How we are governed
As a membership organisation, MISA Zambia has a threefold governance structure. The structure’s main functions, as elucidated below, are to ensure Secretariat is effectively and efficiently executing the organisation’s mandate which is drawn from its Constitution.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The membership of MISA Zambia makes up the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is the highest policy and decision-making body of the organisation. It is at the AGM that members are elected to hold office on the National Governing Council.
These comprise persons with experience in the areas of the human rights frameworks, legal matters, finance, organisational governance and developmental trends and solutions. The AGM reviews and approves the organisation’s annual audits reports including selecting the auditor.
National Governing Council
The NGC comprise a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, a treasurer, a legal advisor, three committee members and a secretary who is the national director and ex officio.
NGC members are elected for a term of three years, renewable for a maximum period of two terms.
The main role of the NGC is to provide policy guidance to MISA Zambia, and provide expertise on various programme issues especially advocacy, human rights, finance and development.
The NGC is also equally responsible and accountable for the effective programme delivery towards the beneficiaries, the partners and cooperating partners. The NGC enforces policies made by the AGM and approves the strategic, annual plans and budgets.
Ms. Hellen Mwale – Chairperson
Mr. Hyde Haguta – Vice Chairperson
Mr. Jetty Lungu – Treasurer
Mr. Bwalya Mubanga – Legal Representative
Fr. Barnabas Simatende – Committee Member
Mr. Martin Akende – Committee Member
The Secretariat comprises full-time employed staff responsible for translating the policies into concrete programmes of activities. The staff and management team headed by the National Director are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the programmes. The Secretariat has a team of members of staff who work directly with the target groups and beneficiaries and networks in order to achieve the desired objectives of the organisation.
Austin Kayanda – National Director
Austin oversees the administration and operations of the institution to ensure compliance with best practices and standards. He also acts as the liaison between secretariat and the board and is the secretary of the MISA Zambia Board.
Jane Chirwa – Programmes Manager
Jane’s role is to coordinate teams working on various projects. She is responsible for resource mobilisation, planning and governance and for overseeing the successful delivery of all projects undertaken by the organisation including oversight of any risks and issues arising. Her role is crucial as she is creating and maintaining focus, enthusiasm and momentum.
Brian Chanakila – Finance and Administration Officer
Brian’s role involves providing financial and administrative support to the organisation, its stakeholders and clients. He is also in charge of the financial health of the organisation by administering accounting operations to meet legal requirements.
Thomas Zulu – Programmes Officer
Thomas is the primary person responsible for programme implementation. He plans activities to achieve the programme objectives, executes activities, monitors and reports progress of the programmes. He takes the necessary actions to keep projects on target on a day-to-day basis. He is also responsible for managing the project budgets and ensuring that they achieve their objectives within the funds available and timeline.
Kasuba Mulenga – Assistant Accountant
Kasuba’s duties range from helping to prepare financial statements and accounts, budgeting, managing ledgers, completing bookkeeping and also handles other finance-related matters. She works hand in hand with the Finance and Administration Officer to keep the financial engine of the organisation ticking over. She also does administrative work for the organisation.
Austine Sitali – Assistant Programmes Officer
Austine’s roles are those of support to the Programmes Officer. He is responsible for performing research, providing technical support, documentation of programmes and processes; arranging materials, equipments, and other resources; communicating programme objectives, supporting programme activities and evaluating programme effectiveness.
Margaret Kabuswe – Assistant Programmes Officer
Margaret’s roles are those of support to the Programmes Officer. She is responsible for performing research, providing technical support, documentation of programmes and processes; arranging materials, management of events, equipments, and other resources; communicating programme objectives, supporting programme activities and evaluating programme effectiveness.
Maureen Bwalya – Assistant Programmes Officer
Maureen’s roles are those of support to the Programmes Officer. She is responsible for performing research, providing technical support, documentation of programmes and processes; arranging materials, management of events, equipments, and other resources; communicating programme objectives, supporting programme activities and evaluating programme effectiveness.
Ryan Chazanga – Driver
He is responsible for delivering packages to clients in a timely manner, driving staff to their activity sites, carrying out vehicle maintenance checks, ensuring that vehicles have sufficient fuel and are always ready for use, among other duties.
Chrispine Bwalya – Office Orderly
Chrispine ensures the cleanliness of offices and diligently performs a variety of support office duties that may be required. He assists with filing of documents, communications, and give support in supplies and basic office services. Chrispine is also responsible for preparing beverages at the office for meetings to ensure a high standard of hospitality
Iness Phiri – Security Officer
Iness maintains safe and secure environment for clients and employees by patrolling and monitoring premises and personnel. She is responsible for permitting entry into the premises of the organisation. She prevents losses and damage by reporting irregularities and restraining trespassers. She also assists in maintaining the cleanliness of the office premises.