Most programme and granting activities are managed by country staff based in the Voice focus countries, employed by either Oxfam country offices or Hivos regional offices. The decentralised approach means flexible decision making where local Voice teams define priority groups and thematic priorities in close collaboration with local stakeholders and grantees. The country teams consist of a full-time Voice Programme Officer and half-time Finance Officer with additional support from staff in Communications, Linking and Learning and Monitoring and Evaluation. For more information on the structure please go here.
Team Nigeria (oxfam)
Project Coordinator, Voice Nigeria
Ijeoma Okwor is a gender expert with ten years experience in the development and human rights sector. She is passionate about the course of the vulnerable and discriminated members in her country. She is also interested in social justice and human security. She has a Masters in Law from the University of Southampton, UK, (2010), a Bachelor in Law from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria (2004), was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006, and has a diploma in Social Works from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, in 1999. Ijeoma is currently working with Oxfam Nigeria as Project Coordinator for Voice and she is among others, driving the gender component of Oxfam Nigeria’s country strategy.
Please note that Ijeoma is on maternity leave between September 2017 and March 2018 and is covered by Dorothy Iruaku Oleka. Her Email is Dorothy.IruakuOleka@oxfamnovib.nl
Team Kenya & Tanzania (Hivos)
Finance Officer, Voice Kenya & Tanzania
Reina is passionate about seeing livelihoods improved and leaving someone or something better than she found them. Reina has worked with partners and grantees for over 7 years and has a MA in Economic Policy. Reina is already looking forward to the end of the programme, when the partners capacity has improved, especially on financial management. For her this is the favourite moment in any programme. Hoping that by the end of Voice we have improved the systems, capacity and people’s lives and have given them a VOICE is Reina’s big dream!
Programme Officer Voice Tanzania
An advocate, Benedict Ishabakaki holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Dar Es Salaam (Hons), a Certificate in Security and Risk Assessment from York University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. He has more than five years of experience working with CSOs; building expertise on human rights, security of human rights defenders, organisational development and management of multiple project and grant to ensure compliance.Benedict has also served as an independent consultant, engaged with different national and international organisations addressing themes such as freedom of expression and access to information, internet and online freedom, women and children's rights, monitoring of projects and organisational development. Ishabakaki is a resource person with different media houses in Tanzania, whereby he appears to analyse issues of laws, human rights situations, political developments, and policy and governance issues.As an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, he considers law as a tool of justice, and therefore he normally applies test cases and public interest litigation's to bring changes in the community.
Programme Officer Voice Kenya
Sheila Mulli is the Voice Programme Officer for Kenya based at Hivos East Africa. Sheila is passionate about developing innovative approaches to creating a world that is free and fair for all. Sheila has worked in the NGO space for 6 years promoting and defending the rights of women and girls across the African continent and globally. All voices matter within society and Sheila willfully accepts the task of challenging societal norms, so that those that society deems as different, will be empowered. Sheila sees their roles as crucial and constructive to help the development of their communities and the world at large. She holds a degree in Economics and International Relations.
Team Cambodia (Oxfam)
Programme Finance Officer, Voice Cambodia
Boren has over 13 years’ experience in the field of Administration and Finance. Before joining Oxfam, Boren worked as an accountant and administrator with the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh for seven years and before that Boren was an Administration and Finance Manager as well as in Grant Management with a Non-Governmental Organisation. Boren graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003 in the field of accounting and currently holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from Norton University. She started working for Oxfam Cambodia as Finance Officer for Programmes since June 2017 and has joined Voice from December 2017.
Grant/Partnership Specialist, Voice Cambodia
Sokha obtained a Master of Science in Education with specialisation in Community Development from the Asian Social Institute (ASI) in the Philippines. She has more than 6 years of work experience on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS prevention with youth garment factory workers. five years working to promote the rights of people with disabilities and inclusiveness with Handicap International in Cambodia. Before joining Oxfam, she used to work for CARE International in Cambodia as Senior Technical Officer responsible to coordinate and support 25 local NGOs partners both with project implementation and financial management as part of the Implementation of the Social Accountability Framework (ISAF) project for close to 2 years. In December 2017 she joined Oxfam Cambodia as the Voice Grant/Partnership Specialist and is looking forward to seeing all the changes made by the Voice Programme.
Team Niger (Oxfam)
Aichatou Nouhou Bako
Finance Officer, Voice Niger
Aicha has graduated with an MBA in Finance, Audit and Management Control in Dakar, Senegal. She has over 9 years of experience in Financial Management and has worked for Catholic Relief Services, Songes Niger, Care International and now Oxfam International. Aicha just started as Finance Officer for Voice and is looking forward to seeing all the changes made by the Voice Programme.
Programme Officer, Voice Niger
Hadiza is the Voice Programme Officer for Niger since February 2017. Hadiza is a Masters of Arts holder in International Development with a focus on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Ohio University, Athens Ohio, USA, and a BSc. in Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Hadiza has over 7 years of experience working with INGO and local entities in the development sector and administrative support. She is passionate about change making in gender inequality, access to equal opportunity and social justice for all. With Voice, she hopes to see the dream of the change being materialised.
Team Mali (Oxfam)
Finance Officer, Voice Mali
Sekou has an MBA in Finance from South Eastern University in Washington D.C and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Morocco. He has accumulated 7 years of experience in Administration, accounting, finance and human resources with the following two organisations. Sekou has started his career at the Millennium Development Goal and Millennium Village Project for over three years. For the last four years Sekou has been working at Oxfam in Mali and joined Voice right since its inception.
