Munyaradzi has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies with the University of the Free State in South Africa. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe in 2007. Currently, Munyaradzi conducts and coordinates research that informs the efforts of the organization towards improved welfare for women, children and families. While working as a Special Programs Coordinator for World Education under the USAID funded OVC Program in Zimbabwe, Munyaradzi helped improve the lives of children with disabilities. He also set up coalitions for advocacy around issues affecting children with disabilities and participated in the development of new models for service delivery. Before joining World Education, Munyaradzi served Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Zimbabwe as a Program Officer and later as a Program Coordinator and Team Leader. While holding these positions, Munyaradzi facilitated service provision for children, women and youth and provided training and support to community leaders and stakeholders on governance, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, education, nutrition, child rights, and advocacy. Munyaradzi has volunteered as a Field Officer for ADRA Zimbabwe, providing psychosocial support to vulnerable children, including those orphaned by HIV/AIDS. He also volunteered as an Administrator for Tukondo Children Trust and helped set up the organization. Through these experiences and education, Munyaradzi has developed strong training, project management, monitoring and evaluation and research skills. Munyaradzi enjoys designing and conducting research to add value to the work of organizations and is passionate about children’s rights, youth empowerment and the well-being of families. He believes in amplifying the voices of various rights holders and holding the government and other duty bearers accountable.

Host Organization : Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota

Role at Host Organization: Munya will provide leadership in working with the services for people with disabilities and the services for older adult teams as it relates to specific projects, service delivery systems, research and evaluation to enhance the service delivery systems of the organization. Munya will be working closely with executive leadership and their teams in a statewide delivery system structure.