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Masakhane Mlamla, Programme Manager Eastern Cape Province

Masa joined IYF South Africa in 2020 as a Programme Manager leading High Gear work in the Eastern Cape Province. Over 15 years Masa has worked for various national organisations in multiple sectors across a number of provinces in South Africa serving at different leadership levels. In the last 8 years, he has held a number of positions in Human Capital Development, before joining IYF his last role was serving as Provincial Executive Eastern Cape.

 

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organisations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labour market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organisational development, stakeholder and donor management.  He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as national Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

 

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson in one of the Committees.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

Jethro Abel, Programme Manager KwaZulu Natal Province

Jethro serves as the Programme Manager for IYF’s High Gear initiative in KZN, South Africa, providing technical and operational oversight of the project. He has more than six years of multi-sector development program experience, including work for global development consulting, non-profit, and private sector organizations. He has spent more than four years advancing economic opportunities in SMMEs, healthcare, and youth development, and is passionate about the power of youth and culture to drive effective social change. He is an exco-member of the Commonwealth Alumni Association and an advisor for economic development in his residential ward. Jethro holds a master’s degree in developmental economics from the University of Edinburgh and an honours degree (cum laude) in developmental economics and international relations from the University of KwaZulu Natal. 

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organisations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labour market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organisational development, stakeholder and donor management.  He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as national Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson in one of the Committees.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

Angela Govender, TVET Curriculum Enhancement Manager

Angela joined IYF in 2020, bringing extensive experience and passion for education and development. Previously, her professional roles have involved teaching, training, content design, e-learning, and programme management in countries including Angola, Malaysia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and Uruguay. At IYF, Angela oversees the design and refinement of TVET curricula enhancements introduced through the High Gear initiative. She is charged with creating and advising on sustainable curriculum upgrades to find solutions that are sustainable within a challenging education system, aligned to automotive industry needs, and able to create opportunities for partnership links with the goal of generating positive returns for young people and employers. Angela’s MA thesis focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating a distanced teacher-education course at the University of South Africa. 

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organisations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labour market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organisational development, stakeholder and donor management.  He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as national Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson in one of the Committees.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

Colin Hagans, Programme Director (Chief of Party)

Colin has worked with IYF since 2012, with experience managing the foundation’s program and partnership portfolio in Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Colin came to IYF with eight years international development experience. He previously worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, including three years with their office in Mozambique, where he contributed to strategy and business development for a large multi-sector rural development initiative. Colin also has experience in the field of urban development, including conducting research in Nairobi with UN-HABITAT on pro-poor integrated land-use and public transport planning, and through managing a University College London action research initiative in Maputo on climate change resiliency planning. Colin holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Urban Development Planning from University College London. He is particularly interested in exploring how partnerships with public institutions and training systems can be leveraged to promote social justice. Born and raised in the United States, Colin learned Portuguese while living in Mozambique.

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organisations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labour market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organisational development, stakeholder and donor management.  He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as national Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson in one of the Committees.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

Siyanda Magubane, MERL Officer

Siyanda Magubane joined IYF in 2020 as the Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Officer for the High Gear initiative. He has nearly 10 years of experience working in the development sector, six of which have been spent in a senior MERL role supporting various projects in early childhood development, education, child protection, child rights governance, and health & nutrition. Siyanda is systems-orientated and has spent most of his career developing and strengthening MERL systems to collect credible evidence on the effectiveness of projects. He takes a participatory approach to his work as he believes MERL processes require collaboration and are the foundations on which we can all learn from our experiences, improve our projects, and ultimately improve the quality of impact on our beneficiaries. He earned a Bachelor of Social Science degree in philosophy, politics, and law and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree in international relations from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

He provided leadership to set up and to evolve the organisations business model and strategy in increasing impact, building efficiencies and influence in the labour market. Over the years Masa has built strong strategic partnerships which are central to organisational development, stakeholder and donor management.  He has also been involved in providing though leadership on youth opportunity transitions in platforms such as national Manufacturing Indaba, COGTA BRICS Summit, Nelson Mandela Youth Summit etc.

Masa is also appointed by the Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training to serve as a Council member providing governance oversight and strategic direction to one of the TVET Colleges in South Africa serving as chairperson in one of the Committees.

Ultimately, High Gear aims to demonstrate a model for greater industry involvement in TVET course design and delivery that generates enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers.

The UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity Programme is funding High Gear implementation in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are funding implementation in Eastern Cape Province. All three funding partners are supporting High Gear’s national stakeholder engagement and learning efforts.

Simphiwe Nkosi, MERL Officer

In 2019, Simphiwe joined the IYF South Africa Team. With over seven years of monitoring and assessment experience, Simphiwe has expertise in the design and execution of M&E systems, performance metrics, and monitoring plans for projects. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to develop his craft in numerous contexts and fields within the sector. Before joining IYF, he worked as an M&E consultant for organisations such as Singizi Consulting Africa and The Aurum Institute, where he provided technical support for all M&E processes, including quality assessments and ensuring appropriate quality-assurance frameworks for programmes.

Kerrin Odendaal, Programme Manager Risk and Planning

Kerrin joined IYF as the Programme Manager Risk and Planning for the High Gear initiative South Africa late in 2020. Her role at IYF entails leading cross-donor project planning, budget forecasting, and risk mitigation for the High Gear initiative, amongst other areas of cross-donor implementation support.  Prior to joining IYF, she worked in the field of health consulting with more than 10 years’ experience working with large-scale USAID and UKAID-funded initiatives in South Africa, including leading collaborations with key stakeholders and clients both internationally and at the national, provincial and district levels within South Africa’s public health sector. Kerrin is skilled at project management, budgeting and forecasting, report writing, and developing and overseeing activity-based workplans. Kerrin studied economics and health economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and her Masters focused on identifying the impact of HIV/AIDS on adolescent decision-making, with a passion for youth development and economic development.

Angelina Govindsamy, Employer Partnerships Officer

Angelina joined IYF South Africa in September 2020 as the Employer Partnerships Officer in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, helping to support South Africa’s growing programmes portfolio with a specific focus on the High Gear project, which is working to boost the TVET college system in partnership with the automotive manufacturing sector. She has over 16 years of experience in South Africa’s skills development and quality assurance environment, with 10 of those years working within the SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) system. Angelina has worked closely with private and public organisations from a regional and national level providing technical advisory services; project managed SETA-funded learning programmes primarily targeted at youth from previously disadvantage backgrounds; and quality assured training at TVET colleges. Through her previous work, she has also advocated on HIV/Aids awareness and gender equity at workplaces whilst providing career guidance in remote areas in KZN.  She is a qualified education, training, and development practitioner who is passionate and committed to empowerment of our future leaders through equal and quality skills development and creation of entrepreneurship opportunities.

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