Jovina Tibenda is a Senior Program Specialist with expertise in research, design and development of activities aimed at building capacity, informing learning and engaging government stakeholders in evidence-based policy for decision-making. Other areas of expertise include Social and Emotional Learning and gender-based violence prevention, behavior change communication, educational measurement and assessment, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
She currently provides technical support to the USAID-funded Tusome Pamoja project in Tanzania, implemented by RTI. She has a deep-rooted knowledge of the Tanzanian education sector and supports activities targeting capacity building for providing a safe school environment and gender-based violence prevention. She also leads efforts in the development and validation of Group Administered Literacy and Mathematics Assessments and supports efforts to help government officials strengthen their use of research findings for evidence-based decision-making about program planning and implementation.
Her past experience includes serving as the director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research under the USAID Tanzania Marketing and Communication Project (T-MARC). Ms. Tibenda also contributed to evidence-based policy change around mother to child transmissions through collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and provided capacity building training and assistance to local implementing partners on proper research, analysis and use of data for decision making.
Ms. Tibenda is fluent in English, Kiswahili and Kihaya.