The Programme Management Unit (PMU)

The Zimbabwe Resilience Buidling Fund Programme Management Unit is resourced by a team of staff with a wide range of operational and programme skills and experiences. The following are members of the PMU which is housed at the UNDP country office in Harare.


SOLOMON MUTAMBARA (Programme Specialist and Acting Head of the PMU)

Solomon has more than 18 years of on-the- ground practical experience in development working with rural and urban communities. He has depth of knowledge and experience in the use of different rural/urban development approaches, agriculture, private sector engagement and the market for the poor approaches for rural/urban poverty reduction and resilience building. Solomon has extensive experience in leading monitoring & evaluation efforts and management of different development (including resilience building projects) and humanitarian/emergence (including extensive cash transfer projects) projects implemented by different consortia in the past 11 years. Solomon holds a PhD in rural development, with the University of Botswana, focusing on the sustainability challenges of smallholder irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe. He has a Master’s degree in Safety Health and Environmental Management (Midlands State University) and another Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with the Midlands State University and an Honours degree in Geography with the University of Zimbabwe). He also  has  diplomas in Project Management for Development Professionals (Group Buckinghamshire University) and Human resources management (Institute of Personal Management) as well as certificates in Monitoring, Evaluation & data management and gender integration. Solomon has published 16 articles in peer reviewed journals, in the areas of resilience building, sustainability of rural projects and people management issues in projects. He also been involved in leading different evaluation and development of M&E systems of different projects in Zimbabwe.

Sally Muwani

Sally Muwani (Grant Management Associate)

Sally Muwani is a passionate, self-motivated Community Development practitioner with 12 years combined experience working for the United Nations and the Government of Zimbabwe. She brings with her experience in Grant Management, Programme Coordination and Support, Office Administration and Finance. Prior to joining UNDP-ZRBF, Sally was with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs where she successfully managed the Emergency Response Fund during its last couple of years of implementation in Zimbabwe as well as managing the administrative closure of the office. He role involved engaging organisations responding to various sectoral needs to the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood disaster through review of project proposals and budgets, project monitoring, review of quarterly reports, drafting of donor reports as well as coordination of humanitarian activities. Sally's coordination role afforded her an opportunity of working with multi-stakeholders in various Government Ministries, Development Organisations, United Nations Agencies and Civil Society in the humanitarian sector. Sally is a holder of an MSc in Development Studies (Women's University in Africa), BA Development Studies majoring in Community Development (University of South Africa), Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management and Part C of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.

Melania Shayanewako

Melania Shayanewako (Grant Management Analyst)

An Economist with 18 years' experience Melania has worked extensively for the United Nations (8 years) and with Government of Zimbabwe (10 years), leading teams in grants management, capacity development, strategic advocacy, as well technical macroeconomic research, analysis and forecasting. Her knowledge of grants management is coupled with her skills in gender mainstreaming strategies and gender responsive budgeting. Her knowledge in economics enables her to apply economic principles while delivering grants management duties. Furthermore, her knowledge of Government decision making mechanisms enables her to advise and coordinate inputs from civil society organisations that are aimed at informing policy decisions. Prior to managing grants under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund, Melania has manged grants that supported Women's Economic Empowerment and Gender Responsive Budgeting under the Joint Programme for Gender Equality as a Programme Specialist with UN Women Zimbabwe. She has international expertise having worked with UNDP South Sudan as an Economics Specialist, providing technical and economic advice to the Sudanese Central Equatorial State Ministry of Finance. Melania holds a Masters in Economics (Yokohama National University Japan) and BSc Honours in Economics (University of Zimbabwe).

Shupikayi Zimuto

Shupikayi Zimuto (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer)

Shupikayi Zimuto is an M&E practitioner with 10 years progressive experience in development work. Prior to joining UNDP, Shupikayi worked for World Food Programme, in the Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. Before joining the UN family he worked for various INGOs in different capacities that entails, program designing, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and analytical work mainly in the areas of Food and Nutrition Security, Agriculture & livelihoods, Food Aid/Assistants and Resilience Building. He has experience in leading and participating in surveys such as baseline studies, evaluations, national surveys and trainings in research monitoring and evaluations (RMEs) as an independent consultant.

Shupikayi holds a Masters in Business Administration (National University of Science and Technology) and BSc Honours in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture (Midlands State University) plus an Executive Certificate in Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (University of Zimbabwe).

Vhusomuzi Sithole

Vhusomuzi Sithole (GIS/Data Analyst)

Vhusomuzi has more than 9 years’ experience in research techniques, space-based technologies, spatial data collection, analysis, visualisation and dissemination. He has consulted for projects utilising geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques in project planning, implementation and project evaluation for clients who include UNDP, GEFSGP-sponsored project, Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Prior to joining UNDP in January 2016, Vhusomuzi attained international work experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

He holds a PhD in Environmental Geography (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa), an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (University of Southampton, Lund University, University of Warsaw and International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation), an MSc in Environmental Policy and Planning and a BSc. in Geography (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe).

Maxmore Chitambure

Maxmore Chitambure (Driver)

Max joined UNDP - ZRBF unit as a Transport Assistant in June 2016. Maxmore has more than 14 years’ experience as a Transport Assistant/Driver within the UN family. He worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) between March 2002 and December 2014 based at the Masvingo Sub-Office. He also worked for both WFP and FAO on short assignments between January 2015 and May 2016.

David Muchenu

David Muchenu (Driver)

David has been in the UN system since 2009. He started with World Food Programmes and was based in Beitbridge. There after he joined United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) until joining the ZRBF team on the 3rd of October 2016. Prior joining the ZRBF team he has been a cross border truck driver where he spent 8 years visiting all the countries in southern Africa.  However, he has been dealing with government, private and other NGO.  Over the years he has managed to acquire a First level Zimbabwe Association of Accounting Technicians Certificate (ZAAT level 1), Bookkeeping and Marketing First levels and has in-house training of 4x4 apart and Defensive driving certificate from the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe.

Fadzai Ncube

Fadzai Ncube (Information Systems Specialist )

Fadzai is an Information Systems specialist majoring in database development and software engineering; with over 9 years progressive experience working in the data and information management departments  for  Private Sector , Humanitarian as well as Development NGOs. Prior to joining the UNDP- ZRBF unit Fadzai has worked seven years for Medecins Sans Frontiers as Data Officer until she headed the Health Promotion department as IEC Coordinator. She has worked with ZRBF as well SIDA funded projects in Care International. As a Database Administrator with CARE International Fadzai was involved in developing M&E Systems including electronic data management systems, databases and web applications.

She holds a BSc Honours Information systems degree, from the Midlands State University Zimbabwe, Certificate in Project planning and Management NUST Zimbabwe. Fadzai has also completed several courses in programming languages and data analytics. She currently studying towards a MSc in Big Data Analytics with the University of Liverpool.

Tinago Marivadzi

Tinago Marivadzi (Auditing and Finance )

Tinago has over 12 years’ experience working in the auditing and finance departments of parastatals, mines, manufacturing companies, automobile companies, retail outlets and Non-governmental organisations. He has worked for KPMG Chartered Accountants, Probands Private Limited and OK Zimbabwe Limited. He worked in the Audit field as manager for a little over five years.

He is a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Leadership) finalist with the University of Zimbabwe, he is also a Master of Science in Applied Accounting finalist with Oxford Brookes University, he has completed articles training with a big four accounting firm (KPMG Chartered Accountants), he is a holder of a full ACCA qualification and he has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Science with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Caroline Masendeke

Caroline Masendeke (Programme Support and Office Administration)

Caroline Masendeke has over 15 years' experience working for various United Nations Agencies, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Research and information Services with a focus on Programme Support and Office Administration.  Prior to joining the ZRBF Programme Management Unit Caroline pursued her passion in community development through initiating serveral community development projects. 

She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies with Zimbabwe Open University and an Honours Degree in Development Studies with the University of South Africa.  Additionally Caroline holds a National Diploma in Project Planning and Management (CCOSA), and a Certificate in Computer Programming.  Caronline also trained in Population and Development with the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. 

Sekai Mativenga

Sekai Mativenga (Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant)

Sekai holds Master of Science Degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Zimbabwe. She is currently a PHD fellow specialising in the impact of Climate Change on women in Zimbabwe. Sekai has 13 years of post-graduating experience in Programme Management and Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability Reporting and Learning (MEARL).

Prior to joining UNDP, she was the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of ENSURE consortium, (World Vison led).  One of her major success was designing and setting up the M&E system for the 120 million facility which facilitated tracking of 102 indicators. Additionally, she takes pride in her involvement in the Oxfam Zimbabwe Country Monitoring and Evaluation system, after the restructuring process, where she developed a system for Oxfam affiliates in Zimbabwe.

She has both knowledge and experience in implementing Gender, Resilience, Livelihoods, WASH, Nutrition, Humanitarian Responses and Governance programmes in both rural and urban settings and working with communities, local partners and government line ministries. She has a sound understanding of mainstreaming protection issues which include, Child protection, Social protection, Gender and Women’s health rights, Accountability and HIV and AIDS in program design and implementation. Sekai has worked in supporting programs in South Africa, Indonesia, Morocco, Zambia  and Malawi, apart from her support in Zimbabwe.  

Joy Mlambo

Joy Mlambo (ZRBF)

Joy is a passionate, committed and highly motivated Development Practitioner with over six years of experience in working and promoting sustainable development. Before joining ZRBF, Joy was part of a team within UNDP that led capacitation of selected government institutions to integrate climate change adaptation into development planning.  This included disaster risk management, through designing standard adaptation planning templates, the creation of training materials and a user manual on how to integrate climate change (including gender aspects) into policies, as well as plans and programmes both in rural and urban set ups.

Joy’s experience in capacity building has involved working with rural communities through the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEFSGP) as well as with urban communities through the Climate Change Virtual School. She also has experience in project management and project implementation in Zimbabwe gained from working with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme’s (GEFSGP) Knowledge Management Grant and the UNIICEF’s Green Innovations HUB (GiHUB).  She has excellent knowledge management skills with various articles published to her name.  

Joy holds a Bachelor of Sciences Honors Degree in Applied Environmental Science from the University of Zimbabwe, an Executive Certificate in Project Management from the University of Zimbabwe and a Youth Masterclasses Certification in Facilitation Skills from the Global Landscapes Forum.

Decide Mabumbo

Decide Mabumbo (Disaster Risk Management Associate)

Decide has 10-years’ experience in strengthening institutional capacity at the national and local level for disaster and climate resilience with a focus on disaster risk profiling, multi-hazard contingency planning, disaster response preparedness, early warning systems and disaster risk reduction solutions. He has worked with Christian Aid as team leader for the humanitarian country programme and with the Red Cross where he led the World Bank Global Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction project. In-between he had short-term assignments in South Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa. In addition to being a purposeful writer who has developed various emergency appeals and response plans, including co-leading the feasibility study on "Forecast-based Early Action system in Zimbabwe".  He is also experienced in developing trusted relationships with communities and key policy, disaster risk management and scientific institutions to ensure full ownership and long-term sustainability of programs.

Decide is a holder of a BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Social Ecology (University of Zimbabwe) and a research associate with the University of Pretoria.




Dr. Gift Mashango is the Livelihoods Analyst for Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) based in Harare. He is an expert in livelihoods and food security programming with over 15 years’ experience. Before joining UNDP, he was involved in numerous regional and national food security programs with different development organizations inculding Christian Care, Concern Worldwide, GOAL International, CIMMYT and Save the Children International.

His highest academic qualification is PhD in Development Studies specializing in food security and livelihoods.  

Esther Kaitano

Esther Kaitano (Finance and Operations Analyst)

Esther has over 20 years of hands-on, progressive experience in managing and leading finance, administration, grants and contracts in both international and local development organizations such as Population Services International-Zimbabwe, CAFOD Zimbabwe, Save the Children UK, Zimbabwe Peace and Security Program and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She is an accomplished donor-relations manager, having worked with various multilateral and bilateral donors such as DFID, USAID, EU, NORAD, UNICEF and the Global Fund.


Esther has vast experience in budget formulation and monitoring, grants and contracts monitoring and management, risk assessment and control, general finance and accounting management. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Program, an organization that contributed to critical political dialogue during the unity government in Zimbabwe. She is proficient in the capacity building of staff, peer learning within teams and across teams as well as working with, and through, implementing partners.


Esther has over two years of international cross-cultural and post-conflict experience, having worked as a Grants and Finance Advisor with Save the Children UK in Sierra Leone-West Africa. She holds an Honors degree in Business Studies from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA from Africa University, as well as several other professional courses.


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