Dr. Esau Chiviya, Secretary General
Dr. Esau Chiviya, a Zimbabwean national, was appointed as the SADC Parliamentary Forum Secretary General at the Forum's 25th Plenary Assembly held in Swakopmund, Namibia on 7th and 8th July 2009. He brings to the Forum over twenty years of experience working internationally in the areas of leadership and management, institutional development and democracy and governance.
He holds a PhD in Political Science/Public Administration (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.), an MA in Public Policy and Administration, and an MSc in Economic Geography, both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, US, and a BA with Education from the University of Zambia.
1978 - 1982: PhD in Political Science/Public Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
1976 - 1978: MA in Public Policy and Administration, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
1976 - 1978: MSc in Economic Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
1970 - 1974: BA with Education (History and Geography), University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.
Public Sector Management Consultant.
Areas of Expertise:
Human Resources and Training
From my work with ESAMI, ZIPAM and Commonwealth Secretariat I am familiar with human resources planning and management, training & non-training methods for human resources capacity development, training needs assessment, designing questionnaires, designing training programs, preparing course outlines, organizing and conducting workshops/top level seminars/conferences, training senior government officials, evaluation of training impact, report writing, presentation of report findings.
From my work with SADC Parliamentary Forum and also reading on the subject I have accumulated knowledgeable about electoral systems, electoral laws, election management bodies, election management, boundary delimitation, voter registration, campaign issues, civic/voter education, polling and vote counting, announcement of results, election disputes, election observation, post election developments, training MPs and Parliamentary staff for election observation.
From my work with UNDP, ESAMI; Municipal Development Program, I developed skills in writing project/program proposals as basis for resource mobilization from donors to support projects/programs, to support institutional capacity building initiatives, to support training. I am used to dealing with donors and cooperating partners in both resource mobilization and implementing programs.
Leadership and Management
From my work with UNDP, ESAMI, Municipal Development Program, and in leading teams of consultants, I am familiar with principles of management, leadership styles, staff supervision and performance appraisal, human relations, working in multicultural environment, working with senior government officials, donors and cooperating partners.
Other Skills and Experiences
From my work with UNDP in Malawi, Zambia, Angola I gained expertise in decentralization and local governance, preparing project documents, writing project reports for donors, providing technical and policy advice to governments, and working in African countries especially in SADC countries. I have lectured at the University of Zimbabwe and Africa University. I am computer literate.
Summary of Work Experience
-work experience in human resources and training: w orked as Head of the Local Government Studies Department at the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management (1983-1985); Senior Human Resources Consultant at the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute in Tanzania (1985-1991); Project Officer for training South Africans with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London (1992-1993).
- work experience in elections: 2000 Director of Elections with SADC Parliamentary Forum in Namibia-involved in drafting Norms and Standards for Elections in the SADC Region; directed SADC Parliamentary Forum Election Observation Mission for Tanzania's 2000 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections; Elections Consultant with SADC Parliamentary Forum responsible for SADC Parliamentary Forum Election Observation Missions to South Africa and Malawi in their 2004 Elections; Technical Advisor for SADC Parliamentary Forum Election Observation Mission to Tanzania for the November 2005 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Trained SADC MPs and Parliamentary staff in election observation at workshops held in Durban, Johannesburg, and Botswana.
-work experience in leadership and management: UNDP Chief Technical Advisor in Malawi, Zambia, and Angola; Regional Director for the Municipal Development Program in Harare; ESAMI Representative in Kenya and Namibia; Head of Department / Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management; leading teams of national and international consultants on several consultancy assignments (1994 Sierra Leone-UNDP funded; 1994 Ethiopia-UNDP funded; 1994/995 South Africa-UNDP/Commonwealth Secretariat funded; 1995 Zimbabwe-UNDP funded; 1995/96 Malawi-UNDP funded; 2000/01 Swaziland - UNDP & African Develop Bank funded; 2001 Uganda UNCDF funded; 2008/09 Lesotho-World Bank funded).
-work experience in institutional development, organizational restructuring and capacity assessment: carried out SADC Management Capacity Assessment (1984/85) commissioned by SADC Manpower Development Secretariat in Swaziland, funded by USAID; Public Sector Management Capacity Assessment and Decentralization Programming, Government of Sierra Leone (1994), funded by UNDP; Development of a Strategic Action Plan for Capacity Building for Regional Administration for the Government of Ethiopia (1994), funded by UNDP; Training Needs Assessment for South Africa in Transition (1992), funded by the World Bank; Provincial Management Capacity Building Project, Government of South Africa (1995/96), funded by UNDP and the Commonwealth Secretariat; Organizational Restructuring for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Swaziland (2001), funded by African Development Bank; Options for Civil Service Retirement in Swaziland (2000), funded by UNDP.
-work experience in decentralization and local governance: conducted study on Capacity Building for Regional Administration in Ethiopia in 1994; designed Malawi's Decentralization Policy in 1995 and Implementation Strategy for the Policy in 1996; UNCDF Regional Technical Advisor on Decentralization and Local Governance for Malawi 2002 2004; UNDP Chief Technical Advisor on Decentralization and Local Governance for Zambia 2004 - 2006 and Angola 2007 - 2008; Deputy Team Leader responsible for the transfer of minor roads from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to Local Government in Lesotho 2008 - 2009.
