Africa Community Development and Research Center
ACDRC is organized into Management, Administration, Programs and Research Teams in line with the thrust of its work.
3.1. Management Team
The highest management authority of ACDRC is a five-member Board of Trustees that meets twice yearly to direct the organization’s strategic focus, which the office transforms into programs and day to day activities. For each project or program that the organization secures, the Board of Trustees is broadened in scope and membership to become a steering committee of technically competent individuals to advise the project through quarterly meetings. The Country Team Leaders serve as the Board of Trustees Secretaries while specific program or project team leaders become secretaries of their line steering committees. When ACDRC fully establishes offices in Tanzania, Uganda and Botswana or Zambia – it will set up a regional secretariat in a country where it will be fully established to coordinate and harmonize different country projects according to a regional vision. That vision will be driven by a Regional Advisory Group comprising Country Team Leaders and chairpersons of country boards of trustees or management. This structure is illustrated below. Fig 3.1: ACDRC Country (and planned regional) Organizational Structure
Regional Advisory Group (Country Team Leaders + 1 Rep of each country’s trustees of management board
Regional Secretariat (Regional Team Leader)
Country Boards of Trustees or Management
Country Team (Country Team Leader)
Administrative Support Team
3.2. Country Team Leaders ACDRC has three Country Team Leaders so far, in Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. Mr. Kudzai Makoni leads Zimbabwe’s country office, Ms. Olivia Achieng-Opere the Kenya office and Mr. Jules Nshimirimana the South African office. These offices are based in Harare, Nairobi and Bellville, Cape Town respectively. While Mr. Makoni is a Community Development and Research Psychologist, Ms. Achieng-Opere is an Educational Sociologist and Mr. Nshimirimana a Social Development and Information Technology Specialist. Mr. Makoni and Mr. Nshimirimana both studied up to Masters Degree level while Ms. Achieng-Opere completes her doctoral studies in 2010. Their roles are to lead the country teams, set up country offices, oversee the pursuance of the country and regional visions and mobilize resources. Just because ACDRC is still setting up in regional countries and has no substantive Regional Team yet, the Zimbabwe office which is most firmly established is currently coordinating regional work.
3.3. Administration Team Administration Team Leaders coordinate the Administration teams of ACDRC country offices to ensure efficient backstopping of all programs and projects. This team handles the financial management, secretarial, logistical and general functions of the organization. So far Kenya and South Africa offices do not have Administration Team Leaders because they are not yet fully established, so Ms. Takudzwa Gurupira of Zimbabwe assists other countries on request.
3.4. Programs Team A Regional Programs Team Leader, Mr. Mahara Goteka, is the only consistent member of our Programs team the membership of which changes subject to the availability of support for various projects. His role is to mobilize resources for ACDRC programs and projects and to build teams for programs that the organization finds support for. He liaises with the Administration and Country Team Leaders, to smoothly lead his team’s work.
3.5. Research Team Research Team Leaders liaise with Country and Programs Team Leaders in planning logistics and technical design of the organization’s research projects. They lead research teams and oversee data quality management. Mr. Fungai Nyandima, an expert in project management, data processing and quality management, temporarily leads the ACDRC regional Research Team, which is the organisation’s busiest. This team’s composition is also highly inconsistent given the short-term and ad hoc nature of research projects.