongside national staff in Lesotho. I managed 28 Skillshare International Volunteers in Lesotho. I significantly contributed towards Skillshare International UK – Lesotho programme planning, development, growth and overall management. I led the programme and participated in program design, implementation and my participation in the board of directors’ meetings helped in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.

Pact
I effectively provided and managed direct technical assistance in HIV & AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) strategies for Pact’s sub-grantees and conducted technical and programmatic assessments of Grantee’s interventions. I also coordinated well consultation and trainings on development and implementation of programs and services aligned to donor recommended methodologies and standards and disseminated up-to-date HIV and AIDS scientific, programmatic and technical information and best practice models. I oversaw Implementing partners programme and advised on engagement of community Volunteers who formed the backbone of community HIV/AIDS programme service delivery in Lesotho. I was very instrumental in provision of guidance and technical oversight on the design and delivery of partner HIV-AIDS & Social Behavior change communication training curricula, training modules and publications. I also provided technical guidance and oversight on OVC program management with special focus on provision of OVC household-centered quality, comprehensive and compassionate care and support services for orphans and other vulnerable children, community nutrition.

Food for the Hungry InternationalMozambique
I was instrumental in developing Caretakers and Peer educator’s training manual which was akey guide to role of community Volunteers in the HIV/AIDS Programme. I trained implementing partners in Volunteer management to enable them produce desired results. I effectively coordinated HIV/AIDS Programme Designed to reduce the Impact of HIV and scale up HIV/AIDS prevention, OVC and home-based care in central province of Mozambique, under the PEPFAR/USAID funding channeled through USAID., supporting capacity building for local NGO partners, enhancing community based prevention activities, and liaised with the Mozambique National AIDS Council and other partners with HIV/AIDS program focus.

CNCS
I provided technical support to Maputo Provincial HIV/AIDS Nucleus on strategic directions and intervention strategies in the Maputo Province. And also contributed towards strengthening of capacity of the Provincial AIDS Nucleus in Project designing, Project Proposal writing, Lobbying for Funding HIV/AIDS Programme in the Province.
I effectively linked up with health facilities to ensure the Program beneficiaries’ health needs are addressed e.g. mosquito nets and malaria treatment, AIDS patients on ARVs, OVC health needs are addressed and other communicable diseases affecting program beneficiaries are effectively handled.

ADEC
As a Programme officer and International Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Volunteer, I performed program planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and oversight of

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Luo and Luganda
    Nationality:
    Uganda
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-kerchan-mba-9aab09bb/
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