Project Coordinator, Voice Mali
Ramata Coulibaly joined Oxfam Mali on 1 December 2016 as Project Coordinator for Voice. A holder of a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Mali, Ramata has over ten years of experience in the promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups such as children, domestic workers and youth. She has worked for both national and international organisations to facilitate access to education, to sexual and reproductive health rights among youth and for general access to humanitarian actors. Most recently she has worked for the UK NGO Right To Play as Project Officer.
Ramata is a tireless defender of gender equality, women’s empowerment and social justice, values she also instills in her three children.
Team Indonesia & Philippines (Hivos)
Project Manager, Voice Indonesia
Tazia is a young and vibrant feminist from Indonesia who holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Her belief in human rights and inclusiveness ignites her passion for Voice. She is the youngest member of the Voice team. She likes film, food, and flowers.
Finance Officer, Voice Indonesia & Philippines
Lili is Finance Officer for Voice covering Indonesia and the Philippines. She has been working for international and local NGOs for over 11 years and she knows intimately the challenges and requirements in these international environments. She also has extensive experience in working with partners.
Linking, Learning and Communications Officer Indonesia and Philippines
Zack graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations in the hope of working on development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Accidentally landing in the higher education sector, he specialised in educational development, learner-centred design and teaching and learning using technology. With keen interest in the intersection of individual participation, new forms of expression and technology, Zack pursued a Master's degree in urban development, focusing on how policy-makers learn and adapt new ideas in their own context. He has since worked in areas such as compliance in government procurement, policy movements and rural livelihood vulnerabilities. Now as the Linking, Learning and Communications Officer for Voice Indonesia and Philippines, he hopes to amplify and link the voices of grantees.
Marie Frances Piscano
Project Manager, Voice Philippines
Marie is an advocate for a life worth living. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and has worked for various peace, gender and development projects in the Asia Pacific region. More than a specialist, she is a connector of and on issues and is interested in the overlaps and linkages of themes to provide cross-cutting and holistic solutions to enduring global challenges. Marie is a modern-day hippie and is passionate about sustainable and conscious living. She aims to contribute to the sustainable development of South East Asia as a region.
Team Laos (Oxfam)
Finance Officer, Voice Laos
Viengsy is the Voice Finance Officer in Laos. She works closely with grantees to support and serves as a coach to increase grantees’ knowledge of financial management skills and processes. Viengsy is a highly skilled specialist with over 9 years of experience in the field of finance. Viengsy is friendly and welcoming to everybody’s opinions. On the weekend she loves to spend time with her little son and experience everyday as he grows. Viengsy always aims to improve and develop her professional skills in finance.
Programme Officer, Voice Laos
Nakhornphet Pasomsouk is a LGBTI activist and advocate in Laos, and he comes to Voice with a vibrant and enthusiastic personality. Nicknamed Lae, he loves music and likes to dance. Nakhornphet is passionate about Human Rights, LGBTI issues and mobilisation, gender equality and marginalised groups in general. He is convinced that marginalised populations can play a crucial role in development at both national and international level as good as any other group can do. Nakhornphet has been involved in Health – HIV/AIDS – and Sexual and Reproductive Health for target populations including, but not limited, to LGBTI in Laos for over a decade. Additionally, Nakhornphet has experience working for several different INGOs in Laos, for instance, Project Officer (2009-2011) and Research Consultant (2012-2014) at Burnet Institute, HIV and Human Rights Project Manager (2014-2015) at the French Red Cross, Technical Specialist at CARE International (2016-2017), and also at the regional level for the Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific in Bangkok (2015-2016). Moreover, he played a significant role as a representative of Men who have sex with men community in Laos (2013-2015) at the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism. Furthermore, he served as a Committee Board Member for a group of LGBTI activists and advocates called “Proud To Be Us Laos” (2012-2016), and the Asia-Pacific Network of Young Key Populations “Youth LEAD (Leadership Education Advocacy Development)”(2011-2015).
Team Uganda (Oxfam)
Project Coordinator, Voice Uganda
Francis-Xavier is a Governance, Human Rights and Anti-Corruption specialist with over 10 years of work experience within civil society. He holds a Master’s degree (2004) in Ethics and Public Management of Makerere University and a Bachelor of Philosophy (1999) of the Pontifical Urban University of Rome, Italy. Prior to joining Oxfam, he worked for ActionAid Kenya in various capacities; Anti-corruption Specialist (2009-10) and as Capacity Building Advisor (2013-2016). He also worked for the Centre for Governance and Economic Development as Organisational Development and Advocacy Advisor up to 2013. He worked for research and evaluation institutions such as Innovations for Poverty Action (2011-2012) and Makerere University, where he was a lecturer (2004-2008). He has extensive experience in Organisational Development, Coalition building, Research, Programme monitoring & evaluation, among others. He has interest in working on issues of governance, human rights and accountability, social justice and as well as the empowerment interventions of the vulnerable poor (women living in poverty and exclusion), and other marginalised sections of society.
Jimmy Opiro Bangi
Finance Officer, Voice Uganda
Jimmy Opiro Bangi is a Grants & Compliance Specialist with 10 years of experience and expertise in negotiation and administration of grants and cooperative and interagency agreements. His work has involved managing, contracting and analysing grants and budgets, capacity building of partners and he is familiar with donor regulations. Jimmy is also experienced in project planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihoods projects and health services. Jimmy holds a Master in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) from Cavendish University Kampala, a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Gulu University Uganda and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Makerere University Kampala. He is currently a student at Uganda Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Uganda (ICPAU).