Meet the Teams: Gender Equity and Diversity Training

CARE’s bold vision and 2020 program strategy is a call for transformative change. Its success comes down to our core asset: people. We can design the most advanced technology and cutting edge program strategies, but ultimately, our impact is dependent on people— our staff and partners—to implement them successfully. We will reach short of our impact goals if we do not fully equip our staff and partners to address unconscious bias and negotiate diversity and power in their lives and work.

CARE has an incredible solution to address this problem: our Gender Equity and Diversity training. And yet, we have failed to fully scale it and tap the full potential of our staff. When CARE walks the talk on gender equity and diversity (GED), we not only bring legitimacy and authenticity to our engagement with communities and advocacy with stakeholders, but we also increase performance, inspire creative solutions, and build more trusting, effective partnerships with others. CARE’s GED trainings equip participants with communication tools, self-awareness and sensitivity to the context of others by building awareness of one’s own values, beliefs, biases and privileges across varying lines of diversity (gender, age, class, ethnicity, work style) and how they change in different contexts. Done in a group setting, individuals build deeper understanding of their peers as well.

The training also connects the experiential training exercises with program design and implementation, inspiring staff to think about how they engage with communities, stakeholders and power-holders, and partner with others in ways that change power dynamics and support vibrant social and feminist movements globally. For example, in CARE Uganda, trained staff went on to train local partner staff and have added GED methodologies into programming, which they cite as critical to their advocacy and rights work with disenfranchised communities.


Meet the Team

Kassie McIlvaine | Manager – Gender, Equity and Diversity Solutions | CARE USA

Kassie McIlvaine has 20 years of experience as a manager of non-profit organisation in post-conflict environments, strong leadership and change management skills, promotes innovation in design, monitoring and evaluation so that impact and change can happen. She has  passion for addressing gender, equity and diversity in the organisation but also in programming.

Theresa Hwang | Gender Director | CARE USA

Theresa Hwang provides strategic guidance for integrating gender into program design, implementation, M&E across diverse technical programming areas, and creates supportive organizational policies & practices on gender and diversity. She is a highly skilled trainer and facilitator on gender programming and mainstreaming. Theresa has designed and managed multi-country initiatives utilizing participatory action research and learning, focusing on gender equality, child marriage, GBV, HIV prevention, and engaging men and boys. Prior to CARE, she has worked with Doctors of the World in Sri Lanka, and the Global Fund for Women. She holds an MPA from Princeton University.

Kalkidan Lekaw | GED Officer | CARE Ethiopia

Kalkidan Lekaw is passionate and dedicated to changing the world with women having more opportunities. She is responsible for addressing gender, equity and diversity issues within the organisation of CARE Ethiopia and focuses on capacity building, policy development and creating space and opportunities.

Walter Fordham | Senior GED Advisor | CARE USA

Walter Fordham is a high energy Organizational Development (OD) Professional with over 23 years of successful and progressive experience. He has proven expertise in group facilitation, training, agenda design, organizational development and employee relations and an effective leader with cultural sensitivity, exceptional facilitation and coaching skills, and strong employee development. He has demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a high level of rapport with all levels of employees.

Rose Amulen | WE Coordinator | CARE Uganda

Rose Amulen has over 13 years experience working in the field of development, gender and peace building, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, and participatory development. She also has hands on experience working with highly vulnerable people including internally displaced persons, refugees, victims of war, rape and trauma, and people with disabilities. Rose has strong skills in project design, implementation and evaluation, proposal writing and formation of partnerships and collaborations.

Nancy Bryan | GED Facilitator | CARE USA

Nancy Bryan has 29 years of experience at CARE in human resources and supporting the capacity development of staff and teams. She is a GED trainer and is passionate about building a network and taking these trainings to scale



Meet the Teams: Community Score Card©

What is the Community Score Card©?  It is an innovative approach that brings together community members, service providers and government officials to identify barriers to effective, high-quality service delivery and develop a shared plan for improvement. Watch this video to learn more!

Meet the Team

THUMBIKO MSISKA | Project Manager | CARE Malawi

Thumbiko Msiska is a Project Manager with CARE Malawi, and for the last several years he has overseen the implementation and evaluation of CARE’s Community Score Card, as social accountability approach, in improving reproductive health services in Ntcheu, Malawi. Thumbiko was on the team that invented CARE’s Community Score Card in 2002, and today is supporting the design and establishment of a social enterprise consultancy for catalyzing the reach and impact of the approach. Thumbiko has 15 years’ experience in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating health and livelihood development programs in Malawi, and in working at community, district and national levels.  Thumbiko has represented CARE’s social accountability and health work at a number of international conferences and is a co-author on several corresponding publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Malawi and is finalizing his Master of Public Health with the same University.

KRISS CHINKHOTA | Project Coordinator | CARE Malawi

Over the past several years, Kriss has supported the day-to-day implementation and evaluation of the Community Score Card in Ntcheu, Malawi for improving the delivery of quality health services. Kriss has also provided capacity building and training on the CSC to other organizations within Malawi and CARE Mozambique, and sharing CSC experiences at Asia governance meeting in Nepal. Going forward, Kriss will be on the Consulting Roster providing CSC capacity building, training and design support to clients.  Kriss will also be supporting the R&D Lab, including overseeing the day-to-day execution of the first model the team will be testing: linking the CSC process and evidence from the local level to district and national level advocacy initiatives. Kriss has worked with CARE International in different portfolios since 2008; and has over10 years’ experience in programs monitoring, learning, evaluation and data management ranging from tools development to collection, processing and analysis. Previously, Kriss has worked with Maimwana Research Project, Save the Children, Health Foundation Consortium, and Maikhanda. He holds a Bachelor of Health Systems Management, Exploits University obtained in 2016, a Diploma in Information processing obtained from the Polytechnic, University of Malawi in 2004 and Monitoring and Evaluation Certificate from the University of Cape Town obtained in 2008.

CAROLYN GRANT | Technical Specialist, Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health |CARE USA

Carolyn provides programmatic and technical support to advance the work of CARE’s Global Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health team across a variety of projects and initiatives. Carolyn supports the team’s SRMH and governance programming, including overseeing the start-up of a social enterprise consultancy for catalyzing the reach and impact of CARE’s Community Score Card. Carolyn is the team’s technical lead for adolescent sexual, reproductive health (ASRH), advising on the design, implementation and evaluation of ASRH interventions across our programs and representing CARE’s ASRH work in external forums. Carolyn also supports the documentation and sharing of evidence and learning from a large maternal and child health project in Bihar, India. Prior, Carolyn served in short term assignments supporting CARE’s work in the areas of grant stewardship, and policy and advocacy.  Before joining CARE, she worked at a public relations firm in Washington, DC where she was responsible for all aspects of implementing a public diplomacy campaign for a foreign government.  Carolyn also has experience working with FHI 360’s Gender Center on human trafficking issues. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.