About the Ambassador Program
The Alliance is launching a new Ambassador program. A cohort of 8 Ambassadors has been selected to serve a term beginning September 2016. Read more about this diverse group below, who was selected after a competitive application process. They began their roles in September 2016, after a three-day training program.
The Alliance Ambassador Program aims to provide individuals working in or with the social service workforce the opportunity become a leader, inform strategy and influence policy at the local, national and regional level in support of social service workforce strengthening efforts. Ambassadors will also play a leading role in growing awareness and interest in the work of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance to plan, develop and support the social service workforce. Selection as an Ambassador is meant to be a rewarding experience that will further develop knowledge and relationships throughout the social service sector.
The Alliance will provide support throughout the two-year Ambassador term, holding regular meetings to discuss challenges and share promising practices for advocating and increasing awareness of this workforce. Read more about their roles and responsibilities.
2016 - 2018 Alliance Ambassadors
Mr. Michael Byamukama, Uganda Country Representative, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, Uganda/East and Southern Africa region
As country Representative for REPSSI, he oversees all REPSSI operations in Uganda, social service workforce training and is part of the team that created the training curricula throughout East and Southern Africa Region, including developing the psychosocial training manual, orphan/vulnerable children child protection curriculum and national para-social worker training curriculum. A social worker by training, with 18 years of experience, he is a member of the Uganda National Children Protection Working Group.
Ms. Jane Calder, Regional Advisor for Child Protection in Asia, Save the Children, Thailand/Asia region
With 30 years of experience working in, managing and advising programs for vulnerable children in numerous Asian countries, in Uganda, Tanzania and the UK, she is currently leading the global initiative to train and accredit all Save the Children child protection staff members worldwide, as well as leading efforts in India to develop social work training and in China to pilot the child protection system. Jane is also co-chair of Save the Children’s Global Task Group on Child Protection Systems Strengthening.
Ms. Jennifer Kaberi, National Coordinator, Children Agenda Forum, Kenya
Development worker with a special focus on holistic development for children, she is currently coordinating the Children Agenda Forum hosted by the African Institute for Children Studies that brings together 140 civil society organizations that work with children in Kenya to strengthen policies and services for advocacy and policy change in the area of child protection. She is also a 2016 YALI Regional East Africa Leadership Center Fellow.
Ms. Motshidisi “Pat” Maqina, Senior Mentor, National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW), South Africa
With 27 years of experience as a child and youth care worker, she has worked in a number of settings in the provision of services for orphans and vulnerable children. These include managing professional foster care services and working with NACCW as a senior mentor to other child and youth care workers. She has travelled throughout the region to help implement components of NACCW’s Isibindi program.
Dr. Suresh Pathare, Professor and Director, Centre for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research, India
Social work educator, researcher and practitioner, with 22 years of teaching, curriculum development, research, consultation and practice experience in social work, he has previously organized and advocated for migrant workers, slum dwellers and tribal people in India. Currently, he is engaged in teaching social work at the undergraduate and post graduate level and acts as secretary of the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India.
Ms. Betsy Sherwood, Head of Programs, CBM International, Haiti/Latin America & Caribbean region
As the Head of Programs for CBM-Haiti, Betsy oversees all disability and community mental health activities and serves as a focal point for gender and child safeguarding for CBM in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Over the last 10 years, she has also facilitated workshops in other regions on disability and gender-based violence programs to build community-level capacity and overseen case management and monitoring and evaluation of programs.
Mr. Tata Sudrajat, Director of Families First, Save the Children International, Indonesia/Southeast Asia region
Trained social worker and social development with 23 years of experience, he has worked in child welfare, child protection and care, social welfare, social development and social protection. In his current role, he is managing implementation of the national program on family-based care in the prevention of institutionalization, providing direct response with a social work case management approach. He leads legal reform and advocacy for alternative care as well as policy reform to support a recently initiated social work licensing system.
Ms. Agnes Wasike, TPO Uganda Officer working as Coordinator of National Child Protection Working Group under Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda
Social work practitioner for the past 19 years, she is currently providing direct input into the social development sector, including interfacing with other sectors with a mandate on child well-being. She specifically coordinates national level child protection stakeholders on policy implementation towards a strengthening child protection system in Uganda.