This edition of “Meet the Staff” features Maureen Kwilasa, the new Program Coordinator for Pathways Tanzania
1. What is your role on Pathways?
In a nutshell, my job is to integrate different areas of program implementation, tying it up with overarching elements of gender and rights. On the ground level, what this really means may range from ensuring that the program and support staff on the ground have adequate support to enable them to fulfill their tasks to identifying and facilitating discussion with partners to support and sustain our work. The job also involves management of the project funds in implementation, ensuring that we achieve the outcomes envisioned during program design.
2. How did you become involved with Pathways? What were you working on before you came to Pathways?
I saw the ad for the Gender and Technical Officer Position, something I thought to be interesting, especially after reading what the program was about and how much it was benefitting women in the regions of implementation. Upon being shortlisted and interviewed, I was offered the Program Coordinator position, something I still find to be a great honour.
3. What were you working on before you came to Pathways?
Before this job I was working with Oxfam in Tanzania in its Gender Justice Department, where I worked in their Constitutional Review Program. This program assists in the provision of civic and voter education, especially for women living in rural Tanzania, to ensure the understanding of the meaning and implication of a constitutional review in their day-to-day lives.
4. What inspired you to become involved with CARE/Pathways?
It was definitely the heavy hand it plays in pushing for something as basic as ensuring women are able to put food on the table for their families, a benefit many of us take for granted. Understanding how hard it is for opportunities to reach women, especially in this continent – let alone those living in the rural (and very often hard to reach) areas that Pathways is being implemented, I knew it would be an absolute privilege to be able to be part of the team.
5. What is your favorite part of being on the Pathways team?
Everyone is just so helpful, really! I have been on the team for about a month and so far everyone has proved very helpful as I navigate through the workings of the program. It also very fulfilling to know that I am part of such a big team, touching the lives of so many women, families and communities in general.
6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, reading biographies and satire, and watching a lot of documentaries. One thing I am looking forward to is to start growing vegetables. I have a lot of land around my house that I am going to start a little gardening project. I am also learning French online, and am looking to sit for certification exams at the end of this year.
Thank you, Maureen! We are lucky to you have you as part of the team!