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Alliance Ambassador Program

Next cohort to be announced in April 2018!

We received a large pool of very qualified applicants for the 2018-2010 cohort of Alliance Ambassadors. The review committee has been in touch with all applicants regarding status of application. The full list of selected Ambassadors will be announced in April 2018. Selected applicants will begin their two-year term in September 2018 with an in-person training. Read more about roles and responsibilities and call for nominations to learn more about the program and application process.

The 2018-2020 cohort will be the second group in the program. Ambassadors reflect a range of geographic regions as well as stakeholder groups such as academic, training and research institutions, civil society groups, foundations, government representatives; non-governmental organizations (including other networks), practitioners, private corporations and professional associations.

About the Program

Launched in September 2016, the Ambassador Program aims to provide individuals working in or with the social service workforce opportunities to develop leadership skills, inform strategy and influence policy at the local, national and regional level in support of social service workforce strengthening efforts. Through this voluntary program, 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. More details are provided in the Ambassador Roles and Responsibilities document. Selection as an Ambassador is meant to be a rewarding experience that will further develop knowledge and relationships throughout the social service sector. 

Read about the successes of the current Ambassadors during their first year and plans for the coming year.

Group of Ambassadors and Alliance staff at orientation2016 - 2018 Alliance Ambassadors

A cohort of eight Ambassadors was initially selected for a two-year term, with seven continuing in the program during year two. Learn about the individuals participating in the program and their work:

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.

Motshidisi Patricia Maquina, Senior Mentor for Community Child and Youth Care Workers in the Isibindi Model, 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 many settings, including managing professional foster care services and working with NACCW to implement components of the Isibindi program. She is unable to continue in year two of the program but the Alliance continues to work with NACCW.

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, Interim Country Director, 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 Advocacy and Campaigns, 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.