AMSHeR Appoints 3 National Project Officers and a Projects Administrator

JOHANNESBURG, September 19th, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] is pleased to announce the appointment of three National Officers for Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and a Projects Administrator under the Law and Human Rights Advocacy Programme.

Selection of the appointees was made after a highly competitive process that attracted individuals with diverse backgrounds and extensive experience of working with and for Key Populations across the African Continent particularly, in their respective countries. The National Project Officer appointments are made in line with meeting project obligations required under the ‘Linking Policy and Programming Project [2016 – 2020]’ – a ground-breaking project aiming at improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights [SRHR] outcomes for Young Key Populations being rolled out in five Southern Countries, notably Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The newly appointed AMSHeR National Project Officers will work closely with the Secretariat and will reside in their home countries and will support with the implementation of the Young Key Populations [YKP] project and also, serve as national focal-point persons for all AMSHeR’s in country programmes; the new Projects Administrator is based at the AMSHeR Secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa and provides Administrative, Secretarial, Corporate Governance and Logistics support to Programmes and the Executive Director’s office.

Meet the four newly appointed employees of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR].

Carolina Julai Shields, Projects Administrator: Carolina Julai Shields_Profile

Farai Chirongoma – National Project Officer, Zimbabwe: Farai Chirongoma_Profile

Taonga Thomas Tembo – National Project Officer, Zambia: Taonga Thomas Tembo_Profile

Stélio Simões – National Project Officer, Mozambique :Stelio Simoes_Profile

AMSHeR is proud of the wealth of experience, expertise and diversity brought by the new team members and will continue to grow from strength to strength in realising its mission of ‘a healthy and empowered Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] Community in Africa and Human Rights for all.’

Acting Executive Director, Berry Nibogora stated, ‘We are pleased to receive the new additions to the AMSHeR family and are optimistic that their experience will contribute to making AMSHeR achieve its next-generation advocacy goals.’



AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of MSM and LGBT-led organisations, working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and to advance access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT in Africa. As an advocacy and capacity strengthening organisation AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange and learning among MSM/LGBT community-based organisations, human rights and HIV service organisations, and other agencies working with and for MSM/LGBT organisations.

In addition to bringing about visibility and addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and barriers to access quality health services, AMSHeR advocates for increased resources, community leadership and strengthening of community structures and capacity to address these issues. AMSHeR and its membership engages in advocacy at national, continental and global levels on legal and policy reform human rights accountability and service delivery.

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