Young Experts

Joshua Mchenga

Joshua Mchenga

History: Young Expert at Connect International - Malawi
YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 5

Position after YEP

Technical Programme Officer at Mzuzu University Malawi

YEP Role

I worked with Connect International as a Technical Programme Officer for Mzuzu SMART Centre. I was working on a project which was aimed at expanding the use of low-cost WASH techniques through the training of local contractors and entrepreneurs on the technologies and how to market them. Through the monitoring of previously installed technologies at the SMART Centre, we were striving to see how the technologies can be improved further. As a Young Expert, my role involved project planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitating workshops and trainings and quality assurance.
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I have a background in Civil Engineering and irrigation technology. I have experience in working with rural communities on WASH and irrigation projects. Through the years I have developed skills on project management, training and workshop facilitation and communication. I also have skills in social research, development of user friendly and inclusive designs and technologies of water and sanitation facilities and conducting technical assessments.



Nationality: Malawian
Education: Bsc Civil Engineering at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic and Diploma in Irrigation Technology at the Natural Resources College of Malawi


Experience before YEP

July, 2014 to March, 2015 - Technical Officer at Participatory Development Initiatives
I worked on a WASH Programme which focused on rehabilitation of Gravity Fed water Supply schemes, school sanitation (design and construction of Equity and Inclusion ECOSAN latrines) and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

2013 - Internship at Blantyre Water Board
The work involved designing of pipeline networks, developing work plans for various projects, monitoring progress of construction and maintenance projects to ensure contractors are meeting the required standards and water quality assurance.

2008 - Internship with the Irrigation Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture Development Project (IRLADP)
The work involved designing and facilitating construction of small scale irrigation schemes and conducting topographic surveys for irrigation projects

2007 - Internship with the Income Generating Public Works Program (IGPWP)
Training farmers on construction of small scale irrigation structures and management of a farm input revolving fund program

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Organisation: Connect International
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