Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers work in The Hunger Project (THP) Program Countries gathering data from our programs and determining their progress and impact in the field. Their work is crucial in improving and developing new programs for our partners around the world.
Henry Chungu, an M&E Officer with THP-Malawi, is interviewed here by Impact and Influence Officer Carolyn Ramsdell from THP’s Global Office.
Carolyn: How long have you been with THP? What were you doing before you joined the THP team?
Henry: I have been with THP-Malawi since October 2010. Before joining THP I worked for MaiKhanda Trust, (funded by The Health Foundation UK) a non-govermental organization working towards reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Malawi. I was in the same position as my current one: M&E Officer. You might wonder what MaiKhanda means; it is in vernacular language which literally translates to MotherNeonate.
Carolyn: What’s a specific achievement from the past year of which you are most proud?
Henry: It’s hard to narrow down my specific achievement! Well, I consider conduction of Majete baseline survey a great achievement. It was my first time to spearhead such an important activity – from structuring the questionnaire, to data collection supervision, to creating a database for the data, data entry supervision and analysis.
Carolyn: What is the most challenging part of your work as an M&E Officer?
Henry: The most challenging part of my work as an M&E Officer has been working without an established M&E framework for projects with THP-Malawi. But, I believe this will begin to be sorted out with the launch of the new M&E system in the coming year.
Carolyn: What would you like to learn from your fellow M&E Officers?
Henry: I would like to learn from my fellow M&E Officers how they have developed their M&E systems and successfully implemented them.
Carolyn: And a little bit about you personally, what is your favorite food?
Henry: My favorite food! I enjoy roasted chicken with nsima (our local food from maize flour) and also rice and chicken but with stew.
Carolyn: What are some of your interests or hobbies?
Henry: In my free time I like watching soccer, oh, I am a soccer fanatic! Other than that, you will find me watching documentaries on channels like National Geographic and movies. Music is part of my life too, I don’t have specific type – I am not choosy.
Carolyn: Thank you for your time, Henry!
We at THP are proud to have dedicated M&E Officers like Henry working to empower people and determining the most effective and influential ways of doing so. Take a minute to learn more about some of the inspiring work being done by THP-Malawi and Henry!