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Country Teams

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)

  • Ijeoma Okwor

    Programme OfficerIjeoma Okwor is a gender expert with 10 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 programme officer for Voice and she is amongst others, driving the gender component of Oxfam Nigeria’s country strategy. Contact: ijeoma.okwor@oxfamnovib.nl

Team Kenya & Tanzania (Hivos)

  • Ruth Kimani

    Programme Officer KenyaRuth Njambi Kimani wants to live in a world filled with lovers of human and social change makers. As a social and health communication practitioner, she has worked in the NGO world for over ten years’, building expertise in strategic behaviour communication, programme development and management on social development, women empowerment, youth and health, sexual rights and diversity. Nobody can silence Ruth when it comes to discussions around topics that are commonly referred to as sensitive. She holds a Master Degree in Project Planning and Management (MA-PPM) and currently works for Hivos as the Programme Officer for Voice in Kenya. Contact: rkimani@hivos.org

  • Reina Kogembo

    Finance Officer 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! Contact: rkogembo@hivos.org

  • Benedict Ishabakaki

    Programme Officer 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. Contact: bishabakaki@hivos.org

Team Cambodia (Oxfam)

  • Bopha Kong

    Programme OfficerBopha Kong comes to Voice with over 10 years of experience working for international and local NGOs such as EDUCO Cambodia, World Vision, Open Institute, Community Legal Education Center, and LICADHO. She has worked on issues relating to education, child protection, women and gender, training, and community development. Furthermore, she has five years experience in administration and teaching Mathematics at the Royal University of Fine Art. Bopha has got a Masters degree in Private Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in 2009, a certificate in secondary school teaching in 2001 from the Faculty of Pedagogy, and a BA in Science with a major in Mathematics from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2000. Contact: bopha.kong@oxfamnovib.nl

  • Sophanna Heng

    Senior Finance Officer Sophanna obtains Master in Management majoring in Entrepreneurship and Project Management from Royal University of Laws and Economics, Cambodia, in cooperation with Université Lyon 2 and Lille I, France. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Accounting from respected Cambodia universities. He has more than 10 years of work experience in accounting and finance in the social sector, ranging from local to international non-for-profit organisation. Before joining Oxfam, he used to work for ActionAid Cambodia as Senior Finance Officer for over 2 and half years. He starts working for Oxfam Cambodia since May 2017 and Voice from June 2017. Contact: Sophanna.heng@oxfam.org

Team Niger (Oxfam)

  • Aichatou Nouhou Bako

    Finance OfficerAicha 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. Contact: aichatou.nouhou@oxfamnovib.ne

  • Hadiza Amadou

    Programme Officer Hadiza is the Voice Program Officer for Niger since February 2017. Hadiza is a Masters of Arts holder in International Development studies 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. Contact: Hadiza.Amadou@oxfamnovib.ne

Team Mali (Oxfam)

  • Sekou Doumbouya

    Finance Officer Sekou has an MBA in Finance from South Eastern University in Washington D.C and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Morocco. He has accumulated 7 years experience in the Administration, accounting, finance and human resource arena with the following organisation. Sekou has started his career at working for 3 years at the Millennium Development Goal and Millennium Village Project. Now Sekou has been working at Oxfam for 4 years already and recently started working for Voice. Contact: sekou.doumbouya@oxfamnovib.nl

  • Ramata Coulibaly

    Programme Officer Ramata Coulibaly joined Oxfam Mali on 1 December 2016 as Programme Officer for Voice. A holder of a Masters Degree in in Socio-Anthropologie 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. Contact: ramata.coulibaly@oxfamnovib.nl

Team Indonesia & Philippines (Hivos)

  • Tazia Darryanto

    Programme Officer IndonesiaTazia 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. Contact: tdarryanto@hivos.org

  • Lilinsuto Wau

    Finance Officer 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. Contact: lwau@hivos.org

  • Kahlille Seranilla

    Programme Officer Philippines Kahlille is a candid person and a grounded development practitioner who was born and raised in a humble family of six in the northern rural part of the Philippines. She moved to Manila in 2008 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Community Development, where she had the opportunity to immerse and learn with groups of informal settlers and older persons in low-lying urban areas through community organizing. This ignited her interest in rights-based and people-centered form of development, and pushed her to start a career in this field. Her succeeding 4 years of professional experience highlight dedicated work with the disability and children sectors in the areas of inclusive employment, disaster risk reduction, advocacy and lobbying, good governance, and development cooperation. Kahlille hopes to continue using her capacities to advance the rights of the marginalized groups she is working with. Contact: kseranilla@hivos.org

  • Zack Lee

    Linking, Learning and Communications Officer Indonesia and Philippines Zack graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations in the hopes 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 with technology. With keen interest in the intersection of individual participation, new forms of expression and technology, Zack pursued a master's degree urban development, focusing on how policymakers learn and adapt new ideas in their own context. He has since worked in areas such as government procurement compliance, 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 together the voices of grantees. Contact: jlee@hivos.org

Team Laos (Oxfam)

  • Viengsy Yathotou

    Finance Officer 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. Contact: viengsy.yathotou@oxfamnovib.nl

  • Nakhornphet Pasomsouk

    Programme Officer 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…

Team Uganda (Oxfam)

  • Francis-Xavier Ochieng

    Programme Officer 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. Contact: francis.xavier.ochieng@oxfamnovib.nl

  • Jimmy Opiro Bangi

    Finance Officer 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). Contact.jimmy.opiro@oxfamnovib.nl