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Maxwell Madzikanga
Country Programme Manager , International non-profit
Hampshire , United Kingdom
I am a results-oriented international development, and public health expert with 20 years’ experience providing technical assistance, coordinating, managing and directing programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa and internationally. Furthermore, I extensive experience in developing and leading strategic and country level plans, guiding the design and management of complex humanitarian programmes
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Maxwell is an international development expert, public and population health, humanitarian, and development professional with experience in providing programme leadership, population health management, geospatial capacity building, programme management, advocacy, human rights, international humanitarian law, international development, and data analytics. He is highly experienced in health programming and application of humanitarian standards to development and managed complex integrated health and development programmes in diverse contexts across prevention, care, support, treatment, and mitigation. His experience in change management, stakeholder engagement and facilitating organisational transitions to new processes would be pertinent in the current context. He brings expertise in leveraging mobile network data to inform humanitarian action and COVID19 responses.

He is trained in Humanitarian Action, Public Health and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Political Science, Psychology, Bioethics and Law, Education, Training, and International Development. The training provided him with expertise in managing multifaceted integrated programmes, big picture thinking, leading matrixed interventions, designing M & E systems, monitoring frameworks and metrics. In the NHS his responsibilities had significant focus on population health management, designing care coordination pathways, and using data analytics to drive population health and policy reconfiguration across multiple regions. At Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, Maxwell successfully managed 4 complex cancer work streams and the Vague Symptoms Pathways targeting a region of 4 million people.

Previous work included conducting humanitarian, nutrition and food security assessments, designing and monitoring WATSAN interventions across 5 LMICs.

Maxwell’s key competencies include programme management, health systems strengthening, resilience analysis, systems thinking, data analysis, training, capacity building, evidence-based decision-making, risk management, problem-analysis, leadership, team-building, staff mentoring, priority setting, influencing, negotiation and programme reporting.

His experience and competences makes Maxwell an ideal candidate for operational, programme management, and leadership positions that require multisectoral skills, strategy setting, complex stakeholder engagement, policy advocacy, designing best-practice informed interventions, business case development, influencing, and operationalizing complex projects and processes.

Lastly, he has extensive experience in developing and leading strategic planning processes and country level plans, guiding the design and management of complex humanitarian programmes at scale, managing change and transition, and building programme teams to deliver excellence and supporting the development of evidence based and data informed policy making in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
My qualifications include: the following:
Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Affairs
Bachelor of Science Degree in Politics and Administration Honours
B.Sc. Special Honours Degree in Psychology
Master of Science in Disease Control/ Master of Public Health
Erasmus Mundus European Master of Bioethics and Medical Law
Further Education Teachers Diploma
Several certificates related to NGO Management. Both postgraduate degrees had significant componentS focussing on Programme Management, Policy Analysis, Psychology, Population Health and Public Health, Humanitarian needs assessment, HIV and AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Health and Human Rights, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies, Global Health Policy Analysis, International Public Health, and Participatory Development.

The Master of Public Health thesis reviewed the multisectoral response to HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe. For the Master of Bioethics Degree programme, I used quantitative and qualitative methodologies to review clinical trials conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa. The findings were presented during an international conference co-organised by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. I have also completed a postgraduate adult education and training diploma that included Training Management, Course Organization and Curriculum Development, Adult Education theories and approaches, Research Methods and Education Technology courses.

I have just completed a certificate course in Equity-Focused Evaluation offered by UNICEF. In addition, I completed a four months Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research course and as well as a Climate Change, Environment and Public Health Health course The courses were provided by The Harvard School of Public Health. I attained distinction grades in both courses. Lastly, I have also completed Parliamentary Strengthening courses with the World Bank.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Extensive experience in international health (with special focus on Public Health and HIV/AIDS in Africa), solid educational background (two MScs) and considerable multicultural experience.

Executive Council Member: The Society for AIDS in Africa-Oct 2008-Dec 2009.

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Scientific Review Committee Member: Dec 2007-Dec 2010

Youth-to-Youth Programme Adviser, Mvuma District, Zimbabwe (1995-2000)

Mutare District AIDS Action Committee (DAAC) Treasurer, Zimbabwe, (2001)

Zimbabwe National AIDS Council Multi-sectoral Planning Facilitator/Consultant Mutare Urban (2001): Was Lead consultant for the Manicaland Mutare Urban HIV and AIDS Planning Process. Designed research instruments, conducted consultative meetings, lead focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with stakeholders. Conducted data analysis, report writing, and dissemination of results. Facilitated the district and provincial HIV strategic planning process.

Co-consultant: Evaluated the Catholic Relief Funded Medical and Nutrition Supplies Project, Diocese of Manicaland Community Care Programme: Zimbabwe (2001)

Event Director: World AIDS Commemoration Day Youth Festival, Zimbabwe (2003)

Johannitter Consultant: Orphan and Vulnerable Children Baseline Survey, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe, 2004

HIV/AIDS Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation Task Force Member, NAC/MOH Zimbabwe (2005)

Africa Youth Leadership Training Consultant-designed and validated training materials, schedules, evaluation forms and all the logistical support required by the 40 international youths who participated in the programme, Lusaka, Zambia (2005)

Co-consultant: Mid-term evaluation of the South Africa Red Cross KwaZulu Natal HIV Programme (May 2010). Designed evaluation instruments, training of enumerators, data gathering, analysis and report writing.

Lead Consultant: South Africa Red Cross Howick and Newcastle HIV/AIDS Baseline Survey 2009. Designed the evaluation instruments, data gathering, and training of enumerators, analysis and report writing.

Strengthened the capacities of more than 4 Red Cross National Societies responding to HIV and AIDS, food insecurity/nutrition and OVC.

Managed and conducted assessments in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi among others.

Developed proposals for Community and Home-Based Care programmes and HIV Peer Education Programmes in more than 4 African countries (2009-2011).

Developed Africa University HIV/AIDS programme strategy and framework.

Assisted a Red Cross National Society to develop national Water and Sanitation Strategic Plan (2010).

Guided the development of district, provincial and national HIV and AIDS multisectoral work-plans and budgets in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia and Lesotho Facilitated the development of the Zimbabwe National AIDS Policy and the National HIV Strategic Framework (2009-2011).

Participated in the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for HIV and AIDS programmes in Zimbabwe and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

Assisted the Zimbabwe National AIDS Council to document best practices, progress and measure impact.

Represented Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the National AIDS Council (April 2002) during a Global Fund proposal Review Meeting.

Designed and implemented a turnaround strategy that enabled stability and sustainable growth to an NGO facing collapse (2001).

Directed a National Youth Organisation for two years (2003-2004).

UK Consortium HIV Care and Support, Prevention, and CABA Working Group Member(2009-2011)

Reviewer: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2007-current).

ICPCN Task Team Member: Evaluation of the WHO Guidelines on the Pharmacological Treatment of Persisting Pain in Children with Medical Illnesses (2012)

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Shona
    United Kingdom , Zimbabwe
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