We are delighted to announce that Mary Mwangi, our staff member for 8 years, has taken on the senior role of Programmes Manager for Vision Africa. This means that she will be the one driving our project partnerships, making decisions on programme activities (alongside the governance boards) and driving our programming strategy.
The position will cover the Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (in conjunction with Impact Assessment Officer), Budget and Finance Management, Staff Management and Sustainability of our programmes.
We asked Mary to tell us how she feels about this transition and what she hopes to achieve…
“Vision Africa’s work has positively changed the lives of so many children and youths. I have been part of this team making change happen for the past 8 years. I listened to the founders, Reverend and Mrs Packard,explain their vision for the Kenyan child for the first time in 2010 and since then, I have always felt the responsibility of making it a reality every day I wake up to go work at VA. I purpose to work for the values and the vision of VA even more with my new role.
I hope to achieve the following;
- The sustainability of the Vision Africa impact at the project level by ensuring child protection is enhanced, children’s rights are championed for and children and youth continue to be given a conducive environment to achieve the best and live a life full of hope, opportunity and dignity.
- Create a platform where all stakeholders at the project level can access information about the project as well as expected input for the growth of the project activities. This will also ensure compliance to government regulations and policies.
- Ensure prudent, efficient and effective use of financial, human and other resources both at VA and project level to achieve the set objectives and ensure continuation of VA impact.
- Enhance interdepartmental communication at the VA level.
- Push for enhanced communication between the Kenya Council Of Reference, the UK Board and the Kenyan VA staff.
Having closely worked with the Kenyan VA team, I know through their dedication we will be able to achieve the Vision Africa set goals and objectives working as a team.
My close working relationship with the beneficiaries at the project level will be a great asset in knowing the needs of each project and responding to them uniquely. This should help inform communication to the boards on project development, budgeting, financing and fundraising for the projects.
It’s important to have a Kenyan lead the team here; it gives the organization a local face which I do hope can lead to local ownership and subsequent support locally. Also, it is a show of confidence in our Kenyan talent which will also act as a motivation for the children we work with that hard work pays and they have the potential to make it in life.”
Vision Africa Chairman, Bob Dowty, says “I am delighted to welcome Mary into this new and challenging role. Mary has worked with us for many years and has been an important member of the team in Kenya. Her new position will present a new challenge with additional complexities which I am very confident she will quickly rise to. I have every confidence that Mary will be a great ambassador for Vision Africa and I wish her all the very best in her new role.”