Office of the Executive Director
|Nyasha E. Chishakwe is the Executive Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), and also a Law Lecturer in the Department of Public Law at the University of Zimbabwe. A leading international lawyer and academic, Nyasha has worked as Legal Counsel for various international organizations including Bioversity International (an international agricultural research institute under the auspices of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)); and IUCN-The World Conservation Union (Regional Office for Southern Africa). He also worked as a Law Officer in the Legal Advice Division of the Attorney-General’s Office (Government of Zimbabwe), and as an Attorney in Private Legal Practice.Nyasha has written and published widely on the interface between law, economics and science. He holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) in Business and Trade Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Law.
|Paidamoyo Mutezo Is our Assistant Administration Officer and Receptionist. She is a qualified Executive Secretary and has been working with the Centre since 2012. She welcomes visitors and helps them with their needs and also manning the switchboard for ingoing and outgoing calls. Paidamoyo coordinates and schedules meetings, trainings and workshops and also helps in the finance department in preparing payment vouchers.|
Finance and Administration
|Gift Muponda, – is the Finance and Administration Manager for Centre for Applied Legal Research and he holds extensive working experience in various sectors of industry. Starting from the grassroots level he has exposure to industries which includes Clothing and textile, Printing and Publishing, Service Provision, Healthcare and the NGO Sector both with Multinational and Local NGOs. Coming to CALR Gift had worked for CARE International as an Accountant, Community Technology Development Organisation (CTDO) as Grants Accountant and Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) as an Accountant amongst other organisations. He holds a Bachelour of Commerce in Accounting Degree (BCOMA), Southern African Association of Accountants (SAAA) Higher Diploma and currently studying Strategic Level for a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.|
|Charity Kayiya, Assistant Procurement & Human Resources Officer – Charity has extensive experience working as a finance and administrative officer for regional and international organizations, namely the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and IUCN – The World Conservation Union (Regional Office for Southern Africa). She holds a Bachelor of Science (Counselling) degree, Diploma in Principles of Modern Management, Diploma in Administrative/ Executive/ Personal and Secretarial Duties, and a Certificate in Secretarial Studies. Mrs Kayiya has extensive skills in coordinating logistics of workshops and related procurement and compliance procedures.|
|Primrose Muhluburo, joined CALR in July 2015 as a Finance Officer. She has 8 years working experience in International NGOs (Oxfam and World Vision Zimbabwe) in the area of bookkeeping, financial reporting, budgeting, local income financial management and grant accounting including compilation of management accounts. Primrose has professional experience of donor requirements, budgeting, monitoring and reporting for donors that includes USAID, OFDA, EU, AUSAID, WFP, ECHO, DFID, FAO, UNICEF and Local Embassies. She is a holder of B Com Banking Hons Degree from National University of Science and Technology and has an ACCA qualification (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). With her professional experience and qualifications, she is bringing administration and financial support to CALR’s program implementation.|
Research and Legal Advisory
|Aminata Chatira – Ruwodo is the CALR Projects Coordinator. Aminata holds a Master of Laws (LLM) specializing in International Law from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She has post-qualification training in Results Based Management, Project Management, Advocacy, Gender, Training for Transformation, Conflict Management and Transformative Justice as well as Organisational Field and Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders.
Aminata possesses eight years of experience in the human rights, justice, governance and conflict transformation sector working with various state and non-state actors in different capacities. Her experience ranges from project development, implementation and project management. Aminata has successfully managed EU, UsAid, AusAid, UNDP, Oxfam Novib, Trocaire, NED, OSISA, Japanese Embassy, French Embassy, Swiss and Norwegian Embassy Grants; and she also has experience in Legal Research and Analysis, Legal Writing, Documentation, Monitoring State Compliance with International Obligations, Legal Education, Legal Advice, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender Mainstreaming, Lobbying and Advocacy, Training and Facilitation, Capacity Building, Civic Education and Field Work.
At CALR, Aminata’s role is to ensure programmatic implementation of all projects, supervision of all projects in accordance with project documents and work plans, report writing, overseeing institutional and project level Monitoring and Evaluation, networking, as well as identifying new opportunities and partnerships for CALR. Aminata’s legal areas of interest are Constitutional Law, International Law, International Human Rights Law, Women’s Law, Refugee Law and International Rights of the Child.
|Sharon Wekwete is a Legal Research Officer at CALR. She joined the organization after returning from Washington D.C, USA in 2016 where she had been selected to represent Zimbabwe in the prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (a Fulbright program) from 2014. During that period, Sharon studied anti-corruption law and human rights advocacy at American University Washington College of Law, and also worked as a consultant in the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, Transparency International and Ashoka. Throughout her legal career, which began in private practice at Atherstone & Cook, she has worked to promote human rights and accountability in the country’s governance institutions. After working in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Harare Regional Delegation spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL), she served as Director of Government and Legal Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister during Zimbabwe’s inclusive government, focusing on the fulfillment of the Global Political Agreement as well as the Constitution-making process. With diverse experience in policy analysis, legal advice & transactions, strategic negotiations, arbitration and litigation, as well as a background in communications and broadcasting, she is a versatile legal and international development professional with a working knowledge of French and German.|
Specialized Legal Training
|Yvonne Juwaki is our Legal Research Officer.
She holds a Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Arts in Development Studies (with specialization in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice) from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has worked at various organizations including the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe (EU) and Veritas where she obtained various work experience in the areas of legal research, advocacy and project management. Yvonne brings to CALR her legal research and advisory skills that continue to immensely contribute to the realization of CALR’s mission of making the law work for development
Legal Knowledge Generation and Management
|Moreblessing Mbire – Information, Research and Communications Officer. A communications professional with interests in international human rights law and development, Moreblessing has more than four years’ work experience in the communications sector. She has worked at various organizations including Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) and Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre (HIFC) where her communications skills where strengthened. She has also functioned in different capacities as an independent researcher on consultancy basis. Moreblessing brings to CALR her research, writing and communications skills that will ensure expansion of CALR’s communications proficiencies. Moreblessing holds a Masters in Development Studies specialising in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice; a BSc in Media and Society Studies and have exceptional communication skills including report writing. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Community Development and Humanitarian Project Management and Certificate in Website maintenance.|
Monitoring and Evaluation
|Tatenda Murenje, holds a Masters in Development Studies from Midlands State University and an Executive Certificate in Practical Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Zimbabwe. She has more than six years’ experience in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation having worked at numerous International organizations such as CARE International, Africare and Concern Worldwide as well as local NGOs such as Christian Care Zimbabwe where she amassed extensive working knowledge in relief, development as well as social research. Tatenda brings to CALR her practical experience in effectively implementing monitoring and evaluation for both emergency and developmental purposes as well as knowledge in research, data analysis and report writing.|