-work experience as a university lecturer: Lecturer in public administration for first year students at the University of Zimbabwe(1982) and visiting lecturer in decentralization and local governance for Masters Degree students at Africa University in Zimbabwe (1999 and 2006).
Countries Worked: I have substantial work experience throughout Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
DETAILED WORK EXPERIENCE:
September 2008 to March 2009: Deputy Team Leader on a Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC) of Australia assignment providing advisory services for planning change and implementation support at central and local levels to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of the Kingdom of Lesotho on its Integrated Transport Project funded by the World Bank involving the establishment of the Roads Directorate and the transfer of minor roads to local government. Assignment is part of the Government's decentralization program and I was responsible for the decentralization of minor roads to District Councils.
May 2007 to Feb 2008: UNDP Chief Technical Advisor, Decentralization and Local Governance (DLG), Luanda, Angola. I was responsible for managing a Decentralization & Local Governance Project in 5 Provinces and 15 Municipalities with a 12 Project staff.
Sept. 2004 to Dec2006: UNDP Chief Technical Advisor, Decentralization Secretariat, Government of Zambia. I was responsible for providing technical advice in the implementation of the country's National Decentralization Policy.
March to June 2004: Elections Consultant with SADC Parliamentary Forum in Windhoek Namibia. I was responsible for designing and coordinating the implementation of SADCPF Election Observation Programs for South Africa and Malawi.
Jan. to June 2004: Election Director with SADC Parliamentary Forum. I coordinated South Africa and Malawi Elections. I was responsible for program design and implementation.
Jan. 2002 to Jan 2004: United Nations Capital Development Fund Regional Technical Advisor on Decentralization and Local Governance covering Malawi and Zambia based in Lilongwe/ Malawi.
Sept.-Dec. 2000: Director of Elections with SADC Parliamentary Forum in Windhoek/Namibia. I drafted Norms and Standards for Elections in the SADC Region Document. I also directed SADC PF Observation Mission operations for Tanzania's 2000 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
1997 to 2001: Managing Director and Senior Consultant: ZIMKEN Management Consultants. I was Team Leader and/or Team Member for consultancies including:
-Lead Consultant for Ethiopia's Civil Service Reform Program, UNDP-funded.
-Team Leader, UNCDF Project Identification Mission, Uganda, funded by UNCDF.
-Team Leader, Reorganization of the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Swaziland, IFAD-funded.
-Development of a Strategic Action Plan for Capacity Building for Regional Administration, Government of Ethiopia, UNDP-funded.
-Retirement Options for the Civil Service, Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, UNDP-funded.
-Mid-term Review of Netherlands funding to Zimbabwe Trust and Campfire Association Secretariat.
-Workshop for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, focusing on the transformation from military to civilian institutions, funded by the Skills for Southern Sudan Program, Oxford.
1996 - 1997: Regional Director for the Municipal Development Program (MDP), Harare, Zimbabwe. MDP operates in 25 countries in Africa promoting and supporting the process of decentralization and strengthening the capacity of local governments to deliver services and promote development at local level.
1995-1996: Consultant for Development of Decentralization Policy and its Implementation Framework and Requirements for the Government of Malawi, UNDP-funded.
1995 - 1996: Consultant for Provincial Management Capacity-Building Project, Government of South Africa, funded by UNDP and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
1995: Team Leader of 5 Consultants: Terminal Evaluation of UNDP Technical Assistance Project on Improving Government Efficiency and Effectiveness in Zimbabwe.
1994: Consultant for Public Sector Management Capacity Assessment and Decentralization Programming, Government of Sierra Leone, UNDP-funded.
1994 - 1995: Consultant for Transformation of the Public Service Training Institute, funded by USAID.
1993 - 1994: Team Leader of 7 consultants (national and international): Development of a Strategic Action Plan for Capacity Building for Regional Administration for the Government of Ethiopia.
1993 - 1994: Consultant: Developing a Public Service Training Policy and a Management Development Policy, Government of Zimbabwe, UNDP-funded.
1992 - 1993: Project Officer for Group Training Programs for South Africans, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
1992: Consultant for Training Needs Assessment for South Africa in Transition, funded by the World Bank.
1985 - 1991: Senior Human Resources Consultant: Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute, Tanzania.
1982 - 1985: Government of Zimbabwe--Positions held include:
Head of Department of Local Government Studies, Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management.
Lecturer in Public Administration, University of Zimbabwe.
Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Lands Resettlement and Rural Development, and Ministry of the Public Service.
1984 - 1985: Member of 10-person Team of Consultants: SADC Management Study, commissioned by SADC Manpower Development Secretariat in Swaziland, funded by USAID.
1974 - 1976: UN Volunteer: World Food Program, Under Five Clinics Project, Ministry of Health, Zambia.
Charter for Integrity in Local Government, Governance, Volume 1, Number 1, World Bank, Washington, January 1998.
Human Resources Management and Affirmative Action in Local Government, in Perspectives on Local Government Management and Development in Africa, University of Durban-Westville, Durban, January 1995.
Developing Effective Strategies and Management of Local Government in Africa, Local Government Management Board, Luton, U.K., 1993.
Training Needs for South Africa in Transition, World Bank, Washington, May 1992.
Improving Management in Southern Africa, Regional Training Council, Swaziland, 1985.
Membership of Professional Societies:
Institute of Management Consultants of Southern Africa.