Over the past few months, APCA has undergone several staffing changes that have seen a number of staff leave the organisation after serving several years. Between June and August, 2021, APCA welcomed 3 new team members and we are delighted to introduce Irene Kambonesa, David Byaruhanga, and Eugene Rusanganwa.
Although they join us during a time when we are all working from home due to COVID-19 related restrictions, they have managed to fit right in with the APCA team, and are working seamlessly through virtual interactions. Their skills and talents are already a great addition to our projects and programmes, and we are confident that they are all going to be valuable assets to APCA partners, members, and supporters in Africa and worldwide.
Irene joined APCA on a short-term consultancy to support the development of business concepts, and coordinate and contribute to the development of proposals. Previously she worked with the American Cancer Society’s SOURCE Program as a consultant giving technical support to organizations involved in cancer prevention, advocacy, and treatment in areas of governance, strategic planning, financial sustainability and others. Irene previously worked with APCA from 2013 to 2015 as a Consultant and Senior Technical Advisor where she developed E-learning materials for the Pain Relief Module under the Treat the Pain Project, together with other palliative care training manuals. She also worked at Mildmay Uganda as Director of Education and Training for several years.
David joined APCA from the private sector where he is involved in stakeholder engagement and implementation of community development projects. He is also not entirely new to APCA as he previously worked here in 2012/13. He was therefore able to hit the ground running when he joined APCA at the time when the August call for small grant proposals had just gone out and applications were streaming in. He is a Project Officer under the Programmes and Research Department where his key responsibilities are to manage and coordinate the True Colours Small Grants, as well as the Scholarship Fund for Nurses and Social Workers palliative care training in Africa supported by Global Partners in Care (GPIC). He enjoys contributing to social causes whenever he can.
Eugene joined APCA as a Program Officer and his main responsibilities are to coordinate and support APCA member countries in the development and implementation of programmes, as well as to provide and/or source technical support for partners for implementation of projects. Prior to joining APCA he worked as an independent consultant for 10 years focusing on programme design and management in areas of education, child protection and gender equality. Eugene works remotely from Kigali, Rwanda and is a great addition to the team as he also speaks both English and French fluently, together with 2 other African languages, i.e. Kinyarwanda and Swahili. He is married and a father of 3 children (a boy and two girls).
To the trio; I’m sure you have found the people at APCA friendly, helpful and very professional. APCA is renowned as a place for all-round growth by many who have passed through its doors, and we expect no less for you here. The entire team is thrilled to have you on board and we extend our warmest good wishes.
In mid-October, we shall be welcoming Ms. Sophie Kieffer to the APCA family, as the Resource Mobilisation/Development Officer, based in the US. Sophie brings to the team advocacy in palliative care and resource mobilisation & coordination skills and exposure. She will be working with our membership and partners in Africa, USA and the rest of the world to increase access to resource networks and opportunities to support APCA’S work.
We are confident that this team places APCA in a great position to implement its 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan with diverse skills from Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe/South Africa and USA.