Ms. Madalo Esther Samati

POSITION: Executive Director

QUALIFICATION: MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, (2010) US.


PHONE: (+265) 991 875 860

Ms. Madalo Esther Samati has extensive expertise (22 years) in overall organization operations in project design, implementation including logistics and project management and processes/activities implementation, monitoring and evaluation; in education (including girls education, literacy, civic involvement), gender equality (including women empowerment, school related gender based violence, gender analysis), child labor elimination, HIV/AIDs behavioural change, and natural resources conservation. She has vast experience in action research, PRA/PLA, Participatory, Gender and Development, Capabilities Enhancement and Rights based approaches; Results based management and policy advocacy; grants management, cash transfer, village savings and loans, capacity building of government staff, and grassroots including cultural groups. She has gained global recognition due to her experience. Ms Samati in 2014 spoke in a panel with USA first lady Michelle Obama who gave a key note address on community led solutions to girls' education ( As a guest scholar at Brookings in 2013, Ms Samati influenced global attention towards community led solutions to educate girls' and she also contributed to the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As advisor to Ministry of Education Science and Technology on girls' education, she was consulted by United Nations Girls Education secretariat and Global Partnership in Education in pilot testing a national Gender Analysis Tool in education (2014) for Malawi. At national level, Ms Samati together with the Director for Secondary Education co-established a Task Force and is a secretary to a national Adolescent Girls Learning Task Force (2014 — 2016) provided technical support to set a vision and for promoting adolescent girls' learning in Malawi.

Ms Samati is one of the 6 founders of CRECCOM and she contributed to the design of CRECCOM's Social Mobilization Campaign Model, used since 1999 as a methodology to bring about policy, normative, and behavioral change among district officials, schools, and community members (including girls, boys, parents, cultural institutions etc). In her tenure as Director of Programs for CRECCOM since 2005, Ms Samati led the design of over 40 projects, funded by over 15 donors, in line with CRECCOM's Strategic Plan and pillars and has worked with teams ranging from 15 to 90 staff. She has led CRECCOM to receive accolades e.g. awarded as the Nation's Achiever of the year 2006 because of its contribution to education in Malawi; awarded as the most innovative NGO in girls' education in 2013 and best implementer in gender equality and women empowerment program in Malawi in 2014.

Recently promoted as an Executive Director, she provides leadership and strategic management.

To enhance growth, efficiency and effectiveness, she recently led the management team and staff to develop strategies which were approved by the Board in November 2016: Institutional Monitoring and Evaluation framework to improve monitoring and evaluation efficiency and effectiveness; Capacity Building Plan to improve the capacity of staff; Standard Operating Procedures for satellite offices to enhance the morale and quality of work of project staff based in impact areas; Communications Strategy to increase CRECCOM's visibility; and Fundraising Plan to create diversity and innovation in resource mobilization and Grants Management Guide. Leading the finalization of CRECCOM's next Strategic Plan to be launched 2017, conducted team building workshop and ensure team building activities are institutionalized resultantly staff is highly motivated, influenced the institutionalization of participatory organizational development assessment and appropriate annual planning that responds to the assessment in all organizational domains, setting up a vision and concept for vibrant social enterprise. Leading and overseeing program and quality delivery of services, overseeing financial management and financial sustainability activities. Contracts (personnel and donor related) management. Enhance collaboration and external relationships;- develop and manage Memorandum of Understandings, Agreements and Sub-grants with partners.

Ms Samati holds; a Master of Arts (Sustainable International Development) (2010) from Brandeis University - USA, a Global Guest Scholar at Brookings Institution — Washington DC (2013), Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) — 1997, University of Malawi. She has experience working in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and USA.

Mr. Francis Mhone

POSITION: Director of Finance and Administration

QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Applied Accounting and Auditing (BAA-AIS)


PHONE: (+265) 991 875 861

Mr. Francis Mhone has extensive experience (14 years) in both organizational and Project Finance management including; overall organizational and Social Projects Accounting, Finance procedures and internal control design and implementation, finance monitoring and control. Over the years he managed finances for various donors through the implementation of various projects relating to various organizational thematic areas including; Education, Gender, Child Rights, HIV/AIDs (behavioral change projects. Francis has over the years accumulated enormous experience in both donor management and donor finance management through working with numerous donor organizations (both directly and through implementing consortiums) including; DFID, USAID, UNICEF, JIZ, ECLT Foundation, European Commission, Global fund through the National Aids Commission (NAC), Master Card, Dubai Cares and Echidna Giving foundation etc. Francis has over the years provided direction and leadership to accounting and administrative staff. He has personally trained, coached and mentored accounting personnel on various accounting skills including; budget development and preparation of financial statements such as Statement of Financial Positions, Statement of Comprehensive Incomes, Cash Flow statements. He also has trained non-finance personnel including project managers on basic finance principles. He also has experience in conducting sub-grant pre-award due-diligence exercises for prospective grant recipient organizations. Donor profiling to help respond to dynamic donor requirements ensuring grant compliance, ability to provide high standards of financial control and to manage and develop working financial and administrative teams. Ensures legal & regulatory compliance e.g. adherence to taxation, employment and Pension Acts. Vast experience in working with accounting software packages like Sage Pastel, Sage Line 50 and Sun Systems.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Applied Accounting, Auditing and Information Systems, Diploma in Accountancy and is currently pursuing Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI). Francis is also a Professional level student of the ACCA.

Mr. Levison Lijoni

POSITION: Director of Programmes

QUALIFICATION: Master in Business Administration


PHONE: (+265) 991 875 862

Levison Lijoni is effective and efficient community mobilizer, networker, communicator, planner, trainer and team builder. He has vast experience in community mobilization techniques which are crucial when it comes to communities owning and sustain development projects. Levison is a holder of MA in Business Administration from Indira Ghandi Open University, he also holds Bachelor of Education (Humanities) from the University of Malawi. He also studied Public Policy and Development with the University of Botswana. Levison has been involved in developing and implementing strategies activities and tools for community mobilization for the past 15 years and is conversant with donor grant requirements having implemented a number of donor funded projects for the past 15 years.

He has extensive expertise in overall operations in project design, implementation including logistics and project management and implementation, in child labour, education (including girls education, literacy, civic involvement), gender (including women empowerment, school related gender based violence), HIV/AIDs, and natural resources conservation. He has vast experience in Action Research, PRA/PLA, Gender and Development (including gender analysis), Capabilities Enhancement and Rights Based Approaches; Results Based Management and Policy Advocacy; Grants Management: Capacity Building of grassroots structures like Village Action Groups, Parents Teachers Associations, School Management Committees, Community Child Labour Committees and Cultural Institution Groups

Mr. Henderson Fulatira

POSITION: Programme Manager (M & E)

QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Science in Agribussiness Management


PHONE: (+265) 991 875 866

He has experience working as a Teacher at high school level as well as Marketing and Development Officer in Agribusiness Project. He joined CRECCOM in 2010 as Education Programme Officer and currently working as Institution's Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He is highly experienced in monitoring & evaluation, community mobilization, resources mobilization, training and project management.

Mr Joseph Barley Chingalu

POSITION: Senior Programs Officer

QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education obtained from Global University, of the United States of America.


PHONE: (+265)991 875 853; (+265)995 352 288

Joseph Barley Chingalu is an ordained Pastor and a community worker who is passionate about community development and social behavioral change issues. Initially trained as a Pastor at Assemblies of God School of Theology, Mr. Joseph Chingalu has good human resource management with impressive consultative and servant leadership styles. Mr. Joseph Chingalu has also obtained a significant level of experience in community work and engagement from pastoral ministry as well as fields such as customer service and sales, lecturing, HIV and AIDS as well as gender equality and women empowerment over a period of 10 years.

Mr. Joseph Chingalu joined CRECCOM on 1st January, 2015 and he is currently the Project Manager for Health Communication for Life (HC4L) which is a USAID funded Health SBCC Project through FHI360. He has also worked as CRECCOM’s District Project Coordinator (Program Officer) for Zomba Rural Education District in DFID funded Keeping Girls in School Cash Transfer Project (KGIS - CT) – January 2015 to October, 2016. Falling within Programs Department, Mr. Joseph Chingalu has contributed to CRECCOM’s overall achievements and progress in a number of ways including, program execution and training.