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David Arakaza
Nairobi, Kenya
A passionate and motivated international humanitarian and development professional and IT literate, Social Sciences graduate (MA Development Studies and BA Social Work) with around five years’ work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and interpersonal and communication skills, now looking for a career opportunity in a reputable humanitarian or development organization.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Church World Service/ Resettlement Support Center Africa, Nairobi, Kenya – Resettlement Officer

• Liaised with colleagues, the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, UNHCR, IOM, Heshima Kenya, RefugeePoint and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) to process refugee applicants to the U.S Refugees Administrations Programme (USRAP)
• Accomplished work missions in teams and alone to refugee camps and urban places in African countries to collect refugee information including bio data, relative’s information, and persecution claims
• Analyzed refugees’ information to identify their suitability to the USRAP
• Managed deployment finances and prepared financial reports at the end of missions
• Led and trained new staff

JANUARY 2014 – AUGUST 2014
African Union/NEPAD Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa – Data Analyst

• Led data collection, analysis and reporting activities within the NEPAD Science, Technology and Innovations Hub (NSTIH)
• Managed programs databases within NSTIH
• Coordinated the design and implementation of NSTIH database as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Program
• Developed written documents including policy briefs, reports and newsletters within NSTIH

Self-employment, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Independent Consultant

• Led consultations to individuals, organizations, businesses and private companies in the areas of research, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, computer repair and maintenance

JULY 2010 – DECEMBER 2011
NWO-WOTRO, Lushoto, Tanga, Tanzania - Researcher

• Initiated a research project on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices in West Usambara Highlands, Tanzania as a part of a WOTRO collaborative project on SLM on highlands of Tanzania and Kenya
• Liaised with different stakeholders and partners to manage data collection and evaluation of existing or previously implemented projects on SLM
• Managed and trained two research assistants
• Developed of an integrated approach which uses farmer's contests to increase adoption of (SLM) practices in the West Usambara Highlands
• Developed a research report and disseminated results

JULY 2008 – SEPTEMBER 2008
Regional Social Welfare Office, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Social Welfare Officer (Intern)

• Led guidance and counselling
• Liaised with courts, churches, orphanages and other government offices to provide support of vulnerable groups of people

Africare, Kasulu, Kigoma, Tanzania – Social Worker

• Coordinated diagnosis and physiotherapy activities to assist refugees with disabilities
• Accomplished field visits to make follow-ups of beneficiaries of the Community Based Rehabilitation
• Liaised with partners and stakeholders to adequately provide assistance to refugees with disabilities
Sep 2009 – Dec 2011 University of Dodoma, Dodoma, Tanzania: Master of Arts in Development Studies (First Class):

• Modules on Research Methodology and Statistics; development issues; poverty and social development and project design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
• Dissertation Title: Potentials of farmers’ contests in influencing adoption of Sustainable Land Management practices in West Usambara Highlands, Lushoto, Tanzania (Grade “A”.

Sep 2006 – Jul 2009 Institute of Social Work, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
Bachelor of Social Work (Upper Second Class):

• Modules in Year 1 on Social Welfare Practice, Field practice methods, Psychology
• Modules in Year 2 on Gender, Case management, Guidance and counseling, and Social welfare law and procedures
• Modules in Year 3 on Social psychology, Social work with disaster situation, and Social Protection for most vulnerable groups
• Dissertation Title: The Socio-cultural violations of girls and women’s rights to property inheritance; A case of Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam (Grade “A” and nominated Best Research)

Affiliations and Achievements:

DECEMBER 2009: Best Researcher, Institute of Social Work.


October 2016:
Two days training on RRF review at UNHCR Branch Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

March 2015:

1. UNDSS: Advanced Security in the Field Training, Online Training.
2. UNDSS: Basic Security in the Field Training, Online Training.

Nov 2010:
Training workshop on conflicts, conflict resolution and peace building; conducted by the University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC) in collaboration with University of Dar es Salaam Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

January 2008– February 2008:

Training workshop on Business Planning and Project Management conducted by the University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC).

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda
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