This week Opportunity International welcomes Chikondi Mpokosa taking up a newly created position in Opportunity as Programme Director, Women and Girls. This is an exciting new post for Opportunity, in particular EduFinance which strongly supports girls’ education, helps women proprietors improve the quality of their schools, and offers School Fee Loans and savings to women enabling them to send their children to school.
Chikondi brings a wealth of experience managing programmes across multi-countries and within a large variety of organisations in international development in a variety of programme areas, including child rights, human rights, humanitarian, capacity-building and education. Chikondi will be working with our field operations and the Opportunity Network to bring a gender lens to programmes, products and tools that align a gender strategy to Opportunity’s broader goals. Her role will work across programmes and philanthropy to identify and understand the issues and risks faced by women and girls, and how we can better serve their needs.
Prior to joining Opportunity International, Chikondi served as the National Advocacy Manager for the Malala Fund, developing advocacy programmes around the world to encourage and empower girls to complete 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education, achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities.
Previously Chikondi spent many years working as a Programme Manager and then Country Director for VSO in Nigeria, Malawi and Tanzania, eventually becoming their Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser in Education. Following her time at the VSO, she took a role as the Global Programme Adviser in Education for Oxfam. Chikondi has also worked in programme roles in Leonard Cheshire Disability in London, the Chisomo Children’s Club in Malawi, and the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre.
Originally from Malawi, Chikondi holds a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Malawi, a post graduate certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of London and a Master of Arts in Education, Gender and International Development from the University of London. Chikondi currently lives in Oxford, United Kingdom.