Sylvia Chindime Mkandawire

Job Title: 
Programme Manager: Training and Quality Assurance

Mrs. Sylvia Chindime Mkandawire (Malawian) is the Programme Manager for Training and Quality Assurance at the RUFORUM Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in 2008. Her role is to implement regional postgraduate training programmes, provide support to capacity building training projects at the Secretariat. Sylvia holds a BSc. Animal Science and MSc Animal Science/ Agricultural Economics both from the University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture. She was funded by RUFORUM for her MSc studies. Sylvia has over 9 years of work experience in the field of Agriculture and capacity building. Prior to joining RUFORUM, Sylvia worked as Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Bunda College. She taught courses in dairy production and introduction to livestock farming systems. Additionally, she has worked as a training consultant at Natural Resources College – Malawi where her duties included teaching Agriculture Diploma students the following courses - research methods, project monitoring and evaluation, goats and sheep production. She has co-authored publications on lessons learnt in the implementation of capacity building projects.  She has participated in several consultancies in dairy business development in Malawi where she was responsible for baseline surveys, scooping studies, training needs assessment and Farmer Group Assessments. Sylvia is completing her PhD in Agricultural Innovations where she is evaluating dairy market induced innovations. Her research interests include value chains, innovations, and capacity building.