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Joy Lubinda
Communications Specialist and Gender Consultant , International Development
Lusaka, Zambia
An experienced social development expert in community development, health, resettlement, communication and outreach with 13 years’ work experience. I have a Bachelor of Social work from the University of Zambia a Master’s in Public Health from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Possessing excellent communications, ability to influence decisions.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Public Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tetra tech/ Millennium Challenge Account Zambia (MCA-Zambia), March 2015 to date
Providing communication support in the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) in accordance with MCC’s Resettlement Guidance, Gender Policy and IFC PS5.
Duties
• Developed a communications strategy relating to the resettlement program with affected PAPs coordinated with MCA-Zambia.
• Applied Gender mainstreaming in planning for Assistance and/or Support to Vulnerable Groups and Implementing Livelihood Restoration and worked with the department of Social Welfare to assess the vulnerability of the PAPs
• Ensure that there are Gender considerations during the process of CA signing
• Communication and Explanation of Methods of Payments to Project Affected Persons through community and stakeholder engagement
• Currently tasked to draft and compile the resettlement completion report
• Report Deliverables (as applicable)
Aftercare Specialist- International Justice Mission, February, 2010 to December, 2011, and September, 2013 to November, 2014
International Justice Mission is a Christian, nongovernmental, none profit making human rights organization intervening in cases of sexual violence, property grabbing, and gender based violence.
Roles and responsibilities included the following:
• Met with IJM clients to evaluate their aftercare needs, including the following: psychosocial/emotional health; physical health; spiritual health; safety and security; basic needs (emergency food, housing, clothing, etc); community reintegration; economic self -sufficiency; life skills; children’s education; and overall well being
• Created and implemented holistic aftercare treatment plans for each client, serving in a case management role;
• Ensured that clients receive the necessary psychological counseling recommended in their treatment plans (including by providing counseling services directly and by arranging counseling services with outside providers);
• Referred clients to other social service providers as appropriate and coordinate provision of services;
• Assisted in developing a network of partner organizations able to serve IJM clients;
• Assisted in interviewing victims and preparing victims for legal proceedings;
• Provided ongoing support and encouragement to clients with regard to their cases, including by accompanying victims to court and other important proceedings;
• Responded to immediate crises affecting client safety, with guidance from the aftercare manager;
• Documented all IJM aftercare casework;
• Participated in office-wide programs addressing professional training and Christian spiritual formation; and
• Performed other tasks as assigned by the aftercare manager and/or director, Zambia Field Office.
Programme Officer –Lazarus Project: January 2005 to January, 2010

A child based organisation focused on enrolling, rehabilita
Education:
Jan 2012 to September 2013 Master of Public Health (MPH) by course work, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Though it was a masters by course work I decided to combine my last units into a dissertation.
My master’s dissertation focused on ‘Unwanted reactions following vaccination at Schools and gender differences and its influence on parental confidence – A cross-sectional study’. I worked in collaboration with Queensland Health and the Brisbane City Council’s. The aim of this study was to understand the extent of self reported unwanted effects following immunisation and their influence on parental confidence. The research was being conducted on parents of year 8 and 10 children.

Aug 2000 to Dec 2004 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), University of Zambia, Lusaka
Through this course I was able to participate in two blockfield works.
Intern/Research Assistant, Transparency International
In compliance with requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work, I undertook urban fieldwork with Transparency International Zambia, a non-governmental organization working in the area of transparency and accountability. The overall objective of TI Zambia is to develop sustainable capacity in civil society, media, public and private sectors to effectively fight corruption and promote high levels of integrity and good governance in Zambia
Participated in the evaluation of Public Finance Management and Utilization programme. The aim of this project was to develop sustainable capacity in civil society, media, public and private sectors to effectively fight corruption and promote high levels of integrity and good governance in Zambia.
Intern, Development Aid from People to People DAP, Malambanyama, Chibombo
• Evaluated the OVC programme whose findings offered recommendations to DAPP on how effective the programme needed to run.
-Undertook focus group discussions for guardians of OVC on issues affecting the welfare of the children and relationship between OVC and HIV/AIDS
-Took into account cross cutting issues such as Gender, HIV/AIDS maternal and child health, improved sanitation. This was done in partial fulfillment of the Social Work degree programme.
Affiliations and Achievements:
• Developed a communications strategy relating to the resettlement program for affected Project Affected People coordinated with MCA-Zambia.
• Panel Adviser for Australian Scholarship- March 2017 to date
I am currently Panel Adviser for master’s student’s candidates in East and Southern Africa who are wishing to pursue studies in Australia under the Australia awards programme. My role is to interview award candidates in the agreed locations, adhering to the process guidelines and standard questions as provided, return a recommendation for each interviewee, using best professional judgement to indicate their suitability for a Scholarship (Masters) Award, undertake reviews of recommendations in various categories in order to meet guidelines and targets to be provided.

• Vice-Secretary of the Zambia Australia Alumni Association
Sociology and Gender Expert- Newtech Consulting group Ltd, February 2018 to June, 2018
As a Sociology and gender expert my responsibilities included preparation of inception report, undertaking stakeholder engagement particularly with project beneficiaries, supervising 6 field team members and an Associate Consultant under the Agriculture Productivity and Market Enhancement Project (APMEP). Highlighting of gender dimensions by conducting socio-economic survey of land tenure population current settlement patterns livelihoods gender and crosscutting issues of HIV/AIDS; Review secondary sources of data on the social economic status of project beneficiaries develop stakeholder analysis and identify potential sources of conflict and mitigation measures develop a profile for women farmers and participation in decision making. The project is financed with a Grant from the multi-donor trust fund, Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP). APMEP is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture in six districts and these are, Sinazongwe, Gwembe, Chongwe, Rufunsa, Serenje and Chitambo Districts.


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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Bemba, Nyanja, Kaonde
    Nationality:
    Zambia